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


Rabbi David’s High Holy Day talks

All of Rabbi David’s High Holy Day talks are available at the top right-hand side of this page.

Weeknight Torah Study Resumes

Weeknight Torah Study, led by Mike Blum, will switch to Thursdays this year, with the first session taking place this coming Thursday, October 8, from 7 to 9pm. Weeknight Torah Study will meet every other week after that.

Simchat Torah and Consecration, October 9th

Please join us on Friday night, October 9, when we will celebrate both Simchat Torah and TBE School Consecration, with services starting at the special earlier time of 7:00 p.m. Consecration marks the beginning of a student’s formal Hebrew studies in TBE School. After the Consecration ceremony, we will celebrate Simchat Torah by opening the entire Torah scroll, reading the very end and the beginning of the Torah, and by dancing with our Torah scrolls throughout our Sanctuary and Social Hall. Please bring a dessert to share for Oneg!

Exploring Judaism
The next session of Exploring Judaism will take place next Wednesday, October 14, from 2-4pm. The theme of the session will be reviewing the High Holy Days – please come prepared to discuss any thoughts, questions, prayers, readings, or gleanings that came to you during the holidays.

Shabbat Kulanu

TBE’s next family-oriented service will be held on Friday, October 16th at 6:30 p.m – which is also the weekend of Richard Goldberg’s Bar Mitzvah. Please join us for a special chance to get together with other young families and TBE School friends. Richard will help to lead the service; there will be pizza, a puppet show performed by Richard and his family, and music with Rich Roston! We hope that you’ll join us.

The Celebration of TBE

The third annual Celebration of Temple Beth El will take place on Sunday, October 18, 2015, from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.
We invite everyone to celebrate Sukkot with food, music, and a silent auction. The Celebration is a fun way to begin the year 5776, and to celebrate our new Religious School year, our programming, our specialty groups, our Jewish heritage, and our culture.

Special Service on October 23

Please save the date and plan to attend a very special service on Friday night, October 23, at which we will honor our Rabbi Emerita, Sylvia Scholnick, and unveil a surprise new ritual addition to Temple Beth El’s sanctuary. You can contact Rabbi David if you have questions – but he won’t reveal the surprise!!

Film Festival
The opening weekend of the 15th annual Virginia Peninsula Jewish Film Festival is November 7th & 8th.

Mussar Groups Forming
New Mussar groups will be forming this fall. 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 in mid- to late-October.