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475 West Locust St, Dubuque, IA. 52001        Map

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Temple Beth El's Sukkot Service with Children of Abraham. 9-27-18

WOW. Talk about the pleasures of inviting the stranger... Over 100 people helped to build our Sukkah, dine with us, and have a Children of Abraham conversation. 9-27-18.

Frontpage TH Sunday article on Temple & Philip Glen's Bar Mitzvah. 5-2-18.
Part 1 : Part 2

Temple Beth El (and friends) at the Jewish Art in Midwest Collections exhibit

Saturday, November 11, 2017. First Jewish Art exhibit ever in Dubuque. Opening on the occasion of the Israeli group, Sofi and the Baladis, at the University of Dubuque. Alan Garfield, Bisignano Art Gallery Director.

Greetings from Rabbi Jim Sagarin

It is with anticipation and excitement that I start my third year as rabbi for Temple Beth El of Dubuque.

Dubuque is a diverse city, with new people joining us and a welcoming congregation - all ingredients for spiritual growth and enrichment. It is my sincere hope that our journey together this year will be a fruitful one, marked by increased interconnectedness and understanding.

Of course there’s more to say, but I’ll leave that for another Temple newsletter. I look forward to seeing everyone!

Shalom U’vracha, Rabbi Jim

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Temple Events Schedule 5777-5778


Rosh Hashanah begins on September 9 at 7 PM.
  Sunday, September 9: Erev Rosh Hashanah Service, 7:00 PM.
  Monday, September 10: Rosh Hashanah Morning Service, 10:00 AM There is a pot-luck luncheon (from 12:15 PM to 1:30 PM) following the Morning Service. Please bring a salad, cold dish, or dessert to serve approximately 12 people. (Dairy meal: fish, eggs, and milk products.) Please bring in a serving bowl or tray with serving utensils. Fern Reinstein is organizing this meal. You may contact her directly with any questions: threeamstamper@yahoo.com.
  Tashlich Service (from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM) follows the luncheon. Tashlich will take place at the pavilion on the Mississippi, near the River Museum.
  Our Cemetery Service will take place on Sunday, September 16th, at 9 AM at Linwood Cemetery.

Yom Kippur begins on Tuesday, September 18, 7 PM.
  Tuesday September 18: Kol Nidrei Service, 7:00 PM
  Wednesday, September 19: Yom Kippur Morning Service, 10:00 AM
  Wednesday, September 19: Yizkor, 12:30 PM
  Wednesday, September 19: Afternoon Service, 4:30 PM
  Wednesday, September 19: Concluding Service, 5:45 PM
  Wednesday, September 19: Break-the-fast meal immediately follows the Concluding Service. We will ask you to sign up to bring one of the following: herring, hard-boiled or deviled eggs, egg salad, lox, sliced vegetables, fruit, or kugel. Rebecca Gottlieb is organizing this meal. You may contact her directly with any questions: beccagottlieb84@gmail.com

Sukkot: Building, Celebrating and Eating. This will take place on September 27th. Everyone's invited.
>>> 5-6 PM, building the Sukkah
>>> 6-7 PM, meal in the Social Hall (volunteers gladly accepted)
>>> 7-8PM, Children of Abraham conversation in the sanctuary. Come for some;come for all.

October 19: Shabbat service, 7:00 PM Host the rabbi: Oneg: Dinner with rabbi Friday night:
October 20: Family School with Rabbi, 10:00 AM
October 20: Adult Hebrew with Rabbi, noon Dinner/Discussion Saturday night:
November 9: Shabbat service, 7:00 PM Host the rabbi: Oneg: Dinner with rabbi Friday night:
November 10: Family School with Rabbi, 10:00 AM
November 10: Adult Hebrew with Rabbi, noon Dinner/Discussion Saturday night:
December 2: Hanukkah Party (details to come) December 14: Shabbat service, 7:00 PM Host the rabbi: Oneg: Dinner with rabbi Friday night:
December 15: Family School with Rabbi, 10:00 AM
December 15: Adult Hebrew with Rabbi, noon Dinner/Discussion Saturday night:

Children of Abraham 2018-2019

It's our 8th year. Come and participate. Questions, contact agarfield@dbq.edu

Download and print the 2018-2019 poster as a pdf.  11 x 8.5"     17 x 11"

Importance of Interfaith in Politics article in the Saturday Telegraph Herald, 9-2-17

Rosh Hashanah article in the Sunday Telegraph Herald, 10-5-16

Hanukkah article in the Sunday Telegraph Herald, 11-29-15

Interview with Becca Gottlieb, Rabbi Anne Persin and Alan Garfield

Mission: Temple Beth El

Temple Beth El is a Reform Jewish Congregation just west of the Mississippi River with about 30 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 fulfillment, life-long learning, cultural enrichment, community leadership, social responsibility, and by lovingly entrusting our Reform Jewish tradition from generation to generation. We are committed in our support of the Jewish people throughout the world.

