Temple Beth Israel

Temple Beth Israel is Altoona, Pennsylvania's Reform Jewish Congregation. Founded at the turn of the last century, Temple Beth Israel has been an active part of the Altoona and greater Jewish community for nearly 100 years.
Apr 23 2014

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We are in need of someone to lead Shabbat Worship on Friday, May 16th at 7 PM. Please call or email the Temple office if you are available. Thanks for your support!

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Audrey Korotkin

The Scourge of Modern Plagues

Posted on April 14th, 2014 by Audrey Korotkin

As we embark on our festival of Passover, the season of freedom, we have been jarred by the horrifying deadly shootings at two Jewish institutions in Kansas City. We mourn the loss of life, we pray for healing for the injured – whether in body or spirit. And we are reminded that the recitation of plagues is not just for our past and not just for our seder table.

Today, lice, boils, and darkness have been replaced by ignorance, hatred and gun violence. This was a deadly triad in Kansas City, where the murderer is identified as a KKK member, bigot and anti-semite long known to those who keep watch over hate groups in this country. We must remain vigilant. But we also must be pro-active. We must remain passionately dedicated to the cause of eradicating gun violence – a m


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