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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 2018


I am happy to let you know that I have accepted the congregation’s invitation to serve as your rabbi for the coming year.  I am grateful that at the meeting to renew my contract, congregants were able to articulate some of the successes to build on and challenges to work on in our communal life, improving our relationship as a community and strengthening our congregation even more.  Please note that there is no need to wait for a congregational meeting to share constructive criticism with me.  I am always happy to make myself available for a conversation, whether in person, or via phone or email.  There is no need for us to stand on ceremony when what we seek is open and honest communication for the good of our community.

The Kids’ Shabbat Party will gather to celebrate Purim on Friday, March 2 at 5:00.  Parents are invited to bring a meat-free, shell-fish free dinner for their kids so that they can eat before services.  We will provide hamentaschen! Children (and parents!) are encouraged to come in costume, and to be prepared to show off their costumes in a Purim Parade at services, which will begin at 6:30.  I hope that you will be there to join us!  You do not need to have young 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 Purim on Friday night March 2nd at 6:30 PM. Please come in costume, and be prepared for a wacky, gender-bending evening, followed by our Potluck Dinner at 7:30. Please note the new time for the early service, which allows me to spend time with our younger families. 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.  RSVPs to me for Potluck, along with the main course dish that you bring, ensures that we have enough food for everyone.  Please feel encouraged to bring adult beverages for the Purim PotluckWe are in need of “potluck people” to set up and clean up.  Please let me know that you will be able to make this happen!

 We will also celebrate Shabbat on Friday night March 16th at 7:30 PM.  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 March 3rd and 17th. Coffee and Shmooze starts at 9:00 am, and we begin our studies at 9:30.  No previous knowledge is needed.  Lunch and Learn continues with our study of Tikkun Middot (improving our soul-traits) and Mindfulness on Saturday, March 3rd and 17th at noon. We have recently returned to the start of the learning cycle, so this is a great time to join the group or drop in to see what it’s all about! This practice helps us to become our best selves, and 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