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Virtual Tour of the Renovated Sanctuary
High Holy Days 2022-5783
Everyone is welcome--please join us for our inspiring services, either in person or online! We have services and programs for all ages. For a complete schedule of High Holy Day services and other information, click here.
Programs & Classes
Friday, March 31 at 7:00 pm
Join us for in-person Kabbalat Shabbat services at 6:00 pm, followed by a delicious dinner with your TBE friends, prepared by Catering by Meital. The menu includes: Green salad with roasted beets, carrots, pecans & balsamic dressing; Orange chicken; Majadra rice; Bread stuffing with sauteed onions & cranberries; Sauteed green beans with tomatoes; Assorted desserts; Frest fruit; Coffee & tea.
The cost is $20-36 per person (sliding scale); free for children under 13. Contact the TBE office to make reservations. The deadline to R.S.V.P. is March 24.
Book Discussion with Rachel Korazim
Sunday, April 16 at 10:00 am
As a follow-up to our discussion of the documentary "The Last Chapter of A.B. Yehoshua," we will discuss the the novel "A Journey to the End of the Millennium" by this Israeli author. In the year 999, when Ben Attar, a Moroccan Jewish merchant, takes a second wife, he commits an act whose unforeseen consequences will forever alter his family, his relationships, his business--his life. In an attempt to forestall conflict and advance his business interests at the same time, Ben Attar undertakes his annual journey to Europe with both his first wife and his new wife. The trip is the beginning of a profound human drama whose moral conflicts of fidelity and desire resonate with those of our time. Yehoshua renders the medieval world of Jewish and Christian culture and trade with astonishing depth and sensuous detail. Through the trials of a medieval merchant, the renowned author explores the deepest questions about the nature of morality, character, codes of human conduct, and matters of the heart.
Contact the TBE office for the Zoom link.
Israel 75 Live
Tuesday, April 25 at 7:00 pm
Join us in person for our community-wide celebration of Israel's 75th birthday! Our guests will be Joel Chasnoff and Benji Lovitt, comedians and co-authors of the forthcoming book "Israel 201: Your Next-Level Guide to the Magic, Mystery, and Chaos of Life in the Holy Land." They will speak about their new book, make us laugh, shed some light on the challenges Israel faces today, show you the Israel you didn't know you didn't know. Their hope is that you'll leave with as many questions as answers!
Visit https://tinyurl.com/Israel75 to register.
There is no charge to attend this event, thanks to the generosity of Temple Beth El, the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts, the Harold Grinspoon Foundation, Springfield JCC, Sinai Temple, Geoff & Jane Berman, Ben & Adena Falk, Bill & Susan Firestone, Stanley & Candy Glazer, Marc & Susan Goldman, Robyn Newhouse, Stan & Sue Polansky, Diane Troderman, and the Fred & Ruth Weiss Fund for Israel.
Katz Family Library Book Group
Wednesday, April 26 at 10:30 am
The book group will meet via Zoom to discuss "The Last Rose of Shanghai" by Weina Di Randel. In Japanese-occupied Shanghai in 1940, two people from different cultures are drawn together by fate and music. Aiyi Shao is a young heiress and the owner of a formerly popular Shanghai nightclub. Ernest Reismann is a penniless Jewish refugee driven out of Germany, an outsider searching for shelter in a city wary of strangers. He loses nearly all hope until he crosses paths with Aiyi. When she hires Ernest to play piano at her club, her defiance of custom causes a sensation. His instant fame makes Aiyi’s club once again the hottest spot in Shanghai. Soon they realize they share more than a passion for jazz—but their differences seem insurmountable, and Aiyi is engaged to another man. As the war escalates, Aiyi and Ernest find themselves torn apart, and their choices between love and survival grow more desperate. In the face of overwhelming odds, a chain of events is set in motion that will change both their lives forever.
Contact the office for the Zoom link.
The Rabbinical Assembly Guide
The Rabbinical Assembly Passover guide is a brief outline of the policies and procedures relevant to the preparation of a kosher for Passover home in accordance with the principles of Conservative Judaism and our understanding of Jewish Law.
Click here for the guide.
Crystal Concert Celebration
August 28, 2022
Our fundraiser honoring Rabbi Amy Wallk for her 15 years of leadership at Temple Beth El was spectacular! From the cocktail reception with background music by Shalom Orchestra, to the Broadway-quality concert featuring Cantor Magda Fishman, and the dessert buffet, it was quite an evening. Thank you to the committee members, the staff, and our many generous donors and attendees for making the event such a success!
Click here to see the virtual Ad Journal.
Click here to see photos of the event.
Click here to watch a recording of the concert.