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www.jewishcasper.org - POB 50933, Casper, WY 82605 - tel: (307) 237-2330 - email: utopialtd1@aol.com

 

Welcome to Temple Beth-El

Casper, Wyoming

 

The Jewish Community Association of Casper

 

Temple Beth-El warmly welcomes to our synagogue all who wish to attend our religious services and our study groups.

 

Our association formed itself in 1923 for fellowship and worship as a community of Jews. Our synagogue was built in 1957 by the membership and for almost a century we have served Casper, the communities of Central Wyoming, visitors and travelers who are "just passing through".

 

The synagogue is located at 4105 S. Poplar Street, on the easterly side of the street approximately a quarter mile north (away from the mountain) of Wyoming Blvd. and across from the Sunrise Shopping Center in Casper.

 

We conduct Shabbos services, in the sanctuary, every Friday evening, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Services are followed by Kiddush, motzi and a dinner in the synagogue's community room. We also conduct adult religious study groups weekly on Sunday morning beginning at 9:30. If the weather really appears to be inclement, a cautionary call to the Rabbi (307-472-6839) is suggested.

 

Services are conducted in the normative and traditional Jewish mode, in a combination of English and Hebrew. We generally use the Union Prayer Book (I and II, Classical Reform) as formulated in 1917 and updated through 1950 and, on occasion, draw upon the Orthodox Siddur and Chumash of Rabbi Jonathan Sacks.

 

We also maintain strong cordial ties with several evangelical Christian churches in Casper in acknowledgement, recognition and strengthening of the ties of those churches with and to the State of Israel and their membership's appreciation of the issues and threats that commonly face Christianity and Judaism in the world today. Their members and ministers often attend and are welcome at our Shabbos and festival services.

 

General annual membership fees (modest by any reasonable measure) are charged and the association welcomes voluntary contributions. Fees and contributions are deductible by the donor under IRC#501(c)3.

HIGH HOLY DAY SERVICES AND OTHER FESTIVE DAYS: 2015-2016

 

Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur:

Evening before the first day of Rosh Hashana falls on Sunday the 13th of September, 2015, and services commence at 7:15 p.m.  Services on the first full day of Rosh Hashana begin at 10:00 a.m. on the 14th of September.  

 

This year Yom Kippur falls on the 22nd and 23rd of September. Kol Nidrei services for the holiday (and the commencement of the Yom Kippur fast) begin at 6:15 p.m. on Tuesday, September 22nd. On the following morning, Wednesday, September 23rd, services in the synagogue begin at 10:00 a.m. and continue until the closing service concludes at approximately 7:00 p.m. that day.

 

The synagogue is endowed with sufficient funds that it is not considered, at this time, to be necessary to charge for seats at High Holy Day services.

 

Rabbi Ora Schnitzer will be joining us in conducting services for these High Holy Days.

 

Succos and Simchas Torah:

Succos, which falls on September 27th, is celebrated by us in the synagogue on the following Friday evening, October 2nd, at 7:00 p.m.  

 

Simchas Torah, which falls on October 6th, is celebrated in the synagogue on the following Friday evening, October 9th, at 7:00 p.m.

 

Chanukah:

The first night of Chanukah falls on the evening of December 6th.  Here in Casper we celebrate the entire eight-day holiday on the Shabbos of December 11th at 7:00 p.m., with menorah lighting and selective readings from the Apocrypha together with a bottomless dinner of freshly made latkes.

 

Purim:

Purim, which falls on March 24th, is celebrated the following Shabbos evening on March 25th at 7:00 p.m. with readings in the synagogue from the Megillah and Apocrypha.

 

Passover:

This year the first Seder of Passover falls on Erev Shabbos, the 22nd of April.

 

Shavuos:

Shavuos falls on June 11th, but will be celebrated in the synagogue on the preceding Shabbos, June 10th at 7:00 p.m.

 

The Rabbi, all things being equal, holds himself available to answer all your questions, so you need not hesitate to call him.  Contact information is at the heading of the website.

Temple Beth-El  Casper, Wyoming

The Jewish Community Association of Casper

 

David Barahal, M.D.

Director

 

Dan Hill

Vice-President

 

Evelyn Miller

Director

 

Mike Smith

Treasurer

 

Sam Wiseman

General Secretary

 

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