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Remote Programming

Stay connected to your Temple Beth-El family by joining us for these ongoing online activities on Zoom (see below for downloading instructions) and on our TBE Facebook page and YouTube channel.

Scroll down to find out about special events. Be sure to check listings for registration requirements and enroll in the classes you wish to attend. 

 

Mondays

• Rabbi Meir Feldman will hold Morning Minyan on Mondays and Thursdays at 7:15 a.m., with Torah reading at about 7:40 a.m. and Kaddish at around 8:10 a.m. at https://tinyurl.com/TBEZoomRoom. Don’t Zoom? Call in by phone at 646-558-8656; Meeting ID: 930 9298 7872, Password: 862992.

• Join educator David Woolfe for Adult Ed: Introduction to Hebrew on Mondays, October 26 to December 14, at 7 p.m. This eight-session course is geared toward those who either don’t read Hebrew or who are very rusty and need a refresher. The 45-minute classes will cover Alef to Tav (Hebrew letters A to Z) as well as vowels. By the end of the course, students will be able to recognize and read Hebrew! RSVP to dwoolfe@tbegreatneck.org. Join the class on Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87292970105?pwd=ajBaRkVqSXBubXA2M2l6NjhvSEZKUT09; Meeting ID: 872 9297 0105, Passcode: Hebrew. 

• Educator David Woolfe will teach Adult Ed: Pirke Avot (Did Our Rabbis Really “Know It All”?), a five-session introduction to the Mishnah through the “Sayings of the Rabbis,” on Mondays, October 26 to November 23, at 8 p.m. During the 45-minute sessions, students will meet some of the quirky and impressive voices that defined the beginning of our tradition and will learn why our “oral tradition” is so important to Jewish life. RSVP to dwoolfe@tbegreatneck.org. Join the class on Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86969204328?pwd=eWtEalEwMXFQZmxRTzRiTEt2ME5VUT09; Meeting ID: 869 6920 4328, Passcode: Mishnah.

 

 

Tuesdays

• Join Rabbi Tara for a 10-session Lunch and Learn Zoom class Exploring Race & Racism as an American Jew on 10 alternating Tuesdays: October 20, November 3, November 17, December 1, December 15, December 29, January 12, January 26, February 9 and February 23, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

In this time when issues of race and racism divide our nation and weigh heavily upon our hearts, we have been given the opportunity and the moral imperative to examine, more deeply, issues of race as they relate to us in our personal lives and as they impact our communities and the soul of our nation.

This series will explore issues of race from a Jewish perspective. Class discussions will draw upon biblical texts, rabbinic commentary, modern-day Jewish responses, guest speakers and two books: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson (in November and December) and Caste by Isabel Wilkerson (in January and February). Reading these books is suggested but not required in order to participate in the class. 

To register, RSVP to dweintraub@tbegreatneck.org or 516-487 0900, ext. 116. For questions, email rabbitara@gmail.com. Classes will be held at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89700287492?pwd=Y29saFlLN3doazNtNGdpeXJ4UzAzdz09.

Prior to the first class, please watch Rabbi Angela Warnick Buchdahl’s Yom Kippur sermon at https://youtu.be/FNhG8aW6gbI or read it at https://globaljews.org/articles/identity/we-jews-are-not-a-race-a-rabbi-of-color-speaks-personally-on-yom-kippur/

TriBE Quarantine Affinity Group: Quarantining Alone every other Tuesdays from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Zoom. Register here.

 

• Judaism has extraordinary wisdom on the most pressing challenges and questions that we face. Join Rabbi Meir to deeply study the work of one of Israel’s greatest contemporary minds, Dr. Micah Goodman—a faculty member at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and a research fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute—during Big Issues of Our Time on Tuesdays, October 27, November 10, November 24, December 8 and December 22, from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m.

