Temple Beth-EL

               Rockford, Illinois

  • Shabbat in the Park July 2014 Shabbat in the Park
  • City Market Shabbat 2014 at State of Art Gallery
  • David Syme talking about Jewish Roots and the Classics David Syme Lecturing
  • David Syme performing at Temple Beth-El, June 6th 2014 David Syme
  • Our Sanctuary
  • Greater Rockford Temple Youth (GRTY) having fun at Rock Cut State Park in Love's Park GRTY at Rock Cut Park
  • Unwrapping the Torah during Sinchat Torah Unwrapping the Torah
  • Simchat Torah 2005 Simchat Torah
  • In the Sukkah Sukkot
  • Shabbat in the Park
  • City Market Shabbat 2014 at State of Art Gallery
  • David Syme Lecturing
  • David Syme
  •  Our Sanctuary
  • GRTY at Rock Cut  Park
  • Unwrapping the Torah
  • Simchat Torah
  • Sukkot

Farewell to Judy and Chuck

Judy and Chuck Picus were both born in Wisconsin and were both Phi Beta Kappa graduates of the University of Wisconsin, Madison…..Judy with a B.A. and M.A. (Library School) and Chuck with a B.S. and M.D. Chuck did his internship and residency in Detroit, followed by two years as a captain in the Air Force in Washington, D.C. They came to Rockford in 1960 when Chuck began his practice in Internal Medicine at Rockford Clinic (until retire-ment in 1999). Judy, pregnant with Miriam, was a stay-at-home mom of three little boys under five years old, Daniel, Joel and Matthew.

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Rabbi Wing

Dear Friends

From Rabbi Binah Wing


What a night!!! For those of you who were able to be there, you know of what I speak. On Friday night, October 24th, we had a very special evening here at Temple. After our abbreviated Shabbat wor-ship, we were treated to a wonderful concert of choral music by the Rock Valley College Master Chorale. They sang many wonderful pieces of Jewish music. Some of the music was from the liturgy or the Biblical text. Other songs were more from Jewish culture, such as a wonderful Israeli song about the building of the Galilee. I can promise you that the pioneers never sounded as good as the choir did singing that song. And, of course, we were treated to the Rockford premiere of a song written by our own Merle Langs during which Merle accompanied the choir on the piano. Between the choir members, friends of Merle, visitors from RVC and members of our own congregation, we had a “packed house,” as they say. We even ran out of prayer books, and we have over 160 books! Truly, it was a great night of music and community.

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