Previous Events

All of our current or upcoming events are posted on our website’s homepage. Please go there first. Also, you can visit our calendar, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram pages. Below you will find some of our pre-pandemic temple events.

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Friday, February 28th Dinner at 6:00 p.m. & Service at 7:30 p.m.
Adults $25 per person and children under 16 years old are free. Please call the office 516-239-1140 to register. Registration and payment must be received by 2/21/20. No refunds after 2/26/20 as food order will be finalized. Families, couples and singles are welcome, as always. Last day to order Purim Baskets will be at this event.

Shabbat Across America

Heart Saver CPR Course, March 22, 2020-Cancelled Due to Pandemic
Please join us for HeartSaver (R) CPR for the Public, Basic CPR/AED, on Sunday, March 22, 2020, from 9:45 am – 12:45 pm.
HeartSaver (R), CPR AED is a video-based, instructor-led course that teaches adult and child CPR and AED use, infant CPR and how to relieve choking in adults, children and infants. This 3 hour course teaches skills with the AHA’s research-proven practice-while-watching technique, which allows the instructor to observe the students, provide feedback and guide the students’ learning of skills.
The course will be taught by 855-CPR-COURSE, and is open to ages 13 years old and up. Cost: Temple Israel Member – $80.00; Non-Member – $85.00.
Please register by March 19. To register by phone please call the Temple Israel Office at (516) 239-1140.

Sunday, April 5th at 10:30 a.m., Film and a Tasty Kosher Nosh-Cancelled Due to Pandemic

Sunday, April 19th at 10:30 a.m., Talk with Q & A and a Tasty Kosher Nosh-Cancelled Due to Pandemic

Thursday, April 23th at 7:30 p.m., Book and Author and a Tasty Kosher Nosh-Cancelled Due to Pandemic

Sunday, April 26th 10:30 a.m.-Cancelled Due to Pandemic

We will hold the Sports Heritage Association, Inc. 3rd Annual Induction Ceremony.

Saturday, June 13th 2020 at 7:00 PM -Cancelled Due to Pandemic

Saturday, February 8th 7:00 p.m., Film and a Nosh
Registration extended to Wednesday, February 5th.

Thursday, January 30th 7:00 p.m.
18th Annual Greater LI and American Community Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Service and International Holocaust Remembrance Day Commemoration on the occasion of the 75th Anniversary Year of the end of the Holocaust. Collation will be held after the program.
Confront Hostility with Love. Prejudice with Understanding. ERASE THE HATE
Collation will follow.

Sunday, January 26th 11:00 a.m.

Please join us for a film, “The Sturgeon Queens,” and a tasty Kosher nosh. The event is open to the public and free of charge to Temple members and those who signed up as Friends of Temple Israel. Please contact the office for more information. 515-239-1140.

Sunday, December 15th 10:00 a.m.
Please join us for our Annual Chanukah Party. We will have a DJ, Chanukah crafts, dreidels, edible menorahs and more!

Friday, December 13th Dinner 6:00 p.m. & Family Service 7:30 p.m.
Adults $25 per person and children under 16 years old are free.  Please call the office 516-239-1140 by December 6th. Payment must be received at time of reservation. The Religious School students will join in conducting the service and reciting the blessing over the Menorah with the Rabbi.

Thursday, December 12th 7:00 PM
The City Game: Triumph, Scandal and a Legendary Basketball Team-Book and Author with Matthew Goodman. This program is open to the public and free of charge to Temple Israel Members and Friends of Temple Israel-all others $10. RSVP required by December 5th. Please call 516-239-1140 or (Sponsored by the Judy and Ben Segan Adult Education Fund)

Sunday, November 17th 11:00 a.m.
Jewish Genealogy Program

Nolan Altman, a past-President of the Jewish Genealogical Society of Long Island, will discuss “How to Research and Document your Family History, A Tale of Two Families,” on Sunday, November 17, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at Temple Israel of Lawrence.
Starting with information that you know about yourself and your immediate family, the goal is to rediscover your ancestor’s history from the time your family came to the United States as well as trying to go back to the “old country.” Nolan will also discuss resources available to assist in trying to find information on family members that did not come to America and may have been lost during the Holocaust.
Nolan has made various presentations and conducted computer workshops at the International Association of Jewish Genealogical Societies conferences in Boston, New York City, Washington, D.C., Paris, Chicago and Philadelphia. He has had articles published in Avotaynu, Dorot, Stammbaum, Shemot and the FEEHS Journal.
This program is open to the public and Free of charge. Advance registration is strongly recommended. Please call the Temple Office at (516) 239-1140 or email to register.
This program is sponsored by the Judy and Ben Segan Adult Education Fund.

Friday, October 20th (Dinner 5:30 p.m. & Service 6:30 p.m.)

