Congregation Beth Israel's eNews for January 20, 2017
 
WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Friday, January 20
5:30 p.m.
Kaddish Minyan
(Gordon Chapel)

6:30 p.m.
Down Home Shabbat Service
(Sanctuary)
includes New Member Blessing & Dedication of Remodeled Sanctuary
Rabbi David Lyon,
Cantor Daniel Mutlu,
Rabbi Adrienne Scott
Rabbi Joshua Herman

Saturday, January 21
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 David A. Lyon may be heard on Sunday mornings, 6:45 a.m., KODA, Sunny 99.1 FM radio

FROM THE RABBI...

The Exodus begins, tonight. This Shabbat, we open the Book of Exodus to the familiar story. If we read it as if it were new to us, then every verse would be filled with suspense, intrigue, angst, faithlessness, and hope, again. We would want to read to the end to learn the fate of the Israelites, because the plot is so gripping (Hollywood really knows how to pick a script). And, we retell the Exodus story every year in every generation, because the Exodus is such a great metaphor for our life.

From the Exodus we learn from our Sages, "All beginnings are hard.” It’s true. Anybody’s first day in a new job will be the most difficult. Anybody’s first love relationship will be the most endearing. And, anybody’s first journey will feel like the longest. It’s only after retirement that one’s career feels that it went faster than it really did. It’s only after 50 plus years of marriage that a couple might look back longingly on the years that went by so quickly. And, it’s only on the return trip home that the journey feels so short. Lessons we learn along the way become part of the commentary we add to our own Exodus stories.

On Friday, January 20th, the United States welcomes its 45thpresident. Statistically, 40% of Americans welcome the start of this journey even though it’s filled with suspense and intrigue. But, the rest of Americans already register angst and faithlessness. Remember that all beginnings are hard; and, angst and faithlessness can be overcome. Evidence of leadership and service to a larger cause can replace angst with confidence, and faithlessness with belief. It took Moses and the Israelites to reach some accord over the course of many years. Though Americans are in a hurry, it has institutions of Democracy and courts of law on which our nation has always relied. Leaders have come and gone; some have been weak and untrustworthy, and others have been great and remarkable. John F. Kennedy, a Catholic and a great president, was once falsely accused of having a direct line to the Vatican from which he would take his direction. Richard Nixon’s involvement in Watergate taught us that we had to hold our political leaders accountable. In the Reagan and Clinton eras, we learned how their respective strengths and visions enabled America to benefit from her core economic and social values. Through it all, our nation endured.

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HAPPENING THIS WEEK

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 for $18.00 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.

A NEW SANCTUARY IS REVEALED, JANUARY 20TH
Tonight is Down Home Shabbat, a special musical and new member service, we will reveal our brand new Sanctuary space and welcome new members for a special blessing on the bimah.

MINDFULNESS AND MEDITATION WITH ANN FRIEDMAN, PH.D.
JANUARY 24, 31, AND FEBRUARY 7
Dr. Ann Friedman, a psychologist and certified mindfulness instructor, will be leading a three-part series beginning Tuesday, January 24, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. Mindfulness is all about learning to pay attention to the present moment with an openness, curiosity, and kindness. Together with Dr. Friedman, we will explore how mindfulness is part of our Jewish tradition. The series will continue on January 31 and February 7. There is no cost to attend, but please RSVP to Jodi Cortez at jcortez@beth-israel.org.

LYON COHEN MERIT SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION NOW AVAILABLE
Our highly successful Lyon Cohen Symposium returns this spring on Thursday, April 27, 2017 in Wolff-Toomim Hall. Mark your calendars now! We are also excited to expand our $2500 Lyon Cohen Merit Scholarship to any graduate school student in our congregation. Applications are available by clicking here. The application submission deadline is February 15, 2017.

UPCOMING EVENTS

SISTERHOOD NEWS
"5 Things Every Woman Needs to Know" with Dr. Richard Murray, political science professor at the University of Houston and on-air political election analyst. Dr. Murray will speak about what we can expect of post-election Congress on issues of particular interest to women and families. The evening begins at 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday, January 24, with wine & cheese. The program is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Ladin Dining Room. 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.

FRIENDS OF MARGOLIS GALLERY...
invite you to The Sexuality Spectrum Exhibit. The exhibit is open Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. It is also open following services on Friday evenings when there is not a Shabbat Dinner scheduled in the gallery.

BEREAVEMENT SUPPORT GROUP TO BEGIN
ON JANUARY 31, 2017
The "W.A.Y.S." (With AllYour Soul) Committee of Congregation Beth Israel will offer a Bereavement Support Group beginning January 31st and every Tuesday for six weeksfrom 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, will lead the group. For more information or to enroll, please contact Rabbi Adrienne Scott at (713) 771-6221 X329 or lcollins@beth-israel.org.

SHABBAT SHINDIG
You are invited to a Shabbat Shindig in celebration of Tu B'Shevat, 10:00-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, February 11. Please use the Shlenker School entrance and meet in Levit Hall. Bring your little ones, kindergarten and younger, and join us for a short service with singing, socializing, outdoor play, lox and bagels. RSVP by February 7 to Ashley Mills, amills@beth-israel.org or 713-271-7369.

 

BETH ISRAEL IS GOING TO CUBA!
Join Rabbi Lyon for a Humanitarian Mission and Experiential Trip to Cuba, 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.

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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