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Purim Carnival! Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Purim Carnival!

The Hebrew School welcomes the entire community to join us for our annual Purim Carnival! Come hear the story of heroic Queen Esther and how she saved the Jewish people against the evil Hamen! We will have storytelling, music, holiday crafts, games, treats and prizes! Make hamenstashen! Come dressed in costume join the fun! RSVP to info@potsdamsynagogue.org

Filmmaker Talk and Film Showing: Blue Tattoo Sunday, March 8, 2015 - 7:00pm - 9:00pm

Filmmaker Talk and Film Showing: Blue Tattoo

Blue Tattoo is a documentary film that relates how folksinger/songwriter Joe Crookston and Holocaust survivor Dina Jacobson came together to form a unique friendship with a common sense of purpose. After meeting Dina at her home, Joe crafted the song Blue Tattoo based on her life experiences. Dina and Joe have worked to bring a greater understanding of the Holocaust to this and future generations. Together they have touched thousands of people. The film made its triumphant debut at the Buffalo International Jewish Film Festival in 2014 and is being screened at a number of festival,  educational and cultural entities in the US and Canada this year. For more information and to view a trailer of the film please go to...

Hebrew School led Shabbat Service      Friday, March 13, 2015 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Hebrew School led Shabbat Service

Join a special Shabbat Service led by the children in the Beth El Hebrew School! Our wonderful Hebrew School teachers have been helping to prepare the children for synagogue leadership. We hope you will come out in support of the children and celebrate Shabbat with the community. Oneg will follow services.

Kosher Wine Tasting     Sunday, March 22, 2015 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Kosher Wine Tasting

Join us for a sampling of kosher wines just in time for Passover. Back by popular demand, Holly Moskowitz will be organizing this fun and spirited kosher wine tasting at the synagogue! Join us for an afternoon of wine, cheese, and socializing! Free for Beth El Members and Four College Hillel students with ID. $5.00 for the general public.

Children's Passover Seder Sunday, March 29, 2015 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Children's Passover Seder

Join the Beth El Hebrew School for a children's Passover Seder. We will be using a Family Haggadah to tell the story of the Jewish Exodus form Egypt and rejoice in our celebration of freedom. Children will also enjoy matzah pizza and chocolate covered matzah during our seder meal! RSVP at info@potsdamsynagogue.org so that we have enough for all.

Four College Hillel Shabbat Dinner Friday, April 10, 2015 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Four College Hillel Shabbat Dinner

The community is invited to share fallafel & salad with students from the Four College Hillel. Please come to meet and greet the local Jewish college student community as they lead us in a Friday night service. Pizza, salad and dessert will be served at 6:00pm. Dinner will be followed by our Friday night Shabbat service.

Yom HaShoah Speaker: Eva Kuper Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Yom HaShoah Speaker: Eva Kuper

Guest speaker Eva Kuper from Montreal is a child survivor from Warsaw with a compelling story that has been made into a film. Born at the start of WW II in Warsaw Poland, Eva survived the war by a series of miraculous events involving luck, coincidence and the courage and faith of several individuals, both family members and virtual strangers. She emigrated to Canada with her family in 1949 where she grew up "practically Canadian" with the history of the Holocaust always there in the background.

Lag B'Omer Bonfire and Picnic Sunday, May 10, 2015 - 11:00am - 1:00pm

Lag B'Omer Bonfire and Picnic

Lag B'Omer honors the time between the physical emancipation from Egypt during Passover and the spiritual liberation of receiving the Torah at Mount Sinai on Shavuot.  At Beth El, we celebrate the holiday Israeli-style with a bonfire, toasted marshmellows, archery and games! The Melman family will be hosting the event at their home. Click here for directions Google Map. RSVP at info@potsdamsynagogue.org

Levi Williams' Bar Mitzvah Friday, May 22, 2015 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Levi Williams' Bar Mitzvah

Please join us in celebration of Levi Williams' Bar Mitzvah. We are excited to celebrate with Levi and his family as he is called to the Torah. Join us as we welcome him into adult Jewish community life. The services on Friday will be followed by an Oneg. Saturday morning service will be followed by Shabbat lunch downstairs. Oneg and lunch are hosted by the Williams family. All are welcome! Please RSVP for the meals to info@potsdamsynagogue.org.

Levi Williams' Bar Mitzvah Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 10:00am - 1:30pm

Levi Williams' Bar Mitzvah

Please join us in celebration of Levi Williams' Bar Mitzvah. We are excited to celebrate with Levi and his family as he is called to the Torah. Join us as we welcome him into adult Jewish community life. The services on Friday will be followed by an Oneg. Saturday morning service will be followed by Shabbat lunch downstairs. Oneg and lunch are hosted by the Williams family. All are welcome! Please RSVP for the meals to info@potsdamsynagogue.org.

Shavuot Hike with the Plattsburg Jewish Community Sunday, June 7, 2015 - 11:00am - 3:00pm

Shavuot Hike with the Plattsburg Jewish Community

The Potsdam and Plattsburg Jewish communities will join together for a service and hike led by Rabbi Kari Tuling from Plattsburg. Come celebrate the anniversary of the day G-d gave the Torah to the entire nation of Israel assembled at Mount Sinai. We will be celebrating this pilgramage holiday with our own hike up Mt. Joe in Lake Placid. Meet us at the trailhead at 11am.. Rabbi Tuling will conduct a service at the summit. RSVP so we bring enough gorp!

Mitzvah Day in the JShare Garden Sunday, June 14, 2015 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Mitzvah Day in the JShare Garden

We’ll be participating in the Potsdam J Share Project. J Share grows organic vegetables for needy families and food banks in the North Country. No gardening experience needed! Come help and join the fun! RSVP to info@potsdamsynagogue.org Free Beth El t-shirts and snacks for volunteers!

To get to the garden -- drive to Lehman Park, which is located on the Raquette River a bit south of town.  As you drive south on 56 past SUNY, look for Akwesasne Drive.  Take that right and drive all the way down to the parking lot and the river. Walk along the river's edge, upstream (south; there is a path - go first through a field, then through the woods).  The garden is in the second field that you come to.