Growing & Fostering Our Jewish World
Our Temple Beth-El Congregation worships God in the Reform Jewish tradition. We are both diverse and multi-generational, welcoming any person or family wishing to associate themselves with our Jewish community. We strive to cultivate a love of our Jewish cultural heritage and actively support the State of Israel. The spirit of tikkun olam (repairing the world) and a vibrant spirituality are ingrained within our Congregation. Our many educational programs reach deep into the community, embracing all ages, faiths, races and ethnic backgrounds.
A Snippet From Our Rabbi's Blog
Jewish Faith Vs. Faithful Jew
I was a pretty good student at Yeshiva University High School. The traditional process of Jewish learning was a challenge and a delight and allowed me to become a better than average student of Talmud.
Conventional wisdom demoted Judaism amongst some as a rigid and legalistic way of seeing the world but I saw in Jewish teachings a varied and open approach to universal life questions. Perhaps that is both the glory and challenge of Judaism. Perhaps that is what drew me toward Jewish study.
Over the years I have wrestled with two great matters of faith. Both questions of theology are interrelated.
Rabbi Akiva declared,"Everything is foreseen by God yet Free Will is granted to Man." (Avot 3:19)
If, as ...Read More at The Rabbi's Blog
A Snippet From Our Cantor's Blog
When Rabbi and I spoke about doing a fundraising concert for the music fund I thought great idea...but what should the theme be? The following week the PBS show came out about Jewish influence on Broadway and the Jewish composers of Broadway...Perfect...so that's the theme and title of the concert...Jewish Footprints of Broadway. Joining me in this concert are Janet Rabe-Meyers, Regina Torres, Treinah Gorman, Jenn Forman-Cleary, Richard Butler, and Jo Traywick. It is going to be a lot of fun! I have asked each performer to pick at least one piece that is off the beaten track, that is to say less known. It has been very interesting and enjoyable to research these Jewish composers and lyricists of Broadway. Fact 1: 71% of the recipients of th ...Read More at The Cantor's Blog
A Snippet From Our President's Blog
Spring has arrived!Spring is definitely in the air at Temple Beth-El and our calendar is packed with many events. These range from Youth group events to WRJ and Brotherhood events, so please review our calendar and join us at one or more of these fun-filled programs. Our building has fresh paint on the outside and our floors and carpeting have been upgraded. We are in the middle of our annual fundraiser, our spring raffle, so please see a board member, Rabbi, Cantor or Malka to secure your ticket for a $100.00 donation. Full raffle fundraising details are available by contacting the Temple office or you can see the flyer in this month’s bullet ...
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