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Shavuot Services Schedule for 2017...Tuesday, May 30th Erev Shavuot (Tikkun Leil Shavout) 8:15 pm...Ma"ariv 9 pm, Wednesday, May 31st Day 1 of Shavout Service at 9 am also confirmation and Thursday, June 1st 9 am service Yizkor!

Sunday, June 4, 2017 @ 11 am - Israeli Book Brunch....Book to be discussed "The Hilltop" by Assaf Gavron...view a presentation, learn discuss and eat. You will be glad you did! Please RSVP to Adina Re'em at adinarem@gmail.com

Sunday, June 11, 2017 @ 9:30 am - Men's Club Brunch...A Refugee's Journey. Hear the story of Abbas Khalaf, a Sunni Muslim in Baghadad who was beaten and threatened with death. Hear his story of suvival and enduring hope as he sets out for freedom for himself and his family. A donation will be accepted at the door to defray the cost of the meal. To allow for planning, contact Henry Luftman at 484-634-0527 to RSVP.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 @ 7:30 am - Congregational Meeting here at the Temple!

Friday, June 23, 2017 @ 6 pm - BBQ Dinner (chicken, coleslaw, etc.) and then at 7:30 pm Shira Chadasha outdoor service under the stars.

Saturday, July 15, 2017 @ 9:15 pm - Jazz on the Patio with muscian Frank DiBussolo who has worked with several artists including Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Diana Ross and many more! Admission is $10 and includes wine/beer/appetizers and desserts! Please call the TBE office at 610-435-3521 to RSVP to this event!

Tuesday, August 8th @ 7:05 pm - Men's Club Iron Pigs Event @ Coca Cola Park! Kosher Tailgate Party @ 5 :00 pm to 6:30 pm which includes burgers, hot dogs, sausages, veggie options, soft drinks, etc. Cost of tailgate is NOT included and it is a free will donation! Tickets for game are $15.00 per person. RSVP by JULY 15th! Please email your reservation to Roy Benasaraf at royben@ptd.net

 

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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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