Community Passover Seder

There will be NO Friday night services at Temple Beth El on Friday, April 3, which is the first night of Passover. The Community Seder, held with William & Mary Hillel, will place that night at Trinkle Hall. The registration deadline for the Seder has now passed – you MUST have pre-registered in order to attend!

Bangel Lecture at TBE

The College of William & Mary, The Program in Judaic Studies and The Department of Religious Studies announce The 16th Annual William & Sue Anne Bangel Presentation on Southern Jewish Culture featuring Dr. Jarrod Tanny. Dr. Tanny will speak after services on Friday night, April 10, at 7:30 p.m.  Dr. Tanny’s presentation is titled “From the Borscht Belt to the Bible Belt: Jewish Humor in Dixieland”  This event is free and open to the public.


In many Jewish communities it is customary to recite Yizkor, the public memorial and mourning service, four times throughout the year – on Yom Kippur, and also during Sukkot, Pesach, and Shavuot. In addition to our tradition of holding Yizkor on Yom Kippur morning after the Torah reading, this year we will also hold a Yizkor service on the second Shabbat morning during Passover, instead of the Torah discussion that we usually hold during Saturday morning services. This means that the
Pesach Yizkor service will take place on Saturday, April 11, starting at approximately 11:30am. During this service, we will not read aloud the congregation’s full memorial list of names as we do at Yom Kippur, but instead will invite those present to say aloud all of the names of the people they’re remembering that day.

Yom HaShoah Service

Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day is the day we as Jews demonstrate to the world that we have not forgotten and will never forget the 6 million of our brothers and sisters who perished at the hands of Nazi Germany and its allies. It also remembers those hopelessly outnumbered Jews who resisted the Nazi scourge with the last full measure of their devotion.

We at Temple Beth El of Williamsburg join in that Day of Remembrance every year. This year we will mark that day on April 15 at the Temple at 7:00 PM. with a brief service of remembrance followed by a program commemorating the Shoah.

The evening will be both rewarding, in fulfilling your mission to, “Never forget,” and inspirational to learn how one man’s action against the wishes of his government, saved thousands of people who without him were helpless.
Ali Kaplan Memorial Blood Drive

The 16th Annual Ali Kaplan Memorial Blood Drive will be held on Sunday, April 26th, from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Temple Beth El. Ali passed away at the age of 12 from aplastic anemia, a rare blood disease. This annual blood drive, held in conjunction with the American Red Cross, honors her memory. Ali’s parents, Barb and Rob, are long-time members of Temple Beth El, as was her older sister, Lauren. If you are interested in being a blood donor, please contact Margaret in the office for further information.