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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 2018


We will celebrate Shabbat together on Friday, August 31, at 7:30 PM.  

Shabbat Morning Torah Study will meet on Saturday, September 1 and 29Coffee and Shmooze starts at 9:00 AM, followed by Torah Study at 9:30 AM.  We have begun to read the Book of Samuel. No previous knowledge is needed.  Please note that this group is usually lively, opinionated, vociferous and at times argumentative.  We have a lot of fun!! 

Lunch and Learn will meet on 9/1 and 9/29 as well.  We will be exploring the Jewish value of Hakkarat HaTov, Recognizing the Good. In a challenging world, practicing this value can improve our experience of life by helping us to see the good in each other and in the world. We start lunch at noon, and begin our studies at about 12:30. In this group we strive to become our best selves, and to stay find techniques that help us to stay calm, focused and aware. Feel free to drop in to see what it’s all about! Please bring a meat-free, shellfish-free dish for yourself or to share.  No previous knowledge is needed.

On Sunday September 2 the Women’s Club will host our Annual Welcome Back Barbeque at Wilber Park from 1:00 – 3:00 PM.  All members and friends of Temple Beth El are invited.  We will provide kosher hot dogs and veggie burgers, beverages, buns and kosher pickles.  Please bring your favorite dairy-free, shellfish free side dish to share.  To help, to donate food or resources, or to RSVP, contact Phyllis Sherman at

We will celebrate Sukkot on Friday, September 28, beginning with the Kids’ Shabbat Party at 5:30 PM, and a Kids’ Service at 6:00.  At the 6:30 Shabbat Service that night, we will honor our incoming Temple Beth El Board of Trustees with a special Installation Ceremony.  Please plan on being there to recognize the good that our Board brings to the TBE community.  Services that evening will be followed by a 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 for Potluck, along with the main course dish that you bring, ensures that we have enough food for everyone. All dishes should be meat-free and shellfish-free. We are in need of “potluck people” to set up and clean up.  Please let Ken know that you will be able to make this happen!

This year’s High Holy Days take place in September as well.  I am pleased to welcome Phyllis Hoffman, a veteran Cantorial Soloist, who will be joining me on the bima to help provide musical leadership and enrichment for our worship experience.  I trust that you will come to appreciate her gifts as much as I already have.

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

Kol tuv (all the good),
Rabbi Molly Karp