Temple Beth El News

December 2011

Our events listed below are open to the community. We encourage members of the Jewish community to join Temple Beth El. We welcome perspective members to participate in programs and activities before joining. Please contact Heidi Lauhon, Executive Director, at 238-3123 or executivedirector@templebethelmadison.org for membership information.

Check out our Temple Beth El website at www.templebethelmadison.org for more information on our worship times and special events.  

Saturday, December 3, 10:30am
This is an entirely musical service for all the members of the family, young and old, with songs, prayers, stories, and fun. And even if you don’t think you have a voice for singing, you still may have a passion for celebrating Shabbat with our community! We will bring together our all-volunteer T’filah Band for a joyful service of music and song.

This series meets at Temple Beth El
11:00am- Bagels
11:20am- Talk
12:30pm- Adjourn

Sunday, December 4
Daniel Pekarsky, UW Professor of Educational Policy Studies: “Education and the Difficult Challenge of Jewish Life in the 21st Century”

Sunday, December 11
Tony Michels, UW Professor of History and Jewish Studies: “Is America ‘different’?  A New Perspective on an Old Question”

Sunday, December 18
Bill and Bobbie Malone, Historians, Authors, Music Collectors and Performers: “Jews and Country Music”

December 20, 7:00pm at Temple Beth El
”The Lemon Tree”- Drama
An engaging human drama of one woman’s struggle to preserve her way of life in the midst of political turmoil.  From IFC films.

Friday, December 23rd
6pm, Chanukah Congregational Dinner where families are invited to bring and light their chanukiyot (menorahs) together—Reservations Required
7:30pm, Shabbat Services in the sanctuary
Pack up your family, friends, menorah and candles and head on down to our Hanukkah dinner and celebration.  Leave the latke frying to Sara Ben-Ami and enjoy a festive meal together.  Special kids’ crafts and Dreidel competition round out the fun.  Then, join us in the sanctuary for an uplifting Shabbat service where we continue with the light we have kindled and bring it to new heights.  Don’t miss this all-around good time.  RSVP online at: http://templebethelmadison.wufoo.com/forms/hanukkah-celebration-and-latke-dinner/

Curious about Judaism?  Want to refresh your knowledge?  Wondering about conversion to Judaism?  The biannual Introduction to Judaism class begins on Thursday evening, January 12, and runs for seventeen weekly sessions through the middle of May.  In addition to the Thursday class sessions, there will be a few special excursions around Jewish Madison.

Tuition, which does not include the cost of books, will remain: Members of a Madison synagogue: $100 per person, $175 per couple.  Non-members: $150 per person, $250 per couple.  Students: $50.  There will be a ten student minimum for the class to take place.

This course is offered as a joint project of Beth Israel Center, Congregation Sha’arei Shamayim, and Temple Beth El, and sessions will be taught by local Rabbis and Educators.  It can stand alone as education about Judaism, or it can serve as a pre-requisite for conversion to Judaism.  Please call Rabbi Biatch 238-3123, for course and registration information.

Saturday, January 28, 2012
The Taste of Israel is back! It will be held on January 28th, 2012, in the Temple Beth El Social Hall. Doors open at 4:30pm. Child centered Shabbat related activities occur between 4:30 and 5:30pm and include such activities as hummus making, our “reading room” Bedouin style tent, an art project. An Israeli dinner, prepared by B‘Tayavon, begins at 5:30pm. Havdalah occurs at 6:30; Israeli dance led by Yonim follows. A guest speaker will be Avinoam Lourie, a famous Israeli Zoologist, begins his talk at 7:30pm. The talk will be followed by a question and answer session. More information about the lecture will follow.

4:30pm Child-centered Shabbat activities
5:30pm Israeli Dinner (RSVP required: http://templebethelmadison.wufoo.com/forms/taste-of-israel/ )
6:30pm Havdalah
7:30pm Talk by renowned Israeli zoologist Avinoam Lourie: "Israel's Animals and Israel's People: Endangered Species and Cross-Border Diplomacy"

Borekas (choice of potato, eggplant-tomato or spinach-feta)
Israeli salad
Baba Ghanouj
Melon Salad