Beth El recently hired Andy Shankman to serve as Religious School Manager and Bnai Mitzvah Coordinator. In his new role, Mr. Shankman will work closely with families to ensure students get the most out of their education, support teachers with their various needs, and oversee the Bnai Mitzvah tutoring program.
Andy took an inspired yet unconventional path to Beth El Religious School.
By: Rabbi Stevev Schwartz
Even being there, standing in the barracks and walking along the same dusty and stone filled streets they walked on, it is so hard to get your head around it all. How did human beings actually do these things to other human beings?
After two days in Warsaw, our group of 60 plus travelers is making its way to Krakow by bus, a ride of some three hours. Congregational trips are wonderful. Bonds are immediately formed, new friendships ignited, and old relationships renewed. Together we learn and discover, understanding the past so that our sense of the present is altered. At the same time, we deepen our own identities, developing a new sense of origin, of where we’ve come from, how far we’ve come, and how we were formed.
By: Rabbi Steve Schwartz
People often ask how sermons are constructed, wondering where I find ideas of what to talk about, why I choose certain references, and what my creative process is. Here are a few thoughts about the sermon I gave on June 1st that might give a bit of insight into how a sermon comes together (at least for me).
By: Rabbi Steven Schwartz
By: Brandon Chiat, Digital Media Manager
On June 24th, 65 Beth El members - accompanied by Rabbi Steve Schwartz, Cantor Thom King, and Dr. Eyal Bor - will arrive in Warsaw, Poland to begin the congregation's trip through Eastern Europe. While the synagogue has led numerous trips to Israel, this is only the second time in 20 years that Beth El has traveled to Europe.
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