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Shabbat Services Begin at 7 PM on Friday, September 19th

Hal Schulmanwill lead Shabbat Services at 7 PM on Friday, September 19, 2014. Joe Hale will be Board Presence; an Oneg will be served. Everyone is welcome to attend.


High Holy Day Events 5775 ~ 2014 Temple Beth El

Rabbi Naomi Steinberg, Soloists Bel-Ami Margoles and Berel Steinberg

Temple Beth El Choir, violinist Marnin Robbins, pianists Jerryl Lynn Rubin and Laura Welch ~ Kol Nidre Violin Soloist Rob Diggins

Wednesday, September 24 Erev Rosh HaShanah Service & Kiddush ~ Soloists & Choir 6:45 pm

Thursday, September 25 Rosh HaShanah 1st Day Service & Kiddush ~ Soloists 9:00 am

Friday, September 26 Rosh HaShanah 2nd Day

Teshuvah from a Mussar Perspective ~ Led by Caroline Isaacs 3:30 pm
Rosh HaShanah Family Shofar Service With Soloists 4:30 pm
Tashlich at Sequoia Park Pond 5:00 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat Shuvah Service & Dinner ~ Soloists & Choir 6:00 pm

Saturday, September 27 Shabbat Shuvah Torah Study 8:30 am

Shabbat Shuvah Shachrit & Torah Service 10:30 am

Friday, October 3 Kol Nidre Service With Soloists & Choir 6:45 pm

Saturday, October 4 Yom Kippur Morning Service ~ Soloists 9:30 am
Meditation Walk in Sequoia Park 2:00 pm
Avodah (Priestly Worship) Service3:00 pm
Family Mincha (Afternoon) ServiceWith Soloists 4:00 pm
Yizkor (Memorial) Service With Soloists 5:30 pm
Ne’ilah (Closing) Service With Soloists 6:30 pm
Havdalah and light break-fast refreshments 7:35 pm

Wednesday, October 8 Erev Sukkot Blessings & Dinner in the Sukkah at 5:30 pm

Friday, October 17 Simchat Torah / Kabbalat Shabbat & Dinner ~ Choir ~ 5 pm
Dancing with the Torah Scrolls

Dear Temple Beth El Members and Guests,

We are looking forward to another High Holy Day season of prayer, music and Torah, with our soloists Bel-Ami Margoles and Berel Steinberg, pianists Jerryl Lynn Rubin and Laura Welch, and the Temple Beth El Choir with violinist Marnin Robbins. As always, we try to offer holiday events to serve the diversity of our membership and guests, blending traditional and innovative liturgy, music and rituals.

Families with young children and TBE Children’s Education students are especially invited to participate on Friday, September 26 for our 2nd Day of Rosh HaShanah Family Shofar Service; then we’ll walk to Sequoia Park for Tashlich, and return for a festive Kabbalat Shabbat service followed by pot-luck dinner. This year we also will have a Family-friendly Yom Kippur afternoon service, including a brief reading from our beautiful new Torah. Children will also enjoy our Simchat Torah/Shabbat celebration on Friday, October 17.

If you would like to host any TBE members at your break-fast meal at the close of Yom Kippur, or for a meal in your sukkah, or if you would like to be invited to someone’s home, please contact the office. It is a mitzvah to receive guests, as well as a wonderful way to meet new people and deepen friendships.

L’shanah tovah u’metukah – We wish you a good and sweet New Year,

Rabbi Naomi Steinberg, Harvey Raider (President), and Barbara Carnam (HH Chair)

High Holy Day Information –5775(2014)

Yizkor Memorial: During the Yizkor service on Yom Kippur, we will read aloud names of the departed to be remembered. (Donations to the Temple and the Tzedakah Fund are traditional, but not required. Please use TBE Yizkor form.)

Cell Phones and Beepers: Please remember to turn off electronic devices while in services and refrain from using cell phones on the Temple premises except in case of emergency.

Attire & Allergy Awareness: Festive, formal, and modest attire is suggested. It is traditional to wear white on Yom Kippur. Please refrain from wearing perfumes, fragrances, or any other products with scents for the comfort of others who are sensitive to such chemicals.

Machzorim: If you have your own machzor (High Holy Day prayer book), please remember to bring it with an identifying bookmark and your name inscribed in the front cover.

Donations from Non-Members: Suggested donations for non-members are $100 for all Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur services, or $25 for individual services. Donation envelopes will be available; please note that no “tickets” will be issued.

Food Box: Please remember to bring canned items for the Food for People box in the foyer.

Transportation: If you need or can offer transportation to services, please call the Temple office at 444-2846. In particular we need rides for Humboldt State University students living in Arcata.

Explanation of Hebrew Terminology:

Rosh HaShanah – “Head of the Year” Kol Nidre – “All Vows” (Yom Kippur)

Yom Kippur – Day of Atonement Simchat Torah – Joy of the Torah

Erev – Evening Shabbat Shuvah – Sabbath of Turning

Kiddush – Blessing over wine/lunch Kabbalat Shabbat – Greeting the Sabbath

Tashlich – “Casting Away” Havdalah – Separation

Sukkot – Festival of Booths

Be sure to look at our web calendar for all scheduled services and events.



Welcome to Temple Beth El

We are a small congregation in Eureka, California, made up of about 130 families from Humboldt County. Built in 1964, Temple Beth El is the oldest synagogue along California’s northern coast. Although we are affiliated with the Union of Reform Judaism (URJ), our members come from a variety of Jewish backgrounds, including Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, Renewal and Reconstructionist. We are a Welcoming Congregation.

Our Temple offers weekly Shabbat services, Torah study, religious school, adult education and celebrations of Jewish holidays. Please contact our office by phone at 707-444-2846, or by email at bethel@reninet.com for further information.

Directions and a map can be found on the “Contact Us” page: http://templebetheleureka.org/contact-us/