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A Sacred Community, Taking Precautions

During this period of uncertainty over COVID-19, Temple Beth El is becoming a completely "virtual" congregation. All TBE Shabbat services, classes, and meetings are online only. A strong foundation of Jewish values is guiding our work as we navigate this new terrain together. One major principle is "Al tifrosh min ha tzibbur"- Do not separate oneself from the community (Mishnah,Avot 2:5). Though we will be communicating in new ways, we are still a sacred community and we are working hard to develop opportunities to gather virtually. Please join us online every Friday at 7:30pm for Shabbat services: Please check your email for links to online Torah study, Talmud and Life, and Lunch and Learn. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we try out new ways of gathering and learning together. We encourage everyone to join us. Another guiding principle is "Kol Yisrael aravim zeh la'zeh"- All of Israel is responsible for each other.  Even though our programs and events are paused, we are always here for you. Though our building is closed 

to the public, our office staff and Rabbi Luna will remain available during business hours and you can of course always reach Rabbi Luna at the Temple (239-433-0018) or her cell phone. We are also in conversation with the Mitzvah Committee about reaching out to the most vulnerable within our congregation.   

Our prayerbook reminds us: "Pray as if everything depended on God. Act as if everything depended on you." We must do everything we can to stop the transmission of the coronavirus and protect ourselves and our community, yet we know ultimate control does not rest in our hands. We call upon God's loving and healing power on behalf of all throughout the world who are ill. We ask God's blessing of guidance and wisdom on all those seeking a cure and all who are offering care to the afflicted. May God grant us hearts of strength and hope. 

With blessings for health, 

Rabbi Luna
Hank Betchen, TBE President


Temple Beth El is proud to be the largest Reform Congregation in Lee County and the only synagogue in Fort Myers affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism. It is a place where everyone is welcome, a place where people can talk to God and a place where people can talk with each other; a place to share our joy and happiness and a soothing place of comfort and support; a place to be inspired, to move to action as well as to help the needy. It is a place to celebrate the pride of our Jewish lives and a place to stand together against anti-Semitism. Our congregation hosts a vibrant religious school and one of the county's most respected preschools.

We are the spiritual home for members who have been with us for generations as well as those who have just recently moved to town. We are a multi-ethnic community that welcomes interfaith families and LGBTQ families. Regardless of your background, by joining us at a Shabbat service or one of our events, you will come away feeling warm, engaged and spiritually connected. This is the environment to share the meaningful moments in life, joyous or sad, with others or through introspection. Guided by our Jewish tradition, let's share life's journey together!

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Board Meeting
: 5:30p

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