TBE Blog

The TBE Blog is the space where Temple Beth El’s Leadership Team members reflect on relevant topics that are most meaningful to us. Here you will find musings on everything from prayer to politics, music to mysticism and history to current day life. From our iPads, smartphones, and laptops to yours, these are the things that inspire us, keep us up at night, and fuel our own Jewish journeys.

Embracing the Bittersweet: Yom Kippur Morning Sermon

This summer I traveled with my family to Alaska where glaciers form rivers that flow through mountains ranges covered with dark green boreal forests. My …

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Small Steps Against Antisemitism: Kol Nidrei Sermon

When I was in the 4th grade, my mother received a phone call from one of the leaders of my Girl Scout Troop. That afternoon, …

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A Message from Alan Kronovet, Temple Beth El President

Chag Sameach. My name is Alan Kronovet and I have the honor and privilege of being the President of Temple Beth El.   My wife, Cary, …

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Justice Through Connection: Bringing a Justice Lens to Small Group Work

For many of us, when we turn on the news, we can feel overwhelmed by the challenges that face our nation and our world today. …

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The Only Constant Is Change: Erev Rosh HaShanah Sermon

I want to invite you to take a moment to remember a time in your life when you went through a profound change: Graduating from …

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Embracing Cosmic Insignificance: Rosh HaShanah Sermon

Embracing Cosmic Insignificance In July, NASA released the first pictures from The James Webb Telescope. Each image peers back in time, showing the birth and …

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L’Shanah Tovah from TBE President Alan Kronovet

It has been three years since we have been able to be together for High Holy Days, and I am so excited and thankful that …

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Judaism for Right Now

At the end of this month, just before Rosh Hashanah, we will read one of my favorite passages in the Torah from Parashat Nitzavim: Surely, …

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To See Ourselves and One Another

In the month of Elul, the month that leads to the High Holy Days, we read from the Torah portion in Deuteronomy, Parshat Re’eih, which …

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Honor and Remember (Lizkor v’Lichvod) Your Loved Ones

It seems that the High Holy Day season is almost here. The temperatures seem to be a bit cooler this week, suggesting that fall is …

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Fantasy Football League (Presented by Brotherhood)

Temple Beth El’s Brotherhood would like to renew its Fantasy Football league for the upcoming season. Note: you must be at least 16 years old …

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Temple Beth El Responds to Dobbs. v. Jackson

Dear Temple Beth El Family, On Tuesday, July 5th, Temple Beth El’s Board of Directors unanimously approved a formal resolution, “Support for Reproductive Rights and Reproductive …

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A Message from Clergy Following Mass Shooting in Highland Park

Dear Temple Beth El Family, Only six weeks after writing about the horrific shootings across the country, we are devastated to be writing again in …

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Welcome Rabbi Lexi Erdheim, Temple Beth El’s New Associate Rabbi

We are excited to welcome Rabbi Lexi Erdheim as our new Associate Rabbi. As a member of our team, Rabbi Erdheim will have a full …

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Supreme Court Decision Overturning Roe v. Wade

Dear Temple Beth El Family, The Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization overruling the decades of precedent set forth in Roe v. Wade is no surprise. …

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