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Shabbat in the Sukkah

Friday, October 18,  6:00 PM

We celebrate all that we have harvested through our introspection and self -reflection, our new beginnings and our letting go. We build a fragile booth, a Sukkah, not unlike the Chuppah the bride and groom stand under as they begin a new life together. As we begin a new year together, the Sukkah reminds us of the fragility of life and that our protection, grounding and strength do not come from the walls around us, but rather from the love and support of friends, family and community and the abundant gifts from our Earth and the Divine Source of Blessings!   — Rabbi Abby

 

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Sukkot is coming!

Help Build and Decorate Our Community Sukkah!

Sunday, October 13, 2019  — 1:00 to 3:00

Come join us this  and participate in the awesome Mitzvah of building a Sukkah, connecting us to our past, present and future! We have the frame already standing, all we need are the flimsy walls erected, a roof of natural vegetation (do you have any trees needing to be trimmed back?) that allows the sunshine and the stars to peak through and YOU!   — Rabbi Abby

 

 

Wear comfy clothes, bring vegetation to hang or to cover the shelter, grasses, branches, cornstalks, flora, step stools, work gloves.

We will have pizza in the sukkah (weather permitting)!

 

The Roof Covering: The sukkah needs to be covered with sechach—raw, unfinished vegetable matter. Common sukkah roof-coverings are: bamboo poles, evergreen branches, reeds, corn stalks, narrow strips (1×1 or 1×2) of unfinished lumber, or special sechach mats.

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Yom Kippur/Yizkor

Wednesday, October 9, 2019   9 AM – 12 PM Yizkor 11 AM

Join us for a beautiful Yom Kippur service of reflection and renewal. Experience a spiritualistic interpretation of holiday traditions. If you love Jewish culture or if you are just beginning to experience it, you will find our services rich with song, meaning, beauty and joy.

All are welcome, please invite your family and friends to join us as we celebrate together!  Tickets are NOT required.

Donations are accepted and very much appreciated.  

We will be collecting non-perishable food items for the needy.

While RSVPs are helpful they are not required.

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“The entire world is God’s message of love to us.
Yom Kippur is the time when we are most open to receive this message.”

-Rabbi Noah Weinberg

Erev Yom Kippur Kol Nidre Service

Tuesday, October 8, 2019   7:00 PM

Join us for a beautiful Yom Kippur Kol Nidre service of reflection and renewal. Experience a spiritualistic interpretation of holiday traditions. If you love Jewish culture or if you are just beginning to experience it, you will find our services rich with song, meaning, beauty and joy.

All are welcome, please invite your family and friends to join us as we celebrate together!  Tickets are NOT required.

Donations are accepted and very much appreciated.  

We will be collecting non-perishable food items for the needy.

While RSVPs are helpful they are not required.

For questions, concerns, or more information, please email Info

Dinner: Pot-Luck Before the Fast

Tuesday, October 8, 2019  5:30 PM  (Set up at 4:45)

Join us at Temple Beth El starting at 5:30 PM through 7:00 PM,

as we share dinner together before Erev Yom Kippur/Kol Nidre service and the start of our Fast.

Our Pot-Luck dinner is non-dairy (meat)

Bring your family and friends AND a dish to share with your Temple Beth El family.

Please RSVP to Event Coordinator

Rosh Hashanah

Monday Sept 30, 2019  10:00 am to 1:00 PM

Tickets are NOT required for High Holy Day services at Temple Beth El.  Donations are accepted and very much appreciated.  All are welcome, please invite your family and friends to join us as we celebrate together!

Following services Temple Beth El will host a luncheon.  Everyone is invited!

We will be collecting non-perishable food items for the needy.

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Kabbalat Shabbat Service

next service in Hammonton:   Friday, Sept 6, 2019    7:00 PM

Join us to welcome Shabbat 

Stay with us for our Pot-Luck Oneg!

