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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

President’s Messages

President’s Message – September 2022

  • Posted on September 15, 2022

Interim President’s Message: Fall is around the corner. It is the season of change. Soon the leaves will be turning to gemstone colors and drifting and weaving their way down to the earth. Here in the northeast, nature’s Autumn coincides with our High Holy Days.  How fitting that is because our “Days of Awe” are about Continue Reading »

President’s Message — July 2021

  • Posted on July 9, 2021

The weather has been wonderful. Our services are being held again in person. We are continuing to offer Zoom services to see if that encourages more participation. Our lay led services have been well attended on Friday evenings. Barbara Roberts, Hollie Jaffe, and Aaron Harrison all did a wonderful job of leading us in prayers Continue Reading »

President’s Message — June 2021

  • Posted on June 9, 2021

We have held our first in person service and it was a huge success. Barbara Roberts returned to Oneonta to lead the service. Her voice and guitar playing were as beautiful as ever. Thank you, Barbara for getting us started again. Barbara’s message that night was based on Shavuot and the good fortune that we Continue Reading »

President’s Message — May 2021

  • Posted on May 9, 2021

I am happy to announce that we will be opening for in person services at Temple Beth El this month. To overcome this long period of isolation, we must embark on a mission of togetherness and community building. We want to reunite our congregational family. We will have to follow CDC and NY State guidelines Continue Reading »

President’s Message — April 2021

  • Posted on April 9, 2021

Dear Friends, I hope your Passover was warm and bright and filled with foods that tickled your memory and taste buds from Passover’s of the past. I feel as if our journey this year was somewhat like fleeing from Egypt. We had an unexpected start to the COVID-19 journey, we wandered in the wilderness with Continue Reading »

President’s Column — March 2021

  • Posted on March 2, 2021

The Stories We Tell Matter This past week my son Ed, who lives in Houston, Texas, experienced a few catastrophic days as Houston was engulfed in a cold snap and snowstorm. He was without power and water for two and a half days. (Oh, that first shower must have felt good.) Others in Houston experienced Continue Reading »

President’s Column — February 2021

  • Posted on February 4, 2021

At our next Trustees meeting we will be thinking about ways to innovate our Purim Celebration this year. Purim last year was celebrated right in our sanctuary with about 20 people attending in person. It is hard to believe that after Purim, we will have celebrated all our holidays in the midst of COVID-19 with Continue Reading »