April 27, 2018 - 12 Iyar, 5778
Worship  Services 
פרשת אחרימות-קדשים
Torah: Leviticus 16:1 - 20:27
Haftarah: Amos 9:7 - 9:15

Friday, April 27, 2018
5:30 PM K'Tantan Shabbat and Dinner. 
A worship service and Shabbat dinner designed for families with very  young children. Songs, games and crafts to learn all about Shabbat.
7:00 PM Shabbat Service. Oneg sponsored by the grandparents of Rebecca Rainey  in honor of her becoming Bat Mitzvah.

Saturday, April 28, 2018
9:00 AM Torah Study
10:30 AM Shabbat Service and Bat Mitzvah of Rebecca Rainey, daughter of Neal Rainey and the late Stephanie Rainey of blessed memory, and stepdaughter of Alyssa Rainey.
New!  May Shofar
In This Issue 
  • Rabbi Howard Voss-Altman: "A Visit to the Lower East Side" 2
  • Worship 3
  • Lag BaOmer/Shavuot 4
  • Braude Library 5
  • Sisterhood 6
  • Brotherhood 7
  • Upcoming Events 8-17
  • B'nei Mitzvah 18
  • In Our Family 19
  • In Memoriam 23
  • Donations 20-22
  • Leadership & Staff 23
Message from  Rabbi Howard Voss-Altman

In this week's Torah portion, Acharei Mot-Kedoshim, the high priest, Aaron, performs a ritual involving two goats. Aaron takes one goat and sacrifices it at the tabernacle as a sin offering; a demonstration to God that we are atoning for whatever transgressions we may have committed. Then, Aaron takes the other goat and sends it away into the wilderness. This second goat is traditionally referred to as a "scapegoat," who carries our sins away so that we will be rid of them.

Friday, April 27, 2018 at 5:30 PM

K'Tantan is a wonderful way to celebrate Shabbat and Holidays with children aged newborn to 5. We gather for joyful singing and community dinner.
All are welcome

Salve Regina University, Ochre Court, Newport, RI
Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 3:00 PM
" To Bigotry No Sanction: An American Jewish Cantata"

Cantor Judy Seplowin, Soloist  Cantor Jonathan Comisar has composed a 12-minute cantata, an expansive  combination of Hebrew, hymn and colonial music based on Washington's "Letter to the Hebrew Congregation of Newport, Rhode Island." 

Tickets are  $8 for general,  $5 for students and senior citizens.  Call 401-341-2295 This performance is made possible by the generosity of The Dorothy and Jay Isenberg.

Outreach Program
Sunday, April 29, 2018 
10:00 AM-1:00 PM

End Hunger RI Food Packaging event -Volunteer as part of a unique food packaging assembly line, preparing delicious, nutritious meals such as a rice-vegetable casserole, rice and beans, and pasta and cheese - all fortified with soy protein, nutrients, and vitamins. The individual packages are carefully heat-sealed to ensure freshness of its contents.

We then box the meals, which are distributed to local agencies and food pantries.

The Cantor's Couch
The Cantor's Couch
Saturday, April 28, 2018 at  7:30 PM at Temple Sinai, Cranston, RI

"The Cantor's Couch" (book by Mark Bieler) is a journey through real-life stories growing up
in the 1950's in Borough Park, Brooklyn.  The son of a loving deli owner and an overbearing mother, Cantor Mendelson paints a picture of a bygone day in Jewish America when Jews would flock to synagogue to hear the golden voices of cantors as if it were a concert hall. 
Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Howard 
Rabbi Howard Voss-Altman presents: "The Book of Job"
Wednesdays: May 2, 9, 16
Silverstein Meeting Hall, 12:00-1:00 PM

Join Rabbi Howard in an exhilarating dive into the biblical text
that continues to fascinate and confound us. We will explore
the book's major themes, including why we seek justice, why
the innocent suffer, and whether or not God cares about our

We will be live streaming  this class, allowing participation from anywhere with a PC or tablet links below.

