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, 2015, and picks up each week where they previously left off, continuing until they (eventually) finish reading the Torah.


The peninsula synagogues rotate hosting Selichot each year. This year the community observance of Selichot will be hosted by Congregation Emet v’Or on Saturday night, September 24, starting at 8:15pm. Selichot is a service that begins the recitation of penitential prayers for the remainder of the month of Elul, as we enter the final week before Rosh Hashanah.
Emet v’Or is located within the UJC campus at 401 City Center Blvd, Newport News, VA 23606.

This year we will hold services at the Historic Triangle Community Services (HTCS) Center located at 312 Waller Mill Road in Williamsburg. Directions and other information about the HTCS Center can be found on their website at: http://www.htcsconline.com/location.htm. All activities (e.g., childcare, children’s services) associated with services held there will take place in other rooms at the HTCS Center. For those without internet access, a map and directions are available for pickup at Temple Beth El.
The reason for this year’s change is that the Williamsburg Unitarian Universalist building is being renovated and is not available for services this year.

The dates of TBE High Holiday services are as follows:

Erev Rosh Hashanah Sun 10/2/16 7:00 pm HTCS Center
Rosh Hashanah Day 1 Mon 10/3/16 9:00 am HTCS Center
Tashlich Service Mon 10/3/16 5:00 pm College Landing Park
Rosh Hashanah Day 2 Tues 10/4/16 9:00 am Temple Beth El
Kol Nidre Tues 10/11/16 7:00 pm HTCS Center
Yom Kippur Wed 10/12/16 9:00 am HTCS Center
Yizkor 4:15 pm
Mincha & Neilah 5:15 pm
Havdallah 7:22 pm
Break Fast 7:27 pm

Children’s programming, which will take place in another room in the HTCS Center, will begin at about 10:00 am for both Rosh Hashanah Day 1 and Yom Kippur. Rabbi David will join the children at about 11:15 am each morning for a short service. Participating children are expected to be accompanied by a parent.
We will provide “quiet time” child-care for kindergarten and preschool aged children during Erev Rosh Hashanah and Erev Yom Kippur, as well as the first day of Rosh Hashanah and for Yom Kippur morning services.
We encourage our school-aged children to participate in all of our services. When children need to leave the sanctuary, they must be accompanied by an adult.

Temple Beth El membership allows you and everyone in your household, including children up through age 22, to attend our services. Guests are always welcome. Adult children over the age of 22 and other relatives of TBE members are each asked to make a donation of $50 to TBE. Guests attending services who are not relatives of TBE members are asked to make a donation of $100 per person. Guest reservations may be obtained by calling the synagogue office at (757) 220-1205 prior to the holidays. As a reminder, Temple Beth El does not issue tickets – just identify yourself at the table near the entrance.

There will be an Oneg Yom Tov social gathering after the Erev Rosh Hashanah service. All households are asked to bring dessert to share, or to donate to the supplies fund. There will also be a potluck Break Fast after the Yom Kippur Havdallah service, beginning approximately at 7:45 pm. All families are asked to bring a dairy, vegetarian or fish (tuna, lox, gefilte, and salmon are acceptable) main dish large enough to feed your family plus at least four other people. Volunteers to set up and clean up for either or both of these functions should contact TBE member Neil Portnoff, or Margaret in the TBE office (office@tbewilliamsburg.org) .
Following Rosh Hashanah Day-2 services at TBE, there will be a Kiddush. Those attending services with last names starting with A-M are asked to bring a main dish, those with last names starting with N-Z are asked to bring a dessert. All food should be Kosher dairy and conform with the TBE food policy (lower right of www.tbewilliamsburg.org).

During our Yizkor/Memorial Service, we read the names of our deceased loved ones. The names that are read are taken directly from our database, which is obtained from information you provided on your membership demographic form. If you did not submit this information and wish to make corrections and/or add names to your existing Yizkor list, please submit them immediately by emailing office@tbewilliamsburg.org. Note that this year, the Yizkor service will start at 4:15 PM, immediately preceding Mincha.

It is important for you and your children to know that the area school systems consider attendance at these religious services to be excused absences. Letters have been sent to the local school superintendents requesting that they ask teachers to be understanding with their students who are absent because of the High Holy Days. If your student encounters any issues with the school, please contact Rabbi David immediately.

Donations are customary this time of year. We welcome your donations to our High Holy Days Fund in honor or memory of a loved one and your gifts to any fund of your choice. These gifts will be acknowledged in the TBE newsletter.


What does Jewish Community Mean To You? A topic for this year’s High Holidays
The Hebrew phrase for a Jewish religious congregation is ‘Kehilah Kedoshah’ – literally, ‘Holy/Sacred Community.’ Jews have used this phrase for a long time, but what it really, practically means to be a community of Jews, gathered together for sacred purpose in a particular time and place, has always manifested in many different ways. Rabbi David plans to explore this topic during the High Holidays this year, and invites your thoughts and feedback to be a part of the discussion. Please take some time to think about the question, “What does Jewish community mean to you?” and then share your answer with your fellow TBE members by visiting the page here on our website, http://tbewilliamsburg.org/2016/08/23/what-does-jewish-community-mean-to-me/ (you can also click the link at the top right of this page). Rabbi David will share responses – both his and yours – during his talk on Yom Kippur morning.


High Holiday Participant Preparation
The High Holidays are coming!! Erev Rosh Hashanah is Sunday night, October 2. If, in the coming weeks, you’re invited to participate in a ritual during High Holiday services, and you would like a tutorial on how to come up for an Aliyah, how to lift or bind the Torah, or in how to perform any other service ritual,
please contact Rabbi David as soon as possible.


Shabbat Kulanu
‘Shabbat For All Of Us’ – is TBE’s family-oriented service, featuring guitar playing by Rich Roston, and pizza dinner for all after the service. The nextShabbat Kulanu service starts at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, October 21st.
Since that’s the Friday night of Sukkot, we’ll have pizza in the Sukkah (weather-permitting)!!


Celebration of Temple Beth El
Hold the Date!
Sunday, Oct 23 from 12-2pm
Everyone is invited to the
Celebration of Temple Beth El
Join with your TBE friends our fourth annual celebration of our congregational community.
This is a fun time for all ages – young and not so young.  The best food (pot luck-dairy of course), great entertainment, and wonderful company to share it with.
Since this is during Sukkot we will have a tent for outside seating in addition to the Sukkah.
Plans are in progress and volunteers are needed for setup and clean-up.  Also needed are donations of goods and services for a silent auction, and it would be great if someone could head this up for us.
Please contact Myrna Kaye or Jill Whitten for any questions, or if you can help.