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Congregation Beth Israel's eNews for July 22, 2016


WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Friday, July 22
6:30 p.m.
Shabbat Summer Service
(Gordon Chapel)
Rabbi Joshua Herman

Saturday, July 23
8:30 a.m.
Shabbat Morning Minyan
(Gordon Chapel)

9:45 a.m.
Torah Study
(Finger Board Room)
David Scott,
Interim Executive Director & Director of Lifelong Learning

See the Worship Schedule


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BULLETINS

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Bulletins are published as follows: September, November, January, March, May and July.
Click here to view our bulletin archive.
Members who wish to receive Temple bulletins online may now click the link above to read and/or download the latest copy of the Bulletin. If you prefer to receive your Bulletin online, and you have not contacted our offices to have your name removed from the snail mail list, please do so by clicking here.


MEMBER LOGIN

WHAT YOU MAY BE MISSING

If you have yet to login at the Temple website, you are missing the following opportunities:

*online member directory
*update your member info
*view your yahrzeit list
*pay dues online
*make donations online

Each login requires an email as a login ID. If your family is in need of a login please click here and email us your member name and email address!


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...

Nothing replenishes my body and mind like time in the mountains. On a hike with Lisa and friends, I breathe deeply and smell the scents of pine trees and bare earth. As the path dips towards the flowing river, I step into it and feel the brisk cold water run over my bare feet. When the trail ascends higher, we stop to catch our breath in the altitude and eat some energy-rich dark chocolate and almonds. Even a short pause is time enough to look around and find the views that inspire us. We use our phones to capture pictures of the sun cutting through the tall pine and Aspen trees, and we take photos of each other to remember the trek. Talk and laughter accompany us as we make our way to the next fork in the trail. There we decide whether or not to go farther.

On this hike we do go on, and to our delight we happen upon an abandoned rustic farmhouse in the middle of a field of tall grasses. The path to the door is beaten down by many hikers who made their way there before us. To me, being there is like standing in the middle of a painting where only the most perfect colors, materials and textures are used to create a one-of-a-kind pastoral canvas. I take pictures of everything I can and touch with my hands everything that I find. Inside the old farmhouse are rooms that once sheltered a small family. It’s hard to believe that the house could have supported them for long. On our way out, I look back over my shoulder to take one more memory of it with me.

Such pastoral scenes, hikes with friends, and natural beauty are healthy distractions. They remove me momentarily from a crowded and endless schedule, let alone the rage that’s engulfing the world and filling the daily news. Distractions aren’t ploys to escape any of it; but, they do create open spaces for creativity, inspiration and preparation. In Colorado, there are places called “open spaces.” By definition, they’re not landscaped or outlined by anything but nature, itself. Untouched, raw, and growing unbounded, they can be metaphors for times in our life when unbounded open spaces unleash our human potential. Open spaces can be downtime, even bored time. They can stimulate new ways of thinking about old ideas, develop new interest in familiar tasks, and open new pathways to reach fresh solutions. The benefits accrue to everyone.

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HAPPENING THIS WEEK

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

This year for the High Holy Days we will welcome a new High Holy Day prayer book that includes gender-neutral translations, rich commentaries, meaningful readings and poetry, and accessible transliteration. A generous anonymous donor has made these prayer books available to all who attend the High Holy Day services at Beth Israel. If any family or individual would like to dedicate books in honor or memory of a loved one, please contact Jared Pickett, 713-771-6221 x305, to do so. For the purpose of personal reflection or livestreaming services at home, the separate purchase of Mishkan HaNefesh can also be arranged by contacting Jared.
Also, please note that our next Mishkan HaNefesh orientation session will be held in the Lewis President’s Room at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 18. RSVP to Jodi Cortez, 713-271-7369.

BLOOD DONATIONS NEEDED
Do a mitzvah and donate blood and/or platelets for a member of our Houston Jewish Community who is in need. To learn how and where to donate, please visit www.mdanderson.org/BloodBank. When making adonation, reference patient number 1129306. This is truly a gift fro the heart.

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 KICKOFF - AUGUST 28!
The MBJLC's "Shalom Sunday" program will be held on Sunday, August 28 at 9:30 am. We will welcome the Bible Players comedy group, meet our wonderful faculty, make some community art and welcome Samara Schwartz, our new Principal of the MBJLC. Lots of surprises are in store for our children! Registration is still ongoing and 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.



Big Band Shabbat is being underwritten by
Diane and Stanley Novy

SISTERHOOD SHABBAT
Coming to Jazz Shabbat? Join us for a congregational dinner, immediately following the service in the Margolis Gallery (be sure to use the main entrance). Sharon K. Benoff, WRJ Executive Committee member, will give a brief talk about what Women of Reform Judaism is doing now to benefit the Reform Movement around the globe. Dinner is $18 per person in advance, $25 on the day of the event. RSVP to: Marsha Gilbert (mgilbert@beth-israel.org) or 713-771-6221. We look forward to seeing you there!

OPEN HANDS, OPEN HEARTS
“Open Hands, Open Hearts” is the theme of the WRJ Houston Area Event, to be held on Sunday, August 28, here at Congregation Beth Israel. Beginning at 9:00 a.m., we will enjoy a morning of learning, networking, and fun with women from many of the reform congregations in our area. Sharon K. Benoff, WRJ Executive Committee member, will speak, along with other WRJ leaders. The cost is $10 per person. Have questions? Want to RSVP? Contact: Anita Seline (aseline@beth-israel.org), or 713.777.4315.

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.






BETH ISRAEL LIVESTREAM

 “Live from Beth Israel…It’s Shabbat at Beth Israel”
Has a New Home

That’s correct! In addition to upgrading and adding new equipment provided by funds from our generous donors, we have a new internet address for our streamed events. Going forward you can locate us by:

Either way, we encourage you to follow us and enjoy our streamed events. If you have saved a favorite or bookmark at your device please update it to our new address. We will continue to tweak the new page throughout the summer. Currently no email address is required before view. This will change soon so we may continue to reach out to our global audience. Thank you for your patience as we work to bring a more enhanced and updated online experience to you.

Live broadcast of our services and events are made possible through the generous donations provided by the following:

          

Donations to the streaming fund are always appreciated.

To honor or memorialize, your donations help keep Shabbat services and community connected. Click here to make your donation.

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