Congregation Beth Sholom - Dover, DE

Congregation Beth Sholom - Dover, DE


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Please Join Congregation Beth Shalom next Thursday for The 2019 Women's community seder. Click on the link below for additional information.
This is a true loss to Congregation Beth Sholom and the Dover Community. He will be missed.
Shabbot Shalom!
Hi. Are you services open to the general public? Thank you and God bless!

Congregation Beth Sholom is affiliated with the conservative movement. However, our membership is diverse, representing a wide range of paths to Judaism. We welcome the non-Jewish family relatives along with the Jewish members.

Contact the office at 302-734-5578 for service schedule.

Governor Carney - Passover Message

Chag Sameach from Gov. Carney 🙂

Governor Carney shares a message ahead of Passover.

[04/08/20]   Chag Pesach Sameach!

God Does Not Bring Plagues
by Rabbi Naomi Levy

At every Seder, as we recite the ten plagues over Egypt we pour out a drop of wine to symbolize our sadness. We are heartbroken that any soul had to suffer, even those who hated us,
tormented us and enslaved us.
And still, we sing lighthearted songs with our children about “frogs here, frogs there.”
And as we enumerate the plagues we find ourselves muttering the final plague beneath our breath, not wanting to frighten our own children,
not knowing what to make of a God who would murder innocent children.

Tonight, more than ever, it is time to liberate the God of the Universe from “Acts of God”. There was a time in history when we didn’t understand what caused earthquakes or floods or fires or contagious viruses. In order to feel less helpless in the face of nature’s fierce capricious power, religions found comfort in blaming the victims of plagues for their own suffering. The Torah ascribes mass slaughter to God as divine punishment for sin: “They brought this upon themselves, they had it coming.”

But God is praying to be freed from this monstrous portrayal.
Tonight is the time to liberate God from this twisted, sadistic depiction.
Tonight is the time to proclaim God as the One who lifts us up, frees us,
shelters and blesses us each day.
Passover will survive without a belief in a God who visits plagues upon any soul.

The key to Passover is a belief in rebirth, a belief that tomorrow can be better than today;
a knowing that we each have a critical part to play in the unfolding of hope.
Freedom begins with open eyes and ears and hearts.
Seas will part, answers will come, cures will emerge,
New ways of believing will sprout up and take root,
A universal love that mirrors God’s love for every living creature
And for our world.

In the book of Exodus, we are told that Pharaoh’s sorcerers were able to replicate the plague of frogs. The only difference between Moses and the sorcerers was: only Moses could remove the plague.
When the sorcerers witnessed Moses reverse the plague they cried out: “This is the hand of God.”

The truth is, it doesn’t take any great supernatural powers to bring about a plague. We all have the power to destroy life and to destroy the earth and our atmosphere. But it does take great holy powers to reverse a plague, to heal the sick, to heal our planet, to heal hatred and war. The Healing Hand of God acting through us is what will save us and lead us from constriction to wide-open spaces,
from fear to faith, from darkness to light, from worry to peace of mind,
from economic hardship to abundance, from illness to health.

Let us raise a glass and drink a Cup of Praise to the Soul of Souls
who fills us with the power to end all plagues.
And let us say, Amen.

In Uncertain Times, We Grow Stronger TOGETHER


As we go into Shabbat, here are some words from Rabbi Peggy. Stay safe.

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Shabbat Shalom from Congregation Beth Sholom - Dover.

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Virtual Community Shabbat!

If Heaven Had A Flavor

Hey all,
This is from our prior secretary, Barbara Jastrow Hayes. Check it out if you have a chance. She needs our help!!!

Hey everyone, 47 ABC news has just contacted to let us know our episode will actually air tonight. Should be on by 615!! So tune in and check us out!!!

We are doing our part to not spread COVID-19. Stay home and stay safe. We will be here when this is all over.

Federation News & Notes - March 13, 2020

Jewish Federation of Delaware

[03/13/20]   Shabbat Shalom from Congregation Beth Sholom. There will be no services tonight (3/13/2020) because of COVID-19.

As we head into Shabbat please find comfort in these words from Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky:

"Every hand that we don't shake must become a phone call that we place."

"Every embrace that we avoid must become a verbal expression of warmth and concern."

"Every inch and every foot that we physically place between ourselves and another must become a thought as to how we might be of help to that other, should the need arise."

Stay safe. We will reevaluate the situation next week.

Purim party to start at 7pm. All we need is you!

Purim Celebration

Our Purim celebration will take place on Monday night, March 9th at 7:00 PM. The rabbi will chant from the Megillah, but not the ganze (entire) one. We will also read a summary of the story giving us plenty of occasions to noisily blot out the name of Haman. There will be songs and jokes, and food (hamantaschen) of course. Costumes are appropriate for young and young-at-heart. It is possible that Esther will time travel to be interviewed about her life on WCBS, 340 NQ on your radio dial.

