Accessibility at Beth El 2016

Categories: Community Voices, Inclusion
 

Funny how there are issues which you think are someone else’s problem. Until one day it becomes yours as well. I’ve been aware of some of some of the accessibility problems in our building.  A few months ago, I even recommended an accessibility expert, who came out to do an assessment of our facility.  But…

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Women and Tallit

Categories: Community Voices, Sisterhood

13 Sisterhood women gathered at the lakeside home of Joan Charlson on a chilly Sunday afternoon, October 18. While sipping hot apple cider around the fireplace, Rabbi Amy led the women in study, prayer and singing. We observed Rosh Chodesh and donned Tallitot from the Gift Shop while Rabbi Amy taught the background and meanings of…

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Beth El Takes on the Ruderman Inclusion Challenge

Categories: Community Voices, Inclusion

Beth El’s Inclusion Committee and the synagogue’s overall inclusion practices moved one step up the ladder in early 2015 when we became one of only 15 Conservative congregations in North America selected to be a participant in a USCJ Ruderman Inclusion Action Community Initiative. The Ruderman Foundation, based in Boston, enables Jewish institutions to move…

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