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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

June 2017


On Saturday morning, June 10th, at 10:00 am, we will celebrate the Bar Mitzvah of Max Gelbsman.  The Gelbsman family are active, long-time, multi-generational members of the congregation.  Please do plan on being there to celebrate Max’s coming of age in our community with joy, congregational participation, warmth and support.  Please note that Torah Study and Lunch and Learn will not meet on the 10th It is a mitzvah to give tzedakah on the event of a happy or milestone occasion.  Please consider making a donation to the Temple to honor Max. 

On Thursday night, June 22nd, at 7:00 PM, the annual TBE Community Meeting will be held.  At this important meeting for members of the congregation, we will be discussing the future of Temple Beth El, and my future as your rabbi.  It is imperative that you be there, to hear important information about the state of the Temple from Temple President Ken Sider, and to make your voices heard.  I look forward to a lively and productive meeting!!

We will celebrate Shabbat as a community this month on Friday night June 9th at 7:30 PM, and on Friday night June 23rd at 6:00 PM, followed by our closing potluck dinner of the year.  I hope that you will join us to create and share the warmth of our community and to enjoy the companionship of being a part of it.

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.  We will not meet on June 10th, but we will meet for our concluding session on Saturday June 24th at noon.  Please bring a non-meat, non-shellfish dish for yourself or to share.  Email me to receive the handouts in advance.

I am very interested in hearing your ideas for next year’s Lunch and Learn program.  Please do let me know if there is something in particular that you would like to learn next year.

Torah Study meets this month on Saturday June 24th.  Coffee and Shmooze starts at 9:00 am, and we begin our studies at 9:30.  While I will be away in July, I can be reached via email as usual.  As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at at any time or for any reason.

Kol tuv (all the good),

Rabbi Molly Karp