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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

Summer 2019

Dear Beth El Congregation,

I am delighted to have been chosen as your next rabbi.  I would personally like to thank the members for their confidence and voting for me. A special thanks to Mr. Kenneth Sider who shepherded the entire process and the wonderful reception I received from all the attendees during my Shabbat audition.

I very much look forward to meeting and getting to know you all in early September and during the High Holydays for which I am planning a wonderful and meaningful service. If in the meantime anyone would like to talk to me or have any questions please feel free to email me at geofield@gmail.com with your phone number and I will respond promptly.

If you enjoy synagogue music you can hear me sing some traditional and some personal compositions on You Tube by searching for Cantor Yehudah Hirschfeld. These are mostly serious compositions.  In synagogue I sing mostly congregational melodies.

As I will be entering your world and you mine, following is a poem that can be related to the promise that this opportunity offers.

Either you will
go through this door
or you will not go through.
If you go through
there is always the risk
of remembering your name.
Things look at you doubly
and you must look back
and let them happen.
If you do not go through
it is possible
to live worthily
to maintain your attitudes
to hold your position
to die bravely
but much could blind you,
much will evade you,
at what cost who knows?
The door itself makes no promises.
It is only a door.

Adrienne Rich

Summer is a time for renewal and the planting of seeds that we hope will sprout in the coming year which we celebrate during the High Holy Days. I came across a wonderful summer planting guide on the Internet from a Rabbi Noveoseller which I would like to share with you.

FOR THE GARDEN OF YOUR DAILY LIVING

PLANT THREE ROWS OF PEAS:                PLANT FOUR ROWS OF SQUASH:
1. Peace of mind                                            1. Squash gossip
2. Peace of heart                                            2. Squash indifference
3. Peace of soul                                              3. Squash grumbling
                                                                        4. Squash selfishness

PLANT FOUR ROWS OF LETTUCE:            NO GARDEN WITHOUT TURNIPS:
1. Lettuce be faithful                                        1. Turnip for meetings
2. Lettuce be kind                                            2. Turnip for service
3. Lettuce be patient                                        3. Turnip to help one another
4. Lettuce really love one another

TO CONCLUDE OUR GARDEN WE MUST HAVE THYME:
1. Thyme for family
2. Thyme for each other
3. Thyme for friends

WATER FREELY WITH PATIENCE AND CULTIVATE WITH LOVE. THERE IS MUCH FRUIT IN YOUR GARDEN BECAUSE YOU REAP WHAT YOU SOW.

PLANT NOW AND HARVEST FOR A LIFE “THYME”.

I wish everyone a happy and healthy summer. See you in September.

Rabbi George Hirschfeld