Sixth Annual Shabbat Dinner!

Jul 22 2016

WHEN: Friday, August 26, 2016 – 6:30 PM

WHERE: 3531 Route 55, Kauneonga Lake, NY

PRICE: $18 for Adults; $10 for Children under the age of 12

This is a wonderful opportunity to relax and schmooze with old friends and to make new acquaintances. Following dinner, Rabbi Neal Loevinger will conduct Friday services.

MENU

  • Challah
  • Salad
  • Gefilte Fish
  • Chicken
  • Potato & Noodle Kugel
  • Macaroni Salad
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Cookies
  • Cold beverages
  • Tea

Space is limited!

Make Checks Payable to

Congregation Temple Beth El

PO Box 539 Kauneonga Lake NY 12749

Send checks by August 19, 2016

Questions?     Mary-Ellen Seitelman

(518) 339-2861

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Welcome To Summer, 2016

Jun 07 2016

Dear Friends,

Welcome back! We hope you all had a wonderful winter and look forward to seeing you very soon.

The synagogue is re-opening with services beginning Friday, July 1st at 8:00pm and Saturday July 2nd services  at 9:30 am. We are happy to announce that Rabbi Neal Loevinger will be returning as our spiritual leader, having impressed so many on Labor Day and the High Holidays last season. We had a wonderful summer last year and look forward to another just as nice.  A note from ‘Rabbi Neal’ follows this letter.

Also, it is important to remember that a minyan is needed for those who wish to say kaddish.  Your presence at services is vital. We may be able to arrange a ride if you need one.

Dates to remember:

  • Services resume:   Friday July 1,  8:00 PM;   Saturday  July 2,  9:30 AM
  • NOTE:  Join us for a special kickoff Shabbat this year, as our cantor,  Lenny Zimmerman will be chanting his ‘bar mitzvah parsha’ Torah and haftorah.  As always, a fabulous kiddush will follow!!
  • Annual membership meeting: Thursday, July 14 – 10:30 am (Bagels, cake and coffee). Details to follow shortly.
  •  Shabbat Dinner: To be announced…….. Details to follow
  •  Erev Rosh Hashanah:  Sun  October 2, 2016  – Ticket info to follow in August.

We are in great need of volunteers.  The entire Jewish community benefits from the presence of the synagogue.  We are now in our 93rd year.  Perhaps you can show your support in one way or another. Please let us know how you would like to help.

Also, please send any outstanding dues to the above address.    If you have any questions, call Mary-Ellen Seitelman at (518) 339-3219 or send an e-mail  to meseitel (at) aol.com.

On a sad note, long term congregant  Nina Ziegler recently passed away.  We extend our sincere condolences to her family and friends.

Wishing everyone a wonderful summer, and looking forward to seeing you at the synagogue.

Larry Seitelman,  President

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A Message From The Rabbi

Jun 07 2016

 

Dear Friends:

I’m excited and honored to be returning as rabbi for the summer season, especially after a truly memorable experience of the Days of Awe last year. For those whom I haven’t met yet, I have a “day job” in Poughkeepsie as director of chaplaincy services for Vassar Brothers Medical Center, but before that I was the rabbi of congregations in Poughkeepsie and the Boston area for more than a dozen years. I love teaching, davenning, and making a Shabbat community,  but I also believe that Judaism is a team sport.

Thus you are all encouraged to reach out and share your thoughts about how I can help us spend a summer together that is both joyful and growthful. Perhaps there are topics or questions you’d like me to address during the services, or for some Jewish learning over lunch, or maybe you’ve got a favorite custom or practice from another synagogue you’d like to see incorporated into our worship together?

Let me know! I’d love to hear from any and all of you. My email address is : rabbineal (at) gmail.com. I have a weekly (well, most weeks) Torah commentary at www.rabbineal.net, and I’m on Facebook and LinkedIn. I look forward to seeing you soon, and thank you again for the privilege of joining your community this summer.
Rabbi Neal Joseph Loevinger

 

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2016 Dues Letter

Jan 21 2016

Dear Friends,

We hope this letter finds you in good health and spirit for the New Year.  We wish to again thank all of you who participated and otherwise helped in preserving a traditional Jewish presence in Bethel during our 92nd year of continuous operation.

2015 was another successful year for our congregation.  It was marked by a well attended 5th Annual Shabbat Dinner,  minyan level attendance for most Friday and Saturday services, and another full house for High Holiday services. The congregation bid a heartfelt farewell and best wishes  to our talented and personable Rabbi Susan Elkodsi, as she accepted a full time position in Long Island. We welcomed Rabbi Neal Loevinger to take the pulpit for labor day weekend and the high holidays.  Once again, our resident Cantor, Dr. Lenny Zimmerman volunteered his services throughout the summer, and provided the melodious backdrop for the High Holidays. (We missed our shofar blower Harvey Rosenberg and his family, but look forward to their return in 2016).  Our thanks also to Cindy Shechter and Gerry Solomon for their help throughout the summer. Especially notable this past summer, congregants  stepped up to sponsor delicious ‘kiddushim’, enhancing the warmth and charm that make our synagogue so special!  Thank you all for your generosity.

