Author: Congregation Beth El

Ladino Magic

June 3, 2024

By Robin Jacobson.  The Familiar by Leigh Bardugo imaginatively blends the genres of historical fiction and fantasy.  This captivating novel is set in 16th century Spain, a time and place linked to the …

New on the Youth Bookshelf

May 2, 2024

By Robin Jacobson.  Some adult book clubs choose one “young adult” title a year to read, simply to sample from the many excellent books in that category.  This year, two …

Looking Anew at Captain Dreyfus

April 8, 2024

By Robin Jacobson.  Near the turn of the 20th Century, the Dreyfus Affair thrust France into turmoil.  In 1894, the French army falsely accused and convicted Jewish military captain Alfred …

Kesher: Nir Oz

March 25, 2024

By Salo Zelermyer. Since October 7, 2023, the question many of us have been asking is: “What can we do to help?” Some of us have traveled to Israel to …

An American Tale of Love & Community

March 6, 2024

By Robin Jacobson.  How can a book full of societal evils like racism, antisemitism, and child abuse manage to be heartwarming and uplifting?  This is the magic of The Heaven …

Erupting or Evolving

February 12, 2024

By Rabbi Deborah Megdal.  What makes a conversation around Israel “erupt”? I’ve been thinking about this question since a friend shared that her workplace has been, in her words, “erupting …

The Cost of Free Land: Jews, Lakota, and an American Inheritance

January 29, 2024

By Robin Jacobson.  “Pa pleaded. “We can get a hundred and sixty acres out west, just by living on it… If Uncle Sam’s willing to give us a farm… I …

Comms Update: Email Changes

January 25, 2024

By Tiarra Joslyn.  Nearly two years ago, VP of Communications Hillary Berman and I worked together to create and roll out a new way for congregants to manage their Beth …

Building Lasting Connections: Nurturing Your Child’s Bond with Israel Beyond the Conflict

December 25, 2023

By Education Director Elisha Rothschild Frumkin.  I love Israel.  I always have.  Even though no one in my family had ever visited in person – save my eccentric great uncle …

Israel for Beth El’s Littlest Learners

December 19, 2023

By Beth El Preschool Director Lauren Hirt.  Within the walls of Beth El Preschool (BEPS), we have shielded our littlest learners from the news. They are too young to understand …