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Fall/Winter Events

To register for a complete listing of Temple Beth-El programs visit or call 401-331-6070. Temple Beth-El 70 Orchard Avenue Providence, RI 02906

Temple Beth-El


Welcome to Temple Beth-El TBE is a caring Jewish Community that warmly welcomes and engages members by providing a rich variety of religious, spiritual, educational, and communal opportunities. Temple Beth-El is committed to Jewish life and the evolving principles of Reform Judaism. Our membership reflects the wide variety of choices people make in living Jewish lives, and we are respectful of those differences. We welcome all who care about enriching Jewish life in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts. The Jewish people are often known as the People of the Book. Our journey in history has been illuminated by a scroll — the teachings of Torah which guide each generation of Jews into joyous Jewish living and observances. At Temple Beth-El, you (and your friends and family and our entire community) are always welcome to open the wellsprings of Jewish knowledge and wisdom to explore and quest as we deepen our understanding of the Jewish past, present, and future. From books to films, from history to the avant-garde, we explore Judaism in a myriad of fashions and formats. Browse through this brochure of tantalizing offerings and savor the rich wisdom of Jewish learning. Enter our portals to discover the joy of Jewish learning and become part of the dynamic Jewish studies at TBE.

Check our website for updates! This guide will be published twice a year (Fall/Winter) and (Winter/Spring).

Schedule of Services Daily Minyan Saturday through Thursday 5:45 pm in the Herman L. Bennett Chapel

Shabbat Services Friday Shabbat Service 7:00 pm, October 4th thru May 30th; 5:45 pm, June 6th thru October 24th Saturday Shabbat Service - 9:00 am Torah Study - 10:15 am *Please check our website for up-to-date service times.

Shabbat Hallelu This uplifting and informal service features Temple Beth-El musicians and a brief D’Var Torah. Fridays Oct. 18, Nov. 15, Dec. 20, Jan. 10, Feb. 21, March 21, April 18, May 16. Light refreshments at 6:30 pm prior to the 7:00 pm service. For more information about Shabbat Hallelu or the Temple Beth-El’s band, contact Cantor Seplowin at

Healing Service Saturday, October 26 and February 8, 2014 5:30 pm Healing Service led by Cantor Judy Seplowin - Our healing service is a new ritual based on ancient traditions of prayer, care and community from Jewish traditions. We sit quietly, becoming fully present to ourselves and those around us; we sing some simple prayers and offer some simple wishes for healing. You don’t need to be ill to come, nor to be praying for anyone in particular. The healing service is based on the assumption that human beings are always in a state of becoming whole, that we are imperfect in our bodies and in our spirits and always in need of support to become our best selves. The Minyan Kaddish list will be read.

Holiday Events K’TanTan & Azeh Kef Decorate the Sukkah Wednesday, September 18, 2013 5:15 pm

Shabbat in the Sukkah New Member and Family Dinner Friday, September 20, 2013 5:45 pm Services 6:30 pm Sangria & Appetizers (in the Sukkah) 6:45 pm Dinner

Hanukkah Celebration with Peri Smilow Sunday, November 24th 4:00 pm

Religious School Fall / Winter Schedule September NO Hebrew School Sept. 26 •Wed Sept. 18, 6:30 pm Consecration Parents meeting/ Consecration Rehearsal •Sun Sept. 22, Opening Day •Wed Sept. 25, 6:30 pm 81st Consecration •Sun Sept. 29, 9:00 am All School Trip to Dame Farm and Orchards (Johnston, RI) October NO Religious or Hebrew School Oct. 13, 27 •Sun Oct. 6, Grades 7-10 trip to Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit •Thur Oct 10, Rabbi’s Workshop •Sun Oct 20, Gr. 5 Trip to Touro Synagogue •Sun, Oct 20, 9:00 am First Grade Parents Breakfast and Tree Planting

November NO Religious or Hebrew School Nov. 10, 28 •Sun Nov. 3, Gr. 7 Trip to Washington, DC •Thur Nov. 14, Rabbi’s Workshop •Sun, Nov. 17, Grades 8-10 trip to Brooklyn, NY

December Religious School/NO Hebrew School Dec. 8 NO Religious or Hebrew School Dec. 1, 22, 26, 29 •Sun Dec. 8, 9:00 am Open House Breakfast 10:00 am Religious School Open House 11:15 am Hebrew School Parent/Teacher Conferences •Thur Dec. 19, Rabbi’s Workshop

WINTER BREAK 12/22/13—1/2/14

Trip to Dame Farm Just as many of our childhood memories are so sweet that they will remain with us forever, we want the memories of our children’s Religious School education to also be sweet and memorable. By popular demand, we have another exciting program planned to help us start creating memories for our children. On Sunday, September 29th, the entire Religious School will meet at Dame Farm and Orchards in Johnston, RI. We will enjoy a horse-drawn hay ride, pick apples, and venture into a corn maze! We will sing holiday songs, hear the shofar, and have yummy treats! What a fun-filled way to welcome in a new school year!

