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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

December 2018


Many thanks to those of you who made donations to help retire the deficit.  I hope that more of you will be inspired to do the same.

We recently welcomed new members to the Temple: Tamar Freund; Tyler and Kari Miller and their daughters Eliana, Samara, Johana, Natana, Talyah, and Aviyah; and Lisa Feliu Peck, who grew up at Temple Beth El, and her new baby Olivia, who will receive her Hebrew name at Shabbat Services during Chanukah on December 7.  Please welcome these new members of the community when you meet them!

We will celebrate Chanukah together on Friday December 7 with services at 6:30 PM.  Please bring your menorah and candles and come at 6:15 to set them up in the Sanctuary!!  Many thanks to Howard Kaminsky, whose generous donation to the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund provided 3D Chanukah glasses and chocolate gelt for all!!  Services that night will be followed by our famous Latke Potluck Dinner at 7:30. We provide the latkes, you bring your usual potluck offerings. 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.  RSVP’s for Potluck, along with the meat-free, shellfish-free dish that you bring, help us to make sure that we have enough food for everyone.  We are in need of more “potluck people” to participate in set-up and clean-up.  Please do let Ken know,,  if you will be attending the potluck, what you will bring, and if you can help participate in setting up.

Shabbat Morning Torah Study will meet on Saturday, December 8.  Coffee and Shmooze starts at 9:00 AM followed by Torah Study at 9:30 AM. We are considering a new Shabbat and Festival prayerbook that has extensive transliteration, which would make it much easier for people to participate in the prayers.  If you would like a chance to see and learn about the new Prayerbook, come for Coffee and Shmooze, when we will be exploring and discussing the new book.     In Torah Study 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 December 8 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 only 1 book left; to claim it, 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