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.

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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TriBE Spotlight: Social Justice TriBEs Initiative by Eric Sidman

As a general matter, I am not a joiner. No fraternities or clubs for me. On the rare occasions I am not working, I like …

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Q&A with TBE COO, Jonathan Friedman

Jonathan Friedman was named Temple Beth El’s first-ever Chief Operating Officer (COO). Moira Quinn Klein and Adam Bernstein, Co-Chairs of the COO Search Committee, sat …

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A Love Letter to Shalom Park

Three weeks ago, I had the honor of showing three gentlemen from the Lakeview Neighborhood Alliance around Shalom Park. We spent almost two hours talking, …

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Genizah: A Proper Burial

The Jewish act of burying sacred texts and objects is grounded in an understanding of what it means to properly respect and honor sacred objects: …

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Confirmation Class of 5782

On Friday, May 13, congregants and guests were invited to a special Shabbat Service led by the Confirmation Class of 5782. During this service, Fred …

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20th Anniversary of the Michelle Miller Award by Fred and Joy Miller

Temple Beth El joins Fred and Joy Miller in remembering their daughter, Michelle, whose 20th yahrzeit was marked in April. We are honored that the Millers …

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In Moments Like These, Judaism and Your Clergy Are Here for You

Many members have reached out to us to share profound concern about the news that the Supreme Court is poised to overturn Roe v. Wade, …

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TBE Hires Its First-Ever COO

Jonathan Friedman has been named Temple Beth El’s first-ever Chief Operating Officer (COO). He began work on April 25. “We were lucky to find Jonathan …

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TriBE Spotlight: Vino & Vinyl by Tracey and Josh Adams

Our TriBE, called Vino & Vinyl, began during the pandemic. The inspiration for our TriBE was to bring together people who enjoy wine and drink, …

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Spice Girls TriBE Hosts a Sweet Passover Seder by Beth Lewis

This past weekend, the Spice Girls TriBE hosted a Women’s Chocolate Seder. With an updated Haggadah and homemade chocolate treats as Seder plate items, this …

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Never Stop Questioning

Sometime in our childhoods, many of us got the message that we should not ask too many questions; that we should accept what we are …

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Pesach: Boldly Facing the Spiritual Exhaustion of the Pandemic

The psychologist, Sherry Turkle, explained in her book, Alone Together, that we live in an age where we have sacrificed real relationships for superficial connections. …

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4th, 5th, 6th Grade Retreat

This past weekend, we held an amazing 4th, 5th and 6th Grade Retreat at Camp Thunderbird. We gathered together fifty 4th-6th graders, along with teen …

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It’s All Coming Back to Me Now: Everything 90s is New Again

Early in the summer of 2021, I went to pick up dinner at Chopt in the Arboretum on the way to Temple to lead Shabbat …

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