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Woman of Valor

Posted on January 15, 2020

Sisterhood Woman of Valor 2019-20: Jodi Siegal Sisterhood held its annual Woman of Valor dinner on Dec. 19, 2019, honoring Jodi Siegal. Approximately 50 Sisterhood members attended the dinner to honor Jodi, whose commitment to community is evidenced by her many activities at TBE since becoming a member in 2000. Jodi is a TBE board Continue Reading »

Standing Together at Sinai, Soul to Soul: A profile of Russ and Barb Johnston

Posted on January 15, 2020

For years, Barbara and Russ Johnston have been a fixture at TBE. They’ve been the friendly faces at the Bagel Cafe, Sisterhood and the temple choir. But what you may not know about the Johnstons is their special love story – not just for each other, but for Temple Beth-El, the community that first brought Continue Reading »

Red Sea, Burning Bush, MahJongg

Posted on November 15, 2019

Every so often, I think about some of the big mysteries of Judaism that have intrigued me since my Hebrew school days long ago. Did the Red Sea really part, allowing our ancestors to escape 40 years of brutal slavery and an evil dictator? Did Moses hear the voice of God coming from a burning Continue Reading »

Beyond the Hug: How to Deepen Out TBE Ties

Posted on November 15, 2019

As I reflect upon our recent High Holiday worship, I continue to return to thoughts on the impact that Temple Beth-El has had in my life, both as a long-time congregant and a relatively new president still getting my feet wet in this role. And much of what I wish to accomplish during these next Continue Reading »

Seeking Soul Connection

Posted on September 15, 2019

In July, I had the opportunity to spend a week participating in the Beit T’Shuvah Immersion Program for Clergy and Educators in Los Angeles. Beit T’Shuvah is a Jewish residential addiction treatment center that focuses on recovery and spiritual wholeness through a comprehensive program of Jewish spirituality, psychotherapy, and the 12 steps in a caring, Continue Reading »

Journey to Leadership

Posted on September 15, 2019

My journey toward becoming President at Temple Beth-El started with an unlikely trip to Cape May – the Victorian beach community at the southern tip of New Jersey. My family joined Temple Beth-El just after our children were born. We made good friends with Religious School families, started to attend family services and slowly but Continue Reading »

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Tree of Life Gala a Success

Posted on May 14, 2019

Thank you to everyone who made our 2019 Tree of Life Gala such a success. It was a touching event with much love and respect shown for our three honorees, Ellen Davidson, Steven Weitz, and Liz Cohen. We thank our sponsors and vendors. Click here for the Tribute Journal Slide Show. Click here to learn more Continue Reading »

In a League of Their Own — Our Tree of Life Gala Honorees

Posted on March 10, 2019

Move over, Marvel heroes. At Temple Beth-El, we have our own superheroes, and we are proud to be celebrating everything they’ve accomplished at the upcoming gala dinner dance on Saturday, May 11, 2019. Here’s a closer look at our three honorees and what inspires them to go above and beyond.   Ellen Davidson It makes Continue Reading »

Winter — The Warmest Season

Posted on January 9, 2019

The unpredictable weather pattern engulfing the Hillsborough metropolitan area has everyone wondering what’s coming next. We went from a “one day tee shirt, next day parka” autumn to a November blizzard to a 65-degree first day of winter. The Old Farmer’s Almanac is predicting heavier than normal snowfall. And who knows what Punxsutawney Phil will Continue Reading »

Ladles of Love

Posted on November 13, 2018

Temple Beth-El’s new Ladles of Love initiative to bring comfort and good noshing to those in need is underway, with its next community cook-a-thon set for Sunday, November 28. The first cooking session, held on Oct. 21, produced 15 mini loaves of pumpkin bread and lemon cake, as well as 23 quarts of butternut squash Continue Reading »