May 4, 2018 - 19 Iyar, 5778
Worship  Services 
פרשת אמור
Torah: Leviticus 21:1 - 24:23
Haftarah: Ezekiel 44:15 - 44:31

Friday, May 4, 2018
6:00 PM Family Shabbat Dinner. Oneg and Shabbat dinner sponsored by the Shuster family in honor of Evan becoming a Bar Mitzvah.
7:00 PM Family Shabbat Service and Teacher Appreciation. Led by the RLYGRS Pre-K thru First Grade. Join us as we celebrate our teachers.

Saturday, May 5, 2018
9:00 AM Torah Study
10:30 AM Shabbat Service and Bar Mitzvah of Evan Shuster, son of Sandra and Jim Shuster
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 Sarah Mack

This week's Torah portion sets out the calendar for the whole Jewish year from Passover, Sukkot and Shavuot to Shabbat. Why are there so many holy days? The Jewish tradition reminds us not to travel through time casually. Life moves quickly, often at a pace that precludes introspection and understanding.


Final Family Shabbat Dinner & Service
Friday May 4, 2018

We are excited for our last Family Shabbat Dinner & Service in honor of our Faculty with help from students in PreK-Grade 1. Be sure to email Jenn with your RSVP as we are expecting a large turnout and want to insure there is enough food!  Thank you to the Shuster Family for sponsoring our dinner in honor of Evan's Bar Mitzvah!

Menu:  chicken schnitzel, rice, salad, gluten free vegetarian option
Registered LYG Religious School families: dinner is included in your tuition.
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.

Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition 
Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition to Reduce Poverty Conference
Wednesday , 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
  • Fair Wages - Fair Employment 

Buy tickets

Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Howard 
Rabbi Howard Voss-Altman presents: "The Book of Job"
Wednesdays: May 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.

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
163rd  Rosalea E.  And Newton B. Cohn Annual Meeting
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. 

For more information, contact Ruby Shalansky 401-331-6070 or
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 & Pride
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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
Friday, May 18, 2018 
Light refreshments and sangria served 
at 6:30 PM.  Services at 7:00 PM 

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
Temple Beth-El with Pride
Saturday, June 16, 2018
12:00-6:00 PM

Join Temple Beth-El at RI Pride 2018 
South Water St., along the Providence River Waterfront.

Interested in volunteering? Contact Judith Gilson
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
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:
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

For all information on Sisterhood events & news, please visit us on the web

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.  Full details

For all information on Brotherhood events & news please  visit us on the web
Community Events
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