Temple Beth-EL 

Rockford, Illinois

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Yom Rishon, 2 Heshvan 5778
  • Shabbat in the Park Shabbat in the Park July 2014
  • City Market Shabbat 2014 at State of Art Gallery
  • David Syme Lecturing David Syme talking about Jewish Roots and the Classics
  • David Syme David Syme performing at Temple Beth-El, June 6th 2014
  • Our Sanctuary
  • GRTY at Rock Cut Park Greater Rockford Temple Youth (GRTY) having fun at Rock Cut State Park in Love's Park
  • Unwrapping the Torah Unwrapping the Torah during Sinchat Torah
  • Simchat Torah Simchat Torah 2005
  • Sukkot In the Sukkah
  • 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

Rabbi Wing

Dear Friends

From Rabbi Binah Wing

Chaverim,  

I am still feeling re-Jew-venated, and spiritually  fulfilled after our  congregation’s High Holy Day observances this year.  There are too many people to thank individually for their participation as there are so many who work to make everything come  together.  It is truly a team effort and I’m incredibly grateful for such a  dedicated staff and team of volunteers.  It is what makes Temple Beth-El such an amazing community of which to be a part.

And now we move on to October – a full and exciting month!  There are multiple education programs  including Chef Laura Frankel, The Ben Hecht Show play, Torah on Tap, and our regular Torah Study group on Shabbat mornings.  There are also great worship experiences  including Sukkot and  Simchat Torah as well as our regular Shabbat  worship.  

On Yom Kippur morning, I spoke about what happened in Charlottesville and what might be our best  response to antisemitism.  The answer, I offered, was to counter the antisemite’s desire for Jews to disappear, by living a proud and vibrant Jewish life.  In the words of Professor Deborah Lipstadt, “Jews should be the subject, not the object.  Known for what we do, not what was done to us.”

Our Temple has many opportunities for us to do that, this month and every month.  I would ask you to reignite your love for Judaism and    recommit yourselves to being an active part of life in our Temple.  To be sure, the Temple benefits by your presence but more importantly, you benefit from being here.

In addition, in the spirit of being known for what we do, I would ask you to re-commit to working for social justice, however you understand that.  There is much work that needs to be done.  The needs are great.  Pick an area that touches your heart and do something towards alleviating the  situation.  Look here in future bulletins to see what the Temple will be engaged in during the year.  Feel free to suggest to me, Jim Gesmer,   Karen Zussman, or Faye Marcus the areas you’d like to see us work on. 

While we’re talking about living vibrant  Jewish lives, I’d like to encourage everyone to   attend our “Pizza in the Hut” Sukkot service and dinner this Wednesday night beginning at 6pm.  Sukkot is a joyous holiday to help free us from the solemn nature of the Days of Awe. Sukkot  celebrates our connection to nature and the  environment.  The Torah also connects the holiday of Sukkot to the celebration at the end of the year’s harvest.  

One custom that we used to do, and restarted last year, in honor of ideas of harvest and being attuned to nature is to bring baskets of fruit to the Temple on Sukkot.  We then take these baskets of fruit to the pantry.  Fresh fruit is often in short  supply so this is especially nice.  We had a nice start last year and I’d love to see even more fruit this year.  Don’t worry about decorating your  baskets or even having a basket!  A grocery bag of fruit works just as well! Please bring your baskets of fruit and attend our celebratory Sukkot service.  A pizza dinner will follow the service.   

Whatever you choose to do, whether it’s one of the many activities offered at Temple this month or some activity offered in future months, it is my hope that you will treasure your Judaism and make a renewed effort to live a proud and vibrant Jewish life with hope.    

Look for a brief High Holy Day sermon recap of the other three sermons in future bulletins.

Rabbi Wing

 

Upcoming Events

27Oct
10.27.2017 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat Service
27Oct
10.27.2017 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat Service
28Oct
10.28.2017 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Torah Study Group
28Oct
10.28.2017 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Torah Study Group
3Nov
3Nov
4Nov
11.04.2017 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Torah Study Group
4Nov
11.04.2017 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Torah Study Group
8Nov
11.08.2017 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Board Meeting
8Nov
11.08.2017 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Board Meeting