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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

February 2019

Friends,

In the spirit of Hakkarat HaTov, Recognizing the Good, I would like to thank those of you who made donations to help retire the deficit.  I hope that more of you will be inspired to do the same.

Also, I would like to thank Howard Kaminsky for his generous donation to the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund, which allowed me to purchase a copy of Robert Alter’s new “The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary”.  The 3-volume set has already begun to enhance and deepen our study of the Book of Kings, and promises to be a wonderful ongoing addition to Torah Study.

On a very different note, it is my sad experience that many whose families turn to me and TBE upon their deaths have made no end of life or burial plans.  This leaves survivors in the terrible position of having to make arrangements at the same time as they are grieving the death of a loved one.  This is an enormous burden to leave behind. To help us learn how to prevent that situation we will hold a workshop for members and friends of Temple Beth El on end of life matters such as health care proxies, living wills and burial plans.  Watch for details on this workshop, coming soon.

We will celebrate Shabbat together on Friday, February 8 at 7:30 PM, and on Friday February 22 at 6:30 PM, followed by Potluck. 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, ksider@hotmail.com, 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, February 9 and 23.   Coffee and Shmooze starts at 9:00 AM followed by Torah Study at 9:30 AM.  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 likewise meet on Saturday February 9 and 23.  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.  We start lunch at noon, and begin our studies at 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 rabbimollykarp@gmail.comat any time.

Kol tuv (all the good),
Rabbi Molly Karp