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Temple Beth El

Offering Conservative Jewish worship since 1935

83 Chestnut Street/POBox 383
Oneonta, NY 13820
Phone: (607) 432-5522

Welcome to Temple Beth El

We are excited to announce and welcome our new Spiritual Leader, Cantor David Green.

David Green has served as a cantor since 1977 in Reform and Conservative synagogues in

Baltimore, Maryland; Miami, Florida; Bethlehem and Allentown, Pennsylvania; and in Hartford, Connecticut before coming to Congregation Beth Or in Maple Glen, Pennsylvania in 1995. He retired in 2022 from Beth Or and serves as Cantor Emeritus. His other duties at these synagogues have included working as Religious School Director, Temple Administrator, Bar/Bat Mitzvah tutor, Adult Education instructor and Pastoral Counselor. Cantor Green has also served as an adjunct professor at Manchester Community College, Moravian Seminary and Gratz College, teaching courses in Non-Profit Management and Pastoral Care. He currently is serving as an adjunct professor at Holy Family University in Philadelphia teaching courses in Hebrew Scriptures and World Religions.

Cantor Green earned his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maryland. He has four Masters

Degrees in the fields of Social Work from the University of Maryland, Jewish Studies from

Baltimore Hebrew College, Jewish Education from Gratz College and History from Lehigh

University. He completed his Certificate of Jewish Music at Gratz College. He completed his Doctor of Ministry in Congregational Studies at Hartford Seminary. Cantor Green’s dissertation topic was: “An Alternative Jewish Educational Model in Place of Supplemental Jewish Education.” He is a member of the Guild of Temple Musicians and The National Association of Jewish Chaplains.

David is married to Lori, who has been the Director of Jewish Education for Temple Sholom in Broomall, Pennsylvania since 1997. They have two adult children, Michael, and his wife Paola, who live in California, and Adina, who lives in the Philadelphia area. David and Lori live in the northern suburbs of Philadelphia with their dog, Lucy.

Here is our schedule for the High Holidays:

Friday Sept. 15th  Erev Rosh Hashana

7:00 pm

Evening Service

Saturday/Shabbat Sept. 16th  Rosh Hashanah Day 1

10:00 am

Morning Service

Torah Service

Shofar Service

Sunday Sept. 17th Rosh Hashanah Day 2

1:00 pm

Tashlich at Lower Wilber Park, Spruce Street entrance

Sunday Sept. 24th Erev Yom Kippur (Kol Nidre)

7:00 pm

Monday Sept. 25th Yom Kippur

10:00 am

Morning service

Torah service

(½ hour break)

Yizkor (Memorial) service

(½ hour break)

Torah Study with Cantor Green – “Awakenings Within Ourselves”

Forgiveness Workshop guided by Dr. Jim Bercovitz and Alice Lichtenstein 4:30 pm

Neilah 6:15 pm

Tekia Gedolah – (Shofar blast)



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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.