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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

June 2019

Friends

At the end of this month, my time as your rabbi will come to an end.  For those of you who opened your hearts, your minds, your souls and your homes to me, thank you.  I have enjoyed getting to know you, serving you as your rabbi, praying, learning and laughing with you, sharing meals with you, rejoicing with you at your simchas, and supporting you during the challenging times that life brought you, and us.  Thank you for bringing yourselves to the table, and for allowing me to sit there with you

Those of you who have become my friends will, I hope, continue to be so.  You will always know where to find me, and you will always be able to count on me as your friend, even when I am no longer your rabbi

It is my hope for all of the members of Temple Beth El that you open your hearts and minds to my successor, and that you allow him or her to serve you as your rabbi to the best of their ability.  I hope that you meet and welcome the new rabbi without prejudgment.  Just as I could never be, and did not try to be, Rabbi Roberts, so too your new rabbi deserves the opportunity to be him or herself and to be valued and respected as such

It is a hard truth that in order to survive, the Temple Beth El community will need to pull together as one; to remember your shared purpose; to find common ground with each other, and to remember that only united as one will you survive as a community.  All of the Temple Beth El constituent groups: Shabbat worshippers, adult learners, families with children, members of the men’s and women’s clubs, movie night-goers, and High Holiday worshippers, are equally needed to sustain the Temple. Each group must care about and support the needs of the others.  It is my sincere hope that you will find it in your hearts to do so, and that Temple Beth El will continue as a vibrant community for many years to come.

May God bless you and keep you;
so may it be God’s will
May God shine the Divine face upon you and grant you grace;
so may it be God’s will
May God lift the Divine face to you and grant you peace;
So may it be God’s will

Wishing you kol tuv,
Rabbi Molly Karp