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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

January 2018


Many of us have had the experience of doing the mitzvah of consoling a mourner, also known as making a shiva call.   A workshop on How to Make a Shiva Visit and/or Lead a Shiva Minyan will take place Saturday, January 20, 9:30-11:30 am, with Coffee and Schmooze at 9:00.  Please join us for this workshop so that we can support each other in times of grief, and learn what to say and do at these visits or minyans.  No prior knowledge is needed.

Some of our retired or semi-retired members who enjoy each other’s company would like to get together during the week.  If you are interested in joining The Schmoozing Society, let me know!!  The group will choose when to meet, and what, if anything, their agenda will be. 

A small sweet group of Religious School families gathered last month to make latkes and celebrate Chanukah.  Thanks so much to Alice Lichtenstein and Iris Bercovitz for their latke-making leadership, to Janet Sutta for taking wonderful photos, and to the Heindl-Wintringham and O’Leary families for joining in!  Thank you also to Howie and Joyce Gelbsman for making delicious latkes for the Chanukah Potluck!! The group will gather again on Friday, January 19 for a fun Shabbat activity; I hope that you will be there to join us!  You do not need to have small children of your own to participate; all members of TBE are welcome to join the children and their families! This is a great way for new and veteran members of the congregation to get to know each other! Please RSVP to me for this event!!

We will celebrate Shabbat on Friday night January 5th at 7:30 PM, and on Friday night January 19th at 6:00 PM, followed by our Potluck Dinner at 7:15. 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.  RSVP’s for Potluck, along with the dish that you bring, help us to make sure that we have enough food for everyone.  We are in need of more “potluck people” to set up and clean up.  Please RSVP to Ken to help, let him know you are coming and what you will bring.

Our very own Aliya Sider (aptly named, as it turns out), daughter of Ken and Heidi, is making Aliyah (moving to Israel). To honor this important event Aliya and her parents will be called to the bima Friday January 5th for special blessings. Please join us to wish Aliya a safe journey, to bid her l’hitra’ote (until we meet again) and support her and her family in this milestone event.

We have resumed the TBE practice of offering a special blessing to all in the TBE community who have a birthday, anniversary, or other occasion to celebrate.  Please do let me know when you come to Temple if you are celebrating a simcha!! Adult chocolate will enhance the occasion!!

Torah Study will meet Saturday January 6th. 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 continues with our study of Mussar and Mindfulness on Saturday, January 6th and January 20th 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.  No previous knowledge is needed.

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

Kol tuv (all the good), Rabbi Molly Karp