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updates to programs & events

In order to keep our environment sanitized, our building is currently not open. Please call our Temple office at (727) 347-6136 or email admin@templebeth-el.com for questions Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm. Until further notice, all services will be live-streamed through various platforms.

january 2021 digital scroll newsletter

 

january 2021 events

Zoom Meeting ID & Password is required for this event. CLICK HERE or on the image above to
email Cantor Pamela Siskin for access information before January 18. 

Jacqueline Ach Albin: A Child in Peril
Jacquie Albin: 12:30pm

Jacquie Albin was two years old and living with her family in France when the war began in 1939 and her father was drafted into the French army. When the Armistice was declared, her father was demobilized in unoccupied France (the Vichy government) and they lived in the occupied zone. Although her mother and grandparents were forced to wear the yellow star Jacquie was not as she was still under six years old. Jacquie’s story tells of her family’s struggles during the war; the help they received from Jews and non-Jews alike; being separated from her parents; her father joining the French Resistance movement and the murder of her grandparents in Auschwitz after being arrested by the French police. Her story is compelling, unusual, and ultimately triumphant, reminding us how privileged we are to live in America.

Thoughts on Today's US Immigration System
Jerry Siskin: 1:40pm

Jerry Siskin is married to Cantor Pamela Siskin and is spending a blissful and long awaited retirement in Florida after a lifetime of practicing Immigration Law and freezing in the Northeast, most recently at the international law firm, Curtis, Mallet, Prevost, Colt and Mosle at their New York City headquarters. Over the years, his practice included the entire range of the US immigrant experience from illegal border crossers to multi -national executives from large international businesses. Jerry will share his understanding of the system and his observations on how the law is currently being applied.


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Does Judaism teach that wealth is a blessing or a burden, an opportunity or responsibility? In this rich and varied discussion about the ethics of money, we will consider a wide variety of Jewish fiscal values.
Can our use of relationship with money reflect our religious values? How can Judaism guide us in this
multi-faceted relationship? Where do these fiscal ethics fit into our social justice work?



A time has NOT been decided on yet for this Shabbat. More details on the special service will be provided at a later time
so keep checking here for more information.

Our desire through this unique approach to Shabbat and prayer, is that you feel connected and inspired to Shabbat and the Arts Festival. Through art and prayer expressed in many different forms, this experience is one designed for personal contemplation and engagement.


Registration is required for this event. Click the image above to register for this event. 
Families must register for a 20-minute slot (4 families per time) no later than January 22.

It's time to feel joyful and increase understanding about the holiday of Tu B'Shvat while getting a fun opportunity outdoors and in-person! Mr. Dan will help children create paper airplanes out of recycled green, blue & white paper that each child will be able to customize on their own! We will discuss the history and relevance of the Tu B'Shvat holiday and importance of nature in our lives. The event will be socially
distanced, masked and outdoors. Families who register & attend will be provided gift bags with
fruits & holiday items upon departure!



february 2021 events

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Kashrut, the historic Jewish approach to eating, is a challenge as modern Jews navigate
through choices 
about eating. Our conversation will seek to create a rich dialogue about the
intersection of Judaism and food.


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The Journey of Jessi Oppenheim to Hannah Tamar...I was not brought up as a Jew and it was not until
my grandmother Johannah den Breejen (z"l) from Holland, revealed to my familiy, before passing,
that she felt safe enough to let us know of our Jewish ancestry. My adventures brought me to St. Pete in
2007 where I became a preschool teacher at TBE's ECC for 3 years and a part of the Sunday School
program for 11 years. My husband and I are proud parents to an active nine-year-old, Eli. When not at TBE,
we are hosting Zoom Shabbat dinners, Torah studies, tikkun hayam with the Scubi Jews, and getting dirty in the dugout of the baseball field.


This musical Kabbalat Shabbat (Welcoming Shabbat) service is designed for all ages...families, young adults, empty nesters and seniors in lieu of a regular Shabbat service. Let go of the week and grab hold of
Shabbat with a unique experience filled with music and spirit to get Shabbat going with our Temple friends
and family! It's a great way to transition from the "busy-ness" of the work week to your celebration of Shabbat. A joyful, sacred pause filled with gratitude as Shabbat arrives in our world through this
30-minute brief inter-generational service.


Two (2) Zoom Meeting ID's & Passwords are required for this event. CLICK HERE or on the image above to
email Cantor Pamela Siskin for access information before February 15. 

Telling America's Story: A Virtual Trip to the Tenement Museum in NYC

At a time when issues surrounding migrants, refugees, and immigration have taken center stage, the Tenement Museum is a potent reminder that, as a nation shaped by immigration, our brightest hope for the future lies in the lessons of the past.