On a sad note, this past year, the Congregation and community suffered the loss of three wonderful long time friends,  Richard Korn, Barry Kula, and Milton Schiffman,  all of the White Lake Homes; may their memories be a blessing.

Of course, a New Year brings new challenges, and we need to continue maintaining, upgrading, and building upon that which came before.  With that in mind, we hope you will again find it in your hearts to renew your membership for 2016, and find the time next summer to attend a few Shabbat services, keeping the tradition alive.  If you feel really motivated, please e-mail me at lhsjimi@aol.com,   Mary-Ellen at meseitel@aol.com, or call (518) 371-1104), to find out how you can volunteer for one or more of our activities this year.   The schedules for services, activities, and holiday services will be circulated when available, and posted on our web site www.congregationtemplebethel.com

 **DUES REMAIN AT A VERY REASONABLE 125.00/ FAMILY.  It is your dues and donations which sustain our historic synagogue. We would very much like to add handicap access, replace broken windows and worn seat cushions, as well as other necessary restorations.  Your dues and additional contributions will make that possible. Please call Mary-Ellen (518) 371-1104, or e-mail  meseitel (at) aol.com with any questions.

 

**  Includes cemetery privileges as specified in the bylaws.

Please return your $125.00 check to:

Congregation Temple Beth-El

c/o Mary-Ellen Seitelman

10 Sandalwood Drive

Clifton Park, NY 12065

 

Very sincerely,

Larry Seitelman,  President

P.S.  Please let us know of any changes to your address(es), phone numbers, e-mail addresses, etc.

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High Holiday Services Schedule & Ticket Orders

Aug 18 2015

Dear Friends,

The summer is flying by. We have had the pleasure of having Rabbi Susan Elkodsi serve again as our spiritual leader. Her melodies and Torah interpretations have brought renewed appreciation to the services. She has taken a full time position in Malverne, N.Y. and will not be with us for the holidays. We wish her much happiness.

Rabbi Neal Loevinger will be leading Shabbat services on Labor Day weekend and for the High Holidays. Rabbi Neal is currently the Director of Spiritual Care Services, Vassar Brothers Medical Center. You can find out more about him on his website.

Shabbat services, typically followed by our ‘Fabulous Kiddush’ and socializing, have been attracting folks from in and around the area. A special thanks to our volunteers and attendees, particularly Cindy Shechter, Gerry Solomon and Len Zimmerman who help to create a truly unique and meaningful Beth-El experience. Member sponsorship of the Kiddush /Luncheons has allowed expansion of this popular schmooze to new and delicious heights. These weekly Shabbat services are needed for the shul to remain vital, and for us to ‘be there’ for our neighbors when needed! Just a few Shabbatot remain this summer, so plan on joining us.

At our annual congregation meeting, all officers were re-elected: Larry Seitelman, President and Ira Shechter as Vice President, secretary Henne Altman and treasurer Mary-Ellen Seitelman. We are still working on improving handicapped access, new seat cushions, synagogue windows, and other items.

The 5th annual Shabbat Dinner was a huge success. Just over 30 people came together for food, schmoozing and services, making for a wonderful Shabbat. Many thanks to all of our volunteers.

A High Holiday schedule and ticket order form can be found here. Priority will be given to paid up members. Send your requests by September 5th!

We look forward to observing Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur with all of you. The entire board extends its warmest wishes to you and your family for a very happy and healthy New Year.

 

L’Shana Tovah,

Larry Seitelman, President

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A reminder from Rabbi Elkodsi

Jul 24 2015

Tisha b’av services at Congregation Temple Beth-El will be held at 9:15pm on Saturday night July 25th (1 hour) and 9:30 on Sunday July 26th morning.

Fasting optional. People can email Rabbi Susan Elkodsi with questions.. susanelkodsi (at) gmail.com

For more information about this holiday, click here.

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Reminder…

Jul 16 2015

UNVEILING for Millie Wasserlauf

This coming Sunday, JULY 19, 2015

AT 1:00 PM

At the Congregation Temple Beth-El Cemetery

North side of 17B; just before (East of) Happy Avenue.

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Summer Is Here!

Jun 04 2015

Dear Friends,

Welcome back! We hope you all had a wonderful winter and look forward to seeing you very soon.

