Temple Beth-EL

               Rockford, Illinois

Yom Rishon, 28 Av 5777


200 Words or Less…
By Goldie & Adrian


August is upon us! It's hard to believe that September 10 will be here in a blink of an eye! Did you catch that? Yes, the first day of Religious School is only about eight weeks away! By the time you read this, you probably have received your registration materials for the 2017-18 school year. Please fill out the forms and send in your deposit (or your total tuition payment). We ask that your payment is made in full by the first day of school unless other arrangements have been made. You may call Joyce in the office to discuss credit card payments, etc.
We would love to have a parent and tot class this year but so far we have found only a couple of you! So, if you know of any parents of preschoolers, please mention this opportunity. It would be just once a month; parent(s) come along with their child and have an hour of a fun "taste" of Religious School. If you are interested, please contact the principals or Joyce in the office with your information and we will get back to you.
Please mark your calendar for August 27 and join the Temple family for the fun Ethnic Fest! Bring the family and friends, march in the parade and enjoy the festivities and food from the many ethnic groups in Rockford! Contact Goldie with any questions.
Enjoy the rest of your summer. Till next month, 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.