Temple Beth-EL 

Rockford, Illinois


Yom Rishon, 2 Heshvan 5778

Jim's Jems


By the time you read this article, we will have     completed observing Rosh Hashanah and Yom  Kippur.  I hope that the year 5778 is starting well for everybody.  I would like to thank Rabbi Wing and the Temple choir for all of their hard work in  organizing and presenting very meaningful  services during this High Holy Day season.    
October will be a very busy month at Temple    Beth-El.  Please plan to attend the Sukkot service on Wednesday, October 4 at 6:00 P.M. and the  Simchat Torah service on Wednesday October 11, also at 6:00 P.M.  These are some of the most  festive celebrations of the year, and your participation, such as carrying the Torah at the Simchat Torah service, is most welcome.
November is right around the corner, and I am  urging Temple members to attend our Art Auction on Saturday evening           November 11 at Midway  Village.  Mary Roufa and her committee have been planning the Art Auction for many months.  This year’s format will be different than in years past and will     feature the works of local artists.  We think that the evening will be very enjoyable and has the potential to be a nice fundraiser for Temple BethEl.  Please contact Joyce at the Temple office if you plan to attend.     
Finally, I would like to wish Andrea Levey all the best as she relocates to Iowa.  Andrea has served on our Board of Directors for many years as VicePresident of Religious Functions and VicePresident of Education.  She has also taught     Hebrew to our children for many years and always made it a priority to attend Shabbat services and Temple social gatherings.  Andrea has been an invaluable member of our Temple family and her presence will be greatly missed. 
-  Jim