Beth El Congregation

Judaism Rooted in the Desert

1118 W Glendale Ave, Phoenix AZ 85021
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News & Messages

Rabbi’s Weekly Message: Mishpatim

  • Posted on February 4, 2016

Shabbat Mishpatim – Thou Shalt not KILL?  Who says? Dear Friends, Today I had a chance to teach Parashat Hashavuah (the Torah Portion of the Week) at the Pardes Jewish Day School in Scottsdale. While it is part of the Reform Movement, many of those who attend also come from Conservative and Modern Orthodox homes, Continue Reading »

February 2016 Echo Calendar

  • Posted on February 1, 2016

February 2016 Echo

  • Posted on February 1, 2016

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Rabbi’s Weekly Message: Shabbat Yitro

  • Posted on January 28, 2016

Shabbat Yitro – Listening to ALL Advice Dear Friends, This week’s Torah portion, Yitro (Jethro) is named for Moses’ father-in-law, the Midianite priest. Its most famous passage is the Aseret Hadibrot, or Ten Commandments, that are repeated with minor variations in the Book of Deuteronomy. While most eyes are focused on Judaism’s preeminent, “Top 10 Continue Reading »

Membership Information Update and Survey

  • Posted on January 26, 2016

Dear Members, We will be printing a new Membership Directory soon, and we want to include your accurate contact information. Please click here to update your information. We have also created an Interests and Activities survey for you to indicate what you would like to participate in at Beth El. Please take the time to let Continue Reading »

Rabbi’s Weekly Message: Shabbat B’shallah

  • Posted on January 21, 2016

Shabbat B’shallah – The Song of the Sea and Sounds of Silence Dear Friends, This Sabbath is Shabbat Shirah, the Sabbath of Song, in which the liturgical readings include the Song of the Sea, the Song of Miriam, and in the Haftarah, the Song of Deborah. The most prominent song, of course, is Shirat Hayam, Continue Reading »

Rabbi’s Weekly Message: Shabbat Bo

  • Posted on January 14, 2016

Shabbat Bo – Make No Bones About It Dear Friends, The first “Shayla” (religious question) that I received as a rabbi came from someone in Lapland in Northern Sweden. I was serving as the associate rabbi in the Great Synagogue of Stockholm and one day I got a call from a Christian Laplander who wanted Continue Reading »

Rabbi’s Weekly Message: Shabbat Va-era

  • Posted on January 8, 2016

Shabbat Va-era – A Pattern of Plagues Dear Friends, This week’s Torah portion, Va-era, relates the narrative of the first seven of the ten plagues. Rabbi Michael Harris of the United Kingdom wrote an interesting D’var Torah about this subject and noted that the first nine plagues followed a fascinating pattern. Regarding the first plague Continue Reading »

Rabbi’s Weekly Message: Ya-y’hi

  • Posted on December 24, 2015

Billboard – Shabbat Va-y’hi – What makes grandchildren so grand? Dear Friends, This week we conclude the reading of the Book of Genesis with Parashatj Va-y’hi (“And he [Jacob] lived”). Interestingly, whenever the title of the Parasha contains the word “life,” it actually recounts the passing of an important biblical character. This was the case with Chaye Sarah (the “life” Continue Reading »

Letter from Beth El’s President

  • Posted on December 24, 2015
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