HAZZAN NOTES

Beth El is active in November!! On November 3 we have our annual Bazaar – please support this major fundraiser for our shul. Vendors come out with many gifts that can be used for Chanukah and in general.

On November 8 Chabad will join us once again for a delightful Friday night Shabbat dinner after services. We always enjoy their company and fine cooking. Beth El is hosting the annual community Thanksgiving service on Monday, November 25. Clergy and choirs from around the area will be participating including our own Beth El Choir. Come and support both our choir and shul in this very moving service.

Jews are often fond of Thanksgiving which has a nice Jewish connection. Pilgrims were influenced by Sukkot which is our Fall Harvest Festival and it helped translate into a wonderful American Holiday.

Chanukah in December this year starts on December 22. It is often said we owe a debt of gratitude to our Christian friends for helping to make Chanukah into a widely observed holiday. We need to remember that the themes are different and we celebrate Freedom as we remember how the Maccabees were victorious. We celebrate miracles as the oil lasted for 8 days. The Maccabees fought during Sukkot that year so it is often suggested that the eight day miracle helps make up for the loss of the Sukkot celebration.

Enjoy the upcoming Holiday season and Happy New Year!!

-Cantor Ralph Goren