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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

March 2017


This month we will celebrate two exciting events.  On Friday March 10th at 7:30 PM, we will celebrate Purim with a performance of “The Motown Megillah”, followed by our traditional hamentaschen oneg.  Please let me know if you would like to participate in the spiel (reading and singing parts are available), bake hamentaschen, or help set up the oneg.  Adults and kids are encouraged to come in costume!!

On Friday, March 24, we will celebrate the 90th birthday of Zach Weinberg.  Zach will be called to the bima for a special blessing, and we will all join in singing the shehecheyanu with Zach for this milestone event.  It is a mitzvah to give tzedakah in celebration of a simcha.  Please consider making a donation to the Temple in honor of this important occasion.

We live in a time when love is sorely lacking.  This month we are exploring the Jewish value of chesed, lovingkindness.  In Pirke Avot, we learn: “On three things the world stands: on Torah, on worship, and on acts of lovingkindness”. Our Chesed Committee is coordinated by Bernadette Winters Bell and Anne Green, who work to support congregants in times of need. We learn from Maimonides: “Everyone entrusted with a mission is an angel . . . All forces that reside in the body are angels” (Guide for the Perplexed, II, 6). If you are able to be an angel in some small way, know that more hands are needed to make our community more filled with lovingkindness.  If you can help another in any way, by providing a meal, making a visit to someone who is sick or recovering from surgery, driving someone once in a while, helping to organize a shiva minyan, or perform other acts of lovingkindness within or outside of the TBE community, please do let me know.

There are those in our congregation who are involved in acts of chesed outside of the Temple.  Some are involved in the Lord’s Table, which could always use more hands.  Our TBE Lord’s Table team is coordinated by Hollie Jaffe.  Please let her know if you can help, even if it’s only occasionally.  As well, a Tikkun Olam (Fixing the World) committee is trying to be born at Temple Beth El.  If you are interested in participating in making the world outside of TBE better, whether in Oneonta, America, Israel, or other parts of the world, please do reach out to me to tell me of your interest.

Mussar continues to be the topic of our Saturday Lunch and Learn sessions. This practice helps us to be the best versions of ourselves and become more of the solution to a troubled world.  Please do consider joining the group.  Lunch and Learn meets on Saturday March 11th and 25th at noon.  Please bring a non-meat, non-shellfish dish for yourself or to share.  Email me to receive the handouts in advance.

Torah Study meets on Saturday March 11th and 25th.  Coffee and Schmooze starts at 9:00 am; we begin our studies at 9:30 am. Shabbat Services take place on March 10th at 7:30 PM, and at 6:00 PM on March 24th, followed by our monthly potluck dinner at 7:00 PM. We are in need of more “potluck people” to participate in set-up and clean-up.  Please let Ken know if you can participate.

As always, you can reach me with questions and concerns at  I look forward to hearing from or seeing you soon!!

Kol tuv (wishing you all goodness),

Rabbi Molly Karp