Congregation Beth Israel's eNews for January 6, 2017 
 
WORSHIP SCHEDULE

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

Saturday, January 7
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
(Gordon Chapel)

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FROM THE RABBI...

In two weeks, our new president will be inaugurated in our nation’s capital. Since Election Day in November, I’ve read and listened to reactions about the president-elect’s cabinet appointments, foreign policy preferences, and familiar tweets. I’ve also read and listened to reactions of my Reform Jewish colleagues who have much to say about the president-elect and his entourage. Where does it leave me? Or, should I say, where does it leave us? The answer falls into two categories: "What Can We Say?” and "What Can We Do?”

Before January 20th, there’s nothing we can say. The table is still being set and no decisions have yet been made. Pundits and forecasters are doing their jobs by gleaning from facts and fiction the insights they’re obligated to report. For the rest of us, this lame-duck period isn’t a time to jump to any conclusions. Instead, it’s a time to collect information, learn all that we can, and evaluate what we know based on fact and not fiction. It’s also a time to learn more about organizations and non-profits that represent our points-of-view, socially, politically, economically, and Jewishly. On websites, we can read about organizations’ missions and who serves as CEO or president. And, we can subscribe to blogs and objective news sources, including ones from Israel.

After January 20th, there’s much to do. As it should be in the case of any president, we should become better advocates than we’ve been in the past on issues that are important to us, individually and as a community. As this president takes office, there’s no question but that the times and circumstances are different. The rise in anti-Semitism, alone, is enough to call us all to act on behalf of Jews everywhere and other minorities, too. As the New Year began, HUC-JIR in Cincinnati, our Reform Jewish seminary, founded in 1875, was defaced with swastikas; and, closer to home at Memorial High School in Houston, anti-Semitic and racist graffiti drew the attention of the ADL and police for assistance to secure students’ security and safety.

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HAPPENING THIS WEEK

BLESSING FOR MARATHON RUNNERS
On Friday night, January 13, all runners participating in the Houston Marathon on Sunday, January 15, will be invited to the bimah for a special blessing as they complete their training and prepare for the race. Join them to celebrate their hard work and accomplishments! 
 
OUR SANCTUARY IS UNDER CONSTRUCTION
It's time to renovate the sanctuary. Since the flooding of recent times, which damaged the sanctuary, underground repairs have been completed. Now, the sanctuary is dry and ready. An able team has lent their expertise in design and decor to prepare the sanctuary for renovations and reveal. On January 20, 2017, Down Home Shabbat, a special musical and new member service, we will reveal our brand new Sanctuary space, beginning with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, with Mayor Turner.
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

SISTERHOOD NEWS
Sisterhood invites you to the first program in their FREE "5 Things Every Woman Needs to Know” series. On Tuesday, January 10 from 5:30  to 6:30 p.m., Amy Grainger will present a brief overview of our health insurance choices and how we can make wise decisions. The program begins at 5:15 with wine & cheese in Ladin Dining Room. Amy will speak at 5:30, followed by Q&A. The session will end by 6:30 p.m.  Future programs in the series will address Politics, Legal Issues, Finance, and Women’s Health. Please RSVP to sisterhood@beth-israel.org.

BACH AND THE PSALMS
Cantor Daniel Mutlu will be the featured Tenor soloist as the Houston Bach Society presents an evening of Bach's early cantatas based on psalm texts. The concert will be presented at Beth Israel, 6:00 p.m., Sunday, January 22. Visit www.bachsocietyhouston.org for more information.

MAH JONGG GIRLS' NIGHT OUT
Join us 6:00-10:00 p.m. in Wolff-Toomim Hall, Thursday, January 26. Players of all levels are welcome. Make your own table with your friends or come meet some new friends with whom to play. Bring your own Mah Jongg set and cards. $40.00 to play. Underwriters at the $100.00 level will receive underwriter recognition. Questions? Contact one of our co-chairs: Marlene Spolane, 713-582-9215, or Rosalyn Margolis, 713-385-1165. Click here for a copy of the invitation.

RABBI DENISE EGER, SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE
Rabbi Eger, President of the Central Conference of American Rabbis will be our Scholar-in-Residence on January 27 and 28. Friday evening will include a Shabbat dinner and Saturday morning will include brunch and a special learning session. To RSVP for the Shabbat dinner, contact David Scott, dscott@beth-israel.org or 713-771-6221.

READERS GROUP CHANGE OF DATE
FOR JANUARY MEETING
!
The discussion of "History on Trial" by Deborah Lipstadt will now be held a week earlier, on WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 11, at 1:30 p.m. in the President's Room. Rabbi Lyon will be joining us to lead the discussion of this famous trial. Be sure to correct your calendars!

FRIENDS OF MARGOLIS GALLERY...
invite you to Sexuality Spectrum. There will be a reception for author and Sexuality and Reproductive Health Consultant and Counselor Meryl Cohen, 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 19. RSVP to Sara Kaiser, 713-771-6221, by Thursday, January 12.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP TO BEGIN
ON JANUARY 31, 2017
The "W.A.Y.S." (With AllYour Soul) Committee of Congregation Beth Israel invites all who have experienced the recent loss of a loved one to join its Bereavement Support Group beginning January 31. The group will meet on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Beth Israel, and continue for six weeks. This group will be led by Judith Katzman, M.A., L.M.F.T., a licensed psychotherapist, with a special interest in death and dying, and grief support for those living with loss. There is a $36 fee charged for non-members and there is no charge for members. For more information or to enroll, please contact Rabbi Adrienne Scott at (713) 771-6221 X329 or lcollins@beth-israel.org.

 

BETH ISRAEL IS GOING TO CUBA!
Join Rabbi Lyon for an experience of a lifetime. Our trip will be May 6-13, 2017 with direct flights from Houston to Havana, Cuba. For more information, please contact David Scott at dscott@beth-israel.org or call (713) 771-6221.

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.

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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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