Services start Friday July 2nd:   8:00 PM

Saturday July 3rd:  9:30 AM

ALL Non-vaccinated congregants are only welcome for services in the sanctuary;   

Please observe distancing and wear masks.  You may sit in the front side sections with proper spacing.  

Thank you for your cooperation.             

Larry Seitel, President


Congregation Temple Beth-El of Kauneonga Lake  (our 99th year)

Dear Friends,

It has been a very long year for everyone, but we are happy to announce that Congregation Temple Beth El will be reopening for Shabbat services on Friday, July 2  at 8:00pm and Saturday, July 3 at 9:30am.  

Once again, Rabbi Neal Loevinger  will be leading services.  We expect services to be held in normal fashion now that most folks are vaccinated.  If you would like to attend and have not had  the vaccine, we request that you wear a mask and sit in the front side sections.  There is plenty of room on Shabbat to accommodate those who wish to socially distance. 

The ever popular Lunch and Learn is anticipated to be held as it has been in the past with  Rabbi Neal leading interesting discussions on a a variety of topics.  We can always use help setting up and cleaning up for kiddush.   

Since Rosh Hashanah will begin Monday evening of Labor Day weekend, we need to know how many of you expect to attend on Monday, Tuesday and the following Wednesday for Yom Kippur and if you would like extra seats for relatives.  We have limited seating in the synagogue, but would like to have everyone attend who would like to come.  We are looking into alternate venues if many more than usual want to come.  Your response does not guarantee a seat or obligate you to come, it just gives us an idea as to what we need to plan for.  There may be some who still do not feel comfortable sitting so close to others, so it is important that we hear from you.

Currently, we are considering hiring security again due to the rise in anti-semitic-anti-Israel  attacks. 

Please let us hear from you in regards to the high holidays so we can begin making preparations.  Be aware that if you do not respond, we may not be able to provide seating for you. 

Please respond to Mary-Ellen  Seitelman,  about the holidays.


Thank you all for your continued support.  If you have not sent in your 2021 dues ($150), please send to;

   Congregation Temple Beth-El

   PO BOX 539

   Kauneonga Lake, NY 12749

We hope you all are well and look forward to seeing you in the synagogue.

Larry Seitelman,  on behalf of the board.

Winter 2021 Dues Letter

Dear Friends;

We hope you can see light at the end of this past year’s darkness. The new years (both the Hebrew and the English versions) present opportunities to ‘turn the page’, and look forward to better times, and better selves. With multiple vaccines becoming widely available, we can anticipate the day when Congregation Temple Beth-El will open its doors again for services and events. Rest assured that we will do so only when the medical experts and civil authorities advise it is safe, and provide guidelines as to how best to protect our attendees. But I write you with the great hope that we will be able to do so sometime this summer.

It was not an easy decision to keep the doors closed this past summer, but I believe that it was the most prudent decision for our community. We were most fortunate that our Rabbi, Neal Loevinger, was willing to assist in any way possible to keep our congregation connected, and did so by continuing his popular educational series on Jewish law and ethics on Zoom Meeting with many of us, and continuing to offer his services. We are grateful for his dedication to the spirit of our congregation, and look forward to seeing him again soon.

As our historic synagogue and Congregation approaches our centennial year (2023), it remains the last operating Conservative Shul in the ‘Borscht Belt’. Like all institutions, it requires continual funding to survive. We hope you will continue your generous support and participation so that we can maintain and upgrade this wonderful facility (and cemetery) for future generations.

This summer, we will be forming committees to plan and assist in our 2023 centennial celebration. If you would like to help, be sure to contact a Board member.

DUES REMAIN AT 150.00/ FAMILY. It is your dues and donations that sustain our historic synagogue. (Includes cemetery privileges as specified in the bylaws).

Please call Mary-Ellen (518) 339-3219, or e-mail with any questions.

Please return your $150.00 check to: CONGREGATION TEMPLE BETH-EL
c/o Mary-Ellen Seitelman
9798 Harbour Lake Circle
Boynton Beach, FL 33437

After April 1, 2021:

P.O. BOX 539
Kauneonga Lake, NY 12749

Very sincerely,
Larry Seitelman, President

Very sincerely,
Larry Seitelman, President

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