News & Notes
First Aid/CPR course.....where: Temple Beth El...Date: September 5th....Time: 10 am Price: $10 per person. Call the office to reserve your spot.
Religious School Welcome Back Family Breakfast & First Class, Sunday, September 10th @ 9 am.
First evening Midrasha opening family dinner, Monday, Sept. 11th @ 6:30 pm
Shalshelet opening session, Monday, Oct. 2nd @ 6:30 pm followed by a Q & A for parents @ 7 pm
Genizah Ceremony & Service, Sunday, September 24th @ 11 amTemple Beth El Cemetery, Mechanicsville Road, Whitehall, PA.
Temple Beth El Third Kol Nidre Dinner, Friday, Sept. 29th, 5:15 pm Seudah Hamafseqet Dinner & 6:30 pm Kol Nidre Services (Dinner is limited to 150 people) RSVP by September 18th!
Yom Kippur Afternoon Private Prayer Opportunity, Saturday, September 30th @ 2 pm.
High Holiday Healing Service on Yom Kippur afternoon, September 30th @ 3:30 pm in the Hammel Family Chapel. Please contact the Cantor or Rabbi for more information.
Soup-er Sukkot Shabbat! Friday, Oct. 6th 5:30 pm family service, 6 pm Shabbat dinner with delicious soup. RSVP by Sept. 2th
Sukkah Hop & Family Dairy Potluck, Sunday, Oct. 8th 2 pm to 5 pm. Travel to different Sukkot by bus for fun activities & treats. Return to Beth El for a dairy potluck supper!
Celebrate Simchat Torah! Erev Simchat Torah, Thursday, October 12th! 5:30 pm free spaghetti supper. 6:30 pm the celebration begins...Live Klezmer music, family friendly service..shorter program, earlier time...fun for all ages. Dancing, interative Torah rewind!
Simchat Torah Continues, Friday, October 13th @ 8:30 am...Hakafot...dancing with Torahs, an Allyah for everyone and honoring our Kallah Torah, Hatan and Kallah B'resshit plus a delicious kiddush lunch.
Jewish Family Education
JEWISH FAMILY EDUCATION
Shari Spark - Jewish Family Educator
The Jewish Family Education committee has agreed upon the following goals for Jewish Family Education program at Temple Beth El:
- To enhance and enrich the Jewish and family life of every Jewish family, whatever its shape or current membership.
- To empower families to be more Jewish (in any of numerous possible ways) and to feel more competent to take charge of their own Jewish life as a family.
Jewish family education seeks to:
- Empower the family as an essential agency for Jewish learning.
- Strengthen the ability of family members to enhance the "Jewishness" of their homes.
- Support the family as a unit, no matter what the family composition.
- Connect Jewish families one to another.
Strategy for reaching these goals includes Jewish family education aiming to:
- Provide parents with the skills, information, props, and repertories for Jewish living.
- Emphasize doing rather than talking about Jewish behaviors.
- Offer access to a variety of paths leading to Jewish choices and commitments.
- Center activities around Jewish content and text.
- Take into account the complexities of family life.
- Stress the transference of the practice of Judaism from the institution to the home.
With all this in mind, we endeavor to offer several synagogue-wide programs throughout the year and programs for parents and children organized by grade level. These programs will be offered in conjunction with the religious school and will include families with children in the Jewish Day School of the same grade. We hope to build a greater cohesiveness within the Temple Beth El family as we learn and do together as families with other families.