Congregation Beth Israel's eNews for November 25, 2016
 

WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Friday, November 25
6:30 p.m.
Shabbat Chapel Service
(Gordon Chapel)
  Rabbi Joshua Herman,
Rabbi Adriennne Scott

Saturday, November 26
8:30 a.m.
Shabbat Morning Minyan
(Gordon Chapel)

9:45 a.m.
Torah Study
(Finger Board Room)
David Scott, Interim
Executive Director &
Director of Lifelong Learning

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

HAPPENING THIS WEEK

OUR SANCTUARY IS GETTING A FACELIFT!
Since the April 2016 Tax Day Flood and the 2015 Memorial Day Flood, we have been hard at work resolving flooding concerns in our Sanctuary. While much of the underground renovations have been completed, as well as renovations for our rooms behind the bimah, there is still more work to be done. We are pleased to share that from the beginning of December until mid-January, we will be renovating our Sanctuary space. New carpeting will be installed throughout the Sanctuary and the Wolff-Toomim Hall, and our Sanctuary will have new wallpaper, new bimah chair coverings, and a special redesign of our lower bimah. The lower bimah will be brought forward and closer to the seats, and we will be installing a ramp on the left side of the bimah to allow those who need special assistance to be able to access the lower bimah. Our redesign will also allow those in wheelchairs to be able to sit closer to the bimah with their families when they are joining us for a special occasion. There will still be additional room for those with special needs, and the last two rows of the Sanctuary will have permanent signage indicating these rows are reserved for them. Finally, we intend to upgrade our hearing aid capabilities to allow anyone in the Sanctuary or Wolff-Toomim Hall to be able to hear our services more clearly. Our special thanks to Rabbi Scott and the Inclusion Committee for their assistance and guidance as we make this dream into a reality. Special thanks as well to Shirley Toomim, Board of Trustees President Bruce Levy, our incredible staff, and everyone else who helped on this project.

On January 20, 2017, as part of our Down Home Shabbat musical service and our New Member Family Dinner for all our new families in the congregation, we will also be revealing our brand new Sanctuary space with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. It will be an historic event in our Congregation, and we invite you to join us for this special night of celebration. For further questions about this project and our plans for January 20, 2017, please contact David Scott at (713) 771-6221 or dscott@beth-israel.org.

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, 7:00 p.m., Thursday, December 1. 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.


UPCOMING EVENTS

LEISURE CLUB
Join us for A CHANUKAH CELEBRATION, featuring Cantor Daniel Mutlu on Wednesday, December 7. Lunch will begin at 11:30 a.m. It will include brisket, latkes and gelt. Cost is $10.00 per person. Your check is your reservation. For further information, please contact Marsha Gilbert, 713-771-6221 x336. Leisure Club will meet in The Margolis Gallery. Seating Limited.

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

BETH ISRAEL READERS' GROUP
The Readers' Group will meet in the Lewis President's Room, 1:30 p.m.on Wednesday, December 14. The group  will listen to the score of "Hamilton" and read parts of the libretto. Contact Librarian Judy Weidman, 713-771-6221 x370 for further information.

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.


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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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