Temple Beth-EL

               Rockford, Illinois

Yom Rishon, 1 Tammuz 5777


200 Words or Less…
By Goldie & Adrian


Welcome to summer break! Where did the school year go? We had a great year which ended on Sunday, April 30 with lots of fun celebrating students and teachers. We presented attendance awards to three students: Maddox Towne, Eloise Towne and Dana Wing. Each student received a gift card from Barnes & Noble.

We called to the bimah our wonderful teachers to rounds of deserved applause! We all are so thankful for each and every one: Carol Gordon, David Sklar, Jim Gesmer, Andrea Levey, Barbara Simon, Mitch Kopnick, Ronit Golan, Sandy Simon and our own Rabbi Wing. Thanks to Jordan Towne for taking care of our building needs and special thanks to our youth group leaders Nanci Soriano and Lauren Lamont who set such wonderful examples for our youth! Everyone received a sweet treat as a token of our appreciation.

Later in the morning students created beautiful colorful maps of Israel with the guidance of Sandy Simon and continuing with our Israeli Day celebration theme, the children sang Israeli songs directed by Barbara Simon and Mitch Kopnick. The morning culminated with our Israeli falafel and more festive lunch. Thanks so much to chef Ronit and all of her volunteer kitchen helpers! We so appreciate everyone who lent a helping hand during our school year!

Thanks to our Education Committee and chair Lauren Lamont who kept the Board informed of school activities.

We'd like to take this opportunity to say a hearty Mazel Tov to the entire Towne family on the Bar Mitzvah of Maddox Towne on May 27!

Have a great summer vacation and to hear more details about Religious School come to the annual meeting on June 11th.

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.