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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
Email: TBEOneonta@gmail.com

May 2018

Friends,  

The Kids’ Shabbat Party will gather to celebrate Shabbat Friday, May 4th at 5:30.  Parents are invited to bring a meat-free, shell-fish free dinner for their kids so that they can eat before services.  Services that night 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 on Friday night May 4th at 6:30 PM, followed by our Potluck Dinner 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.  RSVPs to me for Potluck, along with the main course dish that you bring, ensures that we have enough food for everyone. Please bring a main course or side dish to share that is meat-free and shellfish-free. Contact me if you have any questions about how to do that.  We 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 Friday night May 18th at 7:30 PM.  We have resumed the TBE practice of offering a special blessing to all in the TBE community, kids and adults, 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 May 5th. Coffee and Shmooze starts at 9:00 am; we begin our studies at 9:30. No previous knowledge is needed.  Please note that this group is usually lively, opinionated, vociferous and at times argumentative.  We laugh a lot and have a lot of fun!! 

Do you regularly: Drive a family member, friend or neighbor to doctor’s appointments?

Make meals for someone? Help someone with household chores such as cleaning, grocery shopping, lawn care, etc.? Make regular phone calls to someone to “check in” on them?? Provide hands-on care, assist with eating, bathing, using the restroom, or other help? Help someone make medical decisions? Assist someone with personal business affairs, such as bill paying?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be a family caregiver. Tammy Christman, Director of Volunteer Services? and Community Outreach at Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care, will lead a “Caregiver Chat” with time for questions and discussion on Saturday, May 19th from 10:00 – 11:30 AM.  Coffeee and Shmooze will start at 9:30. Please rsvp to me for this event.

Lunch and Learn continues with our study of Tikkun Middot (improving our soul-traits) and Mindfulness on Saturday, May 5th and 19th.  We start lunch at noon, and begin our studies at about 12:30. Feel free to 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 rabbimollykarp@gmail.com at any time.

Kol tuv (all the good), Rabbi Molly Karp