Dear friends,

HIGH HOLIDAY SERVICES at Congregation Temple Beth-El  WILL BE SHORTENED  to accommodate the concerns of many congregants over the Covid/Delta virus.  ( We will retain the essence of the Holidays, as well as the mitzvah of the Shofar, while
adding an additional element of prevention, along with masking, spacing, and vaccination requirements.)

The Rosh Hashanah Service  is being rescheduled to about 90 minutes on Day 1 (and 2), (plus a Tashlich service (+ shofar) at the lake.)
YOM KIPPUR  SERVICES will also undergo significant shortening.

The deadline for seat requests is coming up this weekend. A new schedule of the shortened services will be E-mailed and available on our websitewhen completed by the Rabbi and Rituals Committee.

 If reserved attendance is deemed low enough, we may move them back to  our synagogue.  If registration is too low, indoor services will be cancelled, we will still  do an abbreviated Shofar service at the state beach with taschlich.

Thank you for your patience in these matters, and your support.

Larry Seitelman

PS:  checks are not being cashed, as indoor services may be cancelled.  The link to Zoom Hi Holiday Services from Rabbi Elkodsi, from Malverne Jewish Center, will be re-sent with a future E-mail.HIGH HOLIDAY SERVU]ICE


Dear Friends;

We are pleased to present the 2021 (5782) High Holiday seat request form.  The Covid-19 pandemic  has  presented  a novel year with many hurdles,   and yet we are hopeful to celebrate and observe Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippor Services with our families and friends in person, and in the warm traditions of our Congregation.  In order to make that possible in a relatively  safe manner, and  consistent with best health practices and recommendations by the CDC and other authoritative medical resources, please note the following:

  • Rosh Hashanah Services will be held at the Smallwood Clubhouse.  The clubhouse is large, and reportedly has an excellent forced ventilation system.  (Erev Rosh Hashanah will be at the synagogue)
  • Seating at the clubhouse for Rosh Hashanah will allow some social distancing.  Please comply.
  • Seating for Yom Kippur at the synagogue will be tighter, determined by the number of attendees. 
  • While tallisim and yarmulkahs will be on site, you are encouraged to bring your own.
  • Services this year are TENTATIVE and may be cancelled if the Covid situation continues to worsen. Your checks will not be deposited until holiday arrangements are finalized.
  • Note the schedule for location of services. Yom Kippur services (including Kol Nidre)  are currently planned  back in the synagogue.  The schedule will also be available on our web site.
  • Request Forms  must include the number of seats in each category (member, family member, non-member) requested.  
  • While we are making extra effort to provide a safe environment, each individual must determine what is in the best interests of their own situation in deciding to attend  services.
  • If ANYONE in your household does not feel well, OR if you have been in the presence of someone who has tested positive for Covid within the previous 10 days,  PLEASE do not attend services

A High Holiday schedule and ticket order form follows. Priority will be given to paid up members. Completed Forms, with check, must be received by AUG 28th .

For those who would prefer a Zoom Service, see details on cover E-mail and on our web site.

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

Congregation Temple Beth-El is pleased to announce that services will be conducted by Rabbi Neal Loevinger and Cantor Leonard Zimmerman.  MASKS AND VACCINATIONS ARE MANDATORY.

The schedule of services is as follows:

Erev Rosh HashanahMonday, Sept. 6thMa’ariv8:00 pm
(at Synagogue) Candle Lighting7:05 pm
Rosh Hashanah
1st day 
Tuesday, Sept. 7thMorning Service9:00am
(at Smallwood Club)Tashlich at The Lake (Boat Ramp)2:30pm
Rosh Hashanah
2nd day 
Wednesday, Sept. 8thMorning Service9:00am
(at Smallwood Club)   
Erev Yom KippurWednesday Sept. 15thKol Nidre6:45pm
(at Synagogue)   
Yom Kippur Thursday, Sept. 16thMorning Service9:00am
(at Synagogue)   
  Yizkor – Approximately  11:00am
  (Study session with Rabbi Neal3:45 pm
  Mincha (Book of Jonah)4:45pm
  Neilah 6:15pm
  Shofar (approx.)7:35pm


We hope you are planning to join us.  For tickets, please fill out the form below and mail to:
P.O. Box 539  Kauneonga Lake, NY 12749 by Aug. 28th..   Questions? call Mary-Ellen Seitelman (518) 339-3219.  Non-members may purchase seats if available. A SEATING CHART WILL BE POSTED.