Simchat Torah Flyer 2019

Friday, August 16th 8:00 p.m.

Woodstock Flyer

Friday, August 16th 6:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 7th 11:00 a.m.

Art Shamsky and Erick Sherman, After the Miracle, The Lasting Brotherhood of the ’69 Mets

Art Shamsky “‘After the Miracle’ Book & Author, Art Shamsky, ’69 Mets outfielder.

Art Shamsky, ’69 Mets outfielder, will discuss his new book, “After the Miracle, the Lasting Friendship of the ’69 Mets,” on Sunday, April 7, 2019, at 11:00 a.m., at Temple Israel of Lawrence, 140 Central Avenue, Lawrence, N.Y. 11559. This event is FREE and open to the public.

“After the Miracle” is the inside account of an iconic team in baseball history, the 1969 N.Y. Mets, told by ’69 Mets outfielder Art Shamsky, Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver and other teammates as they reminisce about what happened and where they are today.

Art was a major part of the “Miracle Mets” who won the 1969 World Championship. During the championship season, Art batted .300, and led the Mets in the NL Playoffs batting .537 vs. the Braves.

Art will be signing copies of “After the Miracle” and his other book “The Magnificent Seasons.”

Warren Heller of “Living Legends Memorabilia & Collectibles” will be present selling Mets and other sports memorabilia, and there will also be a silent auction.

Kosher snacks will be served. We ask that you register in advance, either by calling the Temple Israel of Lawrence Office at (516) 239-1140 or by emailing

Sunday, January 6th 12:00 p.m.

Sunday, September 30th (Dinner 5:30 p.m. & Service 7:00 p.m.)

— Welcoming New Members to the Congregation
— Celebrating The Consecration of newly enrolled Religious School Students
— The Beginning of the Torah Reading Cycle


Dance with the Torahs in the Sanctuary

All newly enrolled students in the religious school will receive a beautiful Torah Scroll, consecration certificate and be blessed by the Rabbi


Reservations for dinner a must—New Members are guests of the Congregation.
Covert: $32.00 per Adult—$5.00 per child (under 16 years of age)

Crudite Platter with Fresh Spinach Dip
Pineapple Tree
Chicken Balsamico with fresh herbs
Sliced Flank Steak with Teriyaki Marinade – Mushrooms & Onions
Pasta Primavera
String Beans Almondine Aioli
Roasted Potatoes
Platter of Fresh Dinner Rolls
Piccolo Pear Salad, Fresh Pears, Cranberries, Candies Walnuts, – Blue Cheese on the side with Raspberry Vinegrette Dressing on the side
Dessert Medley – Fresh Baked Miniature Pastries with Mini Assorted Fruit Tarts and Assorted Cookies

Tuesday, October 30th 7:30 p.m.

Colonel Jacobs was an adviser to a Vietnamese infantry battalion when it came under devastating fire that disabled the commander. Although bleeding from severe head wounds, then First Lieutenant Jacobs took command, withdrew the unit to safety and returned again and again under intense fire to rescue the wounded and perform life-saving first aid. He saved the lives of a U.S. adviser and 13 allied soldiers.
Jacobs served on the faculty of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the National War College in Washington, D.C. He is currently a military analyst for NBC/MSNBC.
Join us for a very special pre-Veterans’ Day evening with Colonel Jacobs as he discusses his military experiences. The event is Free and open to the public. However, we do ask that you register in advance, by calling the Temple Israel Office at (516) 239-1140, or by emailing Alan at

Friday, August 3rd 6:00 p.m.

Monday, July 30th 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Cooking Club Night

Thursday, June 7th 7:30 p.m.

All adults are welcome to join us for a Free Introductory Israeli Folk Dance Class with Honey Goldfein, on Thursday, June 14, at Temple Israel of Lawrence, 140 Central Avenue, Lawrence, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. The class will offer basic Israeli dances, and the dance steps that are used. The dances will include a circle, line, and maybe even partner dances, depending on the audience. Honey Goldfein has been teaching Israeli Folk Dancing exclusively on Long Island, in the NY Metro area, and as a guest teacher in communities throughout the U.S. since 1977. She ran the popular outdoor Israeli Dance program held in Eisenhower Park and then in Cedar Creek Park from 1974-1998. Even though the class is free, we ask that you register by May 31. Please call the Temple Israel Office at (516) 239-1140 to register, or should you have any questions.

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Sunday, April 29th 10:30 a.m.

Jewish Sports Heritage Association Induction Ceremony will be held at Temple Israel on Sunday morning, April 29, starting at 10:30 am. Eight Jewish greats from the world of sports will be inducted and five others will receive individual awards. This event is open to the public and admission is free.

Thursday, November 16th 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, October 25th 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, September 27th 7:30 p.m.