Congregation Beth Israel's eNews for February 24, 2017
 
WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Friday, February 24
6:30 p.m.
Shabbat Sanctuary Service
(Sanctuary)
Rabbi David Lyon,
Cantor Daniel Mutlu,
  Rabbi Adrienne Scott

Saturday, February 25
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
(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...

Thirty-six times the Torah commands, "The stranger you should not mistreat, nor should you oppress him as you were strangers in the land of Egypt”. The Torah text is succinct, leaving much room for commentaries. Among them is a Midrash, a rabbinic interpretation, that implores us, "Do not scold your neighbor with a fault which is also your own” (Mekhilta 18). The rabbis connected the Torah text to our collective Jewish memory. Just as we read in the Passover Haggadah, "My father was a fugitive Aramean,” we are taught to see ourselves, and therefore our "fault,” as having been slaves and then redeemed from slavery.

As Jews, we are inextricably tied to our past. As a result, we have no choice but to learn from it and to live by the lessons that have come down to us. Now, it’s our duty to translate the commandments for our times. Beginning with the moral imperative not to mistreat the stranger or oppress him, let’s use the word "immigration,” not as a pejorative, but rather as the intentional objective of those who languish in war-torn and oppressive lands to reach a land known for welcoming the tired, poor, "huddled masses yearning to breathe free.”

Every immigrant refugee who comes to these shores has been vetted sometimes over months or years. There are some who fail to keep their promise to us, but let’s not fail to keep our promise to them. In light of recent failures to them, our nation has been horrified by burning of mosques, the desecration of Jewish cemeteries and synagogues, and bomb threats to JCC’s and synagogues. All of it emerges from consequences of our failures to bear witness to our sacred texts. No one should be indifferent to or stand idly by when we or our neighbors face the indignity of such failures. It’s too easy to resolve that we’re all immigrants. It’s more important to say that we’re the beneficiaries of our ancestors who saw this country for what it meant to them and, therefore, to us. If we fail in our lessons from Torah, then we will have failed our parents and their parents, too.  


HAPPENING THIS WEEK

PREPARE AND SERVE DINNER WITH THE
SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE!

The Social Justice committee will be preparing a dinner for the residents of the Hospitality House, housing for patients undergoing treatment in the Medical Center. We are in need of volunteers to help shop for food, cook dinner, and serve. Shopping will take place on Friday, February 24th, cooking on Sunday, February 26th and the dinner will be reheated and served on Monday, February 27th. Children are welcome to stay after religious school on Sunday and decorate cards for the residents. Please click here to sign up to volunteer, or contact Rabbi Josh Herman at jherman@beth-israel.org for more information.

RABBI DAVID LYON – THIS SUNDAY MORNING: HOW TO RAISE A MENTSCH!
Rabbi Lyon will lead our next Coffee Talk in the Margolis Gallery at 10:00 a.m. this Sunday morning. His topic will be Raising a Mensch: Essential Tools for Raising Great Jewish Kids. All are welcome. Brunch begins at 9:30 a.m.

SISTERHOOD'S 5 THINGS SERIES CONTINUES
Sisterhood continues its free 5-part series, "5 Things Every Woman Needs to Know" on Wednesday, March 1 at 5:30 p.m. Carol Desenberg will speak on buying a home, the home loan approval process, credit scores, and related issues. Wine & cheese reception begins at 5:15 p.m. RSVP to sisterhood@beth-israel.org.

HAMENTASCHEN ORDERS DUE
Plum, apricot, chocolate, poppyseed... what are we talking about? Hamentaschen! It's not too late to order delicious home made hamentaschen from our Sisterhood. Order forms are available here and in the Judaica Gift Shop. Orders are due by Thursday, March 2.


UPCOMING EVENTS

 

 

CAMPUS-WIDE PURIM CARNIVAL, MEGILLAH READING,
AND SHPIEL - MARCH 5

Come to our Campus-wide Purim Carnival hosted by Congregation Beth Israel, The Shlenker School, and the MBJLC on March 5th! Everyone is invited at 9:30 a.m. in Levit Hall for our Megillah Reading and Shpiel led by our clergy and educators. The Carnival will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. throughout the playground outside. Tickets will be available for purchase onsite, and there will be fun food, drinks, and games for all ages. For questions about the Megillah Reading and Purim Carnival, sponsorships, or tickets, please contact Ashley Mills at the MBJLC at amills@beth-israel.org or 713-271-7369.

RABBI SAMUEL KARFF TO CLOSE OUT EMANU EL ENDOWMENT SPEAKER SERIES ON THURSDAY, MARCH 9
Congregation Emanu El’s Endowment Fund Speaker Series concludes on Thursday, March 9 at 7:30 p.m. as Rabbi Samuel Karff presents "The Changing Face of Reform Judaism--An Eye Witness Account.” Rabbi Karff serves as Rabbi Emeritus at Congregation Beth Israel and is a past President of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR). Rabbi Karff will speak to the rich history of the Reform Movement through his eyes as it changed from ‘Classical Reform’ to ‘Post-Modern Reform’. It will include an opportunity to ask questions and be followed by a reception.

FRIENDS OF MARGOLIS GALLERY
invite you to The Sexuality Spectrum Art Exhibition. The Margolis Gallery is open 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. weekdays, except Friday, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Our next esteemed speaker will be Lynn Randolph. Ms. Randolph is a Houston-based artist, known nationally and long involved in civil rights and human rights. She will explore the role of art and artist. She will speak at 6:30 p.m. on March 9. RSVP to Sara Kaiser, 713-771-6221 x301.
 
 
 

NEW AIPAC VIDEO
Click this link for a new video from AIPAC documenting efforts to help shape the U.S.-Israel relationship.

JOIN BETH ISRAEL IN WASHINGTON, DC MARCH 26-28, 2017
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.

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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