Upcoming Events

Sukkot Services and Dinner in the Sukkah

September 23, 2018, 12:00 am

Sukkot, the holiday that falls right after Yom Kippur, is an opportunity to celebrate the fall harvest and to welcome guests — both real and historical — into our Sukkah.

This year, we will celebrate Sukkot with a service and dinner outdoors, weather permitting, in our expanded Sukkah on

Sunday, September 23 at 5:30 p.m.

The evening will include study, blessings, lively conversation and fellowship.

The catered dinner is being provided at no cost. The menu is available here. If you don’t find the menu to be to your liking, you’re welcome to bring a picnic dairy or parve dinner (no meat).  Please be sure to note that in your reservation.

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TBE Reads: Behold the Dreamers

October 2, 2018, 12:00 am

Temple Beth-El’s book group tackles Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue. Discussion led by Sharon Seitz.

RSVP to Debbie Herman

More about Behold the Dreamers:

A compulsively readable debut novel about marriage, immigration, class, race, and the trapdoors in the American Dream—the unforgettable story of a young Cameroonian couple making a new life in New York just as the Great Recession upends the economy

New York Times Bestseller • Winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award • Longlisted for the PEN/Open Book Award • An ALA Notable Book

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY
NPR • The New York Times Book Review • San Francisco Chronicle • The Guardian • St. Louis Post-Dispatch • Chicago Public Library • BookPage • Refinery29 • Kirkus Reviews 

Jende Jonga, a Cameroonian immigrant living in Harlem, has come to the United States to provide a better life for himself, his wife, Neni, and their six-year-old son. In the fall of 2007, Jende can hardly believe his luck when he lands a job as a chauffeur for Clark Edwards, a senior executive at Lehman Brothers. Clark demands punctuality, discretion, and loyalty—and Jende is eager to please. Clark’s wife, Cindy, even offers Neni temporary work at the Edwardses’ summer home in the Hamptons. With these opportunities, Jende and Neni can at last gain a foothold in America and imagine a brighter future.

However, the world of great power and privilege conceals troubling secrets, and soon Jende and Neni notice cracks in their employers’ façades.

When the financial world is rocked by the collapse of Lehman Brothers, the Jongas are desperate to keep Jende’s job—even as their marriage threatens to fall apart. As all four lives are dramatically upended, Jende and Neni are forced to make an impossible choice.