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6 Jewish Connections to Super Bowl LIII

Feb 01, 2019

32 teams set-out to hoist the Lombardi Trophy at the beginning of the 2018 season. Now only two teams remain the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Rams. Tonight, one of those teams will etch their names in football history.

While our beloved Baltimore Ravens aren’t playing in tonight’s Big Game, you’re more closely connected than you might think.

Here are six Jewish connections to the Super Bowl:


Beth El's Guide to Tu B'Shevat

Jan 18, 2019

By: Ben Kreshtool, Ritual Director

Tu B’Shevat is commonly thought of as the “Birthday of the Trees” or the “Jewish Earth Day.” The festival derives its name from the Hebrew calendar date on which we celebrate: “Tu” is a pronunciation of the Hebrew letters for the number 15, and it falls in the Hebrew month of Shevat. The "Tu" in Tu B’Shevat is the numerical equivalent for the number 15 by using gematria, the letter tet ט is 9, and the letter Vav ו is 6, so 9+6 = 15.


A Thin Blue Line

Jan 16, 2019

By: Rabbi Steven Schwartz

The 1988 documentary film ‘The Thin Blue Line,’ investigates the mistaken murder conviction of Randall Adams for the killing of police officer Robert Wood.  The events of the film took place in Dallas, Texas, in the fall of 1976.  The title of the movie is taken from a phrase the prosecutor uses in his closing argument at Adams’ trial – the police, in essence, form a ‘thin blue line’ that separates an ordered society from anarchy.


Rabbi's Reflections: A Shifting Ground

Jan 11, 2019

By: Rabbi Steven Schwartz

Almost right under your feet, and you may not even realize it. A recent New York Times Book Review issue dedicated its core article to the changing conditions and dynamics of America's Jewish Community. 

God is in the Crowd, The Jewish American Paradox, The New American Judaism - these are a few of the books reviewed in the article, itself tellingly entitled Lamentations. 


Learning to Lead, Leading to Learn

Jan 11, 2019

Beth El's Achshav Teens Travel to Israel for Capstone Experience
By:Brandon Chiat

Everyday, hundreds of flights touchdown at Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport, carrying thousands of Jews from around the world who conclude their journeys to Israel in the same way: a rousing round of applause and cheers. This month, 14 high-school students from the Berman-Lipavsky Religious School will experience this right-of-passage, many for the first time.


Embracing the Dual Faith Family

Dec 18, 2018

Two Interfaith Families Share Their Journeys at Beth El
By: David Harrison 

When Robert Hiken’s mother-in-law picks up the grandchildren — Seth, Gabriella and Parker — from the Berman-Lipavsky Religious school and the Pauline Mash School for Early Child Education, she consistently notices the warm, welcoming feelings that are extended to her.