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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

Messages from the Rabbi

February 2020

  • Posted on February 4, 2020

Dear Congregation,

A popular slogan of our time is “you are what you eat”. There is far more truth to this than one might think, in fact, our tradition teaches us that what we eat has a tremendous influence not …

January 2020

  • Posted on December 30, 2019

Dear Congregation,

On January 10th we observe one of the minor but important fast days of the Jewish year. This is the fast of Asarah B’Tevet the Tenth of Tevet, (Tevet being the tenth month of the Jewish year). The …

December 2019

  • Posted on December 30, 2019

Dear Congregation,

Having a great interest in history, the story of Hanukah presents an interesting question. Do we base our belief and faith on myths or on verifiable history?  History can uncover the truth and to dispel myths believed in …

November 2019

  • Posted on October 30, 2019

Dear Congregation,

By the time you receive this newsletter the High Holiday season will be over but it is still not too late to wish everyone a happy healthy prosperous and blessed new year and may we all be inscribed …

October 2019

  • Posted on October 30, 2019

Dear Congregation,

A few thoughts about prayer.

As we all know the prime ritual of the High Holy Days is prayer. However, God does not need our prayers; it is man who feels the need to pray. It is therefore …

September 2019

  • Posted on August 15, 2019

Dear Beth El Congregation,

When you receive this article we will be entering the month of Elul (Rosh Chodesh is on 8/31 and 9/1), the month leading up to Rosh Hashanah the start of a New Year. Commentators explain that …

Summer 2019

  • Posted on June 30, 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 …