Temple Beth El

President’s Message

September 2019

As we prepare for High Holy Days this year, TBE has posed the question “What’s Your Why?” Why are you proud to be a Jew or part of a Jewish community? What does it mean to live a Jewish life? All of us have the power of choice, yet we choose to identify and live Continue Reading »

January/February 2019

As I reflect upon my first six months as TBE President, I want to report on a few updates and progress our staff and volunteers are making against many of the goals and objectives we set out to achieve this year. First and foremost, I am very appreciative of the efforts our Construction and Design Continue Reading »

September/October 2018

“It’s a hell of a start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.” – Lucille Ball Does anyone know the secret to living a happier life? Is there a science to happiness? In the race to find what we think will ultimately bring us joy, are we are actually hurting our chances of getting Continue Reading »

July/August 2018

It is both an honor and a privilege to begin my term as President of Temple Beth El.  I am also equally as pleased to have the opportunity to introduce two new members of our Senior Staff, Hazzan Randall Levin and Jody Dietz, Limmud Religious School Director.  Hazzan Levin comes to TBE with more than six Continue Reading »

May/June 2018

Every congregation, regardless of which movement they belong to, has certain traditions when it comes to prayer ritual. Our ritual committee has created a policy in regards to our ritual during services in concert with the Rabbi and Hazzan. At Temple Beth El, the standard practice for those going onto the bimah or being called Continue Reading »

July to September 2017

Well that was fast! My first year as President of Temple Beth El has flown by.  As I look back upon my first year, I’d like to share my observations with you. As President, you are presented with a different vantage point of seeing the synagogue’s inner workings.  In speaking with our Past Presidents they Continue Reading »

January to March 2017

In the fall the excitement of the high holidays and new school year was upon us.  I wrote and spoke of all the new programming TBE has to offer.  One of the reasons I agreed to become President of our synagogue was to continue the work of our previous leaders in moving TBE forward. At Continue Reading »

October 2016

Where to begin?  What to write? I have never been President of anything before.  I have never before written an article as President.  However, I have been part of a community, so this is where I will begin… We are all connected to multiple communities.  We might be connected through our neighborhoods, our schools, social Continue Reading »

July to Septemebr 2016

The Temple Beth El Constitution mandates that our Annual Meeting take place between Passover and Shavuot.  I am not sure why our founding families decided on this time period but since it coincides with the counting of Omer it would be reasonable to assume that they saw a relationship between these two events.  But what Continue Reading »

May/June 2016

I was reading a Jewish magazine recently and was amused by the number of ads that contained the phrase “life changing”. Send your children to Jewish camp.  LIFECHANGING!  Tour Poland and Israel with a renowned history professor.  LIFECHANGING!  Birthright Israel.  LIFECHANGING!  The reality of course is that life changing events can rarely be planned and Continue Reading »