Temple Beth-EL 

Rockford, Illinois


Yom Rishon, 2 Heshvan 5778


200 Words or Less…
By Goldie & Adrian


We had a great start to Religious School on  September 10th!  We introduced our new students, Megan and Mara Anton and Charles Pickvance along with our new Hebrew Alef teachers Rachel Bagne and Allison Braswell.  We welcome back with pleasure all returning teachers, Carol Gordon, David Sklar, Jim Gesmer, Rabbi Wing, Sandy Simon, Barbara Simon, Mitch Kopnick, and Ronit Golan.  Students had a fun morning creating symbolic colorful tshirt designs.  Our morning ended early at 11:30 so we all could join others at the Jewish community picnic.  What a delicious lunch!  
We bid a bittersweet farewell to Andrea Levey, our long time Hebrew teacher who is moving to Iowa.  We presented Andrea with a certificate of honor and a New Year basket of goodies.  We thank her for her nearly 20 years of service to the students of Temple Beth-El and wish her all the best in her new ventures!  Andrea, We expect you to visit frequently!  
If you haven't had a chance to peek downstairs lately, please do!  Thanks to the efforts of Jordan Towne and David Quimby we have a beautifully restored lower level with new flooring and a new couch!  Let us all try to keep it that way for a long time to come!  Thank you very much!  
The weeks to come will be very busy with all sorts of holiday activities in and out of the Temple.  We wish you a very happy and healthy New Year and we look forward to seeing you!  Till next time, Shalom.
Till next time, Shalom.

They are Old & Tired


Temple Beth-El has been fortunate to have funds to help us with projects that we might otherwise have a hard time funding. The Robert and Joel Garten Youth and Scholarship Fund has for many years provided funding for camperships for our religious school students. Attending Olin Sang Ruby has given our young people a unique opportunity to spend time and bond with other Jewish kids in an environment many would miss without such help from The Garten Fund.

Another such fund is The Michael Dermer Religious School Fund. This fund was established to raise money for religious school activities. Enrichment programs, scholarships and youth activities all benefit from this fund. These funds are kept healthy with your contributions for such wishes as birthday greetings or condolence notes. Your generous contributions have kept these funds working for many years.

The religious school needs an upgrade to the computer lab. Our current computers are old and tired. As we are all aware, the minute we downloaded Windows 10, those of us with older machines saw their machines slow down and start to balk at the things we want them to do.

Our computers are very old and have operating systems no longer supported. We have an opportunity to get six refurbished machines that have the newer operating systems, faster processors and the ability to be fast enough on the internet to keep our students both engaged and up to date with the latest software. However, spending the $1,400 from the Dermer Fund will go a long way to deplete its fund balance.

We are asking, as you think about making your donations to our funds, you direct a few dollars to-wards the Dermer Fund or Garten Fund so that we can rebuild them. These funds are very important to the Temple, and your generosity keeps them going. While all our funds do great things, maybe keep the Dermer or Garten Fund in mind for a while. Thanks.