Kesher Connection Beth El
October 26, 2018
A weekly update on happenings, events and news at Beth El  
AIPAC Shabbaton | Beth El Synagogue

Israel Shabbaton | November 9 & 10, 2018
Featuring Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman, President of the Shalom Hartman Institute.

Friday, November 9 | 5:45 pm
Kabbalat Shabbat Services followed by Shabbat Dinner
Home Away from Home: The Future of the Relationship Between Israel and US Jewry
Register for dinner HERE

Saturday, November 10 | 9:00 am and 12:30 pm
Shabbat Morning Services with special remarks by Rabbi Hartman
Learning session with Rabbi Hartman following Shabbat Lunch:
From Family to Consumer: New Models for the Thinking About Israel

More information on this Shabbaton HERE
For almost 100 years Beth El Women's League has been committed to supporting our Beth El community and Conservative Judaism. As we plan for the future,  Women's League 2.0 is moving to include all Beth El women. Our hope is to partner with our Beth El family in bringing more opportunities for programs and learning.

We are still raising funds for those "un-sponsored" Shabbat morning Kiddushim and lunches, for our Aleph Preschool and USY, as well as our added security needs. In the last 3 years Women's League has donated over $100,000 to Beth El Synagogue programs and needs. 

Please help us continue our important work with your support. Consider donating via the Beth El Website HERE.
THIS Sunday, October 28 | 10:00 am | Beth El Synagogue

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the 2018 Election But Were Afraid to Ask!

Join us as we ponder, and prepare for, the upcoming mid-term elections. 

With Professor David Schultz; Hamline University.
Drumming Circle: Hal'luhu b'tof
Tuesday, October 30 | 6:30 pm | $10 suggested donation

Explore spirituality through rhythms that praise using percussive instruments to elevate our souls.

Facilitated by Shai Hayo, percussionist and educator.
Sacred Chanting
Tuesday, November 6 | 6:30 pm

Sacred chant is a way of focusing that helps us enter into the holy intention of a phrase from a prayer or text. By using simple melodies and repeating sacred phrases, chanting can be a powerful tool to open our hearts, become more calm and centered and to heal ourselves.

Facilitated by Cantor Audrey Abrams.
Friday, November 9 | 8:00 am - 10:00 am | $10

Enjoy a morning of braiding challah and learning Torah with Rabbi Davis.
Participants take a fresh loaf of challah home and donate a loaf to Yad V'Lev for delivery to our members at Knollwood.

Space is limited and registration required.  
Contact for more information.
Thursdays, November 8, 15 & 29 | 10:00 am | Learning Center

The Secret of the Hebrew Letters

Join us for coffee and scones as we discover how words light up the night as we learn gematria and prepare for Chanukah.

With Rabbi Alexander Davis

Sunday, November 18 | 10:00 am | Learning Center

Beyond Polarization: Bridging the Red/Blue Divide in Communities

We may live in the most divisive time since the 1850s. In this presentation you will see how people with very different political viewpoints can come to understand one another beyond stereotypes and find common ground. Learn specific skills for talking with loved ones on the other political side and learn about the Better Angels local and national effort to show how we can have sharp political differences without denigrating and demonizing one another.

Facilited by William J. Doherty, PhD.

Wednesdays, Beginning November 28 | 7:30 - 9:00 pm | Learning Center $125

Taught by Dr. Jonathan Paradise, this 16 week course in Modern Hebrew uses songs, conversation and relevant texts to support varied learning styles and to support pronunciation, aleph bet mastery, vocabulary and comprehension.

Participation fee applies. Enrollment available HERE.

Questions? Contact
Sundays, December 2, 9 & 16 | 2:00 - 4:00 pm | $125

Culinary Tour of the Jewish Diaspora with Zehorit Heilicher and Rabbi Davis

Explore cooking techniques and recipes from the Jewish Diaspora in this three session, hands on workshop with Zehorit Heilicher combined with learning with Rabbi Davis. 

Space limited and registration required. 
Contact Liz for registration information at

March 10-13, 2019

Join Rabbi Davis on a meaningful Civil Rights Journey and tour Atlanta, Montgomery and Selma.

Tour the National Human and Civil Rights Museum; explore The Equal Justice Initiative's Legacy Museum and Lynching Memorial; walk the Edmund Pettus Bridge and more.

See the tentative trip itinerary HERE.

For more information on this meaningful experience, contact Rabbi Davis at
Spain: Discovering Jewish Past and Present 
Travel Dates | October 23 - November 1, 2019

Madrid. Toledo. Granada. Seville. Cordova. And more.
Explore Jewish Spain on an educational journey that will bring to life Spain's "Golden Age" as well as today's Jewish life. From the Alhambra palace to Flamenco dancing to Maimonides' hometown, the trip will engage our mind and our senses in the colorful tapestry of history, religion, politics and cultural arts.

Sunday, November 4 | 4:00 pm | Learning Center
We invite you to attend an informational meeting to learn more about this exciting travel opportunity.  

For more information or to RSVP for the informational meeting, contact

Mazal Tov to Ali & Josh Berdass on their 10th anniversary on October 26
Mazal Tov to Layne & Dave Rosen on their 20th anniversary on October 29

Weekly Words of Torah "Safety First!"

A few nights ago, we heard a beeping sound coming from the landing at the top of the stairs. We went and checked, and it turned out that it was the smoke detector. The battery had died and needed to be changed.   READ MORE

We gratefully acknowledge our Beth El congregants, supporters, and Women's League for providing the Kiddush & Congregational Shabbat Lunch.

All are invited to attend in the Gruman Social Hall.

Service Times
Kabbalat Shabbat 5:45 pm
Shacharit 9:00 am | Minchah 5:45 pm
Shacharit 9:00 am | Maariv 5:45 pm
Shacharit 7:00 am  | Maariv 5:45 pm
Shabbat Times
Candle Lighting  5:51 pm
Havdalah 6:58 pm
Services can be streamed by visiting:
Shabbat services this week are in the 
Fiterman Chapel.

Twin Cities Jewish Chorale Announces the 2018-2019 Season
More information HERE

Jewish Family Service of St. Paul proudly presents an original musical production Freedom Song | Wednesday, November 7 | 7:00 pm
More information HERE

JCFS and Twin Cities Jewish Film Festival proudly present a screening of My Hero Brother | November 18 | 2:00 pm | St. Paul JCC
More information HERE

Comprehensive Study of the Twin Cities Jewish Community - We're Over Due! | The Harry Kay Foundation and the Minneapolis and St. Paul Federations will be kicking off a new study in 2019 and you are invited to be involved.
More information HERE

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