Saturday, April 29, 2017


Message From Rabbi Howard Voss-Altman

April 28, 2017 2 Lyar  5777


This past week, Providence's Jewish community gathered to commemorate Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day.  The day was chosen to recognize the beginning of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising in April 1943, when Jews took up arms and fought their Nazi oppressors. While the Warsaw Ghetto's resistance is seared into our memories, the Lodz ghetto - in Poland's industrial heartland - provides a different perspective; a glimpse of Polish Jewry in all of its diversity, from Orthodox families to Bundist laborers to Zionist supporters and every category in between.


The renowned photographer, Henryk Ross, was among those confined to the Lodz ghetto in 1940, and was put to work by the Nazi regime as a bureaucratic photographer for the Jewish Administration's Statistics department. Ross took official photographs for Jewish identification cards, as well as images used as propaganda that promoted the ghetto's efficiency. Unofficially - and at great risk - Ross documented the brutal realities of life under Nazi rule, culminating in the deportation of thousands to death camps at Chelmno and Auschwitz.  Hoping to preserve a historical record, Ross buried his negatives in 1944 and then returned for them after Lodz's liberation.  He discovered that more than half of the original 6,000 survived.


Boston's Museum of Fine Arts (MFA) has mounted an ambitious exhibition of more than 200 of Ross's powerful photographs, comprising a moving, intimate visual record of the Lodz ghetto and the Holocaust. The images are accompanied by artifacts, including Ross's own identity card, and ghetto notices. Please join us for a day trip to Boston's MFA on Thursday, June 8th, so that we can experience the exhibit as a community. The bus will leave from Temple Beth-El at 8:30 a.m. and return by approximately 3:30 p.m. The ticket price of $28 includes transportation and the museum entrance fee. 


Please RSVP to the Temple office as space is limited.  

We look forward to sharing and discussing this powerful exhibit together.


Rabbi Howard    





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Taste of Torah Yoga

May 1, 2017, 7:00 PM

The Chassidic Rebbe Sfat Emet teaches that the Torah is engraved in the body of a person but it is hidden and needs to be discovered.
Through Torah study and Yoga postures we will find Torah within ourselves.

This two-hour workshop will be divided into a half-hour of text study and one and a half hours of Torah Yoga practice.
No yoga experience needed.

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Friday, May 12, 2017 5:30 PM

5:30 PM in the Silverstein Meeting Hall

K'Tantan welcomes families with children newborn to age 5. 
Open to all members of the community.

Funded by The Frances & David Friedman Family Fund.

Rosalea E. and Newton B. Cohn Annual Meeting of Temple Beth-El

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 7:00 PM

Elections, Budget Presentation, Honor Our Volunteers, and Review the Year
Light Refreshments Will Be Served.

HONOREE: Rona Nachbar
We invite you to join us in showing Rona our tremendous appreciation as we honor her on her retirement.

Saturday Night at the Movies with Rabbi Howard

Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 7:00 PM
"Enemies, A Love Story" (Rated R)

Herman Broder (Ron Silver), a Holocaust survivor living in New York City and struggling with depression after his ordeals in the war, makes his living ghostwriting for a rabbi. Herman is married to Yadwiga (Margaret Sophie Stein) but is also having an affair with Masha (Lena Olin), a married woman. Things grow even more chaotic when Herman's first wife, Tamara (Anjelica Huston), who he thought had died in the war, shows up in New York as well. Based on the novel by Isaac Bashevis Singer.

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A TRIBUTE TO RONA NACHBAR at the 162nd Rosalea E. and Newton B. Cohn Annual Meeting Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 7:00 PM in the Silverstein Meeting Hall.

FOR MORE THAN THIRTY-SIX YEARS, Rona – our beloved Rona – has given her heart to Temple Beth-El. Now, on the well-deserved occasion of her retirement, our hearts turn to her in gratitude. For generations her warm, gracious voice on the telephone has been emblematic of the hospitality to which our Congregation aspires. In person, she is distinguished by kindness, caring and genuine interest in others. Rona served as our institutional memory bank.

We will always remember the difference for good she has made in our lives. We will never forget her quiet courage and resilience in the face of the loss of her cherished daughter, of blessed memory. Rona continued forward with unstinting support of Beth-El’s good works. Thirty-six is twice chai, the Hebrew word for life. May Rona and Milton, her devoted life partner, now enjoy a future twice blessed with the finest things in life for years and years to come.

~ Rabbi Leslie Yale Gutterman

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Worship, 3
Lag BaOmer, 4
Shavuot, 4
Religious School, 5
URJ Benchmarking, 6
Rabbinate Students, 7
Good Deed Days, 8
Passover, 9
Sisterhood, 10
Brotherhood, 11
Upcoming Events, 10-21
B’nei Mitzvah, 22
In Our Family, 23
Donors, 24-26
In Memoriam,26
Leadership & Staff, 27

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Torah: Leviticus 12:1 - 15:33
Haftarah: II Kings 7:3 - 7:20

Friday, April 28, 2017
7:00 PM Shabbat Service

Saturday, April 29, 2017
9:00 AM Torah Study
10:30 AM Shabbat Service and Bar
Mitzvah of Joshua Newman, son of Amy
and Matthew Newman ROSH

Spring Planting

Spring Planting 

Temple's Cemetery Committee is once again offering a service to plant geraniums and impatiens at the gravesites of  your loved ones. The cost for the planting is $12 per geranium and $12 per six-pack of impatiens. 

If you have any questions, please call Jenn Thomas at 401-331-6070 or

Please detach and return with your check by May 15, 2017 to:Temple Beth-El, 70 Orchard Avenue, Providence, RI  02906

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Family Shabbat Dinner Friday, May 5th, 2017
Please join us for a very special family Shabbat dinner and worship service honoring our teachers.
6:00 PM dinner in the Silverstein Meeting Hall
7:00 PM service in the Fain Sanctuary

Menu: brisket, rice, roasted vegetables

Adults $15
Children $8
Maximum $50 per family
Registered religious school families' dinners included in tuition, RSVP's are still required.
We look forward to celebrating with you! 
To ensure there is enough food and drink for everyone.
EVERYONE MUST RSVP by May 1, 2017.


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