Site Visit : Temple Beth El

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Site Visit: Temple Beth El I had been contemplating when I would go to a Shabbat service over the last couple of weeks. I had some conflicts with the times and there were also a couple of Jewish holidays happening during the months of September and October, such as Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah. I became aware that services may change location and style during the high holidays depending on the congregation. High holidays do not fall on the day each civil calendar year; the Jewish calendar is based on a 12 month lunar cycle with an extra month occasionally added. I finally decided on Temple Beth El in Hollywood, FL as my site visit location. Prior to attending Shabbat services on Friday, October 9, 2015; I made a phone call and found out that the temple is a reform congregation, which means it is a bit more liberal. As stated by Kaplan in American Reform Judaism “the term reform refers not to a particular reform that occurred at a specific point in the past but to a commitment to a continual and ongoing process” (29). She also explains how in other parts of the world, Reform movement affiliates prefer the term progressive, this emphasizes their “commitment to continuing revelation and the ongoing nature of divine communication” (30). One of the main differences of Reform Jews is the view of the Torah as God inspired and not directly handed to Moses at Mount Sinai, still giving the Jewish law authority but with the option to choose

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