Liturgy of the Congregation
Religious services at Temple Beth-El can be described as Traditional Reform/Liberal Conservative. As the only synagogue serving a large area with a diverse population, we strive to meet the religious needs of all our congregants. The Siddur Hadash prayer book, or on occasion, Sim Shalom, are used at weekly Friday night and monthly Saturday morning services. The Mahzor Hadash is used for the High Holidays. Two days of Rosh Hashanah are being observed. The congregation gathers by the lake for Tashlikh. A Break-the-Fast after Yom Kippur is an annual event, as is a Sukkot celebration, which includes erecting the Sukkah, a family dinner, and a service. Other holiday observances include a festive Simchat Torah service, a Hanukkah latke party, a Tu Bi-Sh'vat Seder, a Purim carnival, and a Community Seder on the second night of Pesach. An early morning Yizkor service is held at Sukkot, Passover, and Shavuot. "Havdallah" evening programs often take place at the Temple or in members' homes, including a brief Havdallah service followed by a guest speaker, a film, music or a discussion on topics of interest or on current events.
Temple Beth-El, Geneva, NY