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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

October 2018


We will celebrate Shabbat together on Friday, October 12 at 7:30 PM.   I hope you will be there!!

The Kids’ Shabbat Party and Kabbalat Shabbat Services will meet on Friday October 26 at 5:30. Parents may bring a meat-free, shellfish-free dinner for their kids to eat then, if they wish. Friends and members of all ages, both the young and the young of heart, are welcome!!  This is a great opportunity for intergenerational connection; please join us!!

The Congregational Shabbat Service on October 26 will begin at 6:30, 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 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!

Temple Beth El has converted!!!!  We have entirely switched from disposable single-use plates, cups and cutlery to materials that are fully compostable!!  I have been taking our compost home to my pile, but if you compost and would like to share the wealth, please let me know!!!

Shabbat Morning Torah Study will meet on Saturday, October 13 and 27Coffee 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 October 13 and 27 as well.  We will be turning our attention to Wise Aging, a program of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, my other spiritual home away from home.   This program provides new resources and support to live the later years with spirit, resilience, and wisdom.  It is based on a book by my friend and teacher, the late Rabbi Rachel Cowan, may her memory be for a blessing, and Dr. Linda Thal.  I have a limited number of books for the group; to reserve a copy, 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. In this group we strive to become our best selves, and to find techniques that help us to stay calm, focused and aware. 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.

Your feedback on this year’s High Holy Day experience is welcome and necessary.  Please share your thoughts directly with me, both about things you enjoyed or areas that you think we can improve on.  In this way, I will be able to hear your ideas directly from you, understand directly from you what you are thinking and feeling, and work towards improving our experience next year.

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

Kol tuv (all the good), Rabbi Molly Karp