Beth El Life

Monthly Bulletin of Temple Beth El Congregation

November 2023 | Cheshvan - Kislev 5784

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November Shabbat Worship

Friday November 3, 4:00 pm

Kabbalat Shabbat at Azalea Trace

Friday November 3, 6:00 pm

Shabbat Worship and Dinner, featuring participation by SJL 3rd and 4th grade students

Friday November 10, 7:00 pm

Shabbat Worship

Saturday, November 11, 10:00 am

Shabbat Morning Worship and Bar Mitzvah of Garrett Hobbs

Friday November 17, 6:15 pm

Sip into Shabbat - Wine & Cheese begins at 6:15 pm, Worship begins at 7:00 pm

Friday November 24, 7:00 pm

Shabbat Worship

Learning Opportunities

Service Leading Workshop | Thursday November 2, 6:30 pm

Have you ever wanted to help lead Shabbat services but not quite sure you know how? Join Rabbi Joel at Temple Beth El for this skill building workshop. Together we will go over how to plan for a service, what are the main skills you need to know how to lead, and how to partner with a cantorial soloist. For more information or to RSVP please contract Rabbi Joel.

Torah Study - Leviticus: Striving for Holiness | Saturday November 4, 9:30 am

Join us at Temple Beth El or via Zoom as we continue our study of Leviticus. We will explore the text with the help of both rabbinic and modern commentaries. Learners of all levels and experience are welcome. Bagels and schmear will be served. For more information contact Rabbi Joel.

Torah on Tap | Tuesday November 7, 5:00 pm

Join us at Odd Colony Brewery as we discuss this month's topic: Judaism and Laws of War.

Introduction to Judaism |Wednesday November 8 and Wednesday November 29, 6:30 pm

Want to know more about Judaism? Thinking about conversion? Not sure how to answer your children's questions about Jewish holidays? Join us at Temple Beth El as we explore Jewish belief, sacred text, Jewish holidays, lifecycle events and important historical events.

Garrett Hobbs Bar Mitzvah

Garrett Hobbs will become a Bar Mitzvah on November 11, 2023. This is such a meaningful moment in his life, and we are all so proud of his decision.

Garrett is a ninth grader at Gulf Breeze High School. He has been playing trombone since 6th grade and enjoys marching with the Soundwave. He hopes to take a gap year after high school to work in Australia where he has an aunt, uncle, and cousins and then return to attend Oklahoma State University.

For his tzedakah project, Garrett is collecting new children’s pajamas and books to donate to the Pajama Program, a nonprofit that supports children facing adversity, like housing insecurity and family instability, get a good night’s sleep. They deliver programs and services to create a comforting bedtime routine, allowing children to get the sleep they need, which contributes to their health, social and emotional well-being, and school performance.

Garrett’s choice to become Bar Mitzvah reflects his commitment to his Jewish life. He is deeply thankful for those in the Temple Beth El community who have been a part of this journey. We hope you can join us in celebrating Garrett on this important day.

Upcoming Events

Join us at Temple Beth El on 

Saturday, November 4 at 9:00 a.m. for Tot Shabbat, featuring Shabbat Songs, Playtime, Snacks and more!

Friends and families of children ages 0 - 6 are welcome.


Torah on Tap

Tuesday, November 7

5:00 pm

Enjoy an adult beverage, lively conversation and Jewish learning at Odd Colony Brewery (click for directions).

This month's topic will be Judaism and the Laws of War.

Schmoozing starts at 5:00 pm, and learning will begin at 5:30. For more information, contact Rabbi Joel.

Chai Discussion Group

Thursday, November 9

12:15 - 1:30 pm

This month's Chai Discussion Group will be held at Temple Beth El as we discuss, "If You Were President of the US or Prime Minister of Israel, What Would Be Your Strategy in Gaza?"

Feel free to bring a brown bag lunch, and a friend!

For more information, click below or contact Terry Gross.

More Info

Sisterhood Luncheon

Wednesday, November 15

12:00 pm

Join us at Temple Beth El for a special Sisterhood Luncheon as we hear from Mia Slonimski, our Slicha, and Cindy Gross, President of the Pensacola Jewish Federation.

Cost is $15 and includes lunch.

Click below to RSVP by November 12.


A Message from the Social Justice Committee

The Social Justice committee needs your help! We are starting off the new year with several exciting events. We hope you will join us for one (or all!) of the following:

  • Social Justice Team Meeting | Sunday, November 5 | 10:00am

Interested in making a difference in the lives of our Pensacola neighbors? Join us at Temple Beth El for our Social Justice Team meeting. Together we will discuss details for upcoming projects with Manna Food Bank and Brentwood Elementary, as well as brainstorm ideas for future projects. For more information, contact Chuck Lisner.

  • TBE Volunteers at Manna Food Bank | Monday, November 20 and Thursday, November 30 | 9:00am-12:00pm

This month marks Manna Food Bank's annual "Fill the Mayflower" event, which is always a huge success. As a result, Manna will need our help sorting the donated food. Manna Food Bank distributes food to every zip code in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, serving neighbors from all walks of life and numerous groups in our community. Sixty-six percent of all people served last year were children. We are able to accommodate up to 12 volunteers 18 years or older. Closed-toed shoes are required. To sign up for either date, please contact Deborah Buchalter or Bill Zimmern.

  • The Angel Tree at Brentwood Elementary

Donations for children will be needed in the form of clothes, toys, electronics, etc. For additional information or to sign up please contact Sharon Marcus.

  • Community Cookout | December 22

Our neighbors at Gross and Schuster will once again provide warm meals during their annual Community Cookout. For more information or to volunteer please contact Terry Gross.

Have a sweet and happy New Year,

Deborah Buchalter, Social Justice Team

Sponsoring an Oneg is a wonderful opportunity to honor someone's memory on their yahrzeit, celebrate an anniversary or birthday, thank someone special, or observe a special occasion that has meaning to you.  No planning experience is required!

To sign up/inquire about available dates, click below

or contact Sydney McAbee.

Host an Oneg

TBE Community Corner: Look what we've been up to!

Sukkot at School for Jewish Living

Interfaith Spaghetti Dinner

Greeting our new Slicha, Mia, at the Airport!

Torah on Tap under the Sukkah

Simchat Torah and Consecration of New Students

Ice Cream Social Welcoming Mia

Pensacola Stands in Solidarity with Israel

Blues and Jews Mississippi Road Trip

"Spooktacular" Welcome Party!


Joel Fleekop, Rabbi

Danny Zimmern, President

Board of Directors:

Danny Zimmern, President

Brenton Goodman Vice President

Carol Rosenblatt, Treasurer

Alice Klein, Secretary

Steve Eilen, Past President

Renee Eilen, Sisterhood Co-President

Liz Broder, Sisterhood Co-President

Terry Gross, Brotherhood President

Andrea Fleekop, Director, School for Jewish Living

Board Members at Large:

Lewis Bear III

Ray Engel

Nichole Friedland

David Goldberg

Janet Kahn

Kym Lewis

John Macias

Bruce Pelton

Andrew Rothfedder

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