Saturday, September 20 A special evening of music with Michael Hunter Ochs at 8:00 p.m., followed by Selichot service at 9:30 p.m. Click Selichot for more information.  Read More →

As the High Holy Days approach, you may be interested in a new book from Jewish Lights Publishing to which Rabbis Dennis and Sandy Sasso have contributed — All the World: Universalism, Particularism and the High Holy Days. This fifth volume of the Prayers of Awe series edited by Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman has almost 40 contributors from across the Jewish world. To find out more or to  purchase a copy of the book directly from Jewish Lights, visit:    Read More →

Personalized music brings joy, soothes agitation, and brings back special memories–even to those with advanced dementia and depression. Congregation Beth-El Zedeck Men’s Club is seeking donations of new or used iPods and iPhones as well as iTunes gift cards. They will be used in Hooverwood’s certified Music and Memory Program. You may drop off your donations in the synagogue office.  For more information on the program, visit  Read More →

The Festival of Faiths will be held on Sunday, September 7 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. outside at the Veterans Memorial Plaza and inside the War Memorial (downtown intersection of Meridian and Michigan Streets). Join us in celebration through prayer; faith forums; sacred art, song and dance; family and youth activities; and food! Click Festival of Faith Flyer for more information. Be sure to stop by the Jewish community table!  Read More →

We’re having our first annual Kugel Cook-Off on Sunday, September 7 at 11:00 a.m. There will be two kugel categories: noodle kugel and potato kugel. Dishes will be judged by a panel of experts. The first place winner in each category will earn $100, and the recipe will be printed in the Besamim. Click 2014 Kugel Cook Off for all the information and the entry form!  Read More →