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At Beth-El Congregation, we strive to meet the spiritual, educational, social, and religious needs of our members through the teachings and practice of Reform Judaism. Our community supports the life events of our congregants and demonstrates diverse ways of caring and sharing. We invite you to come to our Temple and join us for worship, study, tikkun olam (repair of the world) and friendship.
Shabbat Service is on Friday, May 22, at 8:00 pm.Cantorial Soloist Genie Long will sing.
Saturday, May 23, at 7:00 pm, at the Temple
We will have a brief service for Erev Shavuot, “the time of the giving of our Torah,” on the Saturday evening of Memorial Day Weekend. Members of Beth Shalom and Beth Israel will join us.
As we have done and enjoyed from time to time in the past, we have a film that should be enjoyable as well as instructive, and since dairy dishes are the traditional fare for the festival, the Oneg will feature blintzes and cheesecake, but will also include some fruit and other goodies.
The film is When Comedy Went to School, which recalls nothing less than “the birth of modern American standup comedy” in the Catskills, and includes clips and appearances by Jerry Lewis, Sid Caesar, Larry King, Jackie Mason, Mort Sahl, and Jerry Stiller, among others.
The film will be followed by an optional study session led by Rabbi Mecklenburger, Rabbi Ottenstein, and Rabbi Cytron-Walker.
Sunday, May 24, at 10:30 am - 12:30 pm.
Please join us for an Open House! We will show all perspective parents of Pre-K and Kindergarten-age children the wonderful things that happen in our Religious School!
Please join us! We would love to see you there!
Tuesday, May 26, at 10:00 am
The Queen's Fool
by Philippa Gregory
Jane Pawgan will lead our discussion.
In the winter of 1553, Hannah Green, a fourteen-year-old Jewish girl, is being pursued by the Inquisition and forced to flee with her father from their home in Spain. But Hannah is no ordinary refugee; she has the gift of “Sight,” the ability to foresee the future, priceless in the troubled times of the Tudor court. Hannah is adopted by the glamorous Robert Dudley, the charismatic son of King Edward’s protector, who brings her to court as a “holy fool” for Queen Mary and, ultimately, Queen Elizabeth. Hired as a fool but working as a spy; promised in wedlock but in love with her master; endangered by the laws against heresy, treason, and witchcraft, Hannah must choose between the safe life of a commoner and the dangerous intrigues of the royal family that are inextricably bound up with her own yearnings and desires.
The Archives Committee has placed an amazing exhibit in the Hall of Remembrance, which will run until June, 2015. Click here for more information.
The Rabbi is planning an Interfaith Trip to Israel, October 19-30, 2015
Explore sites important to Jews and Christians from the North to the South.
Enrich your knowledge of ancient history.
Take a walking tour in Old Jaffa with two guides--one Arab, one Jewish.
Tour in a deluxe air-conditioned vehicle.
All room and half-board included!
Rabbi Mecklenburger announced his retirement plans on January 20, 2015. In an effort to keep the congregation informed about the search for a successor rabbi, we have created a web page that will be immediately updated when new information is available.
Check out Rabbi Mecklenburger's book at www.OurReligiousBrains.com.
It is also available at Beth-El's Judaica Shop!