You don’t need to walk; get on a subway; or wear a woolly hat – just follow our SAGE meeting as we follow our own PRIVATE, VIRTUAL TOUR which will introduce us to: 

Rogarshevsky Experience.....
During this live, online interactive event, Tenement Museum Educators will take you into the apartment of one of the Rogarshevsky family that lived in 97 Orchard Street. Through a private Zoom meeting, you'll see video, images, and primary sources to build the world of the family. The Rogarshevsky family—the parents, Fannie and Abraham, raised six children in 97 Orchard Street, balancing work, family, and their religious faith during the 1910s. Participants consider the difficulties of factory work for teenage Bessie Rogarshevsky, and learn about labor unions, working conditions, and the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory through Bessie’s perspective.

Discussion & Personal Stories After The Rogarshevsky Experience, facilitated by Arlene Murphy

Join in a different Zoom call after the Virtual Trip to the Tenement Museum as we will have discussion and a sharing of personal stories. 


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Like Jewish sex-trafficking, the topic of addiction in Jewish families and communities has been unacknowledged and silenced. The well-known Jewish Lights publisher told me he couldn’t publish a book on addiction in Jewish families because “the problem doesn’t exist,” that is Jewish audiences are in denial.
But silencing and denial do not provide those suffering from addiction the option of reaching out for much needed help. Shrouded in shame, their illness is compounded by stigma. Despite current awareness of the widespread opioid epidemic, and the rise in addiction rates and deaths by overdoses during the COVID-19 pandemic, there is a glaring gap in attention given to the existence of the problem within Jewish communities, its causes, treatment, and prevention.

How do Jewish families respond when they must deal with addiction? Does Jewish tradition offer wisdom and advice? These topics will be covered in my free Zoom book talk and discussion “The Fix: A Father’s Secrets, A Daughter’s Search” on Tuesday, February 16th, 2021, 7 pm. The book by the same title, winner of the Benjamin Franklin IBPA Silver Award for Best New Voice in Fiction (2018), is now available at Books at Park Place (6800 Gulfport Blvd., South Pasadena Shopping Center) and can be pre-ordered through Tombolo Books on its website, by calling, or stopping in the store (727-755-9456; 2153 1st Ave. S). All Leder’s proceeds from book sales donated to Creative Outlets, a prevention program for at-risk teens.

Sharon Leder, resident of Florida, is Professor Emerita of English, Women’s Studies and Jewish Studies at SUNY-Nassau Community College. She is author of The Fix: A Father’s Secrets, A Daughter’s Search, Silver Winner Benjamin Franklin IBPA Award, Best New Voice in Fiction (2018), co-editor with Milton Teichman of Truth and Lamentation: Stories and Poems on the Holocaust, nominated for the National Jewish Book Award (1994), and author or editor of fiction and books on family dynamics, women writers, literature of the Holocaust, and women in academia. She is Founder of Creative Outlets: Finding Your Voice Through Arts at Cape Cod Museum of Art.


Registration is required for this event before 5pm on Tuesday, February 15 so an ingredients list may be emailed to you! Click the image above to register for this event. 

Our own Chef David Cohen will teach you how to make a delicious pizza! Ingredients needed
will be emailed in advance to all who have registered. Please register early so you
won't be left out of this deliciousness!


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This is the socially distant, collaborative event of the season! Join your TBE & TBI family on a driving scavenger hunt all around Pinellas County. Register with a team name to get your
Mischloach Manot (gift bag) and materials to have a successful race (including car decorating tools!).
Join us all together at the end of the race at TBI to honk our horns in celebration!

The race will begin at Temple Beth-El at 9:30am and will end around 12:45pm at
Temple B'nai Israel. Registration is required before February 24.

MARCH 2021 EVENTS


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Ben Franklin meets Pirkei Avot is an invitation for adult learners to engage, discuss and debate
in a powerful dialogue about Benjamin Franklin's "13 virtues" alongside selected teachings from
Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Sages). Pirkei Avot explores similar Jewish and American values, such as the
nature of justice, the importance of sincerity, or the impact of humility.

In this 3-week continuing education journey with Rabbi Michael Torop, we will explore Ben Franklin's and
the 2nd Century rabbis' shared goal that a person should strive for "moral perfection" even while each understood the reality of our human limitations.


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APRIL 2021 EVENTS

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After more than 40 years, women rabbis are no longer a unique phenomenon; rather,
they are part of the fabric of Jewish life. While noting the historic significance of women in the
rabbinate, there are still so many issues related to both the professional and personal lives of
female rabbis we need to explore.


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Sat, January 16 2021 3 Sh'vat 5781