Congregation Beth Israel's eNews for March 3, 2017
 
WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Friday, March 3
6:30 p.m.
Shabbat Chapel Service
(Gordon Chapel)
Rabbi Adrienne Scott,
Rabbi David Lyon,
Cantor Daniel Mutlu

Saturday, March 4
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
(Gordon Chapel)

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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...

Gifts. They’re not what they seem. More than wrapped packages we need to give or to be given, the most precious gifts are the ones we already possess. Call it your DNA or God-given talents, your gifts are in you. Now, the only question is what will you do with them?

Recently, a family told me about their loved one whose gifts were in his hands. Masterfully, his hands crafted remarkable objects out of wood, glue and nails in his workshop. It was his artistic canvas where he did his best work. Though they were just objects assembled out of simple materials, they reflected selfless devotion to the ones who received them. They were his gifts to them. Likewise, but sometimes less easily seen, we all possess gifts that need to be expressed so that others might receive them, too.

This week’s Torah portion, Terumah, includes God’s command to bring "gifts” for the construction of the Tabernacle, God’s dwelling place among the people in the wilderness. Everyone whose heart was moved was urged to contribute something. The rabbis taught that even one person whose heart was moved sufficiently could accomplish the entire task of constructing the Tabernacle. Such is the power of the human heart to respond. Yet, Torah explains that artisans and craftsmen, every person according to his or her ability and spirit, contributed to the Tabernacle. To that end, so much was brought that Moses had to go out to the people and tell them to stop bringing; they were over-subscribed.


HAPPENING THIS WEEK

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.


CEMETERY SECURITY NOTICE

In light of the recent vandalism at Jewish cemeteries in St. Louis, Missouri and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, we are taking preemptive measures to minimize the vulnerability of our West Dallas Cemetery.  Effective immediately, the West Dallas Cemetery will be closed to visitors on Wednesdays. It will continue to be open, with an attendant on the grounds, Sundays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. We will be regularly reviewing our need for further action to insure safety and to protect our sacred spaces. If you have any questions regarding this notice, please contact Cemetery Director, Kathy Parven at kparvin@beth-israel.org or 713-771-6221 x310.


UPCOMING EVENTS
 
 
 

 
 
SISTERHOOD'S 5 THINGS SERIES CONTINUES
Sisterhood invites you to hear Meryl Cohen speak on Tuesday, March 21 at 5:30 for the final program in the "5 Things Every Woman Needs to Know” series.  Meryl will speak about sexuality in relation to Judaism.  RSVP to sisterhood@beth-israel.org.

COFFEE TALK WITH SUSAN KAUFMAN - MARCH 26
The next Coffee Talk will be held on Sunday, March 26, 10:00 a.m. in the Margolis Gallery. Susan Kaufman will give an introduction to Jewish Genealogy. Susan is the Manager of the Houston Public Library's Clayton Library Center for Genalogical Research. Brunch begins at 9:30 a.m. RSVP to Gabby Burgard, 731-271-7369 x307.

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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