A Thanksgiving Update

A Thanksgiving Update from
Temple Beth Orr
President Steve Feinstein

Dear Temple Beth Orr Family,

At this season of giving thanks, we here at TBO have much to be thankful for. On behalf of the Temple Beth Orr Board of Trustees, we would like to give you a brief update on various “Happenings” here at Temple.

We are so thankful to welcome our over 100 new families. Many have jumped into temple life attending services, temple events, and participating on committees, etc. We are thrilled that we are getting to know them as they are getting to know us!

Our ECC is thriving with over 135 children and the addition of one new classroom. Religious School has 136 students. In addition, our Confirmation and Youth Groups have increased over last year and are growing.

Our fiscal financial commitment to the congregation remains strong. We have celebrated a hootin “Country Extravaganza,” a successful Kol Nidrei campaign (there is still time to give!) as well as the 29th annual Sisterhood Fashion Show where a record 245 guests attended. Wow! Plans are already underway for our fabulous “Las Vegas Night. ”

We had wonderful representation at the Union for Reform Judaism Biennial in Orlando. Our fellow congregants brought back many ideas and we shared our many successes to keep our Jewish traditions alive with energy, vigor, strength, and a caring spirit of audacious hospitality.

Getting to know Rabbi Loving has been a blessing. She has conducted herself with dignity and a spirituality that is invaluable. From the pulpit, to life cycle events to everyday endeavors with our staff, Board, volunteers, congregants, and our children she has shown that she is not only a scholarly Rabbi but a friend, mentor, and teacher. We are so thankful every day for her and are so happy she found her way to us.

On behalf of our Board, staff, and of course from my family to yours, we wish you a happy and healthy Thanksgiving and Chanukah.


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Guide to Hanukkah for Interfaith Families

Hanukkah is a holiday that commemorates the Jewish recapture and rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem in 164 BCE. It’s celebrated for eight days and usually falls in December. The traditional observances of Hanukkah are lighting a menorah, or ceremonial candelabra, spinning a top called a dreidel and eating fried foods. Though it is religiously minor, Hanukkah is a popular holiday. It’s a happy festival in the winter, so it provides what seems to be a universally needed break from the dark and cold. It’s a holiday about Jews winning a war, which is not the usual subject for a Jewish holiday. The third reason is obvious: for Jews in Christian culture, Hanukkah is the closest Jewish holiday to Christmas.  http://www.interfaithfamily.com
View a PDF of the Interfaithfamily.com Guide to Hanukkah for Interfaith Families

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