Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Message From Rabbi Howard Voss-Altman

     February 17, 2017 

21 Shevat 5777

When you walk through the doors of our synagogue these days, you'll see a royal blue poster that states, in bold white letters, "HATE HAS NO HOME HERE." This simple, powerful statement is then translated into different languages, including Hebrew, Arabic, and Spanish.  By putting up this poster, we want to make it abundantly clear that Temple Beth-El will not be a place of division, hate, or xenophobia.


Words alone, however, are not sufficient. In Judaism, it is our deeds that matter. This past week, on Wednesday, February 15th, Confirmation student, Jillian Brosofsky, and I, drove to North Smithfield to the Masjid-Al-Islam mosque to support and participate in Stand with our Muslim Children, a vigil in support of Muslim students who feel besieged in their own schools.  When we arrived, we were greeted by enthusiastic Muslim students and their parents who remembered us from their visit to TBE earlier this month. We then received a candle and joined hundreds of others with flames of hope and courage that lit up the parking lot. We also brought with us a folder overflowing with cards of support and sympathy from our RLYGRS students, and within minutes, our cards were posted on a large board for everyone to see.


The speakers - mostly Muslim parents and religious leaders - were cautious, concerned and inspiring. Although their families' lives have not been easy, seeing hundreds of supporters clearly had an impact.  The very last speakers, however, were three children; two from the Unitarian Universalist Church and our own Jillian, who spoke movingly about her great-grandparents who emigrated to the United States more than a century ago.  Just as her great-grandparents were welcomed to our nation, Jillian expressed the hope that immigrants and refugees from around the world - regardless of their national origin - would continue to be welcomed here.  Standing with our Christian and Muslim brothers and sisters, seeing in them the image of God (betzelem Elohim), we were reminded that "hate has no home here."   



Rabbi Howard


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Current Temple Events

Visiting Author: Laurie Albanese              
We are thrilled to partner with  "Reading with Robin" and the Jewish Alliance to host Laurie Albanese, author of  Stolen Beauty, at 9:00 AM on February 22, 2017.

Laurie will be talking about Adele Bloch-Bauer, the real woman behind the gold, the height of Jewish Vienna, Klimt's place in that world, and the anti-Semitism that was already evident in Vienna. She will include art slides with her presentation.

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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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" My Dreams for the Future" 
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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-7:00 PM at

Temple Beth-El in Providence, RI.

We will be welcomed by the Temple Beth-El congregation for a wonderful Shabbat day of stimulating learning, spiritual worship, and music, and exciting networking...featuring:

Torah Study with Rabbi David Ellenson, Chancellor Emeritus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and Gila Hadani Ward, Union for Reform Judaism Director of Lay Resources, who will lead us in workshops that dive deeper into the idea of engagement.

This Weeks Torah Portion

Exodus 18:1–20:23
Haftarah: Isaiah 6:1- 7:6; 9:5 - 9:6

Jethro, priest of Midian, Moses' father-in-law, heard all that God had done for Moses and for Israel, God's people, how the Eternal had brought Israel out from Egypt. - Exodus 18:1

  • Yitro brings his daughter Zipporah and her two sons, Gershom and Eliezer, to his son-in-law Moses. (18:1-12)

  • Moses follows Yitro's advice and appoints judges to help him lead the people. (18:13-27)

  • The Children of Israel camp in front of Mount Sinai. Upon hearing the covenant, the Israelites respond, "All that God has spoken we will do." (19:1-8)

  • After three days of preparation, the Israelites encounter God at Mount Sinai. (19:9-25)

  • God gives the Ten Commandments aloud directly to the people. (20:1-14)

  • Frightened, the Children of Israel ask Moses to serve as an intermediary between God and them. Moses tells the people not to be afraid. (20:15-18)

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



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