The discussions will include: the bitterness and divisiveness of today’s political reality; annexation of the West Bank and normalization of relations with Gulf countries; and when bad things happen to good people (and vice versa). The Challenge of Empathy in Times of Crisis will be the basis for the first session. Please watch Dr. Goodman’s lecture in advance (which includes more than we will be able to study) at https://www.hartman.org.il/person/micah-goodman/. 
To register, RSVP to dweintraub@tbegreatneck.org or 516-487 0900, ext. 116. Meetings will be held at https://tinyurl.com/rabbimeirzoomroom.
Remember those days when we gathered together at summer camp after dark, around a crackling fire, to sing songs—folks songs, Jewish folks songs, Israeli songs, protest songs, songs of freedom—songs that lifted our spirit? Join Cantor Adam to relive those days around a virtual campfire for Campfire SongShare on Tuesdays, November 17, December 15 and January 5, from 7 to 8:15 p.m. on Zoom at http://bit.ly/CantorAdamZoom. Have a song to share or a request for one? Grab your guitar, and email Cantor Adam with your ideas at adavis@tbegreatneck.org. RSVP to dweintraub@tbegreatneck.org, so we can prepare enough s’mores. 

 

Wednesdays

With the High Holy Days behind us, we are restarting our weekly Zoom Mourner’s Support Group, which began early this past spring as a way to pierce some of the isolation for those in mourning during the pandemic. Our weekly grief support group is for TBE members who lost a loved one in recent months. We meet from 10 to 11 a.m. on Wednesdays, starting with a check in; then we share our experiences of the past week. Meetings close with the study of a brief passage related to grief and healing. No extended commitment is necessary to participate; come for a single session or join us each week. To receive the Zoom link, RSVP to Dafna Weintraub at dweintraub@tbegreatneck.org or 516-487-0900, ext. 116.

Expect less talk and more understanding in the eight-session course, Adult Ed: Hebrew Grammar—a Continuation of Conversational Hebrew, taught by educator David Woolfe on Wednesdays, October 28 to November 25, at 8 p.m. During these 45-minute classes, students will use modern Hebrew to understand basic Hebrew grammar, including the construction of present, past and future tense; definite article; and more. RSVP to dwoolfe@tbegreatneck.org. Join the class on Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89319767448?pwd=YXFtamRvOFRwR2lkdjl0SS8rM2FoUT09; Meeting ID: 893 1976 7448, Passcode: Grammar.

 

Thursdays

Rabbi Meir Feldman will hold Morning Minyan on Mondays and Thursdays at 7:15 a.m., with Torah reading at about 7:40 a.m. and Kaddish at around 8:10 a.m. at https://tinyurl.com/TBEZoomRoom. Don’t Zoom? Call in by phone at 646-558-8656; Meeting ID: 930 9298 7872, Password: 862992.

 

• The diversity of Judaism is on display in Great Neck—with communities from Europe, Morocco, Iraq, Syria and Iran all represented. In spite of this, we rarely have the opportunity to experience our neighbors’ rich range of music. Each contributes to the tapestry of Jewish expression, so let’s learn a little about each culture’s music and see what we might be able to bring into our own community during Global Jewish Grooves on Thursdays, November 12, December 3, December 17 and January 14, from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Join Cantor Adam for a magic carpet ride around the globe, as we explore various Jewish communities and their music on Zoom at http://bit.ly/CantorAdamZoom. RSVP to dweintraub@tbegreatneck.org, so we have enough flying carpets. 

• Have you ever thought about learning to chant Torah or wondered why we sing “V’Ahavta” the way we do? Maybe you learned to read Torah by memorizing but would like to learn what all those funny squiggly marks mean above and below the Hebrew letters. Discovery the rich tradition of Ta’amei Mikra, the flavor of the writing, with Cantor Adam during Torah Trope/Yad Squad on Thursdays, January 7, January 21, January 28, February 4 and February 11 from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Class size is limited to facilitate attention to learners of all ages on Zoom at http://bit.ly/CantorAdamZoom. RSVP to dweintraub@tbegreatneck.org, so we have enough yadayim

 

Fridays

• Join David Woolfe and other families on Friday evenings to welcome Shabbat as one wonderful community at our Family Erev Shabbat Services. Please be part of our 30-minute celebration and invite your friends and extended family as we join together to light candles, bless our children, sing, pray and tell stories. The Zoom room opens at 5:45 p.m.; the service begins at 6 p.m. here; Meeting ID: 896 1892 4054, Passcode: Kulanu.