[03/06/20]   Shabbat Shalom!
Services begin at 7PM!

Check us out this Shabbat!

Come join us at 7PM! Shabbat Shalom!

Shabbat Shalom! Please join us at 7PM.

❤️ Shabbat Shalom! Please join us this evening at 7pm.

Rabbi Peggy will be with us this weekend. Stop in for Shabbat services!

Seventy-five years after Auschwitz. May we never forget.

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Shabbat Shalom. Rabbi Peggy will lead Shabbat services this evening beginning at 7PM. Please join us.

Join us Friday night at 7 pm.

Lovers in Auschwitz, Reunited 72 Years Later. He Had One Question.

♥️ Was she the reason he was alive today?

I thought I would share something positive going into 2020! HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

“My father was a Holocaust survivor. He was the only one of his family to survive. Growing up, for as long as I can remember, he told me about the Menorah his family had before the war. It was silver, with palm trees and lions. He lost that Menorah of course, when the war came, along with his parents, brothers, sisters, everyone and everything else. He never stopped looking for another one like it. And then one day, decades after the war, he happened upon something while browsing a flea market in Warsaw. It was his Menorah. Not one that just looked like it, the genuine article, with his last name engraved in the back. Just like him, by some miracle, the Menorah had survived. It seems so unbelievable, but at the same time it's true. I simply wanted to share this story with all of you and yours and to wish EVERYONE (regardless of what traditions you follow) joy and happiness and most of all PEACE. And remember that miracles can happen.”

Source: Eva Tenenbaum-Kirshenblatt

Shabbat Services at 7:00 pm. Please join us.

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Happy Chanukah!

Alex Levin wishes us all Happy Chanukah with the festive story - told completely through sand!

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Another successful brunch at Dover Interfaith Mission For Housing! 2019 Christmas brunch is in the books! Thanks to all the volunteers that made this happen.

Happy Hanukkah!

It was a heck of a HANUKKAH PARTY! I hope you enjoyed yourselves! 🕎 Chag Samech!

Celebrating Hanukkah: Beth Sholom enjoys festive event in Dover - Delaware State News

Check us out! with Linda Roberts and Samara Kaminski ♥️ DOVER — Hanukkah, the eight-night Jewish “Festival of Lights,” is officially here. It’s that time of year to light the menorah and have some fun in an understated way. That’s the expectation of Herb Konowitz, a member of the Congregation Beth Sholom for five-and-a-half decades. “It’s a...

From our home to yours, Happy Hanukkah! Don't forget to join us at Congregation Beth Sholom - Dover, DE for Hanukkah Happenings today!

Shabbat Shalom! Services start at 7pm and Hanukkah Happenings are on Sunday!

Humans of Judaism

Did you know that the beloved character Paddington Bear, Paddington Movie, was inspired by Jewish children who escaped the Holocaust on the Kindertransport? Creator Michael Bond (1926-2017) was motivated by his memories of children arriving at London’s Reading station during WWII. These young refugees each carried a small suitcase and wore labels around their necks to identify them. It’s no coincidence that in the book, the little bear is found sitting on his suitcase in Paddington Station in London with a note around his neck that reads, “Please take care of this bear. Thank you.” He is discovered and adopted by the Brown family, thus the name Paddington Bear. In the story, Paddington’s best friend is Mr. Samuel Gruber, an elderly Jew from Hungary who escaped the Nazis. And guess what!? When “Paddington 2” hit the big screen in Israel in 2018, the voice of one of the characters was played by none other than Nechama Rivlin, the late wife of Israeli President Reuven Ruvi Rivlin - ראובן רובי ריבלין. Like so many others around the world, Nechama loved Paddington, the little bear with a big heart. ❤️

Photo: Geoff Pugh
Source: American Society for Yad Vashem

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Shabbat Shalom! Services tonight are at 7PM.

On the 7th day we rest ✡️ #thanksgiving #blackfriday #shabbatshalom

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340 N Queen St
Dover, DE

General information

Congregation Beth Sholom is the only conservative synagogue in Central Delaware. Our current facility was constructed in 1963. With pride, we remain committed to vibrant and contemporary programs for all, from our Hebrew school and bar and bat mitzvah classes and our Sabbath services, Friday night and Saturday mornings. We reflect very warm, accepting, personalized, and intimate bonds among the members of our Beth Sholom family. Traditional worship in an egalitarian setting, strong rabbinical support, opportunities for new friendship and spiritual growth, are part of our priorities and philosophy. Our facility is housed in a beautiful, recently refurbished, handicap-accessible building. I welcome your interest and inquires at any and all times. Please join us.

Opening Hours

Thursday 10:00 - 14:00
Friday 19:00 - 20:45
Friday 11:00 - 14:00
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