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BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE: This is a reminder that Beth El Synagogue Center’s Book of Remembrance will be issued for Yom Kippur and the other holidays when Yizkor is recited.

To list your loved ones in our memorial book, visit The suggested donation is $36 per name. Please note a reply is needed in order to receive tickets to High Holiday services and to be included. If you have any questions, contact Linda Newman at, or 914-235-2700, ext. 246.

BUILD A SUKKAH:  On Sunday, Oct. 1, you can have Beth El friends build a sukkah for

you, in your yard! Who will build it? Beth El friends and clergy!  And when the holiday ends, they will come and take it down too!  The cost is $136. Visit to order. First-come, first-served. Supplies are limited. Interested in volunteering to build? Have other questions? Contact Rabbi Zach Sitkin at, or 914-235-2700, ext. 338.

SELICHOT: Save the date for a special Shabbat, September 15-16 with Joey Weisenberg, Creative Director of Mechon Hadar's Center for Jewish Communal Music. Friday, Sept. 15 - Join us for Nigun, Dinner, and Kabbalat Shabbat. More details to come. Saturday, Sept. 16 - Joey will join us for services and give the D'var Torah. That evening come for a concert and kumitz with Joey Weisenberg with special guests from the Hadar Ensemble, followed by a musical selichot service led by Beth El Clergy. For more information, contact Abby Wise at

S.M.A.R.T.* GROUP PROGRAMS: SummerFEST ... Fun, Exercise, Swim, and Scholar Time, to be held again at Beth El on Tuesday, Aug. 15 and Wednesday, Aug. 16. Attend one or both days! (Note - there is no program Aug. 17.)  10 a.m.-4 p.m., $15/day including lunch, swimming, live music, lectures,  a barbecue, and more. Sign up here! Questions? Contact Julie Rockowitz at 914-235-2700, ext. 256, or . (*Senior Mature Adults Retired Together)

ISRAELI WINE TASTING: The Israel Affairs Committee (IAC) will present Israel

Uncorked on Thursday, Aug. 31 at 7 p.m. at Beth El. Celebrate Israeli wine making with 30 different wines to sample - all regions, varities, and price points will be represented. This event is free but you must register at  Wine provided by The Grape Exchange. 20% off listed price and free delivery on cases! Sales benefit Beth El and the Israeli economy. Great for home and the upcoming holidays! For more information, contact

* NEW* BETH EL TEEN LEARNING AND ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM will begin in September for all of our 8th-12th graders: We believe that formal education is one way to be engaged, though it is not the only way.  We also believe that we need to connect teens to Judaism in a way that is authentic to each of them as individuals and as whole people. We are happy to present an options-based model to our teen population, creating a menu of options for Jewish learning and engagement for ALL of our Beth El teens, including niche-specific opportunities and social engagement as well. In this way, we will be able to address the varied interests and schedules of our teens in a way that allows us to reach each of them personally.  Visit to learn more.
Attention 6th-12th graders! Don't miss METNY USY Encampment from Aug 20-27!
Go to for more info!  For information or questions, contact Bekkah Gold at 914-235-2700, ext. 221, or


Upcoming Events  & News

Talmud from the Inside: A Class for the Inquiring Mind, Thursday, 10:00am, with Rabbi Hojda. Text: Talmud Bava Kamma (presented in English translation). Initial discussion: Taking the law into one’s own hands. Someone cheated you. May you now cheat him, in order to ultimately get back what is yours? Together we will dig into the ancient, primary sources that our ancestors have learned for centuries, using their methods as well as those of modernity.

We will follow through with practical, present-day examples. All levels welcome. Just bring a friendly disposition and an inquiring mind. Contact Rabbi Hojda,, or 845-304-8442. $35 per session. For information, contact Sam Berger at 914-494-6079 or

Talmud Daf Shevui Study Session, every Shabbat, 12:30pm, in the Library. New participants welcome. We discuss a page (daf) of the Talmud. Download weekly portion at All classes are at Beth El unless otherwise indicated.Artists' Reception
Meet Carole Graham and Norma Wasserman and discuss their work. The museum exhibit will be open from now until July 23 - 2:00pm-4:30pm.

Sisterhood Baum Judaica Gift Shop

Visit us for ALL your Judaica needs. New Shabbat merchandise! Open by appointment. E-mail, or call Erica Epstein, 914-633-3161; Carole Graham, 914-576-6617; Ellen Hollander, 914-632-4658; Phoebe Gross, 914-725-8711.

Beth El and Announcements and Community


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Keep in Touch...
The school year may be ending, but we're not saying goodbye! The Department of Youth and Family Engagement would like to keep in touch with your child during the summer whether they're at home, camp, or on a summer program to see how they're doing, talk about the fall, and maybe even plan a visit! Please fill this short and sweet form and send it back to us. Everyone who fills out the form will receive a handwritten note from Jen & Bekkah!

BETH EL BLOG Visit our brand new blog for stories, events, and everything in-between at Have an interesting event coming up? A news tip? Want to be among the first members to be featured in a new "Three Questions with..." feature? Contact Jon Chattman at  or 914-235-2700, ext. 239.

