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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Sweet Remembrances of Rosh HaShanah in Kauneonga Lake

Sep 23 2014

I wanted to wish you all a Healthy and Sweet year.

I was up in Kauneonga Lake but just for a very short time. And idd not get to go to the shul.

However,  I did write a new blog about celebrating Rosh Hashanah at Beth El when I was a child.

So I am sharing it with you.

http://zicharonot.wordpress.com/2014/09/20/sweet-remembrances-of-rosh-hashanah-in-kauneonga-lake/

Have a wonderful year.

Ellen Portnoy

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Good News!! Summer is NOT Over

Sep 01 2014

Dear Friends,

Good news! 

In response to requests by a number of congregants, Congregation Temple Beth-El’s Shabbat Services at the synagogue will be extended one more weekend past Labor Day, to include Fri and Sat, Sept 5th and 6th.

As is customary, a kiddush will follow. Our rabbi, Susan Elkodsi, will conduct the services.

Reminder:

Also, if you have not yet sent in a request for High Holiday seats, please do so by September 12th. This link will take you to a printable form at our web site.

Thanks,
Larry Seitelman, President

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Letter From Our President

Aug 18 2014

Dear Friends,

The summer is flying by.  We have had the pleasure of having Susan Elkodsi serve as our spiritual leader.  Her melodies and Torah interpretations have brought  renewed appreciation to the services.  If you haven’t had a chance to hear her, she will be leading remaining Shabbat services  and the High Holidays.  Shabbat services have been attracting folks from surrounding areas, and are typically followed by an enjoyable  Kiddush and socializing. These weekly Shabbat services are needed for the shul to remain vital, and for us to ‘be there’ for our neighbors when needed!

At our annual congregation meeting, President Marc Lerner’s resignation was regretfully accepted. Marc has sustained, maintained, and guided the congregation for as long as anyone can remember, and was recognized with a lifetime of service award at our 90th anniversary gala last year. He remains chairman of the Congregation’s Perpetuation Trust, and will hopefully remain active as ‘President Emeritus’ for many years to come. Larry Seitelman was elected as President and Ira Shechter as Vice President.  Secretary Henne Altman and Treasurer Mary-Ellen Seitelman were re-elected.  Susan Zimmerman joined the board and Marvin Epstein became a Trustee.  An immensely generous gift has provided for much needed electrical service upgrades, and we are still working on improving handicapped access, new seat cushions, synagogue windows, and other items.

The 4th annual Shabbat Dinner was a huge success.  Just about 40 people came together for food, schmoozing and services, making for a wonderful Shabbat.  Many thanks to all of our volunteers.

On a sad note, the congregation mourns the passing of three long time supporters and friends;  Blanche Feller,  Arthur Grodner and Millie Wasserlauf.  Blanche, a former president of the shul, and Millie, a director, were both active in every aspect of the congregation’s affairs, and recognized at the 90th anniversary gala as members of original founding families of the shul, sustaining it since their families helped build it.  The Grodners have been supporting members for many years.  Our sincerest condolences go out to these three families.

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.

Click here for High Holiday tickets.

L’Shana Tovah,

 

Larry Seitelman,  president

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This Sunday Morning 10am: Sharing our thoughts and feelings

Aug 01 2014

Shalom all,

Judaism teaches the sanctity of human life, no matter whose it is. Today is day 26/27 of Operation Protective Edge, the name given to Israel’s war against Hamas. As truces and ceasefires are violated and violence continues, the death toll rises on both sides.

Here in the US we can talk about the situation, we can pray, and we can hope that there will soon be an end to this war. We can write to our congressmen and urge their support for Israel. We can also let media outlets know when their reports of the events are biased.

I would like to invite everyone to come to the shul on Sunday morning at 10am to talk and share our feelings in a safe, non-political space. I apologize for the short notice, but hope you’ll consider joining me, and please feel free to bring others who might want to share. In addition to having an outlet for our feelings, we’ll have a  brief time for prayer and appropriate songs.

Our tradition and our teachings offer us tools to cope with difficult situations; I hope we can come together to support each other.

Wishing you a shabbat shalom,

Susan

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