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 firstname.lastname@example.org, Mary-Ellen at email@example.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
Larry Seitelman, President
P.S. Please let us know of any changes to your address(es), phone #’s, e-mail, etc.