Pride Shabbat
6:30 PM18:30

Pride Shabbat

co-sponsored by Congregation Beth Shalom and Up North Pride.

From Choir Girl to Bar Mitzvah Boy, From Hidden Jew to Gay Rabbi: A Queer Love Story

Robert Crowe and Rabbi Arnie Steutelberg met and fell in love 12 years ago in New Zealand. As the evening’s D’var Torah, they will share their journeys into each other’s lives in celebration of Pride Shabbat Services.

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Shabbat Services with Rabbi Arnie
5:30 PM17:30

Shabbat Services with Rabbi Arnie

Join us for our monthly Shabbat Services with Rabbi Arnie. Services begin at 6:30pm. Kids, families, and all are welcome.

This is a special shabbat service to celebrate the end of the year for all religious school students. Please join us to celebrate.

5:30pm - Pizza Party

6:30pm - Shabbat Services

7:30pm - Oneg including cupcakes to celebrate

All are welcome.

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Passover Seder
3:00 PM15:00

Passover Seder

Join us at Raduno for a community Passover Seder.  We will have food, wine, songs, and reading of the hagaddah.   A special menu is designed by Raduno specifically for this seder including herring and matzo, brisket, matzo gnocchi, and more. $20 for members, $25 for non-members, $12 for 12 years old and under, Free for 5 and under.

We will have two seatings.

3:00pm Seating: This seating will be geared towards children and families.

6:00pm Seating: This seating will be more for adults.

If you would like to come but do not feel that you can afford the fee, please contact Gary at

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Goodwill Inn Dinner
4:30 PM16:30

Goodwill Inn Dinner


Our tradition continues with the congregation providing Christmas dinner to the residents of the Goodwill Inn. Please contact Terry Tarnow and let her know what you would like to make. Home cooked food is always appreciated but store bought or monetary donations will also be accepted. For those of you who may be out of town during the holiday we use the donations to buy some of the food served at the meal. Please meet at Beth El at 4:30 pm on Christmas Eve, Monday, Dec. 24, to drop off your food or join the group to deliver. NEW THIS YEAR we have been asked to help serve the meal on Christmas Day. I already have enough volunteers to provide this service. Since the food is not served until Christmas Day you have the option of dropping off your donation on Monday or Tuesday before 3:30 pm.

Join us for our annual Christmas Eve Jewish Tradition of going out for Chinese food. After delivering the food to the Goodwill Inn we will go as a group to Asian Buffet located next to Big Lots on S. Airport Rd.

PLEASE contact Terry Tarnow and let her know what you will donate and if you will join the group for dinner. Thank you for your support.   231-499-7012

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Hannukah Party
3:00 PM15:00

Hannukah Party

The Hannukah Party will be on December 8th from 3pm - 5pm at The Little Fleet.

Latkes from Milkweed.  Please bring your own Menorah, if you have one.  

No RSVP Required.  All are welcome.  Just spread the word.

Buy for Chanukah. Terry Tarnow reminds everyone that the Dennos Museum Store offers a full selection of everything you may need for Chanukah: Candles, gelt, dreidels, decorations and more. 

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Spring Open House - Call to all
6:00 PM18:00

Spring Open House - Call to all

Instead of our monthly board meeting, we are having a spring open house.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  We want your feedback, your ideas, and you!  We will serve beer and wine, some nosh, and some fun.   Kids are welcome to come, they will be entertained.

530 S. Union, Traverse City

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to Nov 19

November Shabbat Weekend

Friday, November 17

Shabbat dinner 5:30 Dairy/Vegetarian potluck. Please bring a soup (in a crock pot), bread, or salad. Other ideas are soup fixings: crackers, shredded cheese, butter (for bread), etc. Please RSVP to Brett Bilak at
to let her know what you are bringing.
6:30 Services begin. NOTE THAT SERVICES ARE NO LONGER FAMILY SERVICES FOLLOWED BY ADULT SERVICES. We are having one service for all. The beginning will have lots of singing and will be great for kids and adults alike. See Rabbi's message below about guest clergy. Oneg to follow. Since we are having guests, please bring a snack to share.


Saturday, November 18

10:00 AM., Adult Discussion: Club House at Lake Pointe Village/ 1646 Maple Ridge Way, Traverse City 49686.

Join the rabbi for dinner Sat, Nov 18, 5:30 pm at Minerva’s in the Park Place Hotel. Please RSVP to Terry Tarnow by Wed the 15th so she can make a reservation. or call 231-499-7012. After dinner, feel free to join the group for the jazz concert at Milliken Auditorium -- The Brubeck Brothers Quartet, 8pm. To purchase tickets go to or call 232-995-1055. 

Sunday, November 19

In-Person Religious School 

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6:30 PM18:30

Simchat Torah - Shabbat Services

Friday, October 13

No Family Shabbat dinner this month. We will begin in November. Watch the newsletter for details.