Time: May 2, 2018 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Every Wednesday thru May 16, 2018
May 2, 2018 12:00 PM
May 9, 2018 12:00 PM
May 16, 2018 12:00 PM

Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.
Weekly:  Add to calendar  Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: Click here to join the meeting

Or Telephone:  Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): 
US: +1 646 876 9923 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 408 638 0968
Meeting ID: 553 826 642
Spring Planting at Temple beth-El
Please detach and return with your check payable to Temple Beth-El by May 20, 2018

The Temple's Cemetery Committee is once again offering a service to plant geraniums and impatiens at the gravesites of your loved ones. The cost for the planting is $12 per geranium and $12 per six-pack of impatiens. We offer a choice of red geraniums, or white impatiens. Geraniums are best in sunny locations, impatiens in partial sun. Impatiens are recommended if the gravesite is completely shady. Our staff will plant the annuals before June 15th, water and groom the plants throughout the summer and early autumn.

Temple Beth-El with Pride
Ragtime at Trinity Rep with a D iscussion  Panel on May 10, 2018
Tony Award-winning musical 
Ragtime on May 3, 2018 
7:00 PM at Trinity Rep 
$40 per ticket.

We are proud to partner with Context & Conversation for Ragtime, which will feature a wide range of community members, including Rabbi Howard Voss-Altman, in discussion about themes of identity, opportunity, and justice as they pertain to Doctorow's story, set at the turn of the 20th century, as well as today.

Discussion Panel
 May 10, 2018 7:00 PM
COST: Free, wine and light snacks provided

To Register go to: 
or call Temple Beth-El,  401-331-6070 
Limited number of tickets available.
Teacher Appreciation Talent Show
  If you play a musical instrument, sing, dance, tell jokes, juggle, recite poetry, or whatever, we want you to share your gift on May 4th after our Teacher Appreciation Shabbat. What better way to thank our teachers than for you, their students, to perform for them!?

Please RSVP to Cantor Judy at jseplowin@temple-beth-el.org
or 401-331-6070 X118.
Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition 

Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty Conference May 9, 2018 
Keynote Speaker, Rev. Traci Blackmon,  Executive Minister of Justice & Local Church Ministries for The United Church of Christ and Senior Pastor of Christ The King United Church of Christ in Florissant, MO.  READ MORE..

The day's workshops will focus on:
  • Housing is a Human Right
  • Caring for our Children
  • Race and Poverty
163rd  Rosalea E.  And Newton B. Cohn Annual Meeting
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May 23, 2018 at 7:00 PM

We will be honoring Judy Seplowin as she celebrates her chai (18th) year as Cantor of Temple Beth-El. Beginning at 7:00 PM, the evening will feature vocal selections from both the Beth-El professional and volunteer choirs, and instrumental music played by the Hallelu musicians. 

The Committee to Honor Cantor Seplowin - Lisa Brosofsky, Marcy Cohen, Diane Ducoff, Amy Goldstein, Amy Green, Nina Insler and Rochelle Rosen - are planning a festive celebration as well as a Tribute Book to honor Cantor Seplowin. Watch your mail for your invitation and ways in which you can help acknowledge our wonderful Cantor.

For more information, contact Ruby Shalansky 401-331-6070 or rshalansky@temple-beth-el.org.
Find help at Rhode Island's first Memory Café
Providence Memory Café is an opportunity for both caregivers and individuals living with memory loss to come
together for interactive and therapeutic activities in an encouraging monthly support group.

To RSVP or learn more, call  Lauren Yany at 401-275-0682.
Providence Memory Café
Temple Beth El
70 Orchard Avenue
Providence, RI 02906

Every Third Thursday  of the Month (starting on June 21)
1:00 to 2:30 PM
Parking will be available.
Shabbat Hallelu, K'tantan & Family Shabbat Dinner
Family Shabbat Dinner 
Friday, May 4, 2018
6:00 PM Dinner- Silverstein Meeting Hall 
7:00 PM Service-  Fain Sanctuary

Please join us for a very special family Shabbat dinner and worship service led
by our Pre-K thru 1st grade students.

Menu: chicken schnitzel, rice, salad, gluten free vegetarian option

Registered LYG Religious School families: dinner is included in your tuition.
To sign-up online go to:  Click here!