Subject: High Holiday planning

This note is being sent to help you plan for the High Holidays.   This is only informational.  Please do not send checks yet!

With rising Covid-19 /Delta variant cases rising nationwide, and in order to provide a safer environment for the number of members indicating intent to attend 1st and 2nd day of Rosh Hashanah services this year, we have rented the Clubhouse at Smallwood, 250 Andrew Brucher Road, Smallwood.  It is right next door to Friend’s restaurant. (about 3/4 mile from the intersection of 55 and 17B Clocktower).  It is a larger facility,  so we expect that it will permit better spacing of attendees, and a safer environment.  Of course, each individual must still decide what is best for their own health and safety.  

Currently CDC guidance calls for MASKING indoors, INCLUDING VACCINATED,  so everyone should plan for that, unless things change in the coming weeks.  


EREV Rosh Hashanah (MONDAY EVENING, (September, 6), will be at the Synagogue. 

First and Second Day

ROSH HASHANAH:    (Sept 7, & 8)    At the Smallwood Clubhouse

Tashlich                         (Sept 7)                          Not yet scheduled

Kol Nidre and
Yom Kippur services (Sept 15,16)               At the Synagogue


Dues remain 150.00

High Holiday Tickets:

Members: 50.00   (Including children underr21)

Family of members:      65.00

Non-members (if seats are available)  100.00

We will be sending the holiday  schedule and seat reservation form in about a week.

Please wait until you receive the form before sending any money.

Thank you for your support, and cooperation.

Larry Seitelman,


Board of Directors

NOTICE:   MASKS are now required for everyone in the synagogue including vaccinated individuals!



Dear friends,

In order to use best practices to protect the health of all who attend services at Congregation Temple Beth-El, we are instituting a ‘ Masks, and Social distance’ requirement at the synagogue, effective immediately.  This applies to all attendees, including those of us who are vaccinated.  

The Delta Variant has caused a significant uptick in Covid-19 cases, including known cases amongst the vaccinated and young adults and teens.   Not a lot of data or guidance is yet available for religious services in NYS, but we are opting to err on the safe side.   Of course, each congregant must use their own judgement in deciding what is in their best interests of their own health and welfare in deciding whether to attend services, or any group function. 

Attendees for kiddush, and lunch and learn session must be vaccinated. No exceptions.  Hand disinfectants are available.   Masks and Social Distancing are required in all parts of the synagogue.

If you do not feel well, or have been in contact with anyone who has tested positive, please do not attend

Thank your for your cooperation and understanding.

Best Regards,

Board of Directors, 

Congregation Temple Beth-El

High Holiday Seats Reminder!

Dear Friends:
We need to hear from you.  Are you thinking about attending services for the high holidays? Rosh Hashanah?  Day one/day two?  Yom Kippur? In order to properly plan for a very much larger crowd or a smaller group, let us know if you are thinking of coming or not.  We are considering an alternate site to accommodate more people.  This won’t be necessary if we are just the usual folks.  So we need to hear from you.  Your response does not guarantee a seat nor obligate you to come.  Just give us an idea.  If you have not yet responded, please do.

Also, Rabbi Neal’s services are interesting and followed by our fabulous kiddush.  The lunch and learn series is always great.  Please plan to attend.  Want to sponsor a kiddush in honor of a wonderful occasion  or in memory of a loved one? It’s just a 100.00 donation, and you will have a crowd to celebrate with you!     

Fri night services: 8PM;     

Saturdays:  9:30AM

Send an e-mail to let us know about the holidays: MESEITEL@aol.com.

Thanks so much.

Larry Seitelman

President, Congregation Temple Beth-El


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,  MESEITEL@aol.com  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 meseitel@aol.com 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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