'SMILE' WITH AMAZON Did you know when you make a purchase at  that Beth El Synagogue Center will receive 0.5 percent of the value of your purchase as a donation directly from Amazon? It's easy! Simply log-in to the web address above, and on the "Select a charitable organization to start shopping" page, type Beth El Synagogue of New Rochelle. If you’ve already designated Beth El as your charity, THANK YOU! If not, please consider setting it up today. 
OPPORTUNITY TO FULFILL THE MITZVAH OF READING TORAH If you wish to read in honor of your birthday, anniversary, or just to fulfill a mitzvah on any Shabbat, please contact Cantor Aqua at, or 914-235-2700, ext. 222. He will be happy to work with you or e-mail you a recording.

PROJECT HOPE will be preparing a meal on Tuesday, Aug. 15 at 8:30 a.m. in Beth El's dairy kitchen. All are welcome! For questions, contact Barbara Engelson at

CARD ROOM The weekly Sisterhood Canasta group will resume playing 12:45p.m. on Monday, Aug. 21, and the Mah Jongg group will resume playing on Tuesday, Aug. 22.  Beginners, as well as experienced players are always welcome. Contact Arlene Salman at or 914.235.2485.

SISTERHOOD BAGELS & BOOKS returns Monday, Aug. 28 at 9:30 a.m. with Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English by Natasha Solomons. Books are available at the New Rochelle Public Library - mention that you are a member of Beth El Sisterhood's Bagels & Books Group. Questions? Contact Arlene Salman at or 914.235.2485.

EXHIBIT IN THE KANNER-KURZON MUSEUM Creation, a new exhibit inspired by the Book of Genesis, will be on display from Sept. 9 – Oct. 15. It is curated by H. David Stein, a retired surgeon and accomplished photographer, and Fred Spinowitz, a professional artist who produces paintings on religious/Judaica themes.  Both have curated exibitions at Beth El previously. An Artists’ Reception will be open to all on Sunday, Sept. 10 from 3-5 pm.
ISRAELI ART FESTIVAL AND SALE Save these dates . . . November 8-12. We will present an Israeli Art Festival and Sale with artwork from the Safrai  Fine Art gallery. Three great events will take place, and art will be available for purchase all week. Interested in joining the committee? Contact



SHARE A SHABBAT MEAL Shabbat is one of the Jewish people's most sacred and precious gifts. Every week we have the opportunity to carve out space for spiritual reflection and fellowship with others in our community. In this spirit, if you are looking to be hosted for a Shabbat meal in order to enrich your Shabbat experience please contact Rabbi Zach Sitkin at  or 914-235-2700, ext. 338.

Learning & Community

Limmud Adult Learning Opportunities

ISRAELI DANCING, on Sundays 10 - 11 a.m., with Cantor Aqua. $10/class. Wear comfy clothes and sneakers. At Beth El. Questions? E-mail

TALMUD DAF SHEVUI STUDY SESSION, every Shabbat, 12:30 p.m., in the Library. New participants welcome. We discuss a page (daf) of the Talmud. Download weekly portion at classes are at Beth El unless otherwise indicated.

LEARN HEBREW IN OUR ULPAN CLASSES Beginning on Sept. 6, with Miri Ben Avi. Classes are for beginner, intermediate, and advanced learners. Beginners 6:30pm-7:30 p.m.; Intermediate: 7:30-8:30 p.m. - Advanced: 8-9:30 p.m. Questions? Contact Miri at or 914-602-1503.


CAREER CONNECT WORKSHOPS ("CAREER>CONNECT PROGRAM") Unless noted, all workshops at WJCS, 845 North Broadway, North White Plains. The "Career>Connect Program" helps those dealing with employment instability. Questions? Contact Sylvia Davi (Monday, Wednesday, or Friday) at or 914-761-0600, ext. 170. Programs available at WJCS include: Jewish Mindfulness Meditation and Stress Reduction, Thursdays, 9:30 -10:45 a.m., at Kol Ami, White Plains; Mondays at Temple Israel Center, White Plains. For information email Ruth Rosenblum at


A FREE, fun and festive day for the whole family is slated at the 43rd Annual Westchester Jewish Music & Arts Festival, Sunday, Aug. 20, noon - 6 p.m. (rain or shine) at Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla. In past years, over 1,200 people attended. Click  here to register. All registrants will be entered into a raffle for a $50 gift card.

ISRAEL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA SPECIAL OFFER The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) will perform an all-Mozart program at Carnegie Hall on Oct. 25. As a special offer to Beth El, the American Friends of the IPO are offering group reservations (minimum of ten people) at a 10 percent discount. Prices per ticket range between $45 and $76.  For more information, contact 212-697-2949.
FAMILY MISSION TO ISRAEL The UJA-Federation Winter Family Mission to Israel is slated to take place Dec.21, 2017 - Jan.1, 2018. Travel to Israel with your children and grandchildren on a wonderful family-freindly trip. Tour the country and participate in a sunrise Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony on top of Masada. For more information, contact Susan Scharf Glick at  or call 914-385-2120.

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