Above, members of Eight is Eneuf sing “Prayer for Peace”, written by Robin Eletsky, Milford, in it’s first public performance at Temple Beth El in Oneonta this afternoon during the Music From Around The World concert to celebrate our shared humanity. Musical guests included Rabbi George Hirschfeld, Ana Laura Gonzalez, Stan Fox and Andy Puritz. Among the audience was Maciej Żółtowski, newly chosen conductor of the Catskill Symphony Orchestra, seen at right, applauding alongside Laurie Zimniewicz, Oneonta. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, MARCH 8
MUSIC – 2 p.m. Celebrate shared humanity with musical selections from South America, Africa, Eastern Europe, others. Performers include clarinetist Robin Seletsky, flutist Ana Laura Gonzalez, pianist Michael Bauer, a capella ensemble Eight is Eneuf. Free, open to public. Temple Beth El, 83 Chestnut St., Oneonta. 607-286-9085 or visit www.templebetheloneonta.org/temp/
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26
ANGEL TREE PROGRAM – Give the Gift of Christmas this holiday season. Adopt a family in need. Visit www.allotsego.com/angel-tree-program/ to learn how.
PUMPKIN CENTERPIECE – 6 – 7 p.m. Get ready for Thanksgiving with Branch & Bloom. Create a centerpiece from pumpkins, fresh flowers to take home. Registration required, cost $10/person. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. 607-432-1980 or visit www.facebook.com/hmloneonta/
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 20
TRIBUTE – 8 p.m. One of Nations top Eagles tribute band ‘The Eagles Experience’ presents evening of Eagles greatest hits & fun. General Admission, $20. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. 607-431-2080 or visit foothillspac.org
George Hirschfeld Joins Temple Beth El
By JENNIFER HILL • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
ONEONTA – Rabbi George Hirschfeld’s path to Otsego County was hardly a direct one.
The new spiritual leader of Temple Beth El, which serves both Oneonta and Cooperstown, was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1949, the same year the Soviet Union installed a Communist regime there.
Hirschfeld’s parents, who survived the Holocaust but lost nearly all of their family members in it, tried to leave for Israel, but they were caught at the border. Hirschfeld’s father was put in jail for five months and his mother for two. Hirschfeld, an infant, was in the cell with her.
“I was a jailbird,” he joked.
ONEONTA – At Temple Beth El’s 84th annual Congregational Meeting at 2 p.m. Sunday, June 9, members will vote on a successor to Rabbi Molly Karp, who has served locally for almost five years.
Rabbi Karp will also be honored at a farewell luncheon at noon, June 15, in the congregation’s social hall.
Since 2014, while serving the Oneonta temple on a parttime basis, Rabbi Karp served as a faculty member at the Golda Och Academy in West Orange, N.J., and teaches Torah, Hebrew, Bible and other aspects of Judaism to teens and adults in a wide variety of venues.
ONEONTA – Rabbi Emeritus Donald Neil Roberts, who served Oneonta’s Temple Beth El for 22 years, passed away peacefully early Monday morning, May 6, 2019, following a short illness.
He was born in the Bronx, to Irving and Florence (Sherman) Roberts. In 1967, he graduated from the Hebrew Union College with a bachelor’s degree in Sacred Music and received an honorary doctorate from Hebrew Union College School of Sacred Music in 2007. His rabbinic ordination was earned in 1990.
He married Barbara (Rapp) Roberts in 1977, with whom he shared his personal and professional life for 42 years.
ONEONTA – Citing Winter Storm Harper, the Oneonta Branch of the NAACP has postponed today’s Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration until next Sunday, Feb. 3. The service will be held from 2-4 p.m. at Temple Beth El Synagogue, 83 Chestnut Street, Oneonta.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Day service at the First Presbyterian Church in Cooperstown is still scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21.
ONEONTA – Reginald Brunson’s rendering of the “I Have a Dream” speech and clarinetist Robin Seletsky’s original composition, “Rise Above,” will highlight Martin Luther King Day commemorations 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at Temple Beth El, 83 Chestnut St.
Organized by the Oneonta Branch, NAACP, those marking Dr. King’s 90th birthday will be Mayor Gary Herzig, the NAACP’s Lee Fisher, the USCT’s Harry Bradshaw Matthews, Temple Beth El’s Ken Sider and Fair for All’s Christina Hunt.
The theme, “Injustice Anywhere is a Threat to Justice Everywhere,” was central to King’s 1963 “Letter from the Birmingham Jail.”
By CATHY NARDI • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
ONEONTA – Unity among the diverse community members was the subject of Tuesday’s vigil for the 11 Jewish worshipers killed in Pittsburgh by a white supremacist gunman during services on Saturday, Oct. 27.
The message of solidarity was given to a crowd of supporters who were hard-pressed to fit inside Temple Beth El in Oneonta.
“Tonight we morn the victims,” said Temple Beth El president, Ken Sider. “And we are grateful for your support. Thank you.”
Sider said the Jewish community felt safe in America until recently.
At 7 p.m. Tuesday, a memorial service is planned at Oneonta’s Temple Beth El, 83 Chestnut St.
At 7 p.m. Thursday, Village Trustee Richard Sternberg has organized a vigil in the second-floor ballroom at Cooperstown Village Hall, 22 Main St.
WORCESTER – George Betts, 84, of a social worker in New York City before moving here in 1984 to pursue farming, passed away on Oct. 2, 2018. He died peacefully after a long illness.
George was born June 30, 1934 in Highland Park, Ill., the son of Harlan and Ida Jane Betts.
He and his wife Regina met at an Off -Broadway theatre in New York City, where they both worked. They were married 61 years.