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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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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