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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

September 2017


We will celebrate Shabbat as a community on Friday night September 1st at 6:00 PM, followed by our first potluck dinner of the year, and on Friday September 15th at 7:30. 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, September 2nd, and on Saturday September 16th. 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, September 2nd and Saturday September 16th 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.

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

Saturday night September 2 at 6:30 PM: Cooperstown Soiree, an informal evening at the home of Amy and Jerel Zoltick in Cooperstown, designed to get to know some of the members of the tribe in that community, and let them get to know us.  Please contact Ken Sider if you are interested in attending.

Sunday morning September 3: Coffee and Shmooze at TBE, 9:30 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, and will feature kosher hamburgers, hot dogs, and veggie burgers.   Please bring a non-dairy dish to pass.  We will meet at noon at the upper Pavilion. RSVP to Gail and Steve Feuer at 988-6654 and leave a message with the number in your party.

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.

I am pleased that Student Rabbi Jonathan Jackson will once again be on the bima with me for the High Holy Days.  His presence last year added much to our worship.   We extend our thanks to him for volunteering his time and energy to the TBE community.

There will be a three-part series of Lunch and Learn classes following the High Holy Days.  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