SERVICES ON FRIDAY NIGHT, NOVEMBER 27, WILL START AT 7:30PM, not 6;30PM. Shabbat shalom to all!!!



Unless otherwise noted, Shabbat services start at 7:30pm every Friday night, and at 10:00am every Saturday morning.



Torah Study

Weekday Torah Study takes place every Thursday in our Social Hall from 10:30am to 12:30pm. That group started reading at the beginning of the Torah on Thursday, October 8, and will pick up each week where they previously left off until they finish reading the Torah.

Weeknight Torah Study, led by Mike Blum, meets every other Thursday from 7 to 9pm. The next session will take place on Thursday, December 3.

Mussar Groups Forming
New Mussar groups will be starting soon. If you haven’t studied Mussar before and would like to, or if you completed the beginner’s course and would like to continue your Mussar studies, please contact Rabbi David soon. A new beginner’s-level group will begin to meet soon.

Community Scholar-In-Residence at TBE

Dr. Joel Hoffman will be the UJC Community Scholar-In-Residence during the weekend of December 4-6, speaking at all of the peninsula synagogues throughout the weekend, and at the UJC on Saturday evening. Dr. Hoffman will speak at TBE on Sunday morning, December 6, at 10:30am; his talk – which is suitable for adults, middle, and high school students – is entitled The Bible Doesn’t Say That. “Like the game of telephone that prompts children to pass messages around a circle, hundreds of generations have handed translations of the Bible one to another, along the way distorting the original meaning. Unlike in the children’s game, we still have the original. Learn what the Bible really says.”

Dr. Hoffman focuses on bringing the Bible to life and is known for his “fresh insights and interpretations about religious life in the 21st century.” He holds a Ph.D. in linguistics and has served on the faculties of Brandeis University and Hebrew Union College. He is the chief translator for the popular 10-volume series, “My People’s Prayer Book”; his latest book, “The Bible’s Cutting Room Floor: The Holy Scriptures Missing From Your Bible,” was published in 2014.

Hanukkah is coming!!!

TBE will celebrate Hanukkah on three different dates. Please join us for one, two, or all three!

  • The UJC Community Menorah Lighting will take place at the ‘Big Menorah’ at City Center at Oyster Point, in Newport News, on the first night of Hanukkah – Sunday, December 6, starting at 6pm.
  • TBE night at the ‘Big Menorah’ at City Center at Oyster Point, in Newport News, will take place on the third night of Hanukkah – Tuesday, December 8, also starting at 6pm.
  • The Annual Temple Beth El Hanukkah Party will take place at the synagogue on the last night of Hanukkah – Sunday, December 13, from 5-7pm.

Shabbat Kulanu

‘Shabbat For All Of Us’ – is TBE’s family-oriented service, featuring guitar playing by Rich Roston, a story by Rabbi David, and pizza dinner for all after the service. The next Shabbat Kulanu service will take place on Friday, December 18, starting at 6:30pm.