Armed Forces Shabbat 2019

Armed Forces Shabbat July 5, 2019

On Friday, July 5, at 6:30 pm, in the Wulfe Sanctuary, Temple Beth-El observed Armed Forces Shabbat. During the service, all current and former U.S. military personnel were asked to stand to receive a special blessing before the open Ark. Military personnel were encouraged to attend in uniform. Jewish War Veterans Post 753 ushered. Before the service, at 5:45 pm, Sisterhood hosted a special Shabbat Nosh for all to enjoy. Posters of notable Jews in the U.S. Armed Forces were on display in the Stahl Gallery and Shabbat Nosh. See them HERE.

Temple Member Suzanne Gilboux Spoke

Suzanne Gilboux is a member of Temple Beth-El and was previously a congregation member at Beth Shalom in Overland Park, Kansas. Suzanne converted to Judaism in 2001 and became a B’nei Mitzvah at Temple Beth-El in March 2017. She is a proud member of the San Antonio Jewish community. Suzanne resides in Boerne with her spouse, Penny. All her immediate family live in Texas. Her step-children and grandchildren are in Texas and Washington. She came to San Antonio in 1976 after her late father, John, retired as a US Army Officer after twenty-two years of service. Read what Suzanne had to say HERE.

You may watched the archived video of the service HERE.

Temple’s WWII Flag on Display
The Temple’s WWII flag, pictured here with Temple member Tom Kaufman,  has a star with each member’s name who served in that war, and was on display in the Wulfe Sanctuary during the service. The flag, kept in the Temple archives, was originally dedicated in 1944 in memory of Karleen Hammer Kaufman (Tom Kaufman’s mother) by Pi Tau Pi Fraternity and was rededicated in 2010.