LED Lighting Conversion Project


The CBE Adamah Committee invites you to participate in an effort with long-term benefits for the congregation and the earth. Currently we burn 65 incandescent bulbs in the sanctuary and community building, adding up to more than 2900 watts of electricity. These lights are not always on, but they burn out frequently and require significant maintenance effort -- especially the units in the high chandeliers.


By changing these incandescent bulbs to efficient long-life LEDs, we can control maintenance expenses and reduce our lighting power demand by 85% -- whether from fossil fuels, water, wind, or photovoltaic sources. We plan to replace the bulbs incrementally over the next year, so we do not waste usable existing units. The total cost of this project will be about $500.


If every member chips in for one or two bulbs,

together we can make a real difference.


  • $4 provides a candle bulb for the sanctuary walls and menorahs.

  • $5 provides a reflector bulb for the community room ceiling lights.

  • $7 provides a globe for the sanctuary chandeliers.

  • $10 provides a candle bulb for the sanctuary exterior lanterns.

  • $12 provides a spotlight for the art display track lighting.


If you prefer to contribute funds by phone, or if you have questions, 
click here:
If you want to buy-a-bulb through the CBE website,
click here:
To download a .pdf list of lighting units to be purchased, click here:

You can participate in several easy ways:


Purchase the following bulbs directly from Home Depot:


Front entrance lanterns (2 units):


Vintage Style 40W Equivalent Soft White (2200K) CA10 Candelabra Flame Tip

Dimmable LED Light Bulb 

Manufacturer: Feit Electric


Internet # 205891596

Store SKU # 1001357483

Cost: $10 each


Community Room and office ceiling lights (16 units):


WarmGlow 65W Equivalent Soft White BR30 Dimmable LED Flood Light Bulb

Manufacturer: Philips

Model # 452284

Internet # 205316274

Store SKU # 1000053086

Cost: $5 each


Sanctuary chandeliers (3 units):


60W Equivalent Warm White (3000K) G25 Dimmable Frost LED Light Bulb

Manufacturer: Feit Electric

Model # G25/650/LEDG2

Internet # 206036834

Store SKU # 1001384103

Cost: $10 each


Sanctuary chandeliers (18 units):


40W Equivalent Soft White (3000K) G25 Non-Dimmable LED Light Bulb (3-Pack)

Manufacturer: TCP

Model # RLG255W27KND3

Internet # 204499398

Store SKU # 1000025527 (available online, store inventory uncertain)

Cost: $19 (pack of 3 units)


Sanctuary wall sconces and menorahs (26 units):


25W Equivalent Soft White (2700K) B13 Decorative Medium Base

Dimmable Frosted LED Light Bulb (2-Pack) 

Manufacturer: TCP

Model # RLDT4W27KF2

Internet # 205551229

Store SKU: not available in store, must be ordered online

Cost: $8 (pack of 2 units)


Art display track lights (4 units):


50W Equivalent Soft White (3000K) MR16 Dimmable LED Flood Light Bulb

Note: more research needed for proper replacement model, look for update soon.

Cost: $12 each


Contribute funds:


  • Mail a check to CBE 107 Adams St. Bennington VT 05201.

  • Call the office at 802-442-9645 to pay by credit card. 

  • Donate online through the CBE website.


Thanks for assisting in this important community endeavor!




                                                                            Beth El Community Profile

                                                                             Alice and Alan Greenspan

                                                                      (aka Al and Al by family members)

                                                                                                                                               As told to Susan Armstrong


Alice and Alan both grew up in Perth Amboy, NJ, around the corner from one another. Al is four years her senior. When they were young, the Depression was in full force, but both considered themselves privileged because they had comfortable lifestyles, despite all the want and need throughout the country. Their families belonged to the same Conservative temple – Beth Mordechai. Alice’s father was Treasurer of the board, “forever.” Al was bar mitzvahed and tutored in Hebrew by Cantor Efron, a well known composer of liturgical music. Because bat mitzvahs were rare at that time, Alice was confirmed.