6:30 p.m. - Services at Temple Beth El: Please note that we are having one service for all rather than family services followed by adult services. The beginning will have lots of singing and will be great for kids and adults alike. 

Oneg to follow. Please bring a snack to share


Saturday, October 14

10:00 a.m. - Adult Study: Community Center, 3143 Logan Valley Road

7:00 p.m. - Movie Night at the Dennos Museum Mini Theater: "Theodore Bikel: In the Shoes of Sholom Aleichem" narrated by Alan Alda (90 minutes).

Please bring snack and non-alcoholic beverages to share.

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7:30 PM19:30

Jazz Shabbat Service with Rabbi Arnie and Jeff Haas

Jazz Shabbat Service with Rabbi Arnie and Jeff Haas

Friday, August 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6726 Center Road, Traverse City

No cost; Donations gratefully accepted


Thanks to a Ravitz Grant our congregation has received, Jeff Haas will be composing new music for this Shabbat service. In order to ensure we have enough seating for everyone, we ask you to reserve your seats through the ticketing link below. Tickets will be available to congregation members and guests only through July 15. Beginning July16 remaining seats will be made available to the general public Don't won't want to miss this event!

To receive this grant, we have committed to a $750 cash match from the congregation. We have already collected $150 towards this goal. If you can help with any amount, please contact Terry Tarnow

To reserve your tickets visit:

We need you to volunteer to bake or bring a treat for oneg! Please contact Terry Tarnow at the above e-mail if you can help. Thank you!

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10:30 AM10:30

Addressing Anti-Semitism: An Invitation from Temple Beth Israel of Jackson

Recently the head of our (Temple Beth Israel of Jackson) religious school became aware that some of our children, in local elementary schools and universities, have either heard anti-Semitic comments or seen anti-Semitic graffiti.
In response to this, he consulted with our rabbi and a local child psychologist as to how to help our children. At their recommendation it has been arranged with the Anti-Defamation League to conduct a no-charge workshop at Temple Beth Israel, in Jackson, on May 21, between 10:30 and 12:30 which is designed for  children and their families to “strengthen children's capacity and build confidence” to deal with antisemitism.

We are  inviting members  of your community and  other western Michigan Jewish communities in order for them to take advantage of this event.
There is to be a session for children AND a separate session for adults. We firmly believe that parents and adult members of Jewish  communities have a role in providing their youth with support in such a difficult issue. 
Please view the attached flier from the Anti-Defamation League and RSVP that you will attend. If you have any questions, please contact  one of us or David Frank, religious school director. 

Thank you.
Bunee Morrison (co-president):
Jaime Liebowitz (co-president)
David Frank (religious school director) :

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7:00 AM07:00

May 12th - 13th

Friday, May 12

  • 6:15 - 6:45 pm - Temple Beth El - Pizza & Potluck Dinner
  • 6:45 - 7:15 pm - Temple Beth El - Family Service with lots of song and movement
  • 7:30 pm, Temple Beth El - Shabbat services
  • 9:00 pm, Temple Beth El - Oneg: please bring a treat to share! T

Saturday, May 13

  • 10:00 am - The Clubhouse at Lake Pointe Village, 1646 Maple Ridge Way, Traverse City 49696 - Adult Discussion: Directions: If you pass Art Van (Art Van on the left) and take the second entrance into Lake Pointe Village (turn Left). Then turn Right on the first street on the right. The club house is at the end of that short road. See rabbi's message for topic.
  • 5:00 p.m. - The Little Fleet - Food Truck Dinner: There are lots of good food choices, and hopefully the weather will allow dinner al fresco.
  • After The Little Fleet: The party moves to the Tarnow house to watch one of Rabbi Arnie's favorite movies,Woody Allen's Crimes and Misdemeanors. Bring a snack to share at the Tarnow's. You can come to one or both of these events. Please note that there are steps down to the lower level where the television is at the Tarnow's. There is the option of going around outside and coming into the lower level. People will be there to offer assistance. If you need any information, feel free to call Terry Tarnow at (231) 499-7012
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7:00 PM19:00

Yom HaShoah Service

The Jewish congregation of Traverse City, Beth Shalom, extends a sincere invitation to the public to join us and other communities of the area in an annual Holocaust Memorial Service on Sunday evening, April 23 at 7:00 p.m. at Central United Methodist Church.  The service honors the six million Jews and as many as three million others who perished in the Nazi Holocaust over 75 years ago. We have several well-recognized speakers representing different segments of our community: Muslim, Hispanic, Native American, and Jewish. We thank Jeff Haas for his willingness to play an original piece in memory of some his family that had perished. Please come to unite with us in solidarity, to remember those who lost their lives in the Holocaust, and to renew our commitment to heal the world from the poison of prejudice and hate that continue especially today, resulting in unspeakable human suffering with violence and genocide. 

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