Beth El Life

Monthly Bulletin of Temple Beth El Congregation

May 2023 | Iyar - Sivan 5783

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Birthdays & Anniversaries

Upcoming Shabbat Worship

  • Friday May 5, 4:00 pm: Kabbalat Shabbat at Azalea Trace
  • Friday May 5, 6:00 pm: Shabbat Worship and Dinner
  • Saturday May 6, 10:00 am: Shabbat Morning Worship & Bat Mitzvah of Lena Radon
  • Friday May 12, 7:00 pm: Shabbat Worship
  • Friday May 19, 6:00 pm: Shabbat Worship and Dinner
  • Saturday May 20, 10:00 am: Shabbat Morning Worship & Bnai Mitzvah of Joshua and Jonathan Hochhauser
  • Friday May 26, 7:00 pm: Shabbat Worship & Shavuot Celebration

Learning Opportunities

Torah Study - Exploring Exodus

  • Saturday May 13, 9:30 am: Temple Beth El

Two Jews, Three Opinions

Torah on Tap

  • Tuesday May 2, 5:00 pm: The Well, 42 E. Garden St. - This month's t topic will be, “Is inclusion a Jewish value? Can it go too far?"

Temple Beth El's Annual Congregational Meeting will be held on Sunday, May 21 at 2:30pm. Important topics to be discussed include the 2023-2024 Annual Budget, as well as the slate of next term's Board of Directors. Thank you in advance for helping us reach a quorum. For more information, please contact Steve Eilen.

Play it Again, Shmuel!

Sunday, May 7

Join us for a hilarious trip down Parody lane, directed by Renee Eilen and featuring Special Guest Accompanist Dr. Robert Sackheim, along with TBE's Not Ready for Anytime Players!

Doors open at the Gulf Breeze Recreation Center at 6:00 p.m. and the show starts at 7:00.

Cost is $20 per person, and all proceeds go to Camp Scholoarships.

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Upcoming Events

Wednesday May 17:

Sisterhood Luncheon and Fashion Show

Join us for a Temple Beth El Sisterhood Fashion Show, featuring some of our very own Sisterhood members and the latest spring styes from Chico's!

Lunch will begin at noon in the Max L. Bear Auditorium.

Please RSVP by Friday, May 12.

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Thursday May 18:

TBE Volunteers with

Manna Food Bank

Temple Beth El’s Social Justice Team invites you to join us on Thursday, May 18, from 9:00am-Noon at Manna Food Bank, as we sort donations gathered during the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. 

Manna Food Bank is located at 3030 N. E Street. Please wear closed-toe shoes.

For more information or to volunteer please click below, or contact Deborah Buchalter at ‭(850) 525-6657‬.

Click to Volunteer (Manna Food Bank)

May 23-27:

Habitat for Humanity Faith Build

Temple Beth El is once again proud to partner with Habitat for Humanity and other area congregations on this year’s Faith Build.

The Faith Build is a hands-on opportunity to not only help one of our neighbors, but also build community between people of different faiths.

For more information or to volunteer, please click below, or visit the Pensacola Habitat for Humanity faith build website.

Click to Volunteer (Habitat for Humanity)

Lena Radon Bat Mitzvah

Hi my name is Lena Joy Radon and I am becoming a Bat Mitzvah on May 6, 2023. I moved to Washington Crossing, Pennsylvania with my family in July of 2020, but I wanted to have my Bat Mitzvah here at Temple Beth El since I spent many years of my life here at services and Sunday school.  


I am currently a 7th grader at Newtown Middle School in Newtown, PA and I enjoy dancing and basketball and spending time with my friends. As part of my preparation for my Bat Mitzvah, I attend Teen Mitzvah Club at the Lubavitch Center of Bucks County where I make and deliver meals for people who are homebound or in need. 

I want to thank Rabbi Joel for preparing me for this day, with the added challenge of being long distance. I appreciate your time and support. I hope you will all join me and my family to celebrate this special day and at the Kiddush luncheon after services. 

Joshua & Jonathan Hochhauser Bnai Mitzvah

Hello, my name is Joshua Norman Hochhauser and I am having my Bar Mitzvah on May 20, 2023. My parents, Rebecca and David Hochhauser, and my siblings, Sarah, Sam, and Jonathan are getting excited and ready for this big day.  It is also a special day for Jonathan because he will be celebrating his Bar Mitzvah too. 
I am an eighth grader attending Fairhope Middle School. My favorite subject is English. In my spare time, I enjoy playing soccer and hanging out with friends.
For my mitzvah project I am helping to raise money for Jacobs Camp, the summer camp for Jewish kids of the Deep South. I have attended this camp since I moved to Alabama seven years ago, and it is an experience no one should miss because of a financial problem.
It is hard to believe that my Bar Mitzvah is happening already. I would like to thank my parents and my Rabbi for helping me prepare for this moment in my life. I’m excited to be a Bar Mitzvah and I hope you all will join me on this important day.
Hi, my name is Jonathan William Hochhauser. I am having my Bar Mitzvah on May 20, 2023. My parents Rebecca and David Hochhauser, and my siblings Sarah, Sam, and Joshua are very excited for this day. My brother Joshua will be sharing this day with me in more ways than one, because we are becoming Bnai Mitzvah together. I am so happy that my family and friends from all over the county are coming too.
I am a seventh grader attending Fairhope Middle School. My favorite subject is geography, but I love to read whenever I get the chance. In my spare time I love doing theatre and swimming.
For my mitzvah project, I will be raising money to help send kids to Jacobs Camp. The one place for Jewish kids to get together other than temple. Jacobs Camp has been a part of my life since I moved to Alabama seven years ago, and no one should have to miss that because of financial issues. 
I still can’t believe that I am 13 and becoming a Bar Mitzvah. I want to thank my parents and Rabbi Joel for helping me get ready for this very important day. I hope that all of you will be able to celebrate with us.

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TBE Community Corner:

Look what we've been up to!

School for Jewish Living

Passover Seder

Women's Seder

Jazz Shabbat

Sisterhood Luncheon with Anatoly Gackenburg

TBE Goes Camping!

Shabbat Under the Stars

Joel Fleekop, Rabbi

Steve Eilen, President

Board of Directors:

Steve Eilen, President

Danny Zimmern, Vice President

Carol Kahn Rosenblatt, Treasurer

Alice Klein, Secretary

Ray Engel, 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:

Renee Eilen

Brenton Goodman

Janet Kahn

Julie Kandel-Pogue

Kym Lewis

Bruce Pelton

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