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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 — March 2019

  • Posted on February 27, 2019

At Temple Beth El, we face the same challenges as other synagogues across North America. Jewish continuity, the continuation of Judaism and Jewish culture from one generation to the next, has for decades been a serious concern in America, and …

President’s Column — January 2019

  • Posted on January 8, 2019

Temple Beth El continues to move forward. We have core groups of members who participate in the facets of synagogue life they most enjoy (services, adult education, Israeli movies, Women’s and Men’s Club, etc.), our committee structure, the lifeblood of …

President’s Column — December 2018

  • Posted on November 28, 2018

At a time when researchers report that record numbers of Jewish people are uninterested in Judaism, shunning affiliation with synagogues, and assimilating in historically high numbers, Temple Beth El is enjoying a very exciting moment. As you read this, our …

President’s Column — November 2018

  • Posted on October 27, 2018

Walking into Temple Beth El, one immediately approaches the wall of yahrzeit plaques memorializing our synagogue’s loved ones. The tiny lights always attract the attention of those who are not Jewish and do not know about our customs. For us, …

President’s Column — October 2018

  • Posted on October 10, 2018

Below is President Ken Sider’s address to the congregation during the Kol Nidrei service.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, Shanah tovah. I’d like to welcome everyone, our loyal members and the guests who have joined us tonight for …

President’s Column — September 2018

  • Posted on August 28, 2018

Welcome back! Our summer hiatus has officially ended, and life has returned to our synagogue. Shabbat services, adult education, and potlucks have been held, plus, a Selichot service and BBQ in the park are coming. Please check the Shofar and …

President’s Column — July 2018

  • Posted on June 28, 2018

Our annual congregational meeting was held on June 21, and we covered a lot of ground. In my remarks on the State of the Shul, I shared my prognosis for Temple Beth El from two opposing points of view: pessimism …

President’s Column — June 2018

  • Posted on May 30, 2018

Believe it or not, Temple Beth El is winding down its 83rd year. Given the size of our town, the even smaller size of the Jewish community, and the fact that so many Conservative synagogues in America have merged …

President’s Column — May 2018

  • Posted on April 29, 2018

President’s Speech from the Holocaust Remembrance Service – Yom HaShoah

Temple Beth El is sponsoring a community interfaith program titled A Season of Faith and Understanding that brings people together to learn more about other religions in Oneonta and to …

President’s Column – April 2018

  • Posted on March 26, 2018

Periodically, a member comes to me to question our synagogue’s denominational identity. It’s a good question. Are we really a Conservative synagogue? Or are our practices more aligned with the Reform movement? Some members have expressed a preference for Reconstructionist …