Alice had a beautiful sister, seven years her senior, named Jacquie. Alan was quick to comment that she looked like Ava Gardner. On Friday nights she would sit on the front porch and the boys would line up to talk to her. Mischievous Alice sat up in a second floor window throwing notes out to the boys. Alice said, “I grew up in the shadow of my beautiful sister.” 

When asked if anything had ever happened in their lives that changed everything, Alice immediately described a giant explosion that occurred on two barges in the Raritan River, just two blocks from her family’s home. She was talking on the phone on the second floor, wearing only a slip, when suddenly the force of the explosion blew out all the windows in the entire house, including the room where she was standing. She was covered in blood from the shattered glass and ran downstairs to see if everyone was okay. Her mother and father had both escaped injury. She threw on her new spring coat and they all ran outside. Being without shoes, she ended up with bleeding feet as well. The city was put under martial law when it was discovered that the barges that had collided were smuggling arms to Pakistan. First aid stations were set up and Alice was able to receive the necessary care. Her brand new spring coat was ruined by the blood, but her mother dyed it blue and solved the problem.

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Both Alan and Alice attended Jewish summer camps, Alice in Monterey, MA and Al at Camp Kiowa in Honesdale, PA. They each had dogs in their families and remain dog lovers to this day. They attended local Perth Amboy schools until Al was sent away to a private school, as his mother wanted to shield him from his father’s illness. He attended the George School in Newtown, PA, founded by Quakers. Two of his classmates were Stephen Sondheim and Blythe Danner. Al tells the story that Oscar Hammerstein’s son, Jimmy, was also a student there. Stephen had written some music for a class play, and Oscar Hammerstein himself just happened to be in the audience. And so began Sondheim’s brilliant musical career. The Greenspans attended Sondheim’s play, "Applause," on Broadway years later, and Stephen was in the audience. Al went over to say hello and was greeted by name immediately. It was impressive to be remembered after all those years.


In his teen years, Alan sported a pompadour hair style a la Elvis. Walking by Alice’s house one day, he saw her outside. Al flipped her a nickel and said, “Call me when you’re 16.” What a move! He went off to Washington University, then on to graduate school at Northwestern, where he earned a degree in Macroeconomics. Next Al served in the 101st Airborne Division and fought in North Korea. After putting up with freezing conditions in that country, he was sent to Oklahoma City, where he roasted. There Al taught combat intelligence – how to interrogate prisoners. By this time, both he and Alice had married other people and each had three girls of their own.


Al had a sterling career on Wall Street with Rothchild & Co., Oppenheimer & Co. and was a Senior Vice President at Morgan Stanley. For years he oversaw the NYC Pension Fund, where he was tasked with foreseeing the economic future. Alice owned a successful interior design company, all the while raising her girls. In fact, she has an assignment right now to design the interior of a home in Burlington. Her creativity never stops.


They had not seen each other for twenty one years, but their parents had their fingers crossed that the two would re-connect, because each was getting a divorce. As soon as they saw each another, Al said, “We know each other well. Let’s get married.” But Alice gave him a hard time. She resisted until they finally wed eleven months later. Together they raised their daughters and shared their common interest in mountain climbing. They even traveled to New Zealand, where they scaled some of mountains in the Southern Alps and hiked the Greenstone Track out of Queensland.


It has now been forty seven years that Alice and Alan have been married. Their families have melded together – all six girls. They have thirteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren. They have remained happily together for over half of their lives.


They moved permanently to Wilmington, VT in 2003, after having spent years coming up to to Mt. Snow from New Jersey with their family to ski. In 1999 they began their association with Congregation Beth El. Al volunteered to manage the CBE investment funds over ten years ago and has done a stellar job. Alice is a trustee on the Board of Directors. We are indeed fortunate that the Greenspans continue to enrich our congregation.