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The role of Temple Beth El as a model of commitment to all congregants, to the greater community, and to the world is directly linked to its rich history. Rabbi Manfred Swarsensky, of blessed memory, was a Holocaust survivor from Berlin. He founded Temple Beth El in 1940, soon after his emigration to the United States. There were 12 members at that time, a number that grew to 400 member families during the 36 years of his tenure. His contributions to improving race relations, the environment, social services, and interfaith connections were renowned in the area and throughout the country. Following Rabbi Swarsensky’s retirement, Temple’s next rabbis (Rabbi Roseman and Rabbi Brahms) never wavered from these priorities. Today, under Rabbi Biatch’s spiritual leadership, Temple Beth El remains a place where social justice opportunities abound and exist hand-in-hand with building and rejoicing in connections within our own Temple community.

May 7, 2021 25 Iyar 5781