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Congregation Beth Israel's eNews for July 15, 2016


WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Friday, July 15
6:30 p.m.
Shabbat Summer Service
(Gordon Chapel)
Rabbi Joshua Herman

Saturday, July 16
8:30 a.m.
Shabbat Morning Minyan
(Gordon Chapel)

9:45 a.m.
Torah Study
(Finger Board Room)
Rabbi Joshua Herman

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...

The Prophet Micah (8th c BCE) said to the Israelites, “Remember what Balak, king of Moab, plotted against You (in the past), and how Balaam responded to him, and you will recognize the gracious acts of the Lord.” Seeing that their safe journey in the past and now in Judah could be due to God’s handiwork, Micah addresses the Israelite’s response with increasingly powerful rhetorical questions, “With what shall I approach the Lord: Do homage to God on high?” “Shall I approach him with burnt offerings? Would the Lord be pleased with thousands of rams, with myriads of streams of oil? Should I give my firstborn for my transgression, the fruit of my body for my own sin?”

Micah builds this literary tension and then delivers the punch, “It has been told you, O mortal, what is good, and what the Eternal requires of you – only this: to do justly, and love mercy, and walk humbly with your God.”

The brilliance of Micah’s contribution to Israelite life leads to an unprecedented and richly new approach to serving God. Now the unblemished deed (justice, mercy and humility) is as important as the unblemished sacrifice. After the fall of the northern kingdom of Israel by the Assyrians, the southern kingdom of Judah was threatened. Micah believed that if Judah’s leaders didn’t serve God, they would be destroyed. Their salvation would be found in deeds of social justice rather than sacrifices.


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.


QUINQUENNIAL WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES

The following couples are celebrating their quinquennial wedding anniversaries during the month of July. They will be blessed on Friday, July 15 at the 6:30 p.m. service in the Gordon Chapel.

Mazel Tov!

10 years – Leorah & Travis Freeman
10 years – Shelly & Marc Spieler
25 years – Naomi & David Schwartz
30 years – Candace & David Weinstein
35 years – Gerilyn & John Gordon
35 years – Sharon & Martin Grimm
40 years – Debbie & David Wizig
45 years – Connie & Arnold Pollon
50 years – Linda & Amnon Sandler
55 years – Marilyn & Joel Kay
55 years – Roslyn & Leonard Yaffie


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
visit our website
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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