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Congregation Beth Israel's eNews for November 18, 2016

 
WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Friday, November 18
6:30 p.m.
Shabbat Sanctuary Service
(Sanctuary)
Cantor Daniel Mutlu,
Rabbi David Lyon,
Rabbi Adriennne Scott

Saturday, November 19
8:30 a.m.
Shabbat Morning Minyan
(Gordon Chapel)

9:45 a.m.
Torah Study
(Finger Board Room)
Cantor Daniel Mutlu

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...

 In April, 2016, New York Times columnist, Arthur Brooks, wrote, "Liberals should be liberals and conservatives should be conservatives. But our duty is to be respectful, fair and friendly to all, even those with whom we have great differences.” The title of the article was "Bipartisanship isn’t for wimps, after all.” Brooks was right. We’ll always debate issues we hold dearly; but, Judaism has taught us to debate for the sake of heaven. How do we know if we’re arguing for the sake of heaven? In the 17th century, a rabbi taught, "This is how you know: if the [debaters] love each other completely in heart and soul, then that is a sign that their argument is for the sake of heaven. But if they are enemies, and they bear hatred for each other — that is not for the sake of heaven, and Evil will live inside them.”

Criticism is a healthy part of debate; when it’s constructively expressed it enables us to hear each other. Contempt leaves no room for debate; it’s a reliable signal of impending doom. It’s as true about marriage and relationships as it is about the fabric of our nation. The question is, "What kind of disagreements are we going to have with each other?” Will they flow from mutual respect or will they emerge from unmitigated aversion.

History proves that arguing our differences with unmitigated aversion leads to objectifying and demonizing our foes. The results have led to social marginalization at best and ethnic cleansing at worst. Arguing and debating with mutual respect, even if it isn’t with love in our hearts and souls, has always proven to be the nobler way.


HAPPENING THIS WEEK

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.

 

COFFEE TALK SERIES CONTINUES
On Sunday Morning, November 20, the MBJLC Coffee Talk Series will continue, featuring the second of two sessions led by Rabbi David Lyon on How to Talk to our Children and Grandchildren about Death. All are welcome to attend this Sunday morning in the Margolis Gallery at 10:00 a.m. with brunch beginning at 9:30 a.m.

HOLIDAY CLOSINGS
Temple Offices will close at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 23 and will remain closed through the weekend. Offices will re-open on Monday November 28.

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.


UPCOMING EVENTS

FRIENDS OF THE MARGOLIS GALLERY INVITE YOU TO:
FIELD EXPLORATIONS
Reception: Sunday, December 4, 2016 / 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Special insights from Rabbi Adrienne Scott and David Scott, 10:00 a.m.
Exhibit on view through December 30
RSVP to Sara Kaiser, 713-771-6221, by Wednesday, November 30

SISTERHOOD NEWS
Sisterhood invites you to "Margaritas and Mitzvahs” on Tuesday, November 29 at 6:30 p.m. We’ll meet for dinner beforehand and shop together to fill our "Count Me In" bags. Please let us know if you will join us by emailing sisterhood@beth-israel.org.

Join Sisterhood for Girls Night at Mad Potter Meyerland. Your $15.00 check is your reservation. Please send to Anita at Congregation Beth Israel Sisterhood. This includes wine, snacks, and paint time. The price of the piece is separate. Questions? E-mail sisterhood@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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