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
Dear God: How Do You Feel About Blessing Fido?
Last Sunday I blessed pets, including dogs, cats and assorted animals that creep and crawl. What gives? Jews are not supposed to bless inanimate objects or living beings without souls. Yet this past Sunday I was more than happy to confer a blessing upon Sparky and his friends.
My rabbis at Yeshivah were adamant that God did not endow non-humans with spiritual souls. So while we have myriad blessings for wine, spices, new clothes and Chanukah candles, we are really extending our thanks to God who created things for our benefit and God's glory.
My remarks on Sunday were carefully crafted. "blessed are You, Adonai, for giving us animals to love and care for." "we praise you for the unconditional love we receive from your glorious cre ...Read More at The Rabbi's Blog
A Snippet From Our President's Blog
Vayishlach - reconciliation
This is a bit longer than I would normally post, but it was requested, so here goes. How often have you dreamt of someone and they called you the next day? How often have you thought of someone and then dreamt of them? How often have you worried ver a relationship only to have the person appear in a dream, or call you the next day? How often might you have avoided calling someone because the call would be hard or painful only to have the person call you, leaving you to say " oh, I was just thinking of you" or "oh, I meant to call you". Often it is the truth, but embarrassing nonetheless. I know, I find myself in that situation often enough as my life is so busy that I frequently think of people, many times with a great sense of ...Read More at The President's Blog