Temple Beth El

Temple Beth El

Where Tradition Meets Tomorrow

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Find Us: 16225 Winkler Road, Fort Myers, FL 33908

Religious School

Religious School Schedule:

Wednesday 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM

Sunday 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Check with Dale Cohen or Karen Kagan for any changes in the schedule.

Religious School News:

Russ Bogen’s Speech – February 12, 2016

During the past 14 months there have been many Shabbats that Dale and I have shared the Bimah with TBE’s B’nei Mitzvah kids. Lately I have been sharing quotes apropos to the occasion on Saturday mornings. Here are a few authored by Jews of notoriety which reflect the image of Dale Cohen.

Albert Einstein said, “There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

Dale is a miracle and Dale is miraculous. Her smile, her laughter, her singing, her love and commitment to Temple Beth El’s kids and their families is expressed as an everyday miracle.

Franz Kafka said, “Youth is happy because it has the capacity to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.”

Dale will never grow old. She has an unlimited capacity to see beauty.

There is a Jewish proverb that goes, “As you teach, you learn.”

Dale has taught our TBE young people to see the beauty in our Jewish traditions, history, and the Hebrew language, while learning about the incredible regenerative power of each successive group of kids who come to her. Whether they are shy and pensive, or gregarious and high-spirited, she allows each of them to blossom until they all succeed and make their parents and families extremely proud.

Dale gives everything she’s got every day. She is an open book. What you see is what you get. Dale is Temple Beth El’s beautiful miracle and the Board and the entire congregation thank her for her 18 years of loyal and devoted service.

One last quote from the Bogen family; Beth, Willie, and me. “We love you, Dale.”

Dale Cohen Speech (18 Years of Service At Temple Beth El)

Shabbat Shalom, and thank you so much for this most wonderful honor of serving as the Religious School Director of Temple Beth El for the past 18 years. I am so humbled by this honor. Firstly, (and in no particular order of importance) I would like to thank the TBE Board of Trustees for sponsoring this evening’s Oneg. Todah Rabah for all of the love, support and commitment to the following people: Vanessa Sax, V.P. Of Education, Karen Kagan (a.K.A. sidekick to the fearless leader), Karen Weiss, Bernie and Phyllis Aaronson, Russ Bogen, Rabbi Ourach, Cantor Victor,and of course my incredible teaching staff and all of the students of Temple Beth El Religious School.

If I had to sum up my 18 years here at Temple Beth El in one word;  I would say endurance.  For all of you “die hards” out there, Betty, Karen Weiss, Robin Jacobs, Barbara Gribin and so many others;  we support and love the institution of Temple Beth El.  We have lived through many trials and tribulations, but have perseveared through them all.  This is our spiritual home.  We have experienced many life cycle events together and treasure many memories here.  Through the years, we have watched congregants come and go, but we have remained here for the “long haul.”  Any relationship, whether it be with people, animals, or an institution will always have its ups and downs.  The key to sucess is consistency and loyalty. The perpetuation of Judaism depends on us. The longevity of our commitment and love that we have for our faith will take us well into the next millenium.

Allow me to say, that most of my staff have been teaching here for well over 10 years.  We are like a big family and our our main goal is to imbue our students with the best possible Jewish education, and believe me they do.   I am eternally grateful for our Religious School staff.  Their continued loyalty and commitments to our students is incomperable.

There really is nothing better than the “team of employees” that I am blessed to work with on a daily basis:  Rabbi Ourach, Cantor Victor, Inna Vasser, Karen Kagan, Lydia Rivera, Fabian Ruiz and Jesyca Virnig.  We are not just co-workers, but great friends who respect each other’s opinions and are always “bouncing ideas off of each other for the betterment of the Temple.

On a personal note, my family is my everything.  My daughter Lanie was named here and she celebrated her Bat Mitzvah here as well. I trained her for her Bat Mitzvah!  Good Times!   Lanie, you have grown up here, and you will be spending a month of your summer in the CIT training program at 6 Points Sports Academy (a URJ camp) in Greensboro, North Carolina.)  Mazel Tov, and to My loving husband Nir, you are my rock, and my best friend.  To Bear and Lily, my favorite canines – (but if you really know me , I do love all animals)  If you were allowed in here;  you would be here, but we understand!  To my parents, who couldn’t be here – I love you more than words could ever say.  Thank you for putting me on the path of Jewish Education.

In conclusion, and as a part of our Prayerbook liturgy, there is a part of the V’ahavta Prayer that reads; V’sheenantaam L’vanecha, which translates to: “you shall diligently teach them to your children.  Jewish Education is not merely an option, but a commandment.  For me, truly “a labor of love.” If we do not invest in the future of Jewish Education, which are our children, then where is the future for Judaism?

One place I know that the future will lie will be here at Temple Beth El.

Kayn Y’hee Ratzon

“So May it be G-d’s Will”

Amen