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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

May 2018

  • Posted on April 29, 2018


The Kids’ Shabbat Party will gather to celebrate Shabbat Friday, May 4th at 5:30.  Parents are invited to bring a meat-free, shell-fish free dinner for their kids so that they can eat before services.  Services that night …

April 2018

  • Posted on March 26, 2018


The Kids’ Shabbat Party will gather to celebrate Passover on Friday, April 6 at 5:00.  Parents are invited to bring a kosher for Passover (no bread or pasta, but rice, quinoa, and beans are ok!) meat-free, shell-fish free …

March 2018

  • Posted on March 26, 2018


I am happy to let you know that I have accepted the congregation’s invitation to serve as your rabbi for the coming year.  I am grateful that at the meeting to renew my contract, congregants were able to articulate …

Rabbi Molly Karp’s Adult Education Classes

  • Posted on March 25, 2018

Classes follow 9:30 am Torah Study

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

May “Lunch and Learn”

Saturday, May 5th and 19th at noon

Our Lunch and Learn Program will introduce Mindfulness Practice

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 …

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 …

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