Congregation Beth Israel's eNews for August 19, 2016


WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Friday, August 19
6:30 p.m.
Shabbat Chapel Service
(Gordon Chapel)
Rabbi Adrienne Scott,
Rabbi David Lyon,

Cantor Daniel Mutlu,

Saturday, August 20
8:30 a.m.
Shabbat Morning Minyan
(Gordon Chapel)

9:45 a.m.
Torah Study
(Finger Board Room)
Rabbi David Lyon

11:00 a.m.
Shabbat Morning Service
(Gordon Chapel)

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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...

Israeli athlete snubbed by Egyptian opponent. The headline said it all. The comments that followed reflected the myriad opinions on the animosity that lingers between the two nations and peoples. The challenge is that the Olympics are supposed to highlight athleticism and sportsmanship over politics and dishonor. Unfortunately, there seems to be no place devoid of Arab/Muslim animosity for an Israeli/Jewish presence either in the Middle East or on the Olympic mat.

The vast difference can be found in the Israeli/Jewish reaction to an Arab/Muslim presence especially on the same Olympic mat. Compared to his Egyptian opponent, El Shahaby, the Israeli contender, Or Sasson, said in response, “To honor your rival is something I was educated to do. The Olympics is built on respect.”

I can’t know exactly when Sasson first learned this profound lesson, but I do know that it has its roots in Talmud. There, rival rabbinic opinions were the norm. Competing rabbinic opinions stood against each other in order to refine an argument that was addressed from all sides. The victor in the legal scrape emerged from reason and experience, and some would say, from a better team of legal minds. Though animosity was not recorded, per se, there had to have been some hard feelings between competing rabbis. However, they concluded early (see the story of the Oven of Achnai) that an argument for the sake of heaven was one in which there were no losers; only sacred contenders who aimed for solutions that interpreted Torah for the sake of Jewish life lived in covenant with God.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

LEISURE CLUB, AUGUST 24
Beth Israel's Leisure Club will have a Game Day when they meet in Wolff-Toomim Hall on Wednesday, August 24. Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. and at 12:15 p.m. the games will begin. $10.00 per person. Your check is your reservation. For questions contact Marsha Gilbert, 713-771-6221 x336.



Big Band Shabbat is being underwritten by
Diane and Stanley Novy

WE HIGHLY RECOMMEND ARRIVING EARLY!

SISTERHOOD SHABBAT
Coming to Jazz Shabbat ntxt Friday night? Join us for a congregational dinner, immediately following the service in the Margolis Gallery. 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.





"OPEN HANDS, OPEN HEARTS" - SISTERHOOD & THE WRJ
“Open Hands, Open Hearts” is the theme of the Houston Area Event, to be held on Sunday, August 28, here at Congregation Beth Israel, sponsored by Beth Israel Sisterhood and the Women of Reform Judaism. Beginning at 9:00 a.m., we will welcome back Sharon Benoff and enjoy a morning of learning, networking, and fun with women from many of the reform congregations in our area. The cost is $10 per person. Contact: Anita Seline (aseline@beth-israel.org), or 713-777-4315 to RSVP.


UPCOMING EVENTS

 SHABBAT PRAYERS HEBREW CLASS
Please contact Hebrew Program Supervisor Sharon Windham, 713-271-7369 for information on a class to learn Hebrew through the use of Shabbat prayers. The class is set to begin on September 11, 2016.


LOOKING FOR 20'S AND 30'S
Do you know any young people moving back to Houston or new to H-town who are in their 20’s or 30’s? Beth Israel wants to welcome and help connect them to Houston’s thriving Jewish network of social/educational/service organizations for young adults, including Beth Israel’s very active ATID group. Please send any names you have, including email addresses and cell numbers, to Rabbi Herman at jherman@beth-israel.org.

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.

NEW HIGH HOLIDAY PRAYER BOOK
This year for the High Holy Days we will welcome Mishkan HaNefesh, 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. To help underwrite our storage costs for these books, 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.

LIBRARY NEWS
The Schachtel Library hours are Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Friday 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Librarian Judy Weidman will be in the Library Tuesday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. 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!


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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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Has a New Home

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