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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 Column — October 2017

  • Posted on September 26, 2017

The shofar’s final blast brought the very difficult Jewish year 5777 to an end. As American Jews, we endured shocks to our sense of safety and belonging that were unexpected. Divisions within Israel about prayer at the Western Wall are …

President’s Column — September 2017

  • Posted on August 29, 2017

In 2017, who would imagine that white nationalists would lash out as they have in Charlottesville? Further shocking news was that Congregation Beth Israel in Charlottesville had their Shabbat morning service interrupted by armed neo-Nazis bearing swastika flags and chanting …

President’s Column — August 2017

  • Posted on August 8, 2017

It is time to begin thinking about a new year at Temple Beth El. At this time, we are planning the Holy Days and finalizing our calendar for the year.

In the past, we have always held our annual community …

President’s Column — June 2017

  • Posted on May 31, 2017

On April 30, Rabbi Karp, Alice Lichtenstein, Jim Bervcovitz, Howard Kaminsky, and I attended a conference for Conservative Jewish synagogues at Temple Shaara Tfille in Saratoga Springs, NY.  The conference, titled Small &Thriving Congregations, was dedicated to helping leaders of …

President’s Column — 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

President’s Column – April 2017

  • Posted on April 2, 2017

One important but lesser known aspect of a synagogue president’s role is maintaining relationships with other houses of worship. Thanks to Hollie Jaffe, our synagogue’s long-time representative on the Oneonta interfaith committee, we have been well represented in the community. …

President’s Column — March 2017

  • Posted on March 2, 2017

Life at Temple Beth El has been quiet lately. We continue to enjoy active participation in services, adult education, and Men’s Club, but have many empty seats at our monthly Israeli Film Series. The Board has been working hard to …

President’s Column — February 2017

  • Posted on February 4, 2017

Temple President Ken Sider was a speaker at the Oneonta NAACP’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration on January 15, 2017, at the The Red Door Church of Oneonta. His comments are below.

Martin Luther King Jr. understood discrimination, oppression, and …

President’s Column — January 2017

  • Posted on January 5, 2017

If the past few months is a predictor of the year ahead of us, I am bracing for a tumultuous 2017. As Temple Beth El’s president, I have two overriding new year’s concerns. The first is the financial well-being of …