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Parashat Vayeshev - dvar Torah by Rabbi Howard A Cohen
Prayer of Gratitude from the Lakota Sioux Nation
Jan. 9: New date CBE Annual Meeting
Hanukkah menorah photos, stories, recipes
Support for Brattleboro Area Jewish Community sponsorship of Afghan refugee family
Empty Bowls appeal for those in need
A bit of "light" Hanukkah musical humor
Shabbat Morning Service
with Jane Kauffman
D'var Torah by Rabbi Howard A Cohen
Parashat Vayeshev / פָּרָשַׁת וַיֵּשֶׁב
Torah Portion: Genesis 37:1-40:23
10 am • Saturday, November 27
Masks are highly recommended for everyone.
Masks are required if you are not vaccinated.
Practicing safe distancing is highly recommended.
A Time to Share the Light
Call for Hanukkah Menorahs, Stories, Recipes
The first night of Hanukkah is Sunday, Nov. 28!
The mitzvah of Hanukkah is to share the miracle by lighting the Hanukkah menorah and displaying the light. Send a photo of your Hanukkah menorah, and feel free to include a short story to go with the photos, and/or share your favorite Hanukkah recipe. They will be added to the CBE website.
Let's share the Hanukkah light!
Areas We Serve
Beth El serves a broad geographic area including southwestern Vermont, northern Berkshire County in Massachusetts, and eastern Rensselaer and Washington counties in New York. Click Contact to see a map of our location.
We are affiliated with Reconstructing Judaism .
Congregation Beth El is a diverse and welcoming Jewish community, balancing traditional Jewish core strengths and values with a forward-looking perspective that respects our ever-evolving culture.
Building on an inherited congregational history dating back to 1909, Congregation Beth El looks to its history and roots for inspiration, while forging multiple paths for its members to address and express their Jewish identity.
Programs and activities that appeal to a wide range of congregants, opportunities to socialize with our geographically dispersed membership, and responsible financial stewardship are actions which will carry Congregation Beth El onward through a sustainable and secure second century.
Rabbi Emeritus Howard A Cohen
Rabbi Howard A Cohen, was our first full time rabbi in over 20 years when he came to the community in 1994. In 2006 he retired from full time pulpit work to pursue other interests. Currently, Howard is also the part time rabbi of Shirat Hayam, another small congregation located on Boston's South Shore, and the deputy chief (retired) of the Bennington Fire Department.
Contact Rabbi Cohen: voice/text 802-440-1023 email@example.com
Susan Armstrong is our Assistant Director, managing facilities, communications,
and day-to-day operations.
Contact Susan: phone 802-442-9645 firstname.lastname@example.org.
David Adams is our bookkeeper.
Dennis Rose provides facilities maintenance.
Click to meet some of our members through interviews
and stories lovingly collected by Susan Armstrong.
Wendy Klein-Faller, President
Diana Gradus, Vice President
Andrea Kolbe, Vice President
Karen Levin, Treasurer
Ellie Roden, Secretary
Scott Burg, Trustee
Stuart Duboff, Trustee
Alice Greenspan, Trustee
Spencer Jarrett, Trustee
Jeff Teitel, Trustee
Sarah Travis, Trustee
Congregation Beth El is an inclusive community for individuals and families. Our members have followed a wide variety of paths: some were raised Jewish, some are unfamiliar with the synagogue or the liturgy, while others are part of an inter-faith family. All are welcome.
We believe that Judaism requires a community, and it is as part of a community that we can best express and develop our spiritual paths.
Congregation Beth El depends on both dues and donations to maintain its home and provide and expand its wide range of services. We provide Jewish education, cultural and educational programming, and outreach for members and the wider community of all incomes and age groups.
It is traditional to provide donations not just during the High Holidays, but also to commemorate life-cycle events such as births and birthdays, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, weddings and anniversaries and Yahrzeits. We are grateful to all those who have given so generously.
Our secure online donation / contribution portal allows you to make a paperless payment by credit card, Paypal, or electronic transfer from your bank.
Congregation Beth El
107 Adams St. Bennington VT 05201
phone: (802) 442-9645
9:30 am - 2:30 pm Monday thru Thursday
Rabbi Howard A Cohen
phone: (802) 440-1023