Sukkot & Children of Abraham, 9-27-18.

Sukkot & Children of Abraham, 9-27-18.

Rosh Hashanah and Tashlicht, 9-10-18.

Rosh Hashanah 9-10-18

Temple Seder, 4-6-18.

Temple Seder 4-6-18

Purim at Temple Beth El. 3-17-18.

Purim with our Temple family.

Hanukkah at Temple Beth El. 12-9-17.

Hanukkah with our Temple family.

Sukkot Celebration with Children of Abraham. 10-12-17.

Sukkot Celebration with Children of Abraham.

Break-the-Fast. 9-16-17.

Yom Kippur Break-the-Fast at Temple.

Passover. 4-14-17.

Temple Beth El celebrates Passover with 54 friends.

Purim. 3-10-17.

Temple Beth El celebrates Purim.

Tu Bishvat Seder after Shabbat Service 2-11-17.

Temple Beth El celebrates a Tu Bishvat seder after Shabbat morning service.

Hannukah Celebration and Dinner 12-16-16.

Temple Beth El celebrates Hanukkah with Rabbi Jim, three visitors and our congregation on this nasty weather night.

Temple Beth El Wining 10-16-16.

Temple Beth El Wining

Children of Abraham, Sukkot and Dinner 10-20-16.

Temple Beth El Hosts Children of Abraham and Celebrates Sukkot

Temple Beth El Wining 10-16-16.

Temple Beth El Wining

Rosh Hashanah and Tashlich 10-4-16.

Rosh Hashanah and Tashlich

From Rabbi Anne Persin

Every rabbi is asked throughout their career to find ways to define who they are as a rabbi. As a rabbi who sees myself as a teacher, first and foremost, I am constantly returning to Exodus 35:31 where we read, “And God filled Betzalel with the divine spirit, with hochmah (wisdom), t’vunah (understanding) and da’at (experience) and in all work.” In shaping my rabbinate, I look to Betzalel as my model for recognizing that all three of these ways of knowing—knowing through study, knowing through connecting, and knowing through doing—are all inherent to Judaism. My most sacred duty as a rabbi, therefore, is to bring hochmah (wisdom), t’vunah (understanding) and da’at (experience) to the people I serve. (Excerpted from July 2013 Newsletter.)

Purim Service: 3-19-2016.

Purim Service: 3-19-2016

Children of Abraham at Temple, 11-19-15

Children of Abraham's Conversation at Temple Beth El on 11-19-15. The subject was, gulp, The Purpose of Life. With over 180 people, we're not used to SRO; special thanks to Cindy, Phyllis, Hank and our Saudi students. We heard about 'Purpose of Life' from a Muslim, Catholic, Agnostic, Buddhist and Jewish perspective. There was even a KCRG news article.

Make a Difference Day: 10-24-2015.

Make a Difference Day, October 24, 2015

Rosh Hashanah and Tashlich 9-13-15.

Rosh Hashanah and Tashlich

Passover Community Seder 4-3-15.

Passover Community Seder at Temple Beth El

Visitor's Service 3-27-15.

Visitor's Service at Temple Beth El

Purim - 2-28-15.

Purim Party at Temple Beth El

Tu Bishvat - Temple School, 2-1-15.

Sukkot at Temple Beth El

Sukkot 2014 - Temple Men's Club and Children of Abraham.

Sukkot at Temple Beth El

Rosh Hashanah 2014 - Tashlich 9-25-14.

Tashlich at Temple Beth El, 9-25-14

Hanukkah Shabbat: Friday, 11-15-13

With latkes from Randy (aka Mr. Latkey to you); Cindy, William, Rabbi Ann and Hanukkah Man ... plus, when not eating, our smiling congregation.

Make A Difference Day: Saturday, 10-26-13

Larry & Kate, Mr. Boots, Cindy& Brett, Mrs. Boots, Lisa and Alan ... with loads of yard trash.

Sukkot Celebration: Sunday, 9-15-13

Temple Beth El, Tashlich at the Mississippi. 9-6-2013

Jacquie's Jerusalem Painting

On Friday night, March 8, 2013, Jacquie Dyrke presented her painting of Jerusalem to Temple Beth El. During the Oneg, Jacquie talked about the work - how she painted it, what went into her thinking about the color scheme and specific images she decided to depict. The Dyrke family was in attendance as well. Click on the image to see more pictures of the painting and the celebration that night.

Esther's Gift of The Scribe


On Friday night, August 16, 2013, Ester Lieberman presented to the Temple one of her late husband's most famous photographs - The Israeli Scribe. Printed and framed by son Bob, this work will be at the head of the stairs. Archie, Look magazine photographer and renowned photo journalist, taught at the University of Dubuque and is remembered fondly by his many, many students and collectors.

High Holy Days - Shana Tovah.

Kate Scheinman's Bat Mitzvah

Some past events...

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