The synagogue is re-opening with services beginning Friday, June 26 at 8:00pm and Saturday services  at 9:30. We are happy to announce that Rabbi Susan Elkodsi will be returning as our spiritual leader.  The rabbi has a beautiful voice and interesting commentary. We had a wonderful summer last year and look forward to another just as nice.

Also, it is important to remember that a minyan is needed for those who wish to say kaddish.  Your presence at services is vital. We may be able to arrange a ride if you need one.

Dates to remember:

  • Services resume:   Fri June 26th, 8:00 PM;   and Saturday  June 27th 9:30 AM  
  • Annual membership meeting: Sunday, July 12 – 10:30  (Bagels, cake and coffee)
  • Shabbat Dinner: Friday, August 7 – Details to follow
  • Erev Rosh Hashanah: Sunday, September 13, 2015 – Ticket info to follow

We are in great need of volunteers.  The entire Jewish community benefits from the presence of the synagogue.  We are now in our 92nd year and some who have cared for our temple over time are not able to continue to do so.  Perhaps you can show your support in one way or another. Please let us know how you would like to help.

Also, please send any outstanding dues to the above address.    If you have any questions, call Mary-Ellen Seitelman at 518-371-1104 or send an e-mail  to meseitel (at) aol.com.

Wishing everyone a wonderful summer and looking forward to seeing you at the synagogue.

Your Synagogue Board of Directors

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Dues Notice for 2015

Jan 03 2015

January, 2015
Dear Friends,

We hope this letter finds you in good health and spirit for the New Year. We wish to again thank all of you who participated and otherwise helped in preserving a traditional Jewish presence in Bethel during our 91st year of continuous operation.

2014 was a year of growth for our congregation, as new families joined us from all parts of the county. It was marked by a well attended 4th Annual Shabbat Dinner, minyan level attendance for most Friday and Saturday services, and a full house for High Holiday services officiated by Rabbi Susan Elkodsi and Cantor Lenny Zimmerman. Many new families have commented on the warmth and charm of family and friends (as well as our lip smacking Kiddushim) that make our synagogue so special!

Of course, the New Year brings new challenges, and we need to continue maintaining, upgrading, and building upon that which came before. With that in mind, we hope you will again find it in your hearts to renew your membership for 2015, and find the time next summer to attend a few Shabbat services, keeping the tradition alive. If you feel really motivated, please e-mail me at “lhsjimi at aol.com”, Mary-Ellen at “meseitel at aol.com”, or call (518) 371-1104), to find out how you can volunteer for one or more of our activities this year. The schedules for services, activities, and holiday services will be circulated when available, and posted on our web site www.congregationtemplebethel.com

**DUES REMAIN AT A VERY REASONABLE 125.00/ FAMILY. It is your dues and donations which sustain our historic synagogue. We would very much like to add handicap access, replace broken windows and worn seat cushions, as well as other necessary restorations. Your dues and additional contributions will make that possible. Please call Mary-Ellen (518) 371-1104, or e-mail “meseitel at aol.com” with any questions.

** Includes cemetery privileges as specified in the bylaws.

Please return your $125.00 check to:

Congregation Temple Beth-El
c/o Mary-Ellen Seitelman
10 Sandalwood Drive
Clifton Park, NY 12065

Very sincerely,

Larry Seitelman, President

P.S. Please let us know of any changes to your address(es), phone numbers, e-mail, etc.

Click here for a downloadable/printable version of this letter.

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Updates From The Rabbi

Sep 23 2014

Shalom all!

I’m very much looking forward to our High Holiday services this year at The Lake! It will be wonderful to celebrate the holidays with those of you whom I met over the summer, and meeting plenty of new friends.

The calendar, and the times for our services are listed online and have also been emailed or mailed to everyone. There are a couple of things I’d like to mention specifically.

First, we will join together on Thursday afternoon at 5:45pm at the state beach parking lot for a special Tashlich service.

On Friday night we will end Rosh Hashanah and usher in Shabbat with a special Healing Service that will include singing, chanting and Shabbat prayer; please join me at 7:00pm. Kiddush will follow.

We will have services as usual on Saturday morning beginning at 9:30 and followed up Kiddush.

It is customary, for a variety of reasons, to visit the graves of our departed loved ones before or during the High Holidays. We will meet at the Temple Beth El Cemetery at 10am on Sunday, September 28 for a brief memorial service and opportunities for reflection.

Yom Kippur: On Saturday, October 4, at 3:45pm, I will lead a study session and discussion about Judaism and Organ Donation. Miincha will follow.

 

May we all be inscribed and sealed for a sweet year of health, happiness, peace,  prosperity and blessing.

Shana tova,

Susan Elkodsi

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