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Congregation Beth Israel's eNews for July 8, 2016


WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Friday, July 8
6:30 p.m.
Shabbat Summer Service
(Gordon Chapel)
Rabbi Adrienne Scott

Saturday, July 9
8:30 a.m.
Shabbat Morning Minyan
(Gordon Chapel)

9:45 a.m.
Torah Study
(Finger Board Room)
Rabbi Adrienne Scott

See the Worship Schedule


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Rabbi Lyon on the Radio
Rabbi David A. Lyon may be heard on Sunday mornings, 6:45 a.m., KODA, Sunny 99.1 FM radio

FROM THE RABBI...

Americans on vacation travel to some of the finest places in the world. Without leaving the country, we have the privilege to step aside from the world’s news for a little while in beautiful settings. Where am I? I’m with Lisa in the Colorado mountains. We like the terra firma that meets our feet and keeps us grounded, so to speak. I begin each day reading and writing, and then gain inspiration from the landscape and outdoor experiences. Then we join friends for rigorous (?) hikes, good meals, and lots of fun. Time in the mountains helps me prepare to return home and give more to my family, the congregation and the community in the New Year.

Vacation escapes, however, don’t relieve us of all the daily news, its complexities and tragedies. News of Elie Wiesel saddened me especially. His death marked the end of an era. In his lifetime, he became the voice and interpreter of the Holocaust and by extension of humanity’s self-examination during its darkest periods. The Holocaust was unique in its horror, and Wiesel committed his life to give voice to those whose voices were silenced. In many quotes attributed to him in his work as author, teacher and lecturer, Wiesel warned us against silence as a victory for the “tormenter, not the tormented.” And, he was well-known for reminding us that “the opposite of love is not hate; it’s indifference.” There were those who knew him personally and glimpsed on occasion the strained smile that he revealed. They were also acutely aware of his need to consider his life a gift during which he would express his gratitude through his commitment to help the world remember the Holocaust.

Deborah Lipdstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies at Emory University, recently talked about her experience sitting with Wiesel in 2005, when President George W. Bush asked a small group of Americans to represent him at the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. She described a bitter cold day in January when they gathered for the anniversary program. She explained that despite being bundled up in many layers of winter clothing, she shivered from the cold. Sitting next to Wiesel and, “without thinking,” she emphasized, she turned to him and said, "Oh, I'm so cold." She was mortified. Wiesel once endured such bitter cold with nothing but “a pajama-like uniform and ill-fitting shoes to keep him warm.” She turned once more to Wiesel and said, “I'm sorry. Certainly this cold is nothing like what you experienced as an inmate sixty years ago." Then she apologized again. "I'm so sorry." She reported that Wiesel leaned over, touched her hand, and with a sad smile said: "Don't apologize, Deborah. I am cold too."

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HAPPENING THIS WEEK

NEW HIGH HOLIDAY PRAYER BOOK ORIENTATION - AUGUST 18 AT 7 PM

This year for the High Holidays we will welcome a new prayer book that includes gender-neutral translations, rich commentaries, meaningful readings and poetry, and accessible transliteration. If you would like to dedicate books in honor of your family or in memory of a loved one, please e-mail Jared Pickett or call him for more details at 713-771-6221 x340. For the purpose of personal reflection or livestreaming services at home, copies may also be arranged by contacting us. Also, please join us for our next Mishkan HaNefesh Orientation session on August 18 at 7 pm in the Lewis President's Room. RSVP to Jodi Cortez at 713-271-7369.

AMBASSADORS NEEDED

Are you interested in welcoming our new members to Beth Israel? Volunteer to be a Beth Israel Ambassador. As an ambassador you will connect with new members at Shabbat services or at Temple programs and events. For more information, please contact Bonnie Hochstein at bphochstein@yahoo.com or Anne Diskin anne.diskin@yahoo.com.


UPCOMING EVENTS

 

MBJLC REGISTRATION
Registration for the 2016-2017 School Year is in progress. Registration materials are available here. Contact the Miriam Browning Jewish Learning Center, 713-271-7369, for further information.

BETH ISRAEL READERS' GROUP
The Readers' Group will take a Summer Break for the months of July and August. The next meeting will be Wednesday, September 21st at 1:30 p.m. in the Lewis President's Room. Interim Executive Director and Director of Lifelong Learning David Scott will lead the discussion of "The Children Act" by Ian McEwan. All congregants and friends are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Judy Weidman, Temple Librarian, 713-820-6410.

LIBRARY NEWS
The Schachtel Library summer hours are 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. Librarian Judy Weidman will be in the Library during those hours. Click here to visit the library web page.

JUDAICA SHOP
Beth Israel Sisterhood's Judaica Shop is open 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. weekdays for the summer. Contact Anita Seline, 713-777-4315 for information.
THE JUDAICA SHOP IS HAVING A 20% OFF SALE
UNTIL THE END OF AUGUST!


PLEASE
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for information on other upcoming events.

BRING THE GIFT OF BETH ISRAEL HOME!

Rabbi David Lyon's book, God of Me: Imagining God throughout Your Lifetime, Cantor Daniel Mutlu's CD, A Musical Year at Beth Israel, Rabbi Samuel Karff's two disc set of sermons, Words Spoken from My Mind and Soul, and Rabbi Karff's latest book, For This You Were Created, are all available through our Judaica Shop, and amazon.com. Click below for more information.






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