Tu BiSh’vat seder

We had a good turnout for the Tu BiSh’vat carry-in dinner and seder on January 23, 2016.  The seder was led by student rabbi Jenn Maggin. Tu BiSh’vat, the fifteenth day of the Hebrew month of Sh’vat, is a holiday also known as the “New Year for trees.” In biblical times, Tu BiSh’vat was the cut-off date for calculating the age of trees for the purpose of tithing. In modern Jewish life, Tu BiSh’vat is a day for planting trees and for events promoting environmental awareness. In the 17th century, Kabbalists created a ritual for Tu BiSh’vat that is similar […]

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Movie night: “The Other Son”

Several members of the temple friends gathered with friends on November 7, 2015 for a showing of “The Other Son,” a French film directed by Lorraine Lévy.  Released in 2012, the film tell the dramatic and provocative story of two young men, one Israeli and one Palestinian, who find out they inadvertently were “switched at birth.”  The discovery has profound repercussions on the lives of both families. A variety of Middle Eastern and French treats were available before and during the showing along with popcorn and other traditional movie snacks like Raisinets, Goobers, Sno-Caps, and licorice twists.  

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Autumn events

Temple Beth El has been a busy place the past few months. New student rabbi Jenn Maggin led her first Shabbat service at the temple in late August. The congregation welcomed her with a carry-in dinner. High Holy Day services were well attended and deeply moving, with by music by long-time temple pianist Holly Hanauer and singers Jerry and Rene Pohlman. Sisterhood provided community meals for Rosh Hashanah and Break-the-Fast. The Social and Cultural Committee hosted an “Oy! of Cooking” session on September 20. A lively group of cooks and would-be-cooks prepared and shared seasonal treats: baked apples with honey […]

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Revision to Schedule of Rabbi Visits

There has been a change in the schedule of rabbi visits. Rabbi Jenn was originally scheduled to come to Muncie the weekend of November 6. She will instead come a week earlier, the weekend of October 30. You can view the revised schedule on the “Schedule of Services & Adult Ed” page of this web site or you can click here for a printable and downloadable copy.

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End-of-year picnic, May 16, 2015

The Temple celebrated the end of the academic year with a carry-in picnic dinner on May 16, 2015.  The event had to be held indoors because of rain, but that didn’t dampen the sprits of those attending.  Turnout was excellent, in part because of the good food and company but also because it was an opportunity to say goodbye to student rabbi Sam Pollak.  The Board of Trustees and the congregation thank Sam for his outstanding work for us during the past year, including well conducted Shabbat services, thought provoking d’rashot, carefully prepared Religious School and adult education classes, and being an all-around good person.  We will […]

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Downton Abbey season finale party

The season 5 finale of Downton Abbey was the excuse for an afternoon tea party on March 8, 2015.  The plot of Downton Abbey recently had taken a decidedly Jewish trajectory, through issues of anti-Semitism, integration into secular society and interfaith marriage.  The guests at the party were more interested in enjoying themselves than in discussing early 20th century history, however. The party was beautifully organized, as usual, by our imaginative Social & Cultural Committee.  Fortified by a selection of teas and delectable Downton Abbey-inspired treats, some of us tried to work on a Downton jigsaw puzzle without much success.  Then we watched the first […]

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Chanukah 2014 at Temple Beth El

The Temple Beth El community and guests celebrated the fifth night of Chanukah with a dinner and party in the social hall.  Sisterhood provided chicken and latkes.  The rest of the food was carry-in, the usual excellent variety of dishes plus a giant Chanukah cookie from a local bakery. A menorah brightened each table.  Student rabbi Sam Pollak led songs and played accompaniment on his guitar.   Older children taught younger ones to play dreidel and other games, which also were provided by Sisterhood.   For the Adult Education class the week of Chanukah, Rabbi Sam dressed up as various characters from the Book of […]

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Special Oneg honors Temple Beth El president Anne Eliades

The Social and Cultural Committee hosted a special Oneg Shabbat after services on November 21, 2014 in honor of Anne Eliades.  The Oneg was held to commemorate Dr. Eliades’s retirement from medical practice and to celebrate her many years of dedicated service as president of the temple.  

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End of summer ice cream social

The Social and Cultural Committee hosted an ice cream social on August 17th, 2014.  One table was set with an assortment of savory snacks, including cheeses, dates, stuffed grape leaves, hummus, and baba ganoush.  Another table held a selection of ice creams, home-made watermelon sorbet, and an amazing selection of toppings.  There were bananas too, for banana splits, and the necessary fixing for ice-cream sodas.  The weather was rather cool for an August afternoon, but that didn’t keep anyone from enjoying either the food or each other’s company.                                       

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