Religious School Trip to Dame Farm Sunday, September 29, 2013 9:00 am *Please register online by September 22nd.

Young Families

Ages 0-6 open to members and non-members Decorate the Sukkah Wednesday, September 18, 5:15 pm

Shabbat Services and Dinner Friday, October 11, 5:30 pm Friday, November 8, 5:30 pm Friday, January 3, 5:30 pm Friday, February 28, 5:30 pm Friday, April 11, 5:30 pm Friday, May 9, 5:30 pm

Pajama Havdalah Saturday, February 1, 5:30 pm

Purim Party Saturday, March 15, 5:30 pm

K’Tantan is Funded by The Frances and David Friedman Family Fund

Discussion Series Upcoming Fall 92Y Dinners & Broadcasts Dinner, Pre-Discussion & Program ....... $15 per person Program only .....................................$5 per member Program only .....................................$10 per non member

Dinner ~ 6:30 PM • Program ~ 8:00 PM Malcolm Gladwell Tuesday, October 1st “Why are we so often surprised when underdogs win?” Do Goliaths make mistakes in spite of their strength—or because of it? When does a disability leave someone better off? Why are the childhoods of people at the top of so many professions marked by deprivation? Malcolm Gladwell, with his unparalleled ability to grasp connections others miss, uncovers the hidden rules that shape the balance between the weak and the mighty. New York Times bestselling author Malcolm Gladwell’s new book is David and Goliath.

Robert Gibbs and Ari Fleischer “Full Court Press: Inside the Bush & Obama White Houses” Wednesday, October 23rd Go inside the West Wing with two men who gave voice to America’s last two presidents - Robert Gibbs and Ari Fleischer, the first White House press secretaries for President Barack Obama and President George W. Bush. A lively night of stories and candid reflection about the nation’s leadership, moderated by former chief White House correspondent Ben Feller, who covered both presidents for The Associated Press.

Alan Dershowitz and Jeffrey Toobin Monday, November 4th You know that Alan Dershowitz, the preeminent defense lawyer in America today, has had an impact on the lives of storied clients like O. J. Simpson, Claus von Bülow, Bill Clinton, Julian Assange, Jeffrey MacDonald, Patty Hearst, Mike Tyson and many more. But who has affected Dershowitz himself? The attorney and author is now Taking the Stand in a new memoir and on 92Y’s stage. Jeffrey Toobin, author (The Oath: The Obama White House and the Supreme Court), New Yorker writer and CNN analyst, interviews Dershowitz.

See our remarkable spiritual home in a new light. Dr. George M. Goodwin, a Temple member for more than 25 years, has written extensively about synagogue architecture and other aspects of modern Jewish culture. His definitive study of our Beth-El was published in “American Jewish Archives Journal” several years ago. George, co-editor of “The Jews of Rhode Island” and editor of “Rhode Island Jewish Historical Notes,” also serves on the board of the Rhode Island Historical Society.

Lunch and Learn with George Goodwin “Our Beth-El: The Best Modern Synagogue Building in New England” Tuesday, October 8, 2013 12:00 noon Cost: $10.00 per person

Temple Beth-Elders Shabbat Dinner with Guest Speaker Fred Lazin “Jews and Politics” Friday, October 25, 2013 5:30 pm Dinner 7:00 pm Shabbat Service Following services, Fred Lazin will speak. Cost: $18 per person

Shabbat Dinner with Guest Speaker Dr. Lisa D Grant “Israel: One Land, Many Narratives” Friday, November 22, 2013 5:30 pm Dinner 7:00 pm Shabbat Service Following services, Dr. Lisa D. Grant will speak. Cost: $18 per person Please call the temple office at 401-331-6070 to RSVP for Dinner “only”

Fall Highlight

Learning at TBE Flash Course: God In our secular age, it can be hard to pray to God as a personal being looking over us. But this is not a new struggle. Jewish thinkers have worked with this challenge for centuries. Join us for a three-part series exploring different perspectives from our tradition, ancient and recent. Rabbis Mack and Gutterman will facilitate discussion based on short readings.

