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Jewish Classical Composers?: The History of Western Music and Judaism Sunday, February 25, 2018 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Jewish Classical Composers?: The History of Western Music and Judaism

Samantha Stinson will give a talk entitled "Jewish Classical Composers?: the history of western music and Judaism." More details to follow.

Purim Carnival! Sunday, March 4, 2018 - 10:30am - 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

Children's Passover Seder Sunday, March 25, 2018 - 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.

IN SEARCH OF THE BITTER HERBS OF PASSOVER: A horticulturist's journey into the Bible Sunday, April 8, 2018 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

IN SEARCH OF THE BITTER HERBS OF PASSOVER: A horticulturist's journey into the Bible

Author and gardener Jo Ann Gardener will give a talk  entitled IN SEARCH OF THE BITTER HERBS OF PASSOVER: A horticulturist's journey into the Bible. An inspiring lecture for the Passover season. This is both a personal story of the author's return to Judaism on a backcountry farm in Canada, and the significance of her plant research for the way we understand the Bible. In an hour-long presentation, Jo Ann tells how five common weeds changed her life and led to her reading the Bible from what she calls 'the ground up.' This is an entirely new perspective that brings the pages of the ancient text to life and brings us closer to the biblical world. ...

Celebration of Jewish Music Concert: Aviva Chernick Sunday, April 15, 2018 - 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Celebration of Jewish Music Concert: Aviva Chernick

The Third Annual Festival of Jewish Music will feature the Aviva Chernick from Toronto. Whether in her new, CFMA nominated project, as the lead singer with the two-time Juno Award-nominated world music ensemble Jaffa Road, or singing the Balkan Judeo-Spanish repertoire, Aviva’s passionate voice is unforgettable. Writing, recording and touring an original combination of world music sung in Hebrew, Ladino, English and French, this multi-lingual singer collaborates with some of Canada’s best world music makers. Audiences are moved and delighted by Aviva’s authentic presence and ease on stage. Concert free and open to the public courtesy of the Williams, Jesers, Greenblatts, and Kerker families.

Hillel led Shabbat Service Friday, April 20, 2018 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Hillel led Shabbat Service

The community is invited to celebrate Shabbat with 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. Our Friday night Shabbat service will be followed by an Oneg Shabbat.

Lag B'Omer Bonfire and Picnic Sunday, May 6, 2018 - 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

Shavuot Hike in the Adirondacks Sunday, May 20, 2018 - 10:00am - 1:00pm

Shavuot Hike in the Adirondacks

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 annual Shavuot hike in the Adirondacks. Location TBD.

Ezra Williams' Bar Mitzvah Friday, May 25, 2018 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Ezra Williams' Bar Mitzvah

Please join us in celebration of Levi Williams' Bar Mitzvah. We are excited to celebrate with Ezra and his family as he is called to the Torah. Join us as we welcome him into adult Jewish community life. The Friday evening service will be followed by an Oneg. The Saturday morning service will be followed by Shabbat lunch downstairs. The oneg and lunch is hosted by the Williams family. All are welcome! Click here to RSVP for the meal by May 10th.

Ezra Williams' Bar Mitzvah Saturday, May 26, 2018 - 10:00am - 12:00pm

Ezra Williams' Bar Mitzvah

Please join us in celebration of Levi Williams' Bar Mitzvah. We are excited to celebrate with Ezra and his family as he is called to the Torah. Join us as we welcome him into adult Jewish community life. The Friday evening service will be followed by an Oneg. The Saturday morning service will be followed by Shabbat lunch downstairs. The oneg and lunch is hosted by the Williams family. All are welcome! Click here to RSVP for the meal by May 10th.

Mitzvah Day in the JShare Garden Sunday, June 3, 2018 - 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 Wear your Beth El t-shirt! Free 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.