Monday, October 23, 2017


Message From Rachel Mersky Woda October 20, 2017 - 30 Tishrei, 5778


This weekend, our son will complete the year of b'nei mitzvah of his peer group, and conveniently, the last one on his social calendar IMG 0046happens to be his own.  My husband and I are in awe of this incredible milestone. It feels like just yesterday we were celebrating his birth.


As a Jewish educator, I understand the value of continuing one's education beyond b'nei mitzvah. I have given a great deal of thought to the trajectory we have created to help our students in the hope that their families will want to share this value. My work began long before I got married and had children, and I can honestly say that having a family, and particularly being the parent of a young teen, has refocused my feelings about youth engagement.


We are fortunate to live in a time when our children have a wealth of opportunities to engage in Jewish life at a very young age in both innovative and meaningful ways, and to continue these values through high school and beyond. 


Here at Beth-El, we begin with K'tantan before moving onto our Religious School classes for students in Pre-K through 10th Grade. In addition, we are now piloting a program with Moving Traditions which allows our 8th graders to have a space for self-discovery through a Jewish lens. Our Madrichim program for our 11th & 12th grade students provides them the opportunity to help within the classroom walls as well as out in the community to make our programs run smoothly.  Our youth program PROVTY for students in Grades 8-12 is stronger than ever and has allowed our teens to connect with Jewish teens locally and throughout our NFTY Northeast region. 


With our new involvement in a URJ Community of Practice focusing on Post-B'nei Mitzvah Students, we have already learned that starting younger is the key to keeping students engaged as they get older and we were proud to find out that we are well ahead of the game in that area.  I can't wait to join our colleagues at the upcoming URJ Biennial in Boston this December to learn even more ways to make the religious school experience even stronger.


In the meantime, you will find me taking a moment to celebrate this incredible stop on our son's Jewish journey with great joy!





"Are you tired of chips & dip? ... Come to Temple Beth-El's World Series of Tailgate Favorites "


World Series of Tailgate Favorites

Sunday, October 29, 2017 from 4:00-5:30 PM

Batter Up For The Temple Beth-El World Series of Tailgate Favorites.

Chicken, dairy or vegetarian only.



Adults $10.00

Children (over 5) $5.00

Children (under 5) Free

Maximum Admission of $30.00 Per Family


Raffle Tickets 

$10.00 Each or 3 for $25.00


This year's Judges will be

Russell Morin 

Owner, Russell Morin Fine Catering

Chef Neath Pal 

Instructor College of Culinary Arts Johnson Wales University

Chef Walter Potenza

Owner, Potenza Ristorante


Step up to the sponsorship plate and help us reach our fundraising goal:

$2,500 Grand Slam Sponsor

$1,000 Home Run Sponsor

$500 Triple Sponsor

$250 Double Sponsor

$100 Single Sponsor


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Introduction to Judaism
November 2, 2017 - March 8, 2018
Thursday Evenings 7:00 - 9:00 PM

Learn the fundamentals of Jewish thought and practice in 18 weeks through a mix of study, discussion, and practical experiences. This course is perfect for interfaith couples, non-Jews considering conversion, and Jews looking for an adult-level introduction.

Shabbat Hallelu
November 17, 2017Light refreshments and sangria served at 6:30 PM
Services at 7:00 PM

Friday, November 17, 2017 at 5:30 PM
K'TANTAN is a wonderful way to celebrate Shabbat and Holidays with children 
aged newborn to five. We gather for joyful singing and community dinner.
All are welcome

Temple Beth-El tours historic Charleston, SC.
February 2-4, 2018
Hosted by Congregation Kahal Kodesh Beth Elohim.
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URJ Biennial 2017

Friday, December 8, 2017

Registration is open now! Click here

For the first time ever, the Biennial will open its doors – to the local community for Shabbat Dinner, Kabbalat Shabbat services, and Song Session. Shabbat Dinner will begin at 5:30 PM and song session will conclude at 10:00 PM. 
Shabbat participants will be required to display a ticket (paper or electronic) to gain access to the Biennial.
Temple Beth-El will be providing a bus to the Biennial for Friday, December 8, 2017, ONLY. (Please note there are other events open to the Boston area listed on the registration form, however, transportation will not be provided.) 
After you register online, please contact Judy Moseley at 401-331-6070 or email to reserve your seat on the bus. The bus will be leaving Temple Beth-El at 3:00 PM and leaving Boston 11:00 PM.
  • 5:30 - 7:00 PM - Shabbat Dinner $95.00 (Optional)
  • 7:00 - 10:00 PM - Friday Night Shabbat Services and Song - Complimentary



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