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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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Adult Education

Program Description

Temple Beth El’s Adult Education committee has planned an exciting spring semester. Courses are designed to meet the growing demand of our congregation and our Jewish community for Adult Education topics. It is our hope that these offerings will enrich our lives by learning about Jewish spirituality, history and ideals. Course descriptions are below.

Y Chavurat Torah Study 

No sign-up needed for this class

Each Shabbat following Kiddush lunch; length of each class will vary.

Taught by: Shari Spark 

Enrich your Shabbat experience by studyingthe parashat hashavua, the weekly Torah

portion, with other congregants, each Shabbat in the library at approximately 12:45 p.m.. No previous knowledge or long term commitments are required to participate as we discuss Torah together.  This is an ongoing class.

GPS - Guided Prayer Service

Saturday, March 18th , April 1st, June 3rd, July 8th              Taught by:  Shari Spark

 Exploring parts of the prayer service, we will focus on the how, why and what that makes our Tefillah so meaningful.  We’ll put our learning into practice as we join the end of the Shabbat service. This is a user-friendly class with Shari Spark.  No sign-up required. 10:00-11:00 am in the Library on Shabbat mornings. 

Y   Chanting the Torah and Haftarah.. “How Ancient Words Come Alive!”

Tuesday Mornings 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

March 21st and 28th, April 4th, and 25th  and May 2nd, 9th, and 16th

Taught by:  Cantor Kevin Wartell      (Meet in the Library)

 We will learn the traditional markings known as CANTILLATION or TROPE and how each sign sounds and brings added meaning to the text.  PLEASE NOTE:  SINGING VOICE IS NOT IMPORTANT AT ALL!  However, Hebrew reading is an important skill prior to learning to chanT the text.  You can improve both skills at the same time, so do not be afraid to "put your foot in the water”. 

 Y  “Ancient Prayers..Ancient Yearnings...The Echo of Yesterday...Can

    They Be Heard in Our Lives Today?”

Tuesday Mornings 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

March 21st and 28th, April 4th, and 25th  and May 2nd, 9th, and 16th

Taught by:  Cantor Kevin Wartell (Meet in the Library)

We will explore the historical roots of some very prominent sections of our prayer cycle, and investigate their themes and the people who wrote them, along with their life experience at that specific time in Jewish history.

 We will then, allow ourselves to explore the essential theme and construct language that speaks to us about our lives in 2017 as it relates to what our ancestors experienced when the original prayer was born.

 Echoes for sure...

  Y       “50 Years to Jerusalem”

Wednesday Afternoons 2:00 pm—3:00 p.m.

April 19th and April 26th, May 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th

Taught by:  Rabbi Moshe Re’em

 To mark 50 years since the Six Day War, we will devote six classes to the topic of “Jerusalem.”  The class will focus on poems, short stories, and memoirs dealing with Jerusalem and testimonies of soldiers who fought in the Six Day War.  Among the writers and poets we will study are:  Amos Oz, Abraham Joshua Heschel, Amir Gilboa, Yehuda Amichai, and Leah Goldberg.

 Y   Our Sacred Texts, Part 2

Thursday Afternoons - 2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

6 Sessions beginning March 23rd Through April 27th 

Taught by:  Dr. Ronald Glickman (Meet in the Library)

 We have often heard our Rabbis and teachers quote from sources that is not part of the TaNaCH, it seems that many Jewish laws, customs and parables originate from “other” Sacred Books.  What is Midrash Rabbah, the Shulchan Aruch and the Gemorrah?

 In this series of 6 classes, we will survey the meaning, derivation and contents of these important texts and read selections from:  The Mishnah, The Talmud(s) , the Midrash, Kabbalistic and mystical books, the Codes, and the Responsa.

 Needless to say, in this survey course, we can only cover these “other” Holy Texts superficially.  It is hoped that at the conclusion of these classes the participants will have a better understanding of what they are, they’re importance, and perhaps be motivated to explore some of them more deeply.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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