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Temple Beth El Celebrating 50th anniversary with Gala

In 1967, a group of women met in the Boca Raton home of Harriet Silvers for a Purim Tea. The assembled group ended up planning the first synagogue in Boca Raton, the Boca Raton Hebrew Congregation, later to be named Temple Beth El of Boca Raton. The congregation was founded with the help of a

Temple Beth El Purim celebration on Sunday, March 12, 2017 commemorates the 50th anniversary of the first synagogue in Boca Raton.

Temple Beth El Purim celebration on Sunday, March 12, 2017 commemorates the 50th anniversary of the first synagogue in Boca Raton.

The  entire community is invited to celebrate Purim on Sunday, March  12, 2017 at the 50th Anniversary celebration of Temple Beth El of Boca Raton, the first synagogue in Boca Raton, Florida. “It was the spring of 1967, the year of our birth.  Being Jewish in Boca Raton posed a challenge. A

U.S. Postal Service unveils new Hanukkah stamp at Temple Beth El of Boca Raton

U.S. Postal Service unveils new Hanukkah stamp at Temple Beth El of Boca Raton

Stamp enthusiasts and South Florida residents enjoying a moment in the spotlight waited in long lines on Tuesday for the U.S. Postal Service's new Hanukkah stamp, unveiled at Temple Beth El in Boca Raton. At a time when many prefer to email or text their news, the unveiling ceremony, attended by

Postal Service picks Boca Raton temple for debut of 2016 Hanukkah stamp

Postal Service picks Boca Raton temple for debut of 2016 Hanukkah stamp

The U.S. Postal Service has chosen a fresh location for its 2016 Hanukkah stamp reveal: Boca Raton. For the past few years, the agency has released its annual Hanukkah stamp during ceremonies in the Northeast. But this year, its staffers scouted new sites across the country and settled on South

Rabbis Dan Levin and Josh Broide in Israel for the Shalom Hartman Institute’s Rabbinic Leadership Initiative

Rabbis Dan Levin and Josh Broide in Israel for the Shalom Hartman Institute’s Rabbinic Leadership Initiative

Two Boca rabbis take part in prestigious study program   Boca Raton rabbis Rabbi Dan Levin (left) and Rabbi Josh Broide (right) in Israel this summer as part of the Shalom Hartman Institute’s Rabbinic Leadership Initiative — which Boca Raton’s Rabbi David Steinhardt (center) did

30 Days of Elul – Day 28

30 Days of Elul – Day 28

Raoul Wallenberg.  The Swedish diplomat became one of the most famous rescuers during the Holocaust, and his whereabouts one of the greatest mysteries after.  Hungary was not invaded by Hitler until March of 1944 and Wallenberg designed a Swedish protective pass to help save Jews. This, along

30 Days of Elul – Day 27 – Forgiveness

30 Days of Elul – Day 27 – Forgiveness

Rabbi Alan Lew relates the following story of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, the legendary spiritual leader and composer.  Reb Shlomo came to the United States from Austria as a teenager, a refugee from the Nazis.  Every so often he would go back to Austria and Germany to give concerts, and people

30 Days of Elul – Day 26 - Forgiving Iniquity (Avon)

30 Days of Elul – Day 26 - Forgiving Iniquity (Avon)

What does it mean to sin? In countless places in our tradition, our sages have told us that sinning is, in one form or another, “missing the mark.” Our intentions are mostly good, as human beings created b’tzelem Elohim, in God’s image, we believe that we are essentially good, there are just

30 Days of Elul - Day 25 - Compassion for Thousands

30 Days of Elul - Day 25 - Compassion for Thousands

I can’t stand most pictures of me but I had to share this one for compassion.  It was taken in the fall of 2010.  I am near the Prime Minister’s home in Jerusalem in a tent that housed the parents of the kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.  They had set up the tent to pressure the government