October 2, 9, and 16th 7:00 pm $36

Parenting Groups Community Facilitated by Matt Goodman, Psy.D, clinical psychologist. Upcoming dates: Nov. 3, Dec. 15, Jan 5, Feb 2, March 2

Chai Mitzvah is a national program created as a way to engage adults in a Jewish journey throughout their lives. Our participants have attended monthly study sessions, identified something Jewish that they wanted to learn, or deepened an existing Jewish ritual and engaged in social action. Now it is time to celebrate!

Classes will be taught by Rabbi Sarah Mack. Location: One Citizens Plaza, 8th floor Providence, RI 02903 Time: noon

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Group Study Personal connection Ritual and spiritual growth Social action

Class Dates: Oct. 24, Dec. 19, Jan. 16, Feb. 20, Mar. 20, Apr. 17, May 15 & Jun. 19 For more information contact Rabbi Sarah Mack at 401-331-6070

Community Learning

Community Events Healthy Aging A Series of Informative Talks for the Rhode Island Community Learn. Discover. Enjoy. Don’t miss this series, created for the Rhode Island community and presented by

• Free introductory presentation on

Tuesday, September 3, at 3:00 pm, by Richard Besdine, M.D., director of the Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University • Nine sessions follow on Tuesdays,

(formerly BCLIR)

all sessions at

Temple Beth-El 70 Orchard Avenue Providence

3:30 to 5 pm, beginning September 24. $25 to attend the full series. • Topics include Maintaining a Healthy

Mind and Body, Sexuality and Aging, the Changing Face of Health Care, Healthcare Reform, and more.

On-line registration opens August 5. Go to for more information. Co-sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island and Temple Beth-El, with the collaboration of the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and the Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research of the Brown University School of Public Health

Interfaith Thanksgiving Service Our Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will be held at Temple Beth-El. Join us with our East Side neighbors in celebrating the glory of our shared American heritage. Special Guest Speaker: Christina Paxson, Brown University’s 19th president. Tuesday, November 26, 2013 7:00 pm

URJ Biennial

Social Action

Youth Programming K’Tantan Ages 0-6 Decorate the Sukkah/ Pizza in the Hut Shabbat Service and Dinner Shabbat Service and Dinner Shabbat Service and Dinner PJ Havdalah Shabbat Service and Dinner

Wednesday, September 18th @ 5:15pm Friday, October 11th @ 5:30pm Friday, November 8th @ 5:30pm Friday, January 3rd @ 5:30pm Saturday, February 1st @5:30pm Friday, February 28th @ 5:30pm

Azeh Kef Grades 1-3 Decorate the Sukkah/ Pizza in the Hut Movie Night Pool Party Movie Night Movie Night Movie Night

Wednesday, September 18th@5:15pm Saturday, November 2nd @ 5:30pm Saturday, January 25th @5:30pm Saturday, April 5th @5:30pm Saturday, November 2nd @ 5:30pm Saturday, April 5th @5:30pm

PROVTY Grades 8-12

Leadership Training Institute Freshman kidnap Levi Leap PROVTY Shabbat Fall Conclavette December Institute

Sunday, September 29th TBD Saturday, October 26th Friday, November 1st @7pm Friday, Nov. 15 - Sunday, Nov. 17 Thursday, Dec. 26 - Monday, Dec. 30

Sisterhood Events Fall 2013 Rosh Hashanah Reception Thursday, September 5th 4:00 pm Yom Kippur Break the Fast Saturday, September 14th 6:00 pm Simchat Torah/ Consecration Wednesday, September 25th 6:30 pm Harvest Bake Sale Sunday, October 6th 10 am -1 pm Sisterhood Centennial Shabbat Weekend Shabbat Service - Friday, October 11th 7:00 pm Shabbat Brunch - Saturday, October 12th 11:00 am Bake Sale Sunday, November 3rd 10 am -1:00 pm Chanukah Sale Sundays, November 3rd & 17th 9:00 am-1:00 pm Paid Up Membership Event Sunday, November 17th 1:30-4:00 pm Temple Chanukah Celebration Sunday, November 24th 4:00 pm Make a Meal: Ronald McDonald House Sunday, December 15th 2:00 pm Reading Circle Dates: Monday, October 28th 7:30 pm – The Year of Living Biblically by A.J. Jacobs Monday, November 25th 7:30 pm – The Tenth Song by Naomi Ragen

Brotherhood Presents World Famous Edwards Twins Celebrity Impersonators Saturday, November 16, 2013 7:00 pm Cost: $35 Per Person Reserved Seating More details to follow.

Temple Beth-El 70 Orchard Avenue Providence, RI 02906

SAVE THE DATE Scholar in Residence Cantor Lisa Levine Soulful Shabbat Ruach Friday, April 11, 2014

Yoga Shalom with Cantor Lisa Levine Saturday, April 12, 2014

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