This year, we have planned a series of workshops during the month of September/Elul with Rabbi Katz and Cantor Barber. In Jewish tradition, the month of Elul is a time of repentance and preparation for Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur. We hope you will take advantage of these special opportunities to make the High Holy Days more meaningful.
High Holy Day Music and Liturgy with Cantor Barber (3:30 - 4:30 pm) -- Come explore the meanings of our High Holy Day prayers, learn the holiday tunes, and have a chance to share some of your favorite melodies in this class wich will help you prepare for the chagim (holidays) emotionally, spiritually, and musically.
An In-Depth Look at the Torah and Haftarah Readings with Rabbi Katz (4:30 - 5:30 pm) -- Together we will look closely at the High Holy Day Torah and Haftarah readings. What were the rabbis thinking when they chose these texts? How might these texts bring deep meaning to our lives?
No previous experience or knowledge is required, and all are welcome! There is no cost to attend, but reservations are requested by September 7. Contact the TBE office at 733-4149 or click here to R.S.V.P.
We are offering the opportunity to wish family and friends a sweet New Year with our Rosh HaShanah gift bags. You can send these to children who are away from home, friends and family living in a different town or state--the possibilities are endless! Each bag includes honey, chocolate candy made in Israel, other goodies, and a holiday card from the sender.
Order forms are due by September 14. Please click here to download a form, and send it in to the temple office with your check. Thank you for your support of this fundraiser!
Ben Gurion Professor Alon Tal will discuss his book, The Land is Full: Addressing Overpopulation in Israel, at Temple Beth El on Tuesday, September 20 at 7:00 pm. This special program is co-sponsored by TBE and the Springfield JCC.
Israel faces unprecedented social and environmental crises: poverty and inequality in the Jewish state have reached exceptional dimensions, while ecological indicators reflect burgeoning pollution levels, dwindling natural resources and biodiversity collapse. This is a book that will change the discourse about Zionism and Israel's future.
The cost to attend is free for JCC and TBE members with pre-registration (contact the JCC at 739-4715 to pre-register), or $5 at the door. The cost is $5 for the general public with pre-registration or $8 at the door.
Please join us for our Selihot program, which will feature the short Israeli documentary, Women in Sink. The program begins at 7:30 pm with Havdalah and a dessert reception, followed by the film at 8:00 pm. At the conclusion of the movie (at approximately 9:00 pm), there will be a musical service led by Rabbi Katz and Cantor Barber, including the traditional changing of the Torah covers by members of our congregation.
Women in Sink is a 36-minute documentary from 2015, which has garnered numerous awards at film festivals around the world. Directed and produced by Iris Zaki, it tells the story of a little hair salon called Fifi's, owned by two Christian Arab women in Haifa, Israel, that is beloved by both Jewish and Arab women. The director installs a camera over the washing basin where she chats with the clients she is shampooing. She paints an unexpected choral portrait of this remarkable space that provides a temporary freedom in which Arab and Jewish women share their differences and a community of views on politics, history and love.
Please join us for this special evening!
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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