This past year we were able to reach a new generation of young people and adults, sharing important lessons about the Holocaust. We are teaching school children and teens constructive ways to non-violently stand up against hate and intolerance in our society today. We are making a lasting impact and helping to build stronger relations with the local and regional interfaith community. The work in which we are engaged has never been more important (more…)
At Temple Beth Israel, we draw on our proud history to fashion rituals that are authentic, progressive, meaningful and provocative. We welcome everyone. You need not be Jewish or read Hebrew. Just bring an open heart.
We create a safe and supportive environment in which to contemplate our place in the universe and consider whether we are living up to our expectations and values. We do this with a unique blend of traditional prayers, contemporary poetry, old and new songs, lessons and ideas. And this year, on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, we warmly welcome the Reverend Jonathan Chapman, pastor at the Westfield Congregational Church as our guest speaker.
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our dear friend and founder, Ray Gawendo. Ray died on Tuesday, April 3 in Norwich, Connecticut. She was 103 years old. Ray was a proud supporter and adviser of the Preservation Society. We will miss her. (more…)