Temple Beth El and Sinai Temple are co-sponsoring a very special Kabbalat Shabbat service for both congregations at TBE on Friday, May 13 at 7:30 pm. The Israeli musical group Nava Tehila will lead the service, with some help from Cantor Elise Barber and Cantor Martin Levson. The service will be followed by a festive Oneg Shabbat.
Nava Tehila (Hebrew for “beautiful praise”) is an off-shoot of the Nava Tehila Congregation in Jerusalem, a liberal, egalitarian religious community that has gained a reputation for its uplifting music. Rooted in Middle Eastern, Hasidic, contemporary Israeli, and other “world” musics, Nava Tehila’s original compositions—alternately celebratory, meditative, joyful and reflective—are designed to be participatory, with the end helping the spirit soar. The group’s original melodies can now be heard and sung in synagogues across Israel and throughout the globe.
The clergy of both synagogues are very excited to bring this incredible group to Springfield. The event is partially funded by a grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. We are very fortunate to have the opportunity to daven with Nava Tehila! We hope you can join us.
All TBE members are invited to attend the Sisterhood Torah Fund Luncheon on Wednesday, May 18 at 11:30 am. Rabbi Elyse Winick, the Jewish Chaplain at Brandeis University, will discuss "Anti-Semitism, BDS, and a Hope-Filled Future for Jewish Life on Campus."
The cost to attend is $36 per person, which includes $18 for the luncheon couvert and a donation to the Women's League for Conservative Judaism's Torah Fund. R.S.V.P. by May 9 by sending your check, payable to Torah Fund, to the TBE office, c/o Vickie Donovan.
Temple Beth El is pleased to invite the entire community to an extraordinary program on Wednesday, May 25 at 7:30 pm with David Harris, CEO of American Jewish Committee (AJC). He will discuss "Global Jewish Advocacy: A Front-Line Perspective."
For more than a century, AJC has been the leading global Jewish advocacy organization. With offices across the U.S. and around the world, and partnerships with Jewish communities worldwide, AJC works to enhance the well-being of the Jewish people and Israel, and to advance human rights and democratic values for all. David Harris is regarded as one of the top leaders of the Jewish world.
Following the program, refreshments will be served, sponsored by the Anna P. Housen Israel Desk of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts. For more information, click here.
Our new Siddur Lev Shalem has made its debut to rave reviews! We are offering you the opportunity to dedicate one or more copies of the new siddur in honor of or in memory of anyone, or to commemorate a special occasion (birthday, anniversary, wedding, birth of a child or grandchild, etc.). A bookplate will be placed in the front of each siddur with your name and message. Your help is greatly appreciated to help cover the cost of 400 books.
Hanukkah is coming, and this makes a special gift that will be used daily in our synagogue.
The cost is $36 per book. Please click here for an order form.
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