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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

November 2018


Several years ago, in order to close our annual budget gap, we began the Chai to Life Campaign, which asked for monthly donations of $18 a month above dues.  Many of you have participated, and you have made a real difference.  We continue to have an annual shortfall; I received the following suggested plan to address the shortfall from Hudi Podolsky and Jay Bosley, new members of TBE, who have made the first pledge and ask others to match it:

“When we considered moving to Hartwick, one of our concerns was, would there be a synagogue and a Jewish community close by.  We were delighted to find the warm, welcoming community of Beth El, with an excellent Rabbi and a beautiful sanctuary. As part of learning about the community we wanted to know about its financial health, its ability to be there for us in the future and to be there for others seeking a Jewish home. We learned that the congregation has been running an annual deficit for some time, taking the shortfall out of reserves. Any family that has had to use savings to meet routine expenses knows that this is cause for concern. We believe this problem needs a solid long term solution and we’re willing to engage in a discussion of alternatives.  But for the current year, we are making a substantial contribution above our dues to help meet the $5000 shortfall, and we hope others who have the means will join us.

I would like to thank Jay and Hudi for their already-demonstrated generosity to our Temple, and to encourage all to seriously consider this idea.  If 10 families contributed $500 each, or 20 contributed $250, we could get out of the red and into the black.  Please contact me if you’d like to talk about it, or send your donation to the Temple marked “Retire the Deficit”.

We will celebrate Shabbat together on Friday, November 9 and November 30 at 7:30 PM.   

Shabbat Morning Torah Study will meet on Saturday, November 10 and December 1.  Coffee and Shmooze starts at 9:00 AM, followed by Torah Study at 9:30 AM.  We are reading the Book of Samuel. No previous knowledge is needed.  Please note that this group is lively, opinionated, vociferous and at times argumentative.  We have a lot of fun!! 

Lunch and Learn will meet on Saturday, November 10 and December 1 as well.  We have turned our attention to Wise Aging, a program that provides new resources and support to live the later years with spirit, resilience, and wisdom.  I have a few books left; to obtain one, please send an $18 check to me at the Temple, made out to the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund. We start lunch at noon, and begin our studies at about 12:30. Please free to drop in to see what it’s all about, and bring a meat-free, shellfish-free lunch 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