High Holiday Update!

Aug 24 2017

Dear Friends,

As Labor Day 2017 approaches,  we hope you and your families have had another enjoyable summer in Sullivan County.  Congregation Temple Beth-El, with Rabbi Neal Loevinger serving as spiritual leader, remains as a unique stalwart of Conservative Egalitarian Jewish tradition in Sullivan County.

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

 Shabbat services, followed by our ‘Fabulous  Kiddush’  and socializing, have been attracting folks from in and around the area. Rabbi Neal’s ‘Kiddush and Learn’ discussion series on Jewish Ethics were well attended and appreciated.

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. Weekly floral arrangements provided have added tot the beauty of each Shabbat. Our thanks to Max and Elita Shapiro,   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 Shabbatos remain this summer, so plan on joining us.

The sanctuary is accessible by ramp (upper parking level) All windows were replaced in the main sanctuary, and the front deck and wall have been restored.  Other upgrades are in the works.

The 7th annual Shabbat Dinner was again a great success.  About 30 people came together for food, schmoozing and services, making for a wonderful Shabbat.  Many thanks to all of our volunteers.

Our annual congregation meeting will take place on Sunday, September 24th,  10:30AM.

A High Holiday schedule is available for download on our website. Priority will be given to paid up members. Send your requests by September 10th!  Don’t forget the ‘Break the Fast’ checkbox!

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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High Holiday Schedule

Aug 24 2017

As summer draws to an end, it is once again time to plan for the High Holidays. Congregation Temple Beth-El is pleased to announce that services will be conducted by Rabbi Neal Loevinger and Cantor Leonard Zimmerman.

 

The schedule of services is as follows:

 

Erev Rosh Hashanah Wednesday, September 20nd Ma’ariv 8:00 pm
Candle Lighting 6:42 pm
Rosh Hashanah 1st day Thursday, September 21st Morning Service 9:00 am
Tashlich at State Launch Tashlich at Lake 6:00 pm
Mincha-Ma’ariv 6:30 pm
Rosh Hashanah 2nd Day Friday, September 22nd Morning Service 9:00 am
Mincha 6:00 pm
       
Erev Yom Kippur Friday, September 29th Kol Nidre 6:00 pm
Candle Lighting 6:26 pm
Yom Kippur Saturday, September 30th Morning Service 9:00 am
Yizkor Approximately 11:00 am
Mincha (Book of Jonah) 4:45 pm
Neilah 6:15 pm
Shofar 7:12 pm

 

Join us immediately following services to break the fast.

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SEVENTH ANNUAL SHABBAT DINNER

Jul 19 2017

 

 

WHEN: Friday, August 4, 2017 – 6:30 PM

WHERE:  3531 Route 55, Kauneonga Lake, NY

PRICE:   $20 for Adults  — $10 kids under 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.

 

Space is limited!

Make Checks Payable to:
Congregation Temple Beth El
PO Box 539
Kauneonga Lake NY 12749

MENU

Challah

Salad

Gefilte Fish

Chicken

Potato & Noodle Kugel

Macaroni Salad

Fresh Fruit

Cookies

Cold beverages, Tea

 

Send checks by July 29, 2017

Questions?     Mary-Ellen Seitelman

(518) 339-3219

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President’s 2017 Summer Letter

Jun 18 2017

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 30th at 8:00pm and Saturday July 1st  services  at 9:30 am. We are happy to announce that Rabbi Neal Loevinger will be returning as our spiritual leader. The Rabbi’s very popular and well attended ‘Lunch and Learn’ sessions (Fabulous Kiddush and lively discussions)  following Shabbat services will continue this season.

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 30, @ 8:00 PM;   and Saturday  July 1, 2017@ 9:30 AM

Annual Shabbat Dinner: Aug 4th…….. Details to follow

Erev Rosh Hashanah:  September  20, 2017  – Ticket info to follow in late August.

Annual membership meeting: To Be Announced…. (Bagels, cake and coffee)

 We are in great need of volunteers.  The entire Jewish community benefits from the presence of the synagogue.  We are now in our 94th  year.  Perhaps you can show your support in one way or another. Sponsor a Kiddush  (100 dollar donation), Purchase a leaf on our simcha tree (60 dollars), or volunteer to read torah or haftorah.  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@aol.com.

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

Larry Seitelman

President

 

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DUES NOTICE Winter,  2017

Feb 28 2017

 

Dear Friends,

We hope this letter finds you in good health and spirit for Purim.   We wish to again thank all of you who attended services, joined us for the Shabbat dinner, sponsored a Kiddush, made donations or contributed in some other manner that helped maintain a traditional Jewish presence in Bethel during our 93rd year of continuous operation.

