Morning Minyan
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.

 

 

 

Tuesdays

• Join Rabbi Tara for a 10-session Lunch and Learn Zoom class Exploring Race & Racism as an American Jew on 10 alternating Tuesdays: 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.

 

Wednesdays

Our Zoom Mourner’s Support Group 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.

Adult Ed: Hebrew Grammar—a Continuation of Conversational Hebrew will be held on Wednesdays, January 20 and 27, at 8 to 8:45 p.m. In this class taught by educator David Woolfe, expect less talk and more understanding. 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 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. 

• 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 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

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.

• Send us photos and a sentence expressing your simchas, celebrations and good news for Modim Moments, so we can share hoda’ah (gratitude) with our TBE family each month during the Amidah. Slideshows will be shown during Erev Shabbat Services on Fridays, February 5, March 5, April 2, May 7, and June 4. Email photos with “Modim Moments” in the subject line by the Wednesday prior to each Modim Moment Friday to Jaqui Wadsworth at jwadsworth@tbegreatneck.org.

• 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://zoom.us/j/94128642472?pwd=U1hNL3pKWlFVSmVCZlpXNWYzME5iZz09, Meeting ID: 941 2864 2472, Passcode: Torah1; or by phone at 929-436-2866, Meeting ID: 941 2864 2472, Passcode: 262943.

• 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 6:15 p.m. through February on Facebook Live at https://www.facebook.com/TBEGreatNeck/

An inclusion-themed Zoom Havdalah service will be held with Community Synagogue and a special speaker on February 13 from 5 to 6 p.m. 

 

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

 

Upcoming Events

Martin Luther King Jr., Shabbat Service
Friday, January 15 | 7 p.m.

Continuing its long tradition of honoring Martin Luther King Jr., Temple Beth-El of Great Neck will hold a special Shabbat service virtually on Friday, January 15, at 7 p.m. with Nigel Gretton’s Gospel Quartet, The Afro-Semitic Experience and poignant speakers from Mother Emanuel Church of Charleston, South Carolina, among others. This year’s Humanitarian Award will be presented to Town of North Hempstead Councilwoman Lee Seeman.

Award-winning conductor Nigel Gretton is director of performing arts at St. John’s University. In 1988, he organized Voices of Victory, a 40-member choir that performs gospel music flavored with touches of world music, classical, jazz and R&B in churches, schools and concert halls and has been featured in Carnegie Hall, the Apollo Theater, HBO, NBC, FOX Network and Warner Brothers Records.

The Afro-Semitic Experience, a jazz ensemble of African-American and Jewish-American musicians, is dedicated to preserving, promoting and expanding the rich cultural and musical heritage of the Jewish and African diasporas. The group’s music combines many elements of these cultures and is a celebration of the collaboration and shared struggle for racial equality and peace in America.

In commemoration of the five-year anniversary of the tragic murder of nine African-American congregants at Mother Emanuel Church of Charleston, South Carolina, Pastor Eric S.C. Manning will share a message and Blondelle Gadsden, the sister of Myra Thompson, one of the worshippers killed during Bible study, will share from her new book. An exciting main speaker will also address the congregation.

This year’s Humanitarian Award will be presented to third-term Town of North Hempstead Councilwoman Lee Seeman. Elected to the Fifth District in 2005, she represents the villages of Saddle Rock, Great Neck Estates, Great Neck Plaza, Russell Gardens, University Gardens, Lake Success, North New Hyde Park, Garden City Park, Floral Park and other unincorporated areas.

She has been the program director of the Great Neck Chamber of Commerce since 1975, where she promoted environmental conservation, health care, small business concerns, the economy of Long Island and computer science. 

In 1995, Seeman was appointed by President Bill Clinton, and later reappointed by President George W. Bush, as a member of the United States Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad. In this role, she was instrumental in establishing one of the largest cemetery monuments in Poland, dedicated to those who perished in the Holocaust. 

The New York State Democratic Committeewoman since 1970 has also been a longtime member of the League of Women Voters, the World Jewish Congress, Hadassah, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Sierra Club.

The active Temple Beth-El member was married to the late Murray Seeman, former Mayor of Great Neck Estates. She has four children and seven grandchildren.

For more information, email Cantor Adam.

 

Sisterhood Rosh Chodesh
Sunday, January 17 | 10 a.m.
Join Rabbi Tara and Sisterhood for an interactive Rosh Chodesh program to usher in the Hebrew month of Shevat—with its celebration of the new year of the trees.

Come ready to share a story and/or image of a tree in your life—perhaps a tree from childhood, a tree in your yard, a tree in a cherished photo, a tree from a familiar view or a tree in a poem, book, film or painting. It would be wonderful if you could send photos of any cherished tree to Rabbi Tara at rabbitara@gmail.com. Also, please bring one piece of fruit (from a tree) to eat during the meeting. RSVP with “Tree” in the subject line to sisterhoodtbegn@gmail.com.

