Sukkot Schedule 5775

Sorry, the deadline to order Lulav/Etrog sets through Beth El has passed. We recommend these members' local business for all your Sukkot needs:

Erev Sukkot Wednesday, 10/8
Office closes at 3:00pm
No Talmud Torah
Candle lighting: 6:30 p.m.

Sukkot I Thursday, 10/9
Office Closed
Main Sanctuary & Orthodox Kehillah: 9:00 a.m.

Sukkot II Friday, 10/10
Office Closed
Main Sanctuary: 9:00 a.m. / Orthodox Kehillah: TBD
Candle lighting: 6:27 p.m.
Teen Shabbat Dinner: 7:00 p.m. in the Greyber Family Sukkah for High School students - reservations due by Mon. 10/6

Shabbat Sukkot III (CH'M) Saturday, 10/11
Morning Study on Maimonides, "Ways of Turning and Returning": 8:45 a.m.
Orthodox Kehillah: 9:00 a.m. / Main Sanctuary: 9:30 a.m.
Monthy Parasha Study: 9:30 a.m. with Rabbi Steve Sager
Healing Yoga: 10:00 a.m.
Young adult gathering (wine & a light nosh) 5:00 p.m. in the Greyber Family sukkah. Please rsvp by Monday, October 6

Sukkot IV (CH'M) Sunday, 10/12
Morning Services, Main Sanctuary: 9:30 a.m.
Simchat Tot: 9:45 a.m.
Knitting Chevra: 10:00 a.m.
Kitah Zayin Family Beit Midrash

Sukkot Pizza in the Hut Celebration: 12:30-2:30 p.m.
Live Klezmer performed by our very own Watts Street Band!
Lunch will be served by the Men of Beth El (MoB)!

There is no charge to attend the celebration, but please let us know you’re coming so we can plan accordingly. Make your reservation online here no later than Tuesday, October 7 (
Our Social Action Committee will be holding another hunger-relief community activity in conjunction with our Sukkot celebration.

Sukkot VII (CH'M) /HoShannah Rabba Wednesday, 10/15
Main Sanctuary: 7:45 a.m.
No Talmud Torah

Erev Sh 'mini Atzeret Wednesday, 10/15
Community Dinner to Honor our Chevra Kadisha: 6:15 p.m. Details & dinner registration link below (click or scroll down)
Candlelighting: 6:21 p.m.

Sh 'mini Atzeret (includes Yizkor Service) Thursday, 10/16
Office Closed
Main Sanctuary & Orthodox Kehillah: 9:00 a.m.

Erev Simchat Torah Thursday, 10/16
Office Closed
Main Sanctuary: 7:00 p.m.
Orthodox Kehillah: TBD

In the Main Sanctuary, children & adults are invited to participate in a new feature of Simchat Torah which we successfully began last year - a live illumination/illustration/animation of the Bereshit reading!

Simchat Torah Friday, 10/17
Office Closed
Main Sanctuary: 9:00 a.m.
Orthodox Kehillah: TBD
Candlelighting: 6:18 p.m.

Annual dinner celebration of our Chevra Kadisha

On Yom Kippur, Beth El's Chevra Kadisha is honored as the centerpiece of the closing-of-the-gates ceremony signaling the conclusion of Yom Kippur. The hakafah and gathering on the bima are both acknowledgement and reminder that our Chevra Kadisha is such an important and historic part of the Beth El fabric.

Our Chevra Kadisha is said to be the oldest organized Jewish society in the Durham/Chapel Hill area and can pretty much be traced back to the late 1800's when Jewish merchants began to settle in this area. We are responsible for ensuring that a traditional Jewish burial is available to any Jewish person. This includes performing the ritual T'hara (cleansing and purification of the deceased), dressing in white linen shrouds (tachrichim), acting as guardians (shomrim) of the deceased, providing a plain, pine, kosher casket for burial, and arranging for pallbearers when burial will take place in our Hebrew cemetery. Over the years, our Chevra Kadisha in conjunction with other Beth El committees has accepted additional responsibilities related to providing a meal of condolence for the family of the deceased, arranging for minyanim, and a variety of cemetery matters.

One can appreciate that many congregants are needed to help with everything that must be done for both the deceased as well as the family of the deceased to help ease them through their period of grieving. Chevra Kadisha members volunteer for whatever is comfortable for them - some feel strongly about being part of our T'hara groups and others are more comfortable acting as shomrim or pallbearers - or helping with other aspects of our work. We are always looking for men and women who would like to be part of our organization. For more information, please feel free to contact either me (David Klapper, or Shula Bernard,

Beth El will have a celebration of our Chevra Kadisha with a dinner and brief program Wednesday evening, October 15. We'll start by gathering at 6:15pm for candle lighting. An annual dinner in celebration of Chevrei Kadisha is a tradition all around the world - attendance at such dinners speaks volumes about your support of this very special group of volunteers and all they do for our community. Please plan to attend this celebration.

David Klapper,
Chevra Kadisha Chair

RSVP no later than Tuesday, October 7
Click above to register.

Cost for dinner is $18 per person 13 and older / $9 per child 7-12 / no charge for children under 7. Family maximum charge for dinner is $45.00.

Please mail payment to Beth El Synagogue with CK dinner noted in the memo line or use PayPal link in the online registration confirmation.

Any cancellations made after 10/7 will still need to be paid for in full. Thank you for your understanding.

Beth El is committed to ensuring that everyone in our community can participate in all programming, regardless of financial circumstances. If you would like to help those in financial need attend dinner, please consider a donation of $18 or more.

This year's menu:
Cornish Game Hens*
Mandarin Rice
Baked Apple Stuffed Acorn Squash
Carrot Ginger Soup
Pareve Dessert
Coffee & Cold Beverages

*Vegetarian entree upon request