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Wednesday, August 15, 2018....TBE Men's Club & KI Brotherhood present...Take Me Out to the Ball Game Extravaganza!. Enjoy an evening of baseball with the Iron Pigs! Start off with a kosher tailgate party from 5 pm to 6:30 pm (Includes burgers, hotdogs, veggie option and soft drinks..free will donation towards the cost of food is appreciated) Gates open at 7:05 pm for game! One lucky member of our group will get a chance to throw out the first pitch so enter the First Ptich Raffle. A book of 6 tickets is $5.00. Sign up for a chance to participate in on field activities. Games/contests for people of all ages. Tickets for game $15 per person. RSVP by July 15th to Roy Benasaraf at royben@ptd.net 

Friday, August 24, 2018. Join us for Shabbat BBQ Dinner and Service. Dinner is at 6 pm and service commences right afterwards. Come welcome new members and have fun with friends. RSVP to the office by August 10, 2018. Price is $45 per household or $18 per person. For information please contact, Alyssa Pure, Jewish Family Educator at alyssa@bethelallentown.org.

First Annual Selichot Service with Brith Sholom & Temple Beth El. Saturday, September 1, 2018 @ Temple Beth El. Guest Speaker will be Temple Beth El member, Dustin Nash, Professor in Religion Studies @ Muhlenberg College. Dustin will lead a lecture on the topic of Sin and Forgiveness in the Tanakh. Lecture starts @ 9 p.m.

Sisterhood Holiday Wine Sale. Orders are due by August 23, 2018. Pick up for your wine is on Friday, September 7, 2018 between 11 am and 1 pm here at the temple.

Sunday, September 16, 2018 @ 12:30 pm TBE Cemetery Service and Genizah Ceremony. Traditional cemetery service will be held at the TBE cemetary at Beth El Memorial Park at 12:30 pm. Parking will be available on the street. For those who forget their kipot, some will be availabe in the box near the entrance. Members are reminded that NO flowers are to be placed on graves. Members of TBE will participate in a Genizah cermony at the cemetary. Acccording to Jewish law, all pieces of paper or any substance on which the name G-d is written, are forbidden to be destroyed. If a prayer book or bible becomes unusable due to age or disrepair, then it is to be stored away (ganuz) or buried.

TBE Religious School Family Breakfast and First Class. Religious School "Welcome Back". Sunday, September 16, 2018. Register today. If you need help registering, please call Alicia in the school office. 610-435-3521.

Celebration honoring Cantor Wartell 30 years at the Temple. Havdalah, Tribute, and Reception. Saturday, September 29, 2018 @ 7:45 pm. RSVP to the TBE office. 

 

 

 

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History

Over 80 years ago, Temple Beth El was a little room and a big dream.   On June 4th, 1929, nineteen founders met to formulate the aims of a new Temple dedicated to the principles of the Conservative Movement, then developing in the United States.

 Their first services were held in a room, gradually moving into a hall, and finally to a private home on 12th & Walnut Streets that the 50 member families remodeled to function as a Temple.  The congregation continued to grow until, in 1935, it was necessary to rent a large auditorium for High Holiday and Confirmation services.  The Hebrew School needed larger classrooms and the congregation needed space for social functions.

Priorities and shortages during World War II made it necessary to wait until 1947 to break ground for a new Temple on 17th and Hamilton Streets.  The first religious services were held in the unfinished building on Rosh Hashanah in 1949.  The Temple grew again when the new Education Wing was dedicated in 1958.

Temple Beth El has continued to grow and thrive because of a committed membership who shares the determination of the founders.  As we approached the new millennium, we found that we needed a new building to better serve our needs.  As a result of the dedication of our entire congregation, 2006 marked a new era for the Temple Beth El family as we moved into our new home on Springhouse Road.  Our new synagogue preserves our past by incorporating significant parts of our old building into our new facility. 

 As an affiliate of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, the congregation maintains the rich heritage and tradition of Judaism interpreted in the light of modern thought.

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