Temple Beth El joins with The Jewish Community Relations Council of New York who is appalled and angered by the death of George Floyd at the hands of officers in the Minneapolis Police Department. Our sorrow is further compounded by the recent killing of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia, another act of ugly and violent racism. 56 years after the historic signing of the Civil Rights Act, hopes for equal rights for Blacks and other communities of color have been dashed again by blatant acts of bigotry and bloodshed.
We stand in partnership with our sisters and brothers in the Black community, and in all communities of color, as we collectively strive to stamp out racism and prejudice in all of its forms from our society. We in the Jewish community know all too painfully the end result of unchecked hatred.
In that spirit, we commit ourselves to the Biblical call of “Justice, justice shall [we] pursue,” and the imperative of achieving a peaceful, just and equal society for all.
Cheryl Fishbein, President, JCRCNY
Michael S. Miller, Executive Vice President and CEO, JCRCNY
Stephanie Bauer, President, Temple Beth El
Rabbi and Cantor George Hirschfeld
Temple Beth El is an egalitarian congregation serving the Jewish community of the northern Catskills since 1935. We join together for prayer, celebrations, and life-cycle events in our beautiful synagogue at 83 Chestnut Street in Oneonta, New York.
As a community representing a variety of Jewish experiences, we are dedicated to the continuity of Jewish life and the shared expression of our traditions, values and culture in its many forms. Through prayer, learning, social events, commitment to each other and service to the community, we encourage a life-long connection to Judaism. Each member, at every age and at all levels of knowledge and practice, is supported, challenged, and encouraged to seek an increased understanding of her/himself and Judaism. Our Rabbi, Temple President, Board of Directors, Religious School Director, lay leadership, Men’s Club, Sisterhood, and religious school support our congregation’s goals and objectives.
Temple Beth El is located approximately halfway between Albany and Binghamton in historic downtown Oneonta and boasts members from several surrounding counties. We welcome you to join us. Wheelchair accessible.
Click here for a map showing Oneonta’s location in upstate NY
Temple Beth El is affiliated with The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism.