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Simchat Torah Service & the Beth El Band Friday, October 28, 2016 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Simchat Torah Service & the Beth El Band

Join the Beth El Band for our Simchat Torah Serivce with flag waving, marching and munching. Come mark the end of Sukkot and rejoice in the Torah! Simchat Torah celebrates the conclusion of the annual cycle of Torah readings and the begining of a new cycle. Bring the kids for this joyful celebration!

Documentary and Discussion with the Unitarian Community Sunday, October 30, 2016 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Documentary and Discussion with the Unitarian Community

DEFYING THE NAZIS: THE SHARPS' WAR, a documentary by Ken Burns and
Artemis Joukowsky, tells the story of an American Unitarian minister and his wife who undertook missions to save political dissidents and Jewish refugees from the Nazis.  This fillm will be shown on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 7:00 p.m.   Congregants from the Unitarian-Universalist Canton Church of Canton will join us in the viewing of the film.  UU Minister, Rev. James Galasinski will lead a discussion following showing of the film.

Festival of Sacred Music and Text Sunday, November 6, 2016 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Festival of Sacred Music and Text

The Festival of Sacred Music and Text brings together Potsdam’s many faiths to share sacred music and readings with one another and with the community. It is a unique celebration of the mutual respect and cooperation experienced among religious groups in Potsdam including Congregation Beth El.  This year's event will be held at First Presbyterian Church in Potsdam. Admission to the festival is free, and a reception will follow the concert.

Hillel led Shabbat Service Friday, December 2, 2016 - 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 sponsored by former Four College Hillel student, Andrew Fund and his family.

Food Festival Sunday, December 4, 2016 - 11:00am - 4:00pm

Food Festival

Save the date!  Beth El's annual Food Festival will be held on Sunday, December 4th from 11am-4pm.  Breads and Pastries from a kosher Montreal Bakery!   Beth El prepared blintzes, latkes, falafel, soups, hummus, and lots more to eat in or take out!  Gift Shop items for sale, including jewelry, books, decorations, and holiday accessories.  Tell you friends and co-workers!  Let's make this the BIGGEST Food Festival in Beth El's History!

Children's Chanukah Party Sunday, December 18, 2016 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Children's Chanukah Party

All children in the community are invited to celebrate Hanukkah with the Hebrew School! There will be games, holiday treats and fun had by all. We hope you will be able to join us! Please RSVP to

Latka Kiddush Friday, December 23, 2016 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Latka Kiddush

Join us for our annual latke kiddush following services! Join us in welcoming this festive holiday!

Tu B'Shevat Seder Sunday, February 12, 2017 - 11:00am - 12:00pm

Tu B'Shevat Seder

Please join us in celebrating the New Year for the Trees! Tu B’Shevat is a time in Israel when the rains have fallen and the blossoms begin to appear on the almond trees and we pray for a healthy harvest. In contemporary life, Tu B’Shevat is thought of as a Jewish “Earth Day.” Tu B’Shevat is an opportunity for Jews to address global environmental concerns as a community. The holiday offers reflection on being responsible stewards of the earth through Jewish spiritual teachings. Join us for this meal of organic, traditional foods! RSVP  so that we have enough for all!