Friday, August 18, 2017


Dear TBE Family and Friends,

The events of this past weekend in Charlottesville have left us shaken and uncertain. We mourn for the tragic loss of three lives and send our healing prayers to the many injured during the protest and its aftermath. We hope that this bucolic college community, a center of enlightenment and idealism for its students and residents, will soon join together in unity to wash away this stain of bigotry and hatred.


We also pray for our nation as we struggle to come to terms with what has happened. For many years, the destructive ideology of Nazism and white supremacy has been lingering on the fringes of society and in the dark corners of the web. But we were stunned to witness hundreds of heavily armed men and women marching through Charlottesville’s streets with swastikas and Confederate flags, shouting racist and anti-Semitic slogans. This protest was more than an assault on decency; it was an assault on our cherished and hard-earned values of pluralism, respect, and acceptance. 


Let us be clear: there is no equivalency, moral or otherwise, between white supremacists and those who stood to oppose them. As one community, let us stand together to denounce their message of hatred, prejudice, and bigotry. 


This week, in 1790, President George Washington wrote his famous letter of tolerance to the Hebrew Congregation of Newport. In his letter, Washington wrote that, “For happily the Government of the United States, which gives to bigotry no sanction, to persecution no assistance requires only that they who live under its protection should demean themselves as good citizens, in giving it on all occasions their effectual support.” Let these wise, historic words, written 227 years ago to our Rhode Island ancestors, be our guide today. Let us work together to find common ground, and may our shared values of compassion, dignity, and equality extend to all of our neighbors.



Howard, Sarah, and Judy 


Read the response of Jewish Organizations to Charlottesville:

·     Union for Reform Judaism 

·     Central Conference of American Rabbis 

·     Religious Action Center


Other Jewish organizations:

·     Conservative Movement Statement

·     Reconstructionist Movement Statement 


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SMALL GROUP HEBREW FOR GRADES 3-6 will be offered during the following times:
  • Sunday at 9:00 AM
  • Sunday at 12:45 PM
  • Tuesday at 4:00 PM
  • Wednesday at 4:00 PM
  • Thursday at 4:00 PM
All groups meet for one hour at the Temple. Groups may be offered on weekdays at the JCC
by request. If these times do not work for your family, please be in touch so we can work out a plan.
We would like to be able to provide you with your first choice for Small Group Hebrew.
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High Holy Days Services 2017-5778 


  • Selichot: Sat., Sept. 16, 7:00 PM
  • Rosh Hashanah Evening: Wed., Sept. 20, 8:00 PM
  • Rosh Hashanah Morning: Thurs., Sept. 21, 10:00 AM
  • Children’s Service: Thurs., Sept. 21, 3:00 PM
  • Family Reception: Children’s Service: Thurs., Sept. 21, 3:00 PM
    Family Reception: Following Children’s Service
  • Tashlich: Thurs., Sept. 21, 4:30 PM
  • Second Rosh Hashanah: Fri., Sept. 22, 10:30 AM
  • Rosh Hashanah Lunch: Fri., Sept. 22, 12:00 PM
  • Cemetery Pilgrimage: Sun., Sept. 24, 11:00 AM
  • Kol Nidre: Fri., Sept. 29, 8:00 PM
  • Yom Kippur Morning: Sat., Sept. 30, 10:00 AM
  • Musical Interlude: Following Morning Service Alternative Service:
    Sat., Sept. 30, 2:00 PM
  • Children’s Service: Sat., Sept. 30, 2:00 PM
  • Afternoon Liturgy & Song: Sat., Sept. 30, 3:30 PM
  • Yizkor/Concluding Service: Sat., Sept. 30, 4:30 PM
  • Break the Fast: Sat., Sept. 30, 6:30 PM
  • Sukkot Festival Service: Wed., Oct. 4, 5:45 PM
  • New Member Sukkot Service & Dinner: Fri., Oct. 6, 5:45 PM
  • Shemini Atzeret/Yizkor: Wed., Oct. 11, 5:45 PM
  • Simchat Torah Celebration/85th Consecration Wed., Oct. 11, 6:00 PM

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Upcoming Summer Events at Temple

Friday, August 25, 2017.

Join us join us for a festive Shabbat Picnic and a worship Service where the birds sing along!

Come as you are to our Julie Claire Gutterman Patio and enjoy a family barbecue followed by a Shabbat Service Under the Stars.

This beautiful evening is planned especially for current, new and prospective members — in other words, for everyone! This year we will also be sharing this special Shabbat with our friends from Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim, Charleston, SC. Please invite friends to come and share the warmth and vitality of our Synagogue and the beauty of our biblical garden.

It’s happening on Friday, August 25, 2017.

The picnic will begin at 5:30 pm, followed by a 7:00 pm Worship Service. There will be activities for children and a special Oneg after the service. The cost for dinner is a mere $10.00 for Temple members.
All non-member guests are invited to join us free of charge.

Please reserve by August 20th.Send a check to: 

Temple Beth-El,
70 Orchard Ave.,
Providence, RI 02906,

or RSVP via phone 401-331-6070, or on Chaverweb.
Include $10.00 for each Temple member, and your name and phone number.

Please let us know how many guests you will bring, and how many would prefer a vegetarian dinner option.And do come, rain or shine!

August/September Shofar

Featured Events

Selichot at Temple Beth-El

Saturday, September 16, 2017
Welcoming The New Year!
7:00 PM Meditative Selichot prayers led by the TBE clergy
8:00 PM Film and Discussion - “The Lives of Others” (Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film)


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