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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

January 2019


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.

After review by a number of congregants and approval by the Board, I am pleased to let you know that we will be purchasing new prayerbooks for Shabbat and Festivals.  These books, titled Lev Shalem, A Whole Heart, are newly published by the Conservative movement.  Most importantly, this siddur has extensive transliteration, which will allow everyone to participate in all the prayers.  In addition, these books are replete with interesting commentary, contemporary and gender-neutral language, and additional readings throughout.  I think that they will really enhance our worship experience and make it much more accessible for all.

I would like to thank the anonymous donors who have already pledged to fund 20 books.  To help fund the purchase of the rest, you are invited to dedicate a book in honor of a friend, loved one, or an important event, or in memory of a loved one who has died.  A book plate will be placed in each book, with a personal dedication.  A donation of $36 or more will dedicate a regular-size book, and a donation of $54 or more will dedicate a large-print book.

In the spirit of Hakkarat HaTov, Recognizing the Good, I would like to acknowledge Phyllis Sherman for her tireless energy in organizing the new Hakkarat Hatov section of the Shofar, written each month by a different congregant.  I hope that you will take the time to notice this section, and also to get to know the Board member that is introduced each month.

We will celebrate Shabbat together on Friday, January 11 at 7:30 PM, and on Friday January 25 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,, 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, January 12 and 26.   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 meet on Saturday January 12 and 26 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.  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 at any time.

Kol tuv (all the good), Rabbi Molly Karp