Welcome to Temple Beth-El! I am delighted that you are interested in our congregation and its activities. As 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!
Rabbi Eric J. Siroka
Cleaning out your
closets, basement, garage?
Temple is planning a YARD SALE,
so before you drop your stuff off at a local charity,
consider bringing the items to Temple.
Don't Forget to shop at the
Temple Beth-El Sisterhood Gift Shop
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HELP TEMPLE RAISE FUNDS BY SHOPPING!!!
Our Scrip program lets you purchase gift cards and gives Temple a percentage of the sales. Some of the best sellers and highest percentage of profit include: Outback, Bonefish, Carrabba's, Panera, Starbucks and Chipotle. Now you can reload gift cards online and also print several gift certificates from your computer. Please consider ordering gift cards from Great Lakes scrip on a regular basis. Go to www.glscrip.com and click on the list of retailers for a complete list. If you are interested in reloading cards for places such as Gap, Starbucks or Speedway contact Lisa Gerber. If you would like e-mail reminders to place an order, send an e-mail to Lisa to indicate this. Thank you for your support of this program.
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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!