 

Our services are a unique blend of tradition and creativity in both Hebrew and English, using song, prayer, teaching and Torah to connect with Jewish practice in a meaningful and spiritual way.  We hope you, your family and friends, join our welcoming and open community as we gather to celebrate and embrace the joy of Shabbat.” – Rabbi Abby Michaleski

High Holy Days

Please plan to join us for the High Holy Days.  

Rosh Hashanah

Yom Kippur

In addition to the above at Temple Beth El,  Rabbi Abby will be officiating at the following High Holy Day events.  Members of Temple Beth El are invited to attend these without tickets.

Beth Israel Congregation
1015 E. Park Avenue
Vineland, NJ      
(Map)

Rosh Hashanah

  • Monday September 30 – Tashlich – Gaimpietro Park 6:00pm
  • Tuesday October 1 – 2nd day service – 9am – 12pm

Yom Kippur

  • Wednesday, October 9 – Rabbi Abby’s sermon and Yizkor 1:00pm
  • Wednesday, October 9 – Services resume at 5:15pm followed by a break-fast @ 7:30 **

** (registration for the break-fast is required)

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A Message From Our President

A MESSAGE FROM President Steve:

August 8, 2019

Dear Members and Friends:

Incredibly, it’s 2019. It seems as if the years come and go with far greater frequency, than in years past. When we were kids, time seemed to move at tortoise-like speed. In fact, it seemed as if it took forever for another birthday to roll around . So much so, that we often told our age in fractions, i.e., 7-and-a-half, 7-and-three-quarters, etc.

As we aged, however, the hands of time began to resemble a ceiling fan on high. “Eek, what? – not another birthday,” we’d exclaim!

Yet another shining example of wisdom at work. Wisdom, however, can only be gained through life experience. Therefore, kids cannot appreciate going through time, that is, essentially, “standing still.” Like most other life’s lessons, one must “grow-longer-in-the- tooth,” in order to fully grasp that fact of life.

As we embark upon another new year, we recognize the importance of “adult things” with which children pay little attention. Paramount among them, is the importance of good health. Something else maturing teaches us. However, having a sense of community, camaraderie and spirituality, are also of the utmost importance. And while I’m hoping that this missive finds everyone who is reading it, in the very best of health, I’d like to point out that we, at Temple Beth El of Hammonton, are proud to make the latter available to you and your family.

Our mission is unique. To provide a safe, comfortable, private place, for you to be with your higher power. Our lovely, quaint, sanctuary, is just such a place..

In addition, our spiritual leader, Rabbi Abby Michaleski, is, well……a true treasure! As Billy Joel famously sang, “She’s Got a Way.” Rabbi Abby has an engaging presence – one that exudes warmth and genuinely connects with others. For those of you who have yet to witness her conducting a service, I cordially invite you to do so. I’m certain you’ll find it rather refreshing. Our services combine tradition and creativity in both Hebrew and English, while utilizing song, prayer and meaningful teaching, in a spiritual way.

For those looking for Hebrew School for youngsters – with an eye toward studying to become a Bar, or, Bat Mitzvah – Temple Beth El offers that accommodation, as well.

Also, adding to our uniqueness, there is never a charge, nor, tickets to purchase, in order to attend ANY services at Temple Beth El – and that includes High Holy Days services, as well. Of course, donations are certainly encouraged and graciously accepted.

This year, Temple Beth El proudly commemorates our 85th anniversary in Hammonton, NJ. It truly is a monumental birthday and a true reason for celebration. We would greatly appreciate the honor of your presence for this historic event! Details will be forthcoming.  

Finally, as you have likely discerned, we currently occupy an America that has become increasingly divided. As such, few things seem of greater importance than the task of mending that divide. Therefore, we encourage you to look upon Temple Beth El of Hammonton, as a safe haven – one that takes pride in our inclusiveness – where all persons are equal and welcome!

Here’s wishing you and your family a happy, healthy, peaceful and joyous New Year! And, may all of your dreams come true in 2019!

Warmest personal regards,

Stephen R. Schwartz,  President