As part of Beth El’s Centennial celebration, we are creating a special book, “The People of Beth El – 100 Years Young.” All member families (and non-member guests attending our Centennial Gala Event in April) will receive a copy of the book.
Please pick-up your book at the office between April 29th-May 14th. After May 15th, books will be mailed to your home.
Additional copies may be purchased for $25.00.
To order a book for a parent, sibling, child, or friend, complete the form below:
Sample 1: Carole Lampel Mantel
As a toddler, my oldest daughter, Hilary learned that “Beth El” translates to “house of God.” She referred to shul as God’s house and once asked Rabbi Ken Stern if he was God! I don’t remember his answer but for me, Beth El feels like MY house. Many minor day-to-day happenings and every major life-cycle event have occurred within Beth El’s hallowed halls.
Back in the 70’s the community room served double duty as EVERYTHING from services to socials were held within. I believe even the bima was movable for socials, a dance floor was stored under the stage and chairs were set up for Shabbat services. The brown dividers on wheels (still used today) helped the ritual committee (yes, Sam Balk was involved even back then!) manage traffic flow in and out of services.
My bat-mitzvah January, 1978, amidst a snow-storm, was one of the last to take place in the now called community room as Beth El was undergoing the “1977 Brick by Brick” expansion. Rabbi Steindel and Cantor Weisberg led services and Sam Balk, president, sat with me on the bima. My parents hosted a traditional Kiddush featuring wine challah and cake! The Shabbat Kiddush has increased in sophistication over the past 40 years! [Read more…]
Sample 2: Arthur (Auchy) Katz
In 1961 I became a member of Beth El when Nate Tabor took me to the Beechview location. Not long after, Beth El moved to Cochran Road. Al Weinstein was in charge of making sure that the road remained open; it was very muddy. To assist with this, he had Nate Tabor, Buddy Minsky, Al Lieberman and Myself on call.
By 1970, we needed to raise money for the congregation. The first fundraiser was an art auction which was very successful. Coordinating this event was: Paul & Eileen Ostfield, Joel & Mickey Roteman, Dr. David Spiegel, myself and my wife, Rhea. After how well the art auction went the same group of people held a Mardi Gras festival. It involved table games, roulette, and card games, which was also very successful.
I’m very proud to say that three members of my immediate family have made their Bar/Bat Mitzvahs at Beth El. This includes my daughter Gayle, my son Larry, and my wife. And I’m also blessed that this last year, I made my second Bar Mitzvah together with my granddaughters Ashley and Julia, who were having their first Bat Mitzvahs held at Beth El. [Read more…]
Blessings are like a stop sign to remind us to slow down and thank God. Throughout the year in Bshul (cooking class) students have learned the blessings for every food group. I introduced the hand-washing blessing, Yadiim, and repeat it at the beginning of every cooking lesson. This keeps us holy and sanitary! For Shabbat…
Jenna’s Squad got crafty this month! First they decorated triangle-shaped Rice Krispie Treats for a gluten-free mishloach manot treat (see directions below.) Then they decorated masks with feathers and gems. This 7th grade group of girls is all ready for Purim! Ingredients Homemade Rice Krispie Treats cut into triangles Lollipop sticks 15 oz bar of…
In Bshul our students learn the basics about kashrut. Foods such as vegetables, fruit, grains, nuts and fish are considered pareve or neutral. When baking sweets for a chicken Dinner on Shabbat, margarine or oil is used to keep dairy and meat separate. My friend Ilene uses Crisco for baking, insisting it makes her pareve…