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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

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 …

May 2017

  • Posted on April 29, 2017

On April 22, over 100 people from the Oneonta community gathered for an interfaith event dedicated to American principles of democracy and religious freedom. The theme of the event was the repudiation of anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, but more importantly honoring

April 2017

  • Posted on April 2, 2017


             This month we celebrate Passover, the foundational event of the People of Israel.  The book of Exodus tells the story of the ancient Israelites’ bondage in the land of Egypt and their liberation from that bondage to serve …

March 2017

  • Posted on March 2, 2017


This month we will celebrate two exciting events.  On Friday March 10th at 7:30 PM, we will celebrate Purim with a performance of “The Motown Megillah”, followed by our traditional hamentaschen oneg.  Please let me …

February 2017

  • Posted on February 4, 2017


The book of Exodus depicts the story of the ancient Israelites’ bondage in the land of Egypt and their liberation from that bondage to serve God in the wilderness. Of all of the Torah, this is one of the …

January 2017

  • Posted on January 5, 2017


During Chanukah, we read the end of the story of Joseph.  At the beginning of Joseph’s story, we learn that he tells of his gifts of insight without any apparent thought or purpose.  Time and again his ego causes …

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