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Congregation Beth Israel's eNews for November 4, 2016



WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Friday, November 4
6:30 p.m.
GoToShabbat
Rabbi Joshua Herman

6:30 p.m.
Shabbat Chapel Service
(Gordon Chapel)
Rabbi Adrienne Scott,
Rabbi David Lyon,
Cantor Daniel Mutlu,

Saturday, November 5
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
(Sanctuary)

5:30 p.m.
Havdalah 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...

David Brooks is a brilliant and insightful writer for the New York Times. You send me links to his articles to read, especially when he touches a Jewish subject. This week, he touched a Jewish subject with a reference to Martin Buber, a 20th century Jewish theologian. But, please don’t send me a link to his article this week. He got it only half right; even my recent 10th grade Confirmation students could tell you so.

In short, Martin Buber, by way of his famous description of relationships as being either I-it or I-Thou, taught us that "All real living is meeting.” It’s also translated from the German to mean, "All real living is encounter.” Okay, we get that I-it is a subjective and utilitarian relationship like the one we typically have between us and a waiter or the UPS driver. And, we understand that an I-Thou relationship is the one in which we go deeper to "encounter” another without any judgment, criticism or utility. However, Brooks failed to finish his article (maybe due to space restrictions) and highlight the greater goal of the I-Thou encounter. It wasn’t only to grow as persons, it was also to find in the I-Thou that which is always present while we are sometimes absent, namely, the Eternal Thou. Yes, God.

Every I-Thou relationship is fated to be an I-it relationship. Once we exit the I-Thou encounter we can discover that we’ve grown by virtue of sharing one’s self, without ever losing any part of one’s self. We move in and out of it with a goal to encounter and meet each other as often as we can. The motivation to encounter again is to experience the Eternal Thou that is present to us only when we move beyond the utilitarian nature of relationships. In addition to these human relationships, Buber submitted that we can expect the same between us and nature or between us and an animal.

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HAPPENING THIS WEEK

LEFT VS. RIGHT - THE BATTLE FOR ISRAEL'S SOUL
J.J. GOLDBERG AND JONATHAN TOBIN
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2016 - 7:00 P.M.
MARGOLIS GALLERY

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. At 6:30 p.m. we will 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.

FRIENDS OF THE MARGOLIS GALLERY
Invite you to Field Explorations
Opening: November 13, 4:00-6:00 p.m.
Exhibit: November 14 — December, 2016
Does life feel chaotic at times? Discover hope, beauty and renewal at this MUST SEE, awe-inspiring exhibit of photography-based Field Explorations by artist Leslie Field. Let your imagination embrace the mystical result of Field’s investigation of "older processes” and chemical reactions yielding fantastical, newly-formed images. Field’s transformative work invites the discovery of unique vision with her "Kaleidoscope Mandalas,” and two other Polaroid-based series in both black and white and color.

Special highlight: Friends of Margolis Gallery are pleased to host Artist and philosopher Dr. Fernando Casas to share special remarks and insight about Field Explorations. Mark your calendar for November 13th to attend the opening and hear Casas’ keen perspective. Please RSVP by Thursday, November 9: skaiser@beth-israel.org

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. For more information, please contact Rabbi Josh Herman at jherman@beth-israel.org.


UPCOMING EVENTS

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. Come hear about Dr. Friedman's personal journey to inspiration as a Jewish woman as she discusses "Women, Poetry, and Renewal." RSVP to sisterhood@beth-israel.org for address.

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. 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.

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.

JUST INTO THE GIFT SHOP
We just received this beautiful glass Hanukkah menorah, one of four in the shop by artist Fay Miler who has won numerous awards and whose work is on display at galleries across the U.S., England and Canada. Come take a look.


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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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