From the desk of Suzy Maine (10/21/15):Several years ago I joined Betenu. Looking back, although I was raised in Conservative Judaism, several circumstances took my life in a different a direction. When joining Betenu, I felt very comfortable with the congregants. After a few years, with all the changes, this time in the world, I found myself at the doorsteps of Betenu once again. I had clarity and everything seemed right. People at Betenu had something I needed, something I have always valued. In summary, what I recognized was kindness, not only to each other but to themselves. They enjoyed being at services, greeting each other as friends. This was also evident in the children at the Friday night services. They participated when called on in a natural confident manner. Although the Congregation is small, the Jewish education the children are getting appear to be of the highest quality. I look forward to participating in Temple activities to continue my Jewish growth as a Jew and to give back where I can.
From the desk of Marcella Dube (10/21/15):
Alex Dube's Bar Mitzvah, Nov 2, 2013
wanted to share with you, my wonderful experience going through the
process of Alex's Bar Mitzvah.
There was a time, when I thought perhaps we wouldn't have a bar mitzvah for Alex.
All of the bar or bat mitzvahs I had gone to were big productions and parties.
Once we decided to move forward, we just decided that we would keep it small, focusing on Alex and his spiritual journey.
I could not have asked for a more beautiful day!
It was perfect!
All of the support we were given and Alex's hard work helped to create a beautiful ceremony.
All of the things I was worried about such as, it wouldn't be "fancy" enough, or we weren't in a great big temple, none of that mattered.
I followed my heart, trusted in Rav Nate and the Betenu community and in Alex's ability to share his faith.
A lot of things made this day special, but the most important was how special the ceremony itself was.
If I close my eyes, I can still see the light shining in that room and feel the ritual as I never imagined it could be.