Temple Beth-EL 

Rockford, Illinois


Yom Rishon, 10 Adar 5778


200 Words or Less…
By Goldie & Adrian

School resumed in January after a very cold winter break. Our students were able to participate in the adult education program on Jewish humor and enjoyed a delicious breakfast. It was nice having a few laughs on our first day back.

When Barbara Simon and Mitch Kopnick have music class, the building is filled with beautiful sounds. Sandy Simon helped the students decorate flower pots in which to grow herb seeds for Tu B’Shevat. We also talked about all the benefits trees provide followed by a Tu B’Shevat movie.

The fifth and sixth grade students will go to a small city retreat at OSRUI on February 9-11. It is always lots of fun and the best part is making new friends with students from other area small congregations.

Lastly, thank you to all who donate money to the Dermer and Garten Funds. We are able to award camperships and we can buy what we need to enhance education.

Keep Warm,
Goldie and Adrian


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.