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Congregation Beth Israel's eNews for November 11, 2016



WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Friday, November 11
6:30 p.m.
Shabbat Sanctuary Service
(Sanctuary)
Rabbi David Lyon,
Cantor Daniel Mutlu,
Rabbi Adriennne Scott,
Rabbi Joshua Herman

Saturday, November 12
8:30 a.m.
Shabbat Morning Minyan
(Gordon Chapel)

9:45 a.m.
Torah Study
(Finger Board Room)
Rabbi Joshua Herman

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...

Veteran’s Day is a day to honor every American who served in the armed forces to defend our country. It’s a day to give thanks to those who honor the American dream inscribed in the Constitution, and emblazoned on memorials and public buildings across our great land. It’s a time to remember our hope symbolized by the Liberty Bell and its famous inscription from Torah (Leviticus 25:10) "Proclaim liberty throughout all the land to all the inhabitants.” On Friday, November 11th, at 6:30pm at Congregation Beth Israel, Houston, we will honor our veterans with a blessing and the singing of "God Bless America”.

The hallmarks of our nation have upheld us through war, political corruption, and civil unrest. We have reached high to overcome inequality and to achieve rights for women and minorities. We have placed trust into the hands of those who were newcomers to us but who shared our outlook for America. But, never have we faced a president-elect who blatantly and freely spoke of nearly every demographic in pejorative and racist terms. For or against him, his branded message precedes him. The effects have been swift and immediate. Swastikas have appeared on storefronts and southern synagogues were threatened with a letter that said, in effect, "We’re coming into the synagogues to finish the job” of Dylan Roof, the Charleston church shooter. These are not just words. We know that from history.

What to do? What to say? Congregation Beth Israel has weathered many storms in its 162 year history in Houston. Judaism’s Golden Rules have helped us endure: "Love your neighbor as yourself, I am the Lord” (Leviticus 19:18), "Do not wrong the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt” (found 36 times in Torah), and, "What is hateful to you, do not do to others” (Mishnah).

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HAPPENING THIS WEEK

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. 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
Discover hope, beauty and renewal at this MUST SEE, awe-inspiring exhibit of photography-based Field Explorations by artist Leslie Field.

Beth Israel’s Social Justice Committee invites you to bring gently worn coats to Beth Israel through November 20th. Volunteers will deliver the coats to local charities and shelters. A collection bin is located at the front desk and at the Sanctuary entrance before services on Shabbat. For more information, please contact Rabbi Josh Herman at jherman@beth-israel.org.


QUINQUENNIAL WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES

The following couples are celebrating their quinquennial wedding anniversaries during the month of November. Mazel Tov!

5 years – Stacia & Daniel Folloder
15 years – Joyce & Jim Friedman
15 years – Nancy & Hank Rothfeder
15 years – Naomi & Brian Wittlin
20 years – Stacy & Scott Doctor
20 years – Amy Middleman & Larry Heyman
25 years – Ellen & Michael Newman
25 years – Suzanne & David Slavin
25 years – Terry & Martin Stoger
30 years – Debby & John Dreyfus
30 years – Sheri & Robert Fleishman
30 years – Jana & Stuart Kusin
30 years – Isabelle & Eric Mayer
30 years – Ronni & Michael Stevens
45 years – Roslyn & Ricky Haikin
45 years – Yevgeniya & Saveliy Rabinovich
60 years – Beverly & Jim Fish
60 years – Joan & Marvin Kaplan


UPCOMING EVENTS

SISTERHOOD NEWS
Sisterhood invites you to Rosh Chodesh with Miriam Friedman, Tuesday, November 15th @ 7:00 p.m. Come hear about Dr. Friedman's personal journey of inspiration as a Jewish woman as she discusses "Women, Poetry, and Renewal." RSVP to sisterhood@beth-israel.org for address.

"Margaritas and Mitzvahs” on Tuesday, November 29 at 6:30pm. We’ll meet for dinner beforehand and shop together to fill our "Count Me In" bags. Please RSVP to sisterhood@beth-israel.org.

FAMILY SHABBAT CAMP OUT - NOVEMBER 18 AT 6:00 PM
Please join us for our Family Shabbat Camp Out! We will gather together for Shabbat services and dinner, followed by fun activities for children of all ages and wine and cheese for adults. The cost is $10 per person over the age of 3. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Ashley Mills at amills@beth-israel.org.

 

 

BETH ISRAEL IS GOING TO CUBA!
Join Rabbi Lyon and Cantor Mutlu for an experience of a lifetime. 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.


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.






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