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.
Larry Seitelman, President