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Rabbi Elana Zelony

Sukkot and Celebration

We just celebrated my favorite holiday, Sukkot. It wasn’t always my favorite. As a child I had no idea that Sukkot was a major holiday celebrating abundance and expressing joy. It was merely shaking a lulav at Sunday school. So, I was astonished when I traveled to Israel for the first time and discovered children […]

Beri Schwitzer

Investing in Education

Thank you for investing in our future. Supporting Beth Torah’s religious school is not only an investment in one child’s education but in future generations to come. Our school year has resumed, and this year brings many wonderful opportunities. Investing and Responsibility to Educate In the words of the Shema, “V’shinantam l’vanecha”—we are commanded to […]

Cyd Friedman

Beth Torah is a Unique and Special Home

I am very excited and honored to be writing this greeting in my first year as president of Congregation Beth Torah. As you all know, Alan has guided us to a strong and vibrant place. We have shared so many great times and strong spiritual connections, and learned from Rabbi Zelony and Beri Schwitzer, as […]

Rabbi Elana Zelony

High Holidays are the Great Unifier

High Holidays as a Unifier The thing I love most about the High Holidays is that they are the great unifier of the Jewish people. Once a year, we have the opportunity to see all of our Jewish family together. Unified by the common experience of tshuva, returning to our finest selves, we gather in […]

Phillip Kopita

Reasons by Phillip Kopita

Phillip Kopita Presented “Reasons” as the D’Var Torah on September 10, 2016 Good morning. I find it very interesting the position I’m in at this current point in time. Originally, I was supposed to have given this sermon this past August. It happened to be a time when my mom would have been out of […]

Beri Schwitzer

Congregational Learning Center Changes

Changes coming this Fall in the Congregational Learning Center: All grades start at 9:00 AM Grades Pre-K—2nd will start in their classrooms while grades 3—10 will begin in the Main Sanctuary for minyan. Please continue to use the walk-in or carpool doors to enter. This will be a learner’s minyan led by Rabbi Zelony, Beri […]

Beri Schwitzer

Pineapples and Jewish Education

It is safe to say that I am obsessed with pineapples. My office is littered with them: pineapple stress toys, pineapple magnets, and pineapple pillows have become the focal point of my work décor lately. Which is ironic seeing as one bite from this tropical fruit would kill me. One morsel from this Hawaiian delicacy […]

Cyd Friedman

High Holiday Packet and Programs

By now you have received your High Holiday packet. If you have not looked closely yet, please do so. The packet provides all the information you need to navigate the upcoming high holidays, with detailed scheduling and instructions, and the forms you need for a variety of needs during the holidays. Adult Education Brochure An […]

Rabbi Elana Zelony

Epic Fail and Starting Over is an open-source site where the average citizen contributes to the definition of the words found there. As the High Holidays approach I’ve been contemplating the phrase, “epic fail.” According to one entry on Urban Dictionary epic fail means, “complete and total failure when success should have been reasonably easy to attain.” Epic fail […]

Beri Schwitzer

Education Program Enhancements

Imagine a school where your child will be excited to learn Hebrew skills, to gain a deep understanding of Conservative Judaism, and to develop a connection to prayer, spirituality and the Jewish people. A school that allows each child to reach their potential and caters to their individual learning styles and skillsets. Congregation Beth Torah […]