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Beth-El at the Diamond.

By Damien Timms, Executive Director

Shalom and Chag Sameach to you all.

It has been a busy time at Temple Beth-El with a full High Holy Days programs and so much more happening.
Our renovation – “Building for the Next 90” – continues and we see the finish line off in the distance.
While there have been some supply issues that have caused our Renovation to go longer than planned, we are so pleased with how it is progressing.
This will be a build that will provide a new gathering space, secure facilities and technology, and revitalized worship spaces.
This was a project needed doing, and we are so proud of its’ progress.
Our Men’s Club had a busy month!
Firstly, with a social day at the Diamond that was well attended with lots of good cheer.
Then, with our annual building of the Sukkah in preparation for Sukkot.
Thank you to Men’s Club who continue to be such an important and engaged part of our TBE Family.
Then came the big event – our 2023 / 5784 High Holy Days. Held in our renovated Sanctuary, we had a big turnout with lots of big smiles.
For some who had not been in our renovated Sanctuary, there were lots of “oooh’s and ahhhhh’s.”
Beth-El is grateful for the presence of our Guest High Holy Day Hazzan – Cantor David Childs – who brought so much to our services.
His amazing voice, gentle presence and enthusiastic nature was a delight on the bimah.
From Rosh Hashanah, to Tashlich at Deep Run Park, to the multiple Family Services, then to the culmination of Yom Kippur.
Then to the joy of multiple Hakafot as we held and danced with our Torah scrolls to the amazing sounds of our TBE Underground Band.

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It was a High Holy Day season at TBE that left everyone enriched, happy, centered, and ready for the year ahead.
Thank you to ALL our amazing volunteers who raised their hands and stepped up and stepped in to assist in so many areas.
You are the lifeblood of TBE, and we could not do it without you.
We had a record attendance of guest tickets this year as we opened our doors to all at no cost.
It was so pleasing to see so many young faces, families, and new faces attending this year.
Our usual TBE warm welcome was on hand thanks to our brilliant Volunteer Ushers.
As I write this, I am cognizant that I am writing of celebrations that took place as Israel was again battered by rockets and violence.
My prayers and blessings are with the people of Israel, and I hope for a quick end to hostilities and a resumption of the road to peace.
May the memories of those lost forever be a blessing for their families and loved ones.
Am Yisrael Chai.
I wish you all a blessed, meaningful, joyful, safe, and secure 5784.
May HaShem bless you always.
Damien Timms.