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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“Invisible” disabilities

Categories: Community Voices, Inclusion
 

At a recent inclusion committee meeting, one topic of discussion was “invisible” disability, such as mental illness, in adults. The question was what, if anything, can the synagogue do to help these adults feel more included. How we even get them to identify themselves? There has always been such a stigma around mental illness. However,…

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In Praise of (Judaica Shop) Volunteers—and Customers!

Categories: Community Voices, Judaica Shop
 

I have volunteered at Bingo, doing almost every position and shift—bless those callers!  I took on High Holiday requests for tickets and then sort of inherited the Book of Remembrance.  I have been a board member, recording secretary, and then financial secretary, preferring to be a worker bee rather than chief honcho. So, without any…

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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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What’s New in the Judaica Shop?

Categories: Community Voices, Judaica Shop
 

Great Wine Selection–Tallitot–Jewelry–Gifts! We have a white wine rack and red wine rack, and both have brief wine descriptions attached for more information.  And we want to hear your reviews of the different wines we are stocking. There are great house gifts, hostess gifts, and we will wrap a bottle of wine to make it look…

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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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Volunteerism: The Benefits of Saying “Yes”

Categories: Community Voices
 

At our Annual Meeting in June, I was asked to say a few words about volunteerism at Beth El, what I have done over the years, and what those experiences have meant to me.  Without hesitation, my answer was “of course, I’ll say a few words.” Now you might be thinking, why did he say…

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