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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

Messages from the Rabbi

February 2018

  • Posted on January 28, 2018


Last week I attended the annual clergy alumni retreat of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality.  At this retreat, a group of over 50 rabbis and cantors gathered to meditate, pray, sing, study, and practice silence.  I return to you …

Rabbi Molly Karp’s Adult Education Classes

  • Posted on January 27, 2018

Classes follow 9:30 am Torah Study

Torah study is interactive
No preparation required
We read the weekly portion together

February “Lunch and Learn”

Saturday, February 3rd and 17th at noon

Our Lunch and Learn Program will introduce

January 2018

  • Posted on January 1, 2018


Many of us have had the experience of doing the mitzvah of consoling a mourner, also known as making a shiva call.   A workshop on How to Make a Shiva Visit and/or Lead a Shiva Minyan will take place …

December 2017

  • Posted on November 28, 2017


Many of us have had the experience of doing the mitzvah of Bikkur Cholim, visiting the sick.   This mitzvah is considered to be so important that our tradition teaches that it is one of the obligations that are without …

November 2017

  • Posted on October 29, 2017


On Yom Kippur I spoke about lashon hara, gossip.  Continuing our community work on the Jewish Middah (soul trait) of Shmirat HaLashon, the Guarding of Speech, I would like to re-share with you here the 10 steps to …

October 2017

  • Posted on September 26, 2017


As we discussed during the High Holy Days, Leviticus 19:17 teaches: “You shall not hate your kinsfolk in your heart; rebuke your kinsman and do not incur guilt because of him”. This year we are working as a community …

September 2017

  • Posted on August 29, 2017


We will celebrate Shabbat as a community on Friday night September 1st at 6:00 PM, followed by our first potluck dinner of the year, and on Friday September 15th at 7:30. I hope that you …

Rabbi Karp’s Schedule

  • Posted on August 15, 2017

Rabbi Karp will be in Oneonta on the following Friday-Saturday dates:
She will be available at other times by phone and by e-mail.

2017 – 2018 Dates of Visits to Temple Beth El (tentative)

8/17-19                        Board Meeting (Thursday)

August 2017

  • Posted on August 8, 2017

Welcome back!

August and Labor Day Weekend are chock-full of events designed to get us back together as a community, and allow new folks to get to know us.

We will celebrate Shabbat as a community on Friday night August

June 2017

  • Posted on May 31, 2017


On Saturday morning, June 10th, at 10:00 am, we will celebrate the Bar Mitzvah of Max Gelbsman.  The Gelbsman family are active, long-time, multi-generational members of the congregation.  Please do plan on being there to celebrate …

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