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Congregation Beth Israel's eNews for October 14, 2016


WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Friday, October 14
6:30 p.m.
Shabbat Sanctuary Service
(Sanctuary)
Rabbi Adrienne Scott,
Rabbi David Lyon,
Cantor Daniel Mutlu,
Rabbi Joshua Herman

Saturday, October 15
8:30 a.m.
Shabbat Morning Minyan
(Gordon Chapel)

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

11:00 a.m.
Shabbat Morning Service
(Sanctuary)

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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...

Sukkot is one of my favorite holidays. Also called Zeman Simchatienu, the “Season of our Joy,” Sukkot is purposely joyful to follow Yom Kippur’s solemn mood. In Leviticus 23:40ff, we learn to spend time in a sukkah, take up the four species (etrog, palm, willow, and myrtle) and “rejoice before God.” Today, rejoicing with branches from trees can’t compete with things that light up, buzz, and transform. But, we do it anyway.

Each of us is instructed to take up the four species and participate in the celebration. In their teaching, the rabbis help us see ourselves in the celebration, too. After all, the holiday isn’t about tree branches. It’s about celebrating our relationship with God. By way of an analogy, the rabbis equate Torah knowledge with edible fruit, namely, palm and etrog; and (mitzvah) good deeds with a sweet aroma, namely, myrtle and etrog. Only the willow branch has neither edible fruit nor sweet aroma. And, they taught, there are four kinds of people: those like the etrog, who have Torah knowledge and no good deeds; the myrtle, with good deeds, but no Torah knowledge; the palm, with Torah knowledge, but no good deeds; and the willow, with no Torah knowledge and no good deeds.

At our best, we are like the etrog, with Torah knowledge and good deeds. And, yet, in the same way that we hold the four species in a cluster, we also bind ourselves to a community of people. The rabbis teach us that the Jewish people can never be destroyed as long as we’re bound together. The best among us may support those who have not yet found their way to Torah knowledge or even good deeds. Weakness is balanced by strength; transgressions are balanced by good deeds. Together, we overcome and prosper.

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HAPPENING THIS WEEK

SUSHI AND SAKE IN THE SUKKAH WITH ATID - OCTOBER 15TH
Beth Israel’s 20’s and 30’s are hosting a party to celebrate the completion of our sukkah! Enjoy sushi and sake in the sukkah beginning at 6:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Rabbi Josh Herman at
jherman@beth-israel.org.

SUKKOT FAMILY SHABBAT
Our Sukkot Family Shabbat will be on Friday, October 21st at 6:00 p.m. Shabbat services, dinner, and fun activities for kids of all ages! Enjoy a wine and cheese reception for adults after dinner hosted by Jon and Robin Saikin and Mark and Allison Levine while kids have fun in the Sukkah. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Ashley Mills, amills@beth-israel.org.

 

SIMCHAT TORAH
As a community, we never truly stop reading Torah, and we never truly start. We continue from the end of Deuteronomy to the beginning of Genesis on the same day — in some communities, on the same breath — so that we will never be separate from the words that have always been our guide. Join us for our Simchat Torah service on Sunday, October 23rd at 5:00pm, as we celebrate that joyful moment of continuation. Adding to the joy of the day, some of our youngest community members will be celebrating Torah for the very first time at their Consecration. They will celebrate with us, and parade with their own tiny Torahs.

HOLIDAY CLOSINGS
Temple offices will be closed on Monday, October 17 for the first day of Sukkot. Our Sukkot Festival Service will be held in the Gordon Chapel at 10:30 a.m.
Temple offices will be closed on Monday, October 24 for Simchat Torah. Our Simchat Torah Yizkor Service will be held in the Gordon Chapel at 10:30 a.m.

BETH ISRAEL READERS' GROUP
The Readers' Group will meet in the Lewis President's Room at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 19. The October book is Orchestra of Exiles by Josh Aronson. This book is the 2016 Community Read. Discussion will be facilitated by Robyn Shkolnik. For information, please contact Librarian Judy Weidman, 713-771-6221 x370.


UPCOMING EVENTS

SHARE THE LOAD
Donations to Share the Load help close the gap between our budgeted expenses and our actual expenses for many of our programs. Click this link to see a copy of our Share the Load brochure for 2016-2017.

OCTOBER LEISURE CLUB
Beth Israel's Leisure Club will meet on Wednesday, October 26. A Deli Lunch will be served at 11:30 a.m. At 12:15 p.m. Rabbi David Lyon will speak. His topic will be: "I Didn't Know They Were Jewish!" A Look at Jewish Hollywood Stars of Yesteryear. The cost is $10.00 per person. Your check is your reservation. Please send to Leisure Club, Congregation Beth Israel, 5600 N Braeswood Blvd, Houston TX 77096.

BETH ISRAEL HOSTS THE HOLOCAUST MUSEUM OF HOUSTON'S "BUTTERFLY PROJECT"
Through the end of December, Beth Israel is hosting part of the Holocaust Museum of Houston's Butterfly Exhibit in the Sanctuary Foyer, which includes handmade butterflies to commemorate the children who perished in the Holocaust. The exhibit helps us focus on themes of memory, social justice and forgiveness.

ENCOUNTERING ISRAEL
Stop by the Margolis Art Gallery to see the fabulous exhibit by renowned photographer, Susan Ressler, of Taos, New Mexico. Encountering Israel will be on exhibit through October. Contact Sara Kaiser, 713-771-6221 x301 for further information.

JOIN BETH ISRAEL IN WASHINGTON, DC MARCH 26-28, 2017
On Rosh Hashanah, Rabbi Lyon shared with us his vision for Israel Advocacy and our congregation’s commitment to Israel. Please register today and be part of our growing Beth Israel delegation to the AIPAC Policy Conference next March 26-28, 2017. To register for the AIPAC Policy Conference, please click here. If you have any questions, please contact David Scott, 713-771-6221 x612.

LIBRARY NEWS
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JUDAICA SHOP
Beth Israel Sisterhood's Judaica Shop is open Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; Wednesday until 5:00 p.m.; Sundays 9:30 a.m. until Noon.
Contact Anita Seline, 713-777-4315 for information.

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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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