Community You Can Believe In

Celebrate Beth El's 65th Anniversary!

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Please join us
on Wednesday, June 5, 2019,
as we commemorate
Beth El Temple's 65th Anniversary
celebrating our vibrant Jewish future together
with Reflection, Resilience and Affirmation.
L’dor Vador
from Generation to Generation

Cocktail and Dinner Reception with Dr. Lipstadt
(for guests in Pillar of Righteousness through Mitzvah sponsorship levels, who will also receive a signed copy of Dr. Lipstadt's latest book!)

Program begins in the main Sanctuary, followed by a Gala Dessert Reception
(included with all tickets)

This event has LIMITED SEATING AVAILABLE. For cancellations, additions or other ticket inquiries, please reach out to Judy Rosenthal at

General admission tickets are $54. Student tickets are available for $18.

100 Acts of Kindness

Our wonderful Beth El community knows that every day is an important day for kindness! We strongly encourage caring acts for others on a daily basis, and it is a integral part of our 65th Anniversary Celebration.

We are celebrating all that our members -- past and present -- do for the community with 100 Acts of Kindness. These 100 simple ideas represent a small part of the reason we are a Community You Can Believe In.

This tribute, as part of our Anniversary Celebration, is just one way to honor our amazing members. It's completely voluntary! Many frequently call and ask how they can help -- and you'll find many of our answers on this simple list. Follow the directions at the link and let us know how you chose to give of yourself. Each reported act of kindness means a gold star placed on the large poster in the Temple's front foyer. Let's fill it up together!

You may let us know anonymously. Just leave us a note in the office, or send an email to Marci Alter ( or Diane Lieberfarb ( by no later than May 22. Don't wait for the deadline -- feel free to let us know as you go along!


This evening is being underwritten by the:

Leonard & Vicki Eisenfeld Endowment Fund
Gloria Goldenberg Music & Lecture Series Endowment Fund
Amy E. Toyen Endowment Fund
named funds within The Endowment Fund of Beth El Temple.

Our Keynote Speaker

Dr. Deborah E. Lipstadt

Dr. Deborah E. Lipstadt is Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University in Atlanta. She is the award-winning author of seven books and numerous articles. In February 2019, The New York Times Book Review gave high acclaim to her newest book, ANTISEMITISM: HERE AND NOW, which she wrote prior to the horrific incident that occurred in Pittsburgh at the Tree of Life Synagogue.

“Lipstadt aims not to break new scholarly ground but to awaken her audience to the nature, persistence and scale of the threat, along with the insidious ways in which it seeks to disguise itself.  She succeeds... She has written a book that combines erudition, clarity, accessibility and passion at a moment when they could not be needed more.”

—Bret Stephens, The New York Times Book Review

She is currently appearing internationally and across major media networks sharing her expertise on the pervasive issues associated with anti-Semitism. She is also widely known because of the libel lawsuit brought against her by David Irving, for branding him a Holocaust denier in her 1994 book Denying the Holocaust: The Growing Assault on Truth and Memory. After a ten-week trial in London, she won in an overwhelming victory, where the burden of proof was hers to defend. The movie DENIAL, starring Rachel Weisz, tells the story of this legal battle. Lipstadt won the “Emery Williams Teaching Award” for excellence in teaching and was selected by alumni as the teacher who had most influenced them. She has also served as an historical consultant to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and held positions on their Council appointed by former Presidents Clinton and Obama. President George W. Bush asked Lipstadt to represent the White House at the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. She was also on a committee that advised Secretary of State Madeline Albright on matters of religious freedom abroad. She has a B.A. from the City College of New York and an M.A. and Ph.D. from Brandeis University.

Dr. Deborah Lipstadt on Jewish Optimism (CNN)



award presentation

Abby Weiner z”l


With grace, heroism, and honor, the life of Abby Weiner demonstrates surpassing human limitations that we did not think possible. His memory serves as a beacon for human rights and social justice for all. A man for our times, Abby Weiner challenges and inspires us to live the lives of unbending principle.

STrengthening our foundation

Our 65th Anniversary Spring Event is an opportunity to celebrate together as a Community You Can Believe In... by expressing our gratitude and raising significant funds to support the annual operations of the Temple. Additionally, we need to build a strong foundation for our future capital needs for our 65-year-old building as well. Therefore, a portion of your donation for this event will go to our Building Fund as a way to insure the continued upgrading, security, repair, and
operations of 2626 Albany Avenue.

We look forward to sharing this exceptional evening with you!
This event has LIMITED SEATING AVAILABLE. For cancellations, additions or other ticket inquiries, please reach out to Judy Rosenthal at