Friday, May 11, 2018 at 5:30 PM

K'Tantan is a wonderful way to celebrate Shabbat and Holidays with children aged newborn to 5.We gather for joyful singing and community dinner.

All are welcome!

Shabbat Hallelu
Light refreshments and sangria served 
at 6:30 PM. Services at 7:00 PM 

Friday, May 18, 2018 85th High School Graduation

Experience the joy of Shabbat with Cantor Judy Seplowin and the Hallelu Band as we open the doors to worship through musical presentation and congregational singing. 

Food sponsored by the Benefactors Fund
9th Annual Golf Tournament &  Summer  Celebration
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Monday, July 23, 2018
Temple Beth-El 
9th Annual Golf Tournament & Summer Celebration
Kirkbrae Country Club
Proceeds benefit the Rabbi Leslie Yale Gutterman Religious School

25 Foursomes will get the opportunity to golf on the beautiful Kirkbrae course.
Enjoy an afternoon on the tennis courts with clinics offered by Club Pro.
Set up your mah jongg, canasta or bridge group to play in the beautiful cardrooms.  Kids have a pool and game party.

Unable to golf, play tennis or cards? You can still enjoy the festivities by joining us for cocktails and dinner and participating in silent and live auctions!
Kids have their own dinner and movie party!

Call or email Ruby Shalansky to sign up or for more info:
Temple Beth-El Adult Israel trip
Learn about our TBE Adult Israel trip
May 30, 2018, 7:00 PM

* Performance of the "Na Lagaat" Blind-Deaf Theater Group
* Encounter with Ethiopian Jews in their home
* "Shuk & Cook" Program in the Macheneh Yehuda Market
* Visit to BioBee - a leader in innovative and organic agritech
* Security Briefing by former IDF officer on the Golan Heights and Syrian Border
* Art & Kabbalah Program in the Mystical City of Zefat
* Masada and the Dead Sea
* Historical and Modern sites in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv

For more information contact Rabbi Sarah Mack
Sisterhood/Brotherhood Upcoming Events

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Annual Meeting, Dinner and Board of Directors Installation
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 6:30 PM in the Silverstein Meeting Hall. RSVP by May 4 to Jenn in the Temple office, at (401) 331-6070, or to Marcy Cohen at  Email

Spring Bake Sale
Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 9:45 AM  to 1:00 PM., in the Temple lobby. We encourage you to bring baked goods and your sweet tooth to Temple that day to help with our fundraiser!

For all information on Sisterhood events & news, please visit us on the web  http://www.temple-beth-el.org/community/sisterhood
Brotherhood Breakfast 
Sunday, April 22, 2018 9:00 AM
with Deputy Consul General of Israel in Boston, Matan Zamir as guest speaker.

May 12, 2018 at 7:00 PM
"Charles Lindenbaum Person  of the Year" Event
will include the 2018 Installation of Officers, as well as 
th e presentation of scholarships to three outstanding Religious School graduates.  Mel Blake is our 2018 recipient. He  is a former
president of Temple Beth-El, a Board Member, and major volunteer for all Brotherhood events and charities. 

For all information on Brotherhood events & news please  visit us on the web  http://www.temple-beth-el.org/community/brotherhood
Community Events
Combatants for Peace
Sunday, April 29, 2018 at 4:00 PM
Is there a non-violent path  for Israelis and Palestinians?

Combatants for Peace is an organization of former Israeli and Palestinian
fighters who have laid down their weapons, choosing to work together for peace and justice. 
Jewish Community Center of Rhode Island  401 Elmgrove Avenue, Providence 02906

Dining  for Women
Thursday, May 17, 2018 Registration and Refreshments 
(including Syrian treats!): 6 to 6:30 PM
Presentations and Q&As: 6:30-7:30

Central Congregational Church, 296 Angell Street, Providence
Dining for Women is the world's largest educational giving circle.
We fund grassroots organizations that empower women and girls
and promote gender equity in the developing world.

Rhode Island Goes to Israel October 15 - 23, 2018
This trip is open to everyone.
Cost: $4,000* per person (based on double occupancy)  READ MORE

For more information, including trip highlights, travel and tourism videos, tentative itinerary, and application, visit