2016 was a busy and satisfying year for our congregation.  We held our 6th Annual Shabbat Dinner,  had minyan level attendance for most Friday and Saturday services, and were blessed with another full house for High Holiday services, despite the late dates. Rabbi Neal Loevinger officiated again, and our resident Cantor, Dr. Lenny Zimmerman who volunteered his services throughout the summer, provided the melodious backdrop for the High Holidays.  Our thanks also to Cindy Shechter and Gerry Solomon for their help throughout the summer. Congregants again stepped up to sponsor delicious ‘Kiddushim‘, enhancing the warmth and charm that make our synagogue so special!  Thank you all for your generosity.

Our historical synagogue also saw some long awaited upgrades in 2016.  These included a new entrance to the main sanctuary, providing access for those who cannot use the steps and a safer environment in emergencies.  The front entryway deck, stairs, and supporting wall were all resurfaced for esthetics and safety, and the large windows in the sanctuary were also replaced.  The new windows were made possible largely through the generosity of Max and Alita Shapiro and Marc Lerner.  Of course, a New Year brings new challenges, and we need to continue maintaining, upgrading, and building upon that which came before.  We are in need of an additional memorial (yizkor) board and new seat cushions.  We hope you will again find it in your hearts to renew your membership for 2017, and find the time next summer to attend a few Shabbat services.  Please e-mail me at lhseitel@aol.com,   Mary-Ellen at meseitel@aol.com, or call (518) 339-3219 to find out how you can help.   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.

Please call Mary-Ellen (518) 339-3219, 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 #’s, e-mail,  etc.

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High Holidays Schedule

Oct 01 2016

As summer draws to an end, it is once again time to plan for the High Holidays. Congregation Temple Beth-El is pleased to announce that services will be conducted by Rabbi Neal Loevinger and Cantor Leonard Zimmerman.

The schedule of services is as follows:

Erev Rosh Hashanah                     Sunday, October 2nd

Ma’ariv                               8:00 pm

Candle Lighting                6:19 pm

Rosh Hashanah                               1st day  Monday, October 3rd

Morning Service                9:00am

Tashlich at Lake                6:00pm

Mincha-Ma’ariv                 6:30pm

Rosh Hashanah                               2nd Day Tuesday, October 4th

Morning Service                9:00am

Mincha                                6:00pm

 

Erev Yom Kippur                           Tuesday, October 11 th

Kol Nidre                            5:45pm

Candle Lighting                  6:04pm

Yom Kippur                                     Wednesday, October 12th                   

Morning Service                 9:00am

Yizkor   Approximately    11:00am

Mincha  (Book of Jonah)  4:45pm

Neilah                                    5:45pm

Shofar                                    7:05pm

                                                                       

 

Join us immediately following services to break the fast.

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High Holiday Services Ticket Order

Aug 31 2016

 

 

HIGH HOLIDAY SERVICES TICKET ORDER FORM

Name______________________________________

E-mail________________________________

Phone #  Winter____________________

Summer______________________

Cell_____________________

 

If you have not yet paid your 2016 dues, please do so.    SEATING IS LIMITED. 

PLEASE LET US KNOW IF YOU WILL BE HERE FOR JUST ONE HOLIDAY.  

[__] Only Rosh Hashanah    [__] Only Yom Kippur  check IF applicable

 

Dues                (125.00)                            ____________

High Holiday Seats                                       

Members                _______ X  35.00      ____________ (Includes dependent children)

Members’  Family  _______X  45.00      ____________

Non-members        _______ X  75.00     ____________

*Donation                                                        ____________

 

                                                   Total         ___________         (Please make checks payable to Congregation Temple Beth-El)

 

Planning on attending Break the Fast?      YES   [__]          NO  [__]  please check one

 

* We have kept our dues/ticket fees low but our expenses have increased.  Donations would be greatly appreciated.

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The Summer Is Not Over

Aug 31 2016

Dear Friends,

As Labor Day 2016 approaches,  we hope you and your families have had another enjoyable summer in Sullivan County.  Congregation Temple Beth-El, with Rabbi Neal Loevinger serving as spiritual leader, remains a stalwart of Conservative Egalitarian Jewish tradition in Sullivan County.

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

 Shabbat services, typically followed by our ‘Fabulous  Kiddush’  and socializing, have been attracting folks from in and around the area. Rabbi Neal’s ‘Kiddush and Learn’ seminar series on Jewish Ethics were well attended and appreciated.  Topics ranged from Kosher Laws and Humane treatment of animals to Medical Ethics and End of Life Decisions.

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 one Shabbat remains 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, Henne Altman as secretary and Mary-Ellen Seitelman as treasurer.  The sanctuary is now accessible by ramp (upper parking level).  Other upgrades are in the works.

The 6th annual Shabbat Dinner was a huge success.  About 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 has been included, and is available for download on our website. Priority will be given to paid up members. Send your requests by September 15th!  Don’t forget the new ‘Break the Fast’ checkbox!

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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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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