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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

August 2017

Welcome back!

August and Labor Day Weekend are chock-full of events designed to get us back together as a community, and allow new folks to get to know us.

We will celebrate Shabbat as a community on Friday night August 18th at 7:30 PM, and on Friday night September 1st at 6:00 PM, followed by our first 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.

Torah Study will resume on Saturday, August 19th. Coffee and Shmooze starts at 9:00 am, and we begin our studies at 9:30.  No previous knowledge is needed.

Our Lunch and Learn Program will introduce Mindfulness Practice for veterans and newbies on Saturday, August 19th at noon. This practice helps us to stay calm, focused and aware in a chaotic world. Please bring a meat-free, shellfish-free dish for yourself or to share.  You can email me to receive the handouts in advance. No previous knowledge is needed.

Calling all TBE Women!!  On Sunday, August 27th at 11:00 am, there will be a Sisterhood Rebirthing meeting at the Temple.  Please come if you are interested in discussing events and/or activities that would be interesting to you, what time slots might be possible for you, or just to shmooze. This will be a meat-free, shellfish-free Bring Your Own Lunch event.  Coffee and tea will be served.  Contact Stephanie Bauer with questions, or to rsvp at

Labor Day weekend, we will be hosting a series of events in addition to our usual Shabbat offerings.  They are:

Saturday night September 2: Cooperstown Soiree, an informal evening at the home of a TBE member, designed to get to know some of the members of the tribe in Cooperstown, and let them get to know us.  Details TBA.

Sunday morning September 3: Coffee and Shmooze at TBE, 10:00 AM – Noon.  Coffee, tea, bagels and nosherei (snacks) will be provided.  RSVP to me to help or with questions.

Sunday afternoon September 3: Welcome Back Barbecue, sponsored by the Men’s Club, will take place at Wilber Park, Oneonta from noon to 3PM, and will feature kosher hamburgers, hot dogs, and veggie burgers.   With questions, to help, or to rsvp, contact Steve Feuer at

All of these events are open to allPlease consider attending with a friend who is not yet a member of Temple Beth El! Please be in touch with me if you would like to know more about any of these events.

There will be a three-part series of Lunch and Learn classes following the High Holidays.  These classes will teach how to conduct a funeral, how to lead a shiva minyan and make a shiva call, and how to visit the sick. Please let me know if you would like to attend any or all of these classes, or if you have any questions.

As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at at any time.

Kol tuv (all the good),
Rabbi Molly Karp