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Rabbi Lyon's Blog - 06_08_2012
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From the Desk of Rabbi David Lyon
June 8, 2012

 

I flew home from Chicago this past weekend. Upon arriving at the gate, we stood in the aisle to await our turns to exit the plane. Passengers began to talk about the weather in Houston. A visitor to our great city asked how far it was from the hotel in the Medical Center to Rice University. Many answers swirled around. He asked if it was too hot to walk there. That’s when I turned around to join the conversation. I said thoughtfully, “Sir, it’s Houston in June. It’s hot!” The bubble over my head said, “Get over it!”

                Houston in June means many things. First and foremost, Beth Israel is leading a trip to Israel. We travel from June 10th through June 19th. During our excursion, we will Blog our experiences and post our pictures. You can follow us at http://cbi2012israel.blogspot.com.

                Houston in June also means that we held our congregation’s annual meeting. Quoting Rabbi Karff who likes to say, “The only thing worse than a boring annual meeting is an interesting one.” Ours was not boring by any means, but it was interesting for all the right reasons. As Kevin Lewis passed the gavel of leadership to Bobby Lapin, he summarized the place we find ourselves in as a congregation during his two years as president and over the course of this past 12 months. Indeed, we have grown as a congregation in many ways, not the least of which is involvement, attendance, and creativity. Like his predecessors, Kevin rose to meet the challenges of his tenure while he provided leadership and direction for the future. It has been a personal joy to work with Kevin in his role as president, but it was enriched by the fact that we are also friends. The meaning of that friendship is reflected in the mutual respect and admiration that went untarnished despite the hard work we shared. I would be remiss if I didn’t say that our friendship has truly deepened as a result. Thank you, Kevin, for your unwavering devotion to Beth Israel.

                Houston in June also means that families are heading north, south, east and west for vacation and rejuvenation. Some children head to camp and some families head to the hills and mountains. For those who stay close to home, let me urge you to find as much rejuvenation at Beth Israel. The Schachtel Library remains open during summer hours. Don’t hesitate to visit and enjoy the largest Jewish library in the southwest. Throughout the summer, Shabbat worship services continue every Friday night at 6:30pm in the Gordon Chapel. Bright and uplifting music, a special D’var Torah, and personal prayers welcome everyone. Out by 7:30pm, Shabbat services make a perfect way to end the week and begin a quiet day of rest.

                If you happen to deplane in Houston, welcome visitors to our city with a warm welcome and a promise of high heat and humidity. We’re nothing if not honest, and we have the most air-conditioned city in the world. As the weekend begins, many of us will be on our way to Israel. Look for postings from the Holy Land, and next week’s message on the remarkable events we will be eager to return home and tell you all about.

                From my family to yours, Shabbat Shalom.

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