 

 

3rd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Unity, Justice and Social Action Project for 8th to 12th Graders
Monday, January 18 | 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

An interfaith and interracial dialogue surrounding topics relating to systematic racism and the disenfranchisement of Jews of Color, ending in a Q&A with Anti-Racism Educator Tani Prell and a social justice project addressing the needs of the local community on Zoom. This is a joint effort by First Baptist Church of Great Neck, Temple Beth-El of Great Neck, Temple Israel of Great Neck and SHAI. For more information, call 516-850-4472. Register at https://tbegn.wufoo.com/forms/m1utml7m0mgcd8u/.

 

 

 

Tu B’shvat: The Birthday of the Trees
A Yoga and Meditation Event
Sunday, January 24 | 10 to 11:15 a.m.

Rise from Rest to Balance and Blossom with Sharon, Elanit and Rabbi Tara Feldman, presented by Lev Shalem Health & Wellness and Temple Beth-El of Great Neck, on Zoom. No previous yoga experience is necessary. Come with an open heart and mind. The fee is $18; FREE for Temple Beth-El members. The Zoom link will be sent with your completed registration. RSVP by Saturday, January 23, at 9 p.m. at https://tbegn.wufoo.com/forms/mi2mryn1qgf09e/.

 

 

Special Shabbat with Daniel Zarin
Climate Chaos: Why the Next Decade—and Our Choices—Matter More Than Ever
Saturday, February 6 | 10 a.m.

Join us for a special Shabbat with guest speaker Daniel Zarin, senior director of programs for the Climate and Land Use Alliances since its inception in 2010. Previously, he was senior advisor to the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

From 1995 to 2009, he was a professor at the University of New Hampshire and subsequently at the University of Florida. He has a BA in History, a Master’s of Forest Science from Yale University and a PhD in Geology from the University of Pennsylvania.

He has published widely on forest ecology, management and policy, as well as the interface between deforestation and climate change.

The event will be held on Zoom at https://tinyurl.com/TBEZoomRoom.

 

 

Sisterhood Book Discussion
Monday, February 8 | 7:30 pm.
Need a relaxing evening with Sisterhood? Think we’re all serious, all the time? For February’s book club we will loosen up and discuss (or maybe argue) as Jenn Still-Schiff leads a book discussion of The 100 Most Jewish Foods: A Highly Debatable List by Alana Newhouse. 
The book is not just about the food—it’s essays, centered around different traditions in Jewish kitchens. In addition to debating recipes, the book’s narratives—contributed by a number of well-known experts—touch on the diversity of Jewish lives and palates. 
Come with your own traditional Top 10, or try out a new recipe to “bring” to the meeting. 
Sisterhood has six library copies circulating, thanks to Arlene Nevens. If you’d like to be put on the list to borrow a copy, email sisterhoodtbegn@gmail.com with “Book Request” in the subject. We’ll let you know when a copy is available for you to pick up at a member’s house. Books will be quarantined for three days after being returned. 

 

 

Join ADL in Fighting Hate for Good
Sunday, February 21 | 10 a.m
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This Purim holiday, join our Temple Beth-El community for an important discussion regarding how we can all embody the courage of Queen Esther to protect those who are most vulnerable. Amy Feinman, ADL’s Northeast Area Civil Rights Counsel, will lead a discussion regarding ADL’s ongoing work to combat anti-Semitism and secure justice and fair treatment for all, with a particular focus on tangible next steps we all can take to help fight hate for good. Join at tinyurl.com/TBEZoomRoom.

 

Purim Shpiel Prep
Thursday, February 25

Why is this night different from all other nights? Because like the world around us, everything is nahafoch hu—turned upside down! Help Cantor Adam prepare for a weird, wacky, wild Purim Shpiel unlike anything we’ve seen—on Zoom. Email Cantor Adam to contribute an idea for a sketch, song or to participate.

 

TBE Annual Comedy Night 2021

Saturday, March 13 

Get ready for a night of laughter at TBE’s annual Comedy Night, featuring comedian Dan Naturman.

Dan began performing stand-up comedy several years ago—believe it or not—in law school. After graduation, he decided to devote himself to stand-up full time. He discovered that comedy was his true passion. Besides, he says his grades were bad and nobody would hire him. Dan’s charming combination of self-deprecation and outright grouchiness has audiences howling from coast to coast, earning him four appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, Conan, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Tonight Show and Late Night with Conan O’Brien. He also had his own Comedy Central Presents… special and a starring run on NBC’s America’s Got Talent. Dan is known to his fans as the “real winner” of NBC’s Last Comic Standing 2 a few years back, where he was the favorite of celebrity judges Drew Carey and Brett Butler. Recently, he had a recurring role on HBO’s Crashing, multiple appearances on Comedy Central’s This Week at The Comedy Cellar and made a splash in 2020 on America’s Got Talent—The Champions, where he received a standing ovation from the adoring crowd in one of the most talked-about sets of the season. Warm up your funny bone by watching Dan at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-sWBZSsT3s.

 

 

TBE Gives Back
Sunday, March 21 | 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Details will follow with opportunities for giving back to the community.

 

 

 

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