Greetings everyone, Our school is off to a great start this year! The children studied all the High Holidays, learned about and decorated the Sukka, made flags, danced at Simchat Torah and blessed their pets at a special outside classroom event for Parsha Noah. Later this month the students will go to Brandall Estates with the Cantor for a Friday night Shabbat service with the residents. Read More
In years past when there were no internet, no TV and no radio, news got around slowly. In the 19th century and early 20th, people would gather in homes and in synagogues to share and discuss the latest news, which may have been days or even weeks old. Today news reaches the public almost as it happens. Read More
Now that all of the Jewish holidays are complete and we all feel reJEWvenated, the secular community barrages everyone about the upcoming holiday season. As Americans we accept that all of this is part of our culture. As Jews it is a good idea to keep things in perspective.
First there is Halloween, a holiday that public schools endorse as if it were a totally secular holiday. We should remember that it has its roots in paganism, and even more importantly it is the current holy day for the Wiccan religion. We are admonished as Jews not to observe holidays that belong to other religions. Even so it is hard to totally avoid Halloween. My recommendation is to pass out candies to those people who come by as a kind community gesture. It is something that both Rabbi Krauss and I have done for years. Read More
Can you believe another summer has come and gone and what a summer it was. Game Days broke all records for attendance and high volumes of noise. A very special thanks to all the wonderful helpers, Gila Azran, Judy Klein, Judy Ostroff, Denise Borisch, Roz Oberson, Leona Kaplan, Cheryl Schwartz, Esther Berman, Joyce Bank and our maintenance staff. Hopefully, I have not forgotten anyone. Read More
Dear Fellow Congregant,
For the Jewish people, the shofar sound of the New Year calls us to reflect….and to contemplate. At this time of year, Jews contemplate a better way to meet future challenges. This is equally true of our congregation. As the new President of Congregation Beth El, I am very excited and honored to lead our congregation as we move forward into this new time. Read More