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Shabbat Morning • Zoom

10 - 11 am • Saturday May 15

Davening with Rabbi Howard A Cohen

Parashat Bamidbar / פרשת בְּמִדְבַּר
Numbers 1:1-4:20

ABOUT US:

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.

Affiliation

 

We are affiliated with  Reconstructing Judaism .

 

Vision Statement

 

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    ravfirefighter@gmail.com

Our Staff

 

Susan Armstrong is our Assistant Director, managing facilities, communications,

and day-to-day operations.

 

Contact Susan:  phone 802-442-9645   cbevtoffice@gmail.com.

David Adams is our bookkeeper.

Dennis Rose provides facilities maintenance.

Our Trustees

Our Members

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.

 

Thank you!

CONTACT:

Congregation Beth El

107 Adams St. Bennington VT 05201

   phone: (802) 442-9645      

   email:  cbevtoffice@gmail.com

 

Office Hours: suspended during pandemic.

Please call or email.

 

Rabbi Howard A Cohen

    phone:  (802) 440-1023

    email:   ravfirefighter@gmail.com

 
 

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Congregation Beth El  

107 Adams Street    Bennington  VT  05201

 

Tel: 802-442-9645     Email: cbevtoffice@gmail.com

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