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Movie Night: Promises Saturday, April 19, 2014 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Movie Night: Promises

This powerful, unprecedented documentary offers a compelling, refreshing and humorous vision of the Middle East conflict through the eyes of Palestinian and Israeli children growing up in Jerusalem.

Siegel Lecture at SLU Monday, April 21, 2014 - 7:30pm - 8:30pm

Siegel Lecture at SLU

Julia Phillips Cohen, Assistant Professor of Modern Jewish History at Vanderbilt Universitywill be giving a talk entitled: Becoming Ottomans: Sephardi Jews and Imperial Citizenship in the Modern Era. Held in the Sykes Common Room at St. Lawrence University. Dessert reception to follow.

Hebrew for Beginners at SOAR Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 3:00pm - 4:00pm

Hebrew for Beginners at SOAR

Hebrew for Beginners class at SUNY Potsdam's SOAR Programs. Get a taste of modern Hebrew. This course is a gentle introduction to the language. You will get to practice greetings, introductions, and simple expressions from common everyday situations. Israeli culture and the history of modern Hebrew will form part of the discussion. Daniel ben-Avraham is a physics professor at Clarkson. Hebrew is his native language as he grew up in Israel. NOTE: Bring to class: a notebook, a pen or pencil, and a fun-loving attitude. The course will take place on April 23, 30, May 7, 14. The meetings will be 3:00-4:00 pm. 4 sessions, 1 hour each (SUNY Potsdam, Maxcy 104). Click here to register....

Yom HaShoah Speaker Sunday, April 27, 2014 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Yom HaShoah Speaker

Yom HaShoah will be commemorated with a talk sponored by the Four College Hillel and Congregation Beth El. Stay tuned for more details.  Refreshments will follow the talk.

Movie Night: The Flat Saturday, May 3, 2014 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Movie Night: The Flat

When Arnon Goldfinger's grandmother died at 98, he was charged with cleaning out her Tel Aviv apartment, where he made a shocking discovery. The filmmaker plays detective as he sorts through decades of the Holocaust survivor's letters and photos.

Kosher Deli Night! Friday, May 16, 2014 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Kosher Deli Night!

Is your mouth watering yet? Join us for a Kosher Deli Shabbat Dinner before services. Delicious smoked turkey, corned beef and pastrami brought from the finest kosher deli in Montreal. The cost of dinner is $12.00 for an all you can eat complete meal. Dinner will be followed by Shabbat evening service. To reserve a spot for the meal, email

Lag B'Omer Bonfire and Picnic Sunday, May 18, 2014 - 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

Hebrew School led Service       Friday, May 30, 2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

Hebrew School led 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.

Shavuot Hike with the Plattsburg Jewish Community Sunday, June 1, 2014 - 10:00am - 1:30pm

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 an Adirondack peak. Stay tuned for more details in the coming months...

Mitzvah Day in the JShare Garden Sunday, June 15, 2014 - 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 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.

Annual Meeting and Potluck Sunday, June 22, 2014 - 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Annual Meeting and Potluck

Join us for Beth El's Annual Board Meeting. We will be reviewing our yearly budget and successes from the previous year. Please come to share your ideas and offer input for the upcoming year. The meeting will be preceeded by a potluck lunch at 12:00 noon. Bring a salad or main dish to share. Beth El will provide dessert and drinks.

KLEZTORY at the Norwood Village Greent Sunday, June 22, 2014 - 7:00pm - 8:00pm

KLEZTORY at the Norwood Village Greent

The Canadian based klezmer group, Kleztory will be performing at the Norwood Village Green. Kleztory has played in a wide variety of Montreal venues, and during the groupÆs history they have performed over 500 concerts in Canada, USA, Belgium, Romania, Brazil, Mexico and China. Kleztory produced its first CD, entitled Kleztory û Musique Klezmer in 2001. Just year later they recorded a second CD in collaboration with I Musici de Montreal, under the direction of Yuli Turovsky, which saw international distribution on the Chandos Label in the spring of 2004.  In March 2007 they released a third CD called  Nomade. This album won them an Opus Prize in 2007 as the best Jazz/World Music album of the year in QuΘbec. In 2012 Kleztory was selected as the only Canadian participant to compete at the 3rd International Jewish Music Festival in...