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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
Timeless Tales, Modern Sensibilities: A Deep Look at the Books of Esther and Ruth
Monday, January 23 at 7:45 pm
Discover contemporary meaning in timeless texts during this 10-week class on the stories in the Scrolls of Esther and Ruth. Dive into the lives of these two heroic women who changed the course of history, leaving a legacy that influences our lives today. This class is offered by Melton in Kansas City.
Dates: Mondays, January 23 & 30, February 6, 13, 20, 27, March 13, 20, 27, April 3
Time: 7:45-9:15 pm Location: Zoom
For more information, contact the TBE office.
Nechamen/Chernick Breakfast & Annual Meeting
Sunday, March 19 at 9:30 am
Please join us in person (& online) as we honor Rhonda (Ronnie) Goldberg for her many years of dedicated volunteer work for TBE at the Nechamen/Chernick Breakfast. Rhonda has a long history at TBE, having grown up at the synagogue and graduating from its United Hebrew School. As an adult, she has dedicated many long hours to TBE for years. She initially served 2 terms on our Board of Trustees, and for the past 10 years has been our Recording Secretary and on the Executive Board. Rhonda was co-chair of the Crystal Concert Celebration committee this past August, honoring Rabbi Wallk. She has held many other important roles at TBE.
The breakfast menu includes: bagels, lox, and fixings; spinach/mushroom and cheese (egg) frittatas (gluten-free); oatmeal bar; fruit; assorted pastries; juice, coffee and tea. The cost is $15-25 per person (sliding scale). Please note: your payment is your reservation. Click here to make your reservation by March 14.
The Annual Meeting will begin immediately after the Breakfast, at 10:30 am. All TBE members are welcome to join us to hear reports on the past year's activities, plans for the upcoming year, and to vote on the slate of officers and directors. No reservations are needed to attend the Annual Meeting.
Jews & Art: The Art of the Holocaust
Tuesday, March 21 at 7:00 pm
This is the last session in our "Jews & Art" Zoom series with Simon Sibelman. “A survivor fears he or she may be the last to remember, the last to warn, the last to tell the tale that must be told in its totality before it is too late,” remarked Elie Wiesel. But is it possible to recount that history “in its totality”? What about the millions of silenced voices? Some of the Jewish victims turned to art in order to communicate what they suffered, what they experienced. This lecture will focus on art of the Holocaust, that which was created in the living hell during those dark years, and works that emerged in the aftermath.
Contact the TBE office for the Zoom link.
Katz Family Library Book Group
Wednesday, March 22 at 10:30 am
The book group will meet via Zoom to discuss "Defending Britta Stein" by Ronald Balson. Chicago restaurateur Ole Henryks is considered a hero by many for his actions in Nazi-occupied Denmark during World War II. 90-year-old Britta Stein thinks otherwise and levels accusations via graffiti on his restaurants. Attorney Catherine Lockhart, with the help of her investigator husband, Liam Taggert, defends her. This is a thrilling take on a modern courtroom drama and a masterful rendition of Denmark’s wartime heroics.
Contact the TBE office for the Zoom link.
A Conversation with Yossi Klein Halevi
Thursday, March 23 at 7:00 pm
What is happening in Israel? How do we as American Jews who care and love Israel respond? Yossi Klein Halevi is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author who has spoken at TBE numerous times over the years. He is a senior fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. Together with Imam Abdullah Antepli of Duke University, he co-directs the Institute's Muslim Leadership Initiative, which teaches emerging young Muslim American leaders about Judaism, Jewish identity and Israel. Halevi’s 2013 book, "Like Dreamers," won the Jewish Book Council's Everett Book of the Year Award. His latest book, "Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor," is a New York Times bestseller. He writes for leading op-ed pages in the US, including the Times and the Wall Street Journal, and is a former contributing editor to the New Republic.
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.