April 20, 2014   20 Nisan 5774
Temple Beth-El South Bend IN 
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Rabbi's Welcome  

Welcome to Temple Beth-El!  I am delighted that you are interested in our congregation and its activities.  Rabbi Eric SirokaAs the congregation’s rabbi I look forward to engaging with you about your potential involvement in our community.  We love when our building is filled with the many wonderful occasions we enjoy – from ritual observances to life cycle celebrations to social gatherings, and especially when someone expresses an interest in joining our community. You can be part of the great joy of Temple!  Now is a great time to become part of the Temple Beth-El family:  for your child’s Jewish education; for your own personal fulfillment through community involvement; for finding Jewish friends in the neighborhood – Temple Beth-El can help you reach these goals. Consider yourself warmly invited to join us at one of our many upcoming activities.  I hope to continue building the special relationship that I cherish with so many members of the congregation.  We hope to hear from you soon.  For more information about Temple Beth-El, please call, write or drop on by!
Most sincerely-

Rabbi Eric J. Siroka

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Response to shooting in Kansas City: A Modern Plague of Violence

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Upcoming Events  
April 2014
04/20 -  Women's Seder (4:00 PM)
04/21 -  Passover Yizkor Service (10:30 AM)
04/22 -  Taste of Text (12:00 PM to 1:00 PM)
04/22 -  Temple Board Meeting (7:00 PM)
04/23 -  Religious School (4:30 PM to 6:00 PM)
04/25 -  Shabbat Evening Service (5:30 PM)
04/26 -  Shabbat Morning Service (10:30 AM)
04/27 -  Religious School (9:45 AM to 12:15 PM)
04/29 -  Taste of Text (12:00 PM to 1:00 PM)
04/30 -  Religious School (4:30 PM to 6:00 PM)
The Rabbi's Corner  

On Tuesdays we will resume Taste of Text – our usual noontime exploration of Jewish texts, themes and traditions.

(note there will be no session on October 8)

Following many seasons of this excellent opportunity to learn together we will begin a thorough and engaging examination of the siddur; our prayer is both the guide for our worship services and perhaps the most significant collection of Jewish literature – encompassing biblical, rabbinic, medieval and modern materials and motifs. We will first overview the order and array of the standard service – its prayers, themes and sections. We will continue investigating key passages, looking at their textual origins, initial intent, and how they have been made meaningful over the ages. Each Tuesday sessions is from 12-1 p.m., and all adult members of the Temple community are encouraged to attend. Participation for any given week is not based on prior attendance or knowledge – simply come when you are available to enjoy the learning and friendship that is shared. Whether your day is free, or you need a midday break from work – bring your lunch, grab a cup of coffee or whatever you need, and join us when you can!

For those of you who took part in our wonderful discussions over the Holy Days – especially the Congregational Symposium Conversation and the dialogue about the unetaneh tokef (“Who shall live and who shall die…) are certainly aware how inspiring, uplifting, and eye-opening such study can be. Regarding the mainly regular mitzvot (sacred obligations) that we have the chance to fulfill – the ancient rabbis taught v’talmud torah k’neged kulam – the study of Torah encompasses them all. I hope you will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity, and I look forward to seeing you on Tuesdays!

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