Wondering about things Jewish in Dubuque?
You've come to the right place. Our new spiritual leader is long time congregant and past president, Alan Garfield.
Visitor's Service: Recording. March 17 (10am) - March 20 (Noon)
For as long as I can remember, Temple Beth El has opened its doors to interfaith understanding a number of ways - and most prominently by inviting visitors to one of our Shabbat services. And we want to continue this tradition but with a slight amend. Given the rise of Covid 19 numbers at present (which was predicted by Department of Health statisticians), the Board of Temple Beth El feels that in person attendance by non-Temple members will not be safe at this time. If you have visited us in the past, you might remember 200+ persons in our small sanctuary. We love new friends; but we love and respect everyone's health even more. Rather than cancel the Visitor's Service, though, we are going to host a virtual Visitor's Service. (Hopefully something is better than nothing.) With this in mind, we are making a recording which will be live on this website from Friday, March 17 (at 10am) to Sunday, March 20 (at Noon). Simply click on the video below at those times.
The Visitor's Service video will be about 38 minutes long and will indeed contain explanations of our Temple, many of our traditions, and our Shabbat service. Certainly, we would love to see you this year on Zoom. In any case, though, we all hope and pray that we can meet face-to-face next year. Alan Garfield, Spiritual Leader.
Covid: As you all know, Covid continues to be a very serious concern. In line with this, we ask that anyone entering Temple Beth El who is not vaccinated to wear a mask. Please comply!
Temple Events Schedule 5783.
Given the heightened state of antisemitism, we do not openly publish our Shabbat schedule. Either
consult your Newletter Email or write us.
If you are not a member but you're interested in attending one of our services or other temple events, please let us know via email: firstname.lastname@example.org ! All are welcome.
L’shanah tovah u’metuka... and enjoy this video. :)
Seder 2022 - 25 in attendance. 4-15-22. (Thank you to Kate for the photos.)
Tashlich at the Mississippi River 9-7-21. (Thank you to Kate for the photos.)
Shabbat get-together at Cindy's. 8-13-21. (Thank you to Kate for the photos.)
Temple Beth El is a Reform Jewish Congregation just west of the Mississippi River with about 25 member families. At over 150 years old, we seek to fulfill our religious and ethical goals for our members by being a center for spiritual growth, life-long learning, cultural enrichment, community leadership, social responsibility, and by lovingly entrusting our Reform Jewish traditions from generation to generation. We are committed in our support of the Jewish people throughout the world.
Thank you to all our congregants and friends (a total of 52 folks).
Various Zoom Events
...tells us “weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.”
As we mourn the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a champion for equality and justice for all, let us all commit - more than ever - to continue the work for justice. This was her hope. May her memory be for a blessing.
High Holy Day Services, 8-18 to 28-20
Thanks to all our members, former members and friends across the United States who contributed to these High Holy Day videos. We wish you all a happy and healthy New Year. L'shana tovah. Next year let's pray we can be together in person.
Statement by the Board of Directors of Temple Beth El, 6-19-20.
The national rage expressed since the murder of George Floyd reflects the depth of pain over the injustice that Black Americans have been subjected to throughout the generations. In recent months we have seen, yet again, too many devastating examples of persistent systemic racism, leading to the deaths of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, Trayvon Martin, Sandra Bland, Oscar Grant, Philando Castile, Walter Scott, Terrence Crutcher, Samuel Dubose, Michael Brown – indeed the list feels endless. And so too is our despair. We believe that our country simply cannot achieve the values of “justice for all” to which it aspires until we address ongoing racism in all sectors and at all levels of society. We remain in solidarity with the NAACP’s campaign, whose policy demands cover areas of criminal justice, economic justice, health care, and voting, especially as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to disproportionately impact Black Americans.
Lotza pictures, lotza fun.
All the best to Rabbi Natalie Shribman
The Temple Beth El community wishes Rabbi Natalie all the best in her new pulpit at Temple Sholom in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.