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Community Purim Celebration at TBE

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Wednesday, February 28--Get ready for another spectacular Community Purim Celebration at Temple Beth El! The evening service will begin at 6:15 pm,…
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Nechamen/Chernick Breakfast & Annual Meeting

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Sunday, March 11 at 9:15 am --Please join us to honor Elina DeAngelis and Yelena Litvinov for their extraordinary volunteer work at TBE. Together,…
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Scholar-in-Residence Weekend with Tina Wasserman

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March 16-18--Jewish food and history chef Tina Wasserman will be our Scholar-in-Residence for this weekend. There will be opportunities to hear her…
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Scholar-in-Residence Weekend with Tina Wasserman

March 16-18--Jewish food and history chef Tina Wasserman will be our Scholar-in-Residence for this weekend.  There will be opportunities to hear her speak, participate in hands-on cooking classes, and enjoy a delicious Shabbat dinner featuring her recipies.  Tina is the best-selling author of Entree to Judaism:  A Culinary Exploration of theTina Wasserman Jewish Diaspora and Entree to Judaism for Families:  Cooking and Kitchen Conversations with Children.  An award-winning cooking instructor specializing in contemporary Jewish cuisine, Tina was the food columnist for Reform Judaism magazine for 10 years, and is presently the food editor and writer for ReformJudaism.org.  In 1994, she was elected to Les Dames d'Escoffier, an international culinary society that honors select women in the food and beverage industry.

Please join us for as many activities as you wish.  Here is the schedule for the weekend:

Friday, March 16
Cooking with Tina 10:00 am
We will be preparing recipes from Tina’s cookbook to be served at our Shabbat dinner.
R.S.V.P. required for class/$20 per person

Evening Service 6:00 pm

Dinner 7:00 pm

  • Nirvana chickenEntree to Judaism
  • Cauliflower kuku
  • Carrot tzimmes with mini matzo balls
  • Potato mina de maza
  • Chocolate chip meringues
  • Fresh fruit salad
  • Challah
  • Beverages

BYOB Kosher Wine
R.S.V.P. required for dinner/$20 per person by March 2 or $25 per person after March 2

“Beyond Brisket and Bagels” 8:00 pm
A culinary explanation of Jewish traditions presented by Tina Wasserman.

Saturday, March 17
Morning Service 9:30 am
Sisterhood Shabbat
11:30 am During the service Tina will speak about the history of the Jews in the orange and chocolate trade.

Sisterhood Shabbat Kiddush Lunch 12:00 pm
Sisterhood will be sponsoring the Kiddush lunch in honor of Sisterhood Shabbat. Lunch will feature recipes prepared from Tina’s cookbook. The deluxe noodle pudding has been featured several times in the New York Times.
There is no charge to attend this event and reservations are not required.

Wine & Dessert Party 7:45 pm
“A sweet exploration of Jewish culinary tradition.” Come and learn how to prepare some of Tina’s recipes for dessert. Several are for Passover. Just a few of the desserts we will be making are as follows:

Passover Linzer Torte
Passover Pecan Biscotti
Hadgi Badah Macaroons
Moroccan Sweet Couscous
Chocolate Challah Babka Bread Pudding

(Tina says, “this class is definitely for men and women”)
R.S.V.P. required for class/$20 per person

Sunday, March 18Entree to Judaism for Families
“Passover Lunch Box” 10:30 am
Come with your children and learn how to prepare some delicious treats for Passover. This is a cooking class for parents and children. Major funding provided by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

R.S.V.P. required for class/$10 per family

Tina Wasserman’s cookbooks, Entree to Judaism:  A Culinary Exploration of the Jewish Diaspora and Entree to Judaism for Families:  Cooking and Kitchen Conversations with Children will be available to purchase Friday before Shabbat, Saturday evening and Sunday morning.

Adult Book $40 / Children's Book $25
Discounted price for both $54
These books make great hostess or afikomen gifts.

R.S.V.P. by March 2, 2018

To make reservations for these events, please contact Marie at 413-737-0170 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Any questions, please contact Caryn Resnick at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 737-0170 ext. 109

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Nechamen/Chernick Breakfast & Annual Meeting

Sunday, March 11 at 9:15 am --Please join us to honor Elina DeAngelis and Yelena Litvinov for their extraordinary volunteer work at TBE.  Together, they have Bagels IIcoordinated the successful Mishloah Manot (Purim bag) fundraiser for the past several years. The Program Committee will prepare a delicious breakfast. 

The breakfast will be prepared by the Program Committee, and the menu includes:

  • Bagels, lox and cream cheese
  • Sliced tomatoes, onions & cucumbers
  • Assorted sweet pastries
  • Yogurt cups
  • Assorted fruit
  • Orange juice, coffee and tea

The cost of the breakfast is $10 per person if reservations are made by March 5, and $15 per person after that date. 

This event raises funds for the Nechamen/Chernick Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships for member children to attend Jewish educational and summer programs.  Donations in Elina and Yelena's honor can be made to the Nechamen/Chernick Fund for future scholarships.

Contact the temple office at (413) 733-4149 to make your reservations.

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Community Purim Celebration at TBE


Wednesday, February 28--Get ready for another spectacular Community Purim Celebration at Temple Beth El!  The evening service will begin at 6:15 pm, the Megillah reading follows at 6:30 pm, andpurim mask1 the party will start at 7:45 pm.  Our friends from Sinai Temple and Congregation B'nai Torah will be joining us. 

Costumes for adults and children are encouraged, but not required.  This year's theme is "bedtime".  Come dressed in your favorite pajamas, or as a storybook character or stuffed animal.  Enjoy kid-friendly and adult beverages and "late-nite" snacks. 

We hope to see you there!

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