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Movie Night: Brothers      Saturday, February 13, 2016 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Movie Night: Brothers

Two brothers that are unalike in every way, except for the fact they are both Jewish, meet again in Israel after years of silence. Dan chooses to work on the land, living in a kibbutz in the south of Israel. Aaron is a doctor of law and philosophy and a distinguished scholar of the Torah, who comes to Jerusalem to defend the rights of Torah students.. Free popcorn and drinks served.

Talk on Abayudaya, Ugandan Jewish Community Sunday, February 28, 2016 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Talk on Abayudaya, Ugandan Jewish Community

Holly Moskowitz will be giving a talk and slide show presentation on her work with the Abayudaya Jewish communtiy in Uganda. Come hear more about this unique Jewish community and Holly's experience. Refreshments served.

Purim Carnival! Sunday, March 20, 2016 - 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

Hillel led Shabbat Service Friday, April 1, 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.

Kosher Wine Tasting     Sunday, April 10, 2016 - 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, April 17, 2016 - 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 so that we have enough for all.

Celebration of Jewish Music Concert: Sephardic Band Asefa Sunday, April 17, 2016 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Celebration of Jewish Music Concert: Sephardic Band Asefa

Join our first annual Celebration of Jewish Music with Sephardic Band Asefa from New York City. This band encompasses sytles from North African , Arabic, and  worldwide Jewish traditions. Band leader, Samuel Thomas is also founder and executive director of JATM (Jewish Awareness Though Music). The bands currently performs worldwide and is coming to Potsdam thanks to the generous donations of the Kerkers, Williams, Greenblatts, and Jesers.

Yom HaShoah Event Sunday, May 1, 2016 - 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Yom HaShoah Event

Yom Hashoah Event, more details to follow...

Kosher Deli Night! Friday, May 13, 2016 - 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 22, 2016 - 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

Memorial Service for Judith Glasser Sunday, May 29, 2016 - 2:00pm - 3:00pm

Memorial Service for Judith Glasser

More info to follow...

Mitzvah Day in the JShare Garden Sunday, June 5, 2016 - 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 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.

Shavuot Hike in the Adirondacks Saturday, June 18, 2016 - 11:00am - 3:00pm

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 own hike up Mt. Joe in Lake Placid. Meet us at the trailhead at 11am.. RSVP so we bring enough gorp!