Congregation Beth Israel's eNews for October 28, 2016


WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Friday, October 28
6:30 p.m.
Shabbat Sanctuary Service
(Sanctuary)
Scholar-in-Residence:
Rabbi Uri Regev
Rabbi David Lyon,
Cantor Daniel Mutlu,
Rabbi Adrienne Scott
Rabbi Joshua Herman

Saturday, October 29
8:30 a.m.
Shabbat Morning Minyan
(Gordon Chapel)

9:45 a.m.
Torah Study
(Finger Board Room)
Scholar-in-Residence:
Rabbi Uri Regev

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

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

FROM THE RABBI...

The Torah reading cycle begins anew this Shabbat, with the first verses of Genesis. You know them well, “In the beginning,” or “When God began creating,” depending on your English translation. But, did you know that the first letter of the entire Torah is the Hebrew letter Bet and not Aleph?

In their effort to explain why Torah begins with the second letter of the Hebrew aleph-bet and not the first, the Rabbis taught the following. They said that the letter Bet is closed on three sides and opened on the side facing the interior of the Torah text. Bet is like a box with one side missing and a long base. What’s important about this? The Rabbis explained that the closed sides teach us not to speculate on what is above and what is below the earth; nor should we look before the days of creation. Rather, the way forward is the path that leads us into Torah, because it leads to “our life and the length of our days.”

The Torah Way is the right path. It’s a path that shows us how to live by Torah today. Wisdom has no expiration date and Torah is no exception. For example, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” (Leviticus 19). Or, it might be found in rabbinical literature (Mishnah, Talmud, Midrash) which is an extension of Torah because it serves as a living commentary to it. For example, “Do not scold your neighbor with a fault which is also your own.” (Mekhilta 18).

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HAPPENING THIS WEEK

SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE:
RABBI URI REGEV,
OCTOBER 28-29, 2016
Rabbi Uri Regev is an internationally renowned leader and advocate of religious liberty and the progressive movements of Judaism in his native Israel and around the world. Join us as we welcome him to our community on Friday night at 6:30 pm where he will deliver the Shabbat message, and on Saturday morning for brunch at 9:45 am.

CAUTION: ROAD CONSTRUCTION
Please be aware of road construction on North Braeswood near Beth Israel. Enter and exit the parking lot with caution. Please drive carefully.

Beth Israel’s Social Justice Committee is holding a fall coat drive. Please bring gently worn coats to Beth Israel through November 20th. Volunteers will deliver the coats to local charities and shelters. A collection bin will be located at the front desk whenever the Temple office is open, as well as at the Sanctuary entrance before services on Shabbat. Please share some warmth as the temperatures cool by sharing your gently worn coats with those in need. For more information, please contact Rabbi Josh Herman at jherman@beth-israel.org.


UPCOMING EVENTS

LEFT VS. RIGHT - THE BATTLE FOR ISRAEL'S SOUL
J.J. GOLDBERG AND JONATHAN TOBIN
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2016 - 7:00 P.M.
Two days after the Presidential election J.J. Goldberg from The Forward newspaper and Jonathan Tobin of Commentary magazine will be with us at Congregation Beth Israel to discuss the impact of the election on Israel and the American Jewish Community. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Jodi Cortez, 713-271-7369.

VETERAN'S SHABBAT — NOVEMBER 11
Our annual Veteran’s Shabbat will take place in the Sanctuary on November 11, 2016. We look forward to seeing you at 6:30 p.m. as we honor our veterans. All veterans are welcome to dress in uniform as we celebrate and honor your service with a special blessing on the bimah. We will also welcome Samuel Chu, the National Synagogue Organizer of Mazon, the Jewish Response to Hunger. For more details about Mazon’s efforts to support our veterans, please visit http://mazon.org/take-action.

BETH ISRAEL IS GOING TO CUBA!
Join Rabbi Lyon and Cantor Mutlu for an experience of a lifetime. Spend a week in Havana with members of our congregational family. Our trip will be May 6-13, 2017 with direct flights from Houston to Havana, Cuba. During your trip you will engage with the historic Jewish community, learn more about the political and cultural landscape of the country, and experience the beauty of the Cuban coastline. Our first orientation session will be on November 2 at 7 pm in the Finger Board Room. For more information, please contact David Scott at dscott@beth-israel.org or call (713) 771-6221.

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.

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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SISTERHOOD NEWS
Sisterhood is proud to be a Community Partner of the 44th Ann and Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book & Arts Fair. Join us at "Local Literati” on Sunday, November 13th at 4pm at the ERJCC. Meet our hometown writers and learn about their new works first-hand.

Sisterhood invites you to join them on Tuesday, November 15th @7pm for Rosh Chodesh with Miriam Friedman and Rabbi Scott. Come hear about Dr. Friedman's personal journey to inspiration as a Jewish woman as she discusses "Women, Poetry, and Renewal." RSVP tosisterhood@beth-israel.org for address.

SISTERHOOD BLESSINGS DONATIONS
If you did not receive a Sisterhood Blessings donation form, you are welcome to pick one up in the Gift Shop. Thank you for remembering Sisterhood in your giving.

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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