Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Message From Rabbi Sarah Mack
                 February 24, 2017- 28 Shevat 5777
The Talmud teaches, "one who wants to be a hasid (particularly pious) should study the Laws of Damages (Bava Kamma 30a)." The Talmud is directly referring to our Torah portion this week that includes laws on assault, damage to crops and livestock, theft, humane treatment of the enemy and judicial integrity among many others. Why are these laws so pivotal to our faith?
On the surface, they are a list of dry injunctions. Upon closer inspection, we realize that these rules sensitize us to more than the value of property. Laws about our neighbor's ox, command us not only to respect of our fellow's property but their dignity as well. One commentator points out that the foundation of these statutes is "love your neighbor as yourself." Piety, according to our ancient rabbis, involves empathy, compassion and respect in our daily interactions.
Our tradition reminds us that laws affect human lives. It is no coincidence that our portion goes on to remind us of our responsibility to care for the stranger, the widow and the orphan. Our holiest text demands that we consider the human quotient in legislation. Mishpatim reminds us that, above all, laws should safeguard those who cannot protect themselves.
Let the words of our tradition inspire us to continue to work for a just society that honors the humanity of all.
Rabbi Sarah Mack


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Friday, March 3, 2017
6:00 PM dinner in the Silverstein Meeting Hall.
7:00 PM service in the Fain Sanctuary.

Please join us for a very special family Shabbat dinner and worship service led by our third-grade students.

Menu: Chicken Schnitzel, Grilled Veggies, Flatbread, Tapenade & Hummus.
Adults $15.00
Children $8.00

Registered LYG Religious School families: dinner is
included in your tuition.

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Shabbat Service with guest speaker Dr. William (Bill) N. Tilchin
Friday, March 10, 2017

It is with distinct pleasure that Temple Beth-El continues the tradition of opening the pulpit to a congregant to offer a sermon entitled "My Dreams for the Future."  This annual tradition, initiated by Rabbi Gutterman, enables us to be inspired by one of the voices of our congregation.  This year, in light of the political whirlwind we are all experiencing, we feel honored that this year's sermon will be given by our congregant, Dr. William N. Tilchin, a professor at Boston University and a renowned scholar of presidential leadership. 

Dr. William (Bill) N. Tilchin, a recipient of a Ph.D. in history from Brown University, in 1992, is a scholar in the fields of U.S. diplomatic history and the history of presidential leadership at Boston University, where he has been teaching full-time since 1994. His primary research focus is the presidency and foreign policy of Theodore Roosevelt. Professor Tilchin is the author of "Theodore Roosevelt and the British Empire: A Study in Presidential Statecraft," published in 1997, and of many articles and book chapters on Roosevelt's diplomacy and related topics.  He has been a keynote speaker in various forums throughout the United States, and for the past ten years, he has been serving as the editor of the quarterly Theodore Roosevelt Association Journal.  In October, 2016 Dr. Tilchin was elected as the 17th president of the Theodore Roosevelt Association, an organization chartered by the U.S. Congress in 1920.  He and his wife, Carol Giliberto, are residents of Pawtucket and have been members of Temple Beth-El since 1983.  Their son, Benjamin, became a Bar Mitzvah at Beth-El in 1994, while their daughter, Elizabeth, studied with Cantor Seplowin before becoming a Bat Mitzvah at Kehilat Birkat Shalom in Israel in 2003.

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Temple Beth-El presents our second Shabbatini. 

Martinis, sangria, music, snacks, and schmoozing
Spirited Havdalah Service! 

Saturday, March 25, 2017 6:00 - 7:30 PM 
$10 per person

Bring your friends! 
Come and meet members of the TBE family! 

This event is sponsored by TBE Membership Committee.

RSVP with payment by March 13, 2017
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Saturday, March 25, 2017
9:00 AM-5:45 PM
$36/per person

Temple Beth-El in Providence, RI

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Join us for an uplifting Shabbat that incorporates something for everyone- Torah study, worship, lunch, learning and music will all be offered with time to connect and network.  Additionally, Temple Beth-El is offering participants the chance to partake in a "spirited" Havdalah service known as Shabbatini, ending at 7:30 PM. (Note: there is a small additional cost for this on the registration site.)

Our special Shabbaton features include:

Rabbi David Ellenson, Chancellor Emeritus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, delivering our keynote address: Lessons for the Future: What Two Great Reform Leaders of the Past Can Teach Us Today, during our lunch!

Gila Hadani Ward, Union for Reform Judaism Director of Lay Resources who will offer two dynamic workshops:  Beyond Survey Monkey: Listening to Our Congregants... and The Next Step:  Really Getting Relational...both of which will be dynamic and impactful!

Confirmed workshops include: Racial Justice and Criminal Justice Reform, how synagogues act powerfully locally, Urgency of  Now, How synagogues can act in the new political landscape, Wise Aging, Multiple Platforms-social media:  the many places and spaces to meet; and others are in the planning process. 

Register HERE

Schedule (subject to change)

9:00 AM       Torah Study with Rabbi Ellenson
10:30 AM     Shabbat Service
11:45 AM     Kiddush lunch with keynote by Rabbi Ellenson
1:30 PM        Breakout session A and B (and snack)
4:30 PM        Endnote/Musical performance with David Perolman
5:45 PM        Minyan/Shabbatini

We hope that you will join us for this very special program. Please contact any one of us with questions.
Community Second Seder

April 11, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Conducted by Rabbi Howard Voss-Altman & Cantor Judith Seplowin.

We Provide: Seder Plate, Dinner and Community.
You Provide: Your favorite dessert in small portion on a disposable plate.

$36.00 Adults
$18.00 Children 
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Food is Kosher Style. Please label any desserts containing nuts!

This Weeks Torah Portion

Exodus 21:1−24:18
These are the rules that you shall set before them. - Exodus 21:1

  • Interpersonal laws ranging from the treatment of slaves to the exhibition of kindness to strangers are listed. (21:1-23:9)

  • Cultic laws follow, including the commandment to observe the Sabbatical Year, a repetition of the Sabbath injunction, the first mention of the Three Pilgrimage Festivals, rules of sacrificial offerings, and the prohibition against boiling a kid in its mother's milk. (23:10-19)

  • The people assent to the covenant. Moses, Aaron, Nadab, Abihu, and seventy elders of Israel ascend the mountain and see God. Moses goes on alone and spends forty days on the mountain. (24:1-18)

Featured Events

Purim Spiel - Saturday, March 11, 2017

5:30 PM-K'Tantan Purim Party
6:30 PM-Community-Wide Costume Parade
6:45 PM-Megillah Reading

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Temple Beth-El welcomes Rabbi David Ellenson, Ph.D. Scholar-in-Residence 
  • Joint Reform Service Rabbi Ellenson will be offering the d'var Torah Friday, March 24, 7:00 PM
  • Torah Study with Rabbi Ellenson Saturday, March 25, 9:00 AM
  • Shabbat Service Saturday, March 25, 10:30 AM
  • URJ Shabbaton Workshops Saturday, March 25th 12:00 PM to sundown
  • Shabbatini Saturday, March 25th 6:00 PM to 7:30 PM


2nd Annual Summer Celebration and
8th Annual Golf Tournament.

Kirkbrae Country Club, Lincoln, RI
Monday, July 17, 2017
Golf, Cardroom, Tennis, Kids Pool and Special Party

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