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Arts Committee

The Temple Beth-El Arts Committee is a group of fun loving people who greatly enjoy the arts and want to bring them to the Ithaca Jewish community. The goal is to enrich the lives of our congregants and to open our doors to the general community. Our committee was established in 1992. Since then we have established a number of annual events. See a beautiful, meditative video our committee put together for the Rosh Hashanah holiday in 2020. We solicited art work by temple members and asked temple musicians to provide the sound track. Click Here.


The Hanukkah Festival includes original art and crafts for sale, live music, delicious food and craft activities for children. It is held a few weeks before the holiday.


The Evening of Jewish Storytelling, Music and Poetry, occurs in mid-winter, on a Saturday night. Here we try to recreate an old-world style evening of shared stories and songs. We encourage participation from individuals throughout the community and welcome folks of all ages. This is a family friendly event. Free refreshments are served. A video of excerpts from our virtual, Zoom event of March 6, 2021 can be found at


The Jewish Film Festival happens each spring/summer and takes place in the temple social hall. This event is open to the public and attracts lots of attention. Our committee chooses and finances the films, which we choose for their fun and uplifting qualities. They are often family friendly. Free refreshments are served. 


Art Exhibits. Each year, our committee mounts a show in the temple social hall. These are group shows, one-person exhibits and exhibits of historical or social interest.

In addition, we have hosted numerous concerts over the years including Twelve Corners Klezmer Ensemble; Joel Rubin, klezmer clarinetist; the Ithaca Children’s Choir in “Ruach;” the Cornell Middle Eastern and Mediterranean Music Ensemble and the Ithaca Community Chorus.

We welcome your comments, suggestions and participation. Join us and help to create a vital arts environment at
Temple Beth-El.  Email Marjorie Hoffman here.

Mon, January 17 2022 15 Shevat 5782