Erev Shabbat Services will be held on Friday at 7 p.m. on Zoom at https://tinyurl.com/TBEZoomRoom, Facebook Live at https://www.facebook.com/TBEGreatNeck/ and livestreamed on YouTube at https://tinyurl.com/TBELivestream. Don’t Zoom? Call in by phone at 646-558-8656; Meeting ID: 930 9298 7872, Password: 862992.
To have the name of a loved one read, add it at https://tinyurl.com/YahrzeitRead.
To make a tribute, go to https://tinyurl.com/TBETribute.
Follow along (for free) on another device with a digital prayer book at https://tinyurl.com/MishkanT-filah or email Dafna at dweintraub@tbegreatneck.org to have a siddur delivered to your home by a TBE congregant.

• Join the Temple Beth-El Erev Shabbat Oneg, immediately following Erev Shabbat Services in the same Zoom Room.

• Know a congregant who doesn’t have access to a computer? A previously recorded Erev Shabbat service can be viewed on NSTV on Optimum Channel 20 (in Great Neck and Manhasset) and on Verizon Fios Channel 37 (in Nassau County) on Fridays at 6:30 p.m.

 

Saturdays

Torah Study will begin at 9 a.m. at https://tinyurl.com/TBEZoomRoom. Don’t Zoom? Call in by phone at 646-558-8656; Meeting ID: 930 9298 7872, Password: 862992.

• Come for a Lay-led Shabbat Morning Service at 10:30 a.m. and stay for a short chat. Bring your own challah and grape juice or wine and join in on Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87493110146?pwd=WjNxVExQZUY4MTZXOVcvNVBxTTBJZz09; Meeting ID: 874 9311 0146, Password: challah.

Havdalah Services will begin at sundown at the following times: October 31, 6:30 p.m.; November 7, 2020 to January 2, 2021, 5:30 p.m. on Facebook Live at https://www.facebook.com/TBEGreatNeck/

 

To join programs on Zoom, download the app on your phone or the program on your computer at https://zoom.us/home.

 

Upcoming Events

Special Shabbat with Guest Speakers Jill and Amanda Madenberg

Saturday, October 31 | 10 a.m.

Our special Saturday morning Shabbat services will return with guest speakers Jill and Amanda Madenberg, coauthors of Love the Journey to College: Guidance from an Admissions Consultant and Her Daughter. The talk will cover how to focus on the journey to college, not just the destination; what to do if you don’t have a clear path, a major or career interest; handling the uncertainty and reducing stress; and Amanda’s personal journey to college with key tips for success. Congregants—from those with experience to first timers—are invited to help chant Torah and help lead a part of the service. 

 

 

Whitney Pond clean up in 2019

Vote and Clean Up

Tuesday, November 3 | 10 a.m. 

We are coordinating with local officials and invite you to join a wonderful community mitzvah opportunity. We will meet to clean a local park or beach with all social distancing measures in place. If you are interested in participating, contact David Woolfe at dwoolfe@tbegreatneck.org.

 

 

 

Sisterhood Book Discussion—The Color of Love: The Story of a Mixed-Race Jewish Girl by Marra B. Gad

Tuesday, November 17 | Zoom Room Opens at 7:30 p.m. for Schmoozing; Discussion Begins at 7:45 p.m.

Join Sisterhood’s first book club meeting of 5781, when Nina Koppelman facilitates the discussion of The Color of Love: The Story of a Mixed-Race Jewish Girl by Marra B. Gad, a memoir about a mixed-race Jewish woman who, after 15 years of estrangement from her racist great-aunt, helps bring her home when Alzheimer’s strikes. The book explores what you inherit from your family—identity, disease, skin tone, hate and, most powerful of all, love.

Sisterhood has three copies available for circulation. The book will be quarantined for three days after it’s returned before going to the next on the list. Those interested in borrowing a copy should email sisterhoodtbegn@gmail.com with their name and “book” in the subject line. You’ll be notified when a copy is available. RSVP to sisterhoodtbegn@gmail.com for the Zoom link.

 

 

Shabbat@Home

Friday, November 20 | 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Join us for an incredible Shabbat@Home experience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

View upcoming offerings in our weekly newsletters by clicking on Week Ahead and Shabbat.