Growing & Fostering Our Jewish World
Our Temple Beth-El Congregation worships God in the Reform Jewish tradition. We are both diverse and multi-generational, welcoming any person or family wishing to associate themselves with our Jewish community. We strive to cultivate a love of our Jewish cultural heritage and actively support the State of Israel. The spirit of tikkun olam (repairing the world) and a vibrant spirituality are ingrained within our Congregation. Our many educational programs reach deep into the community, embracing all ages, faiths, races and ethnic backgrounds.
NOTE: The celebration previously scheduled in May to honor Rabbi and Malka Altman as they retire has been postponed at their request. More information will be provided as we have it so please watch this site and watch your bulletins for additional information.
A Snippet From Our Rabbi's Blog
Angels and Apnea
Yesterday I stumbled out of the doctor’s lab around 6:15 a.m. from a night of sleeping, having been wired eighteen times over my body. Yep, you guessed it – your rabbi is a master snorer (not shnorrer!) and now I’ve come to learn, someone who suffers from a hearty dose of sleep apnea.
In case you haven’t been exposed to this challenge, apnea occurs when, during sleep, a person stops breathing for a period of time. This is not beneficial. My sleep technician, Richard, informed me he’s observed folks in a single instance of apnea lasting close to three minutes – I can’t even imagine how they could survive without oxygen for that long (when was the last time any of us held our breath underwater for three minutes)! ...Read More at The Rabbi's Blog
A Snippet From Our President's Blog
Gratitude as a Fad?
I have noticed, in my rare forays onto Facebook, that there is a new "fad". A challenge to people to name three, or five, or two things they are grateful for a limited number of days. I find this very odd for a number of reasons, although not altogether inappropriate for this month of Elul, the month of preparation for the High Holy days.
Gratitude, for me, is a daily and lifelong practice. It is also, primarily, a private practice. I have learned that gratitude saves me from any number of bad behaviors and attitudes and keeps me in a good and healthy frame of mind. I have long worked at finding gratitude every day, and when I am in a bad mood, or upset, or reacting, a strive for more gratitude.
When I find it dif ...Read More at The President's Blog