Congregation Beth Israel's eNews for March 10, 2017
 
WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Friday, March 10
  6:30 p.m.
Shabbat Sanctuary Service
(Sanctuary)
includes Quinquennial Wedding Anniversary Blessings
Cantor Daniel Mutlu,
Rabbi David Lyon,
Rabbi Adrienne Scott
Rabbi Joshua Herman

Saturday, March 11
8:30 a.m.
Shabbat Morning Minyan
(Gordon Chapel)

9:45 a.m.
Torah Study
(Finger Board Room)
Cantor Daniel Mutlu

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...

Congregation Beth Israel hosted the Mensch Foundation as we honored President and Mrs. George H.W. Bush in our sanctuary. Please click the links to watch the program from March 8, 2017.

http://www.click2houston.com/news/president-george-hw-bush-wife-accept-award-for-supporting-jewish-community

https://www.youtube.com/user/BethIsraelHouston

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e_WWM7uBCks&feature=youtu.be 

Given by Steven Geiger, Founder and head of Mensch Foundation International, the word "mensch” has reached new levels of meaning and popularity. President and Mrs. Bush were moved by the gesture and the significance of the world’s recognition of their lifetime of service. Neil Bush, son of the President and Mrs. Bush, spoke passionately and emotionally about the role his parents have played to secure the well-being of all people through commitments to literacy, equality, and humanity.

Reverend Dr. Russell Levenson, of St. Martin’s Episcopal Church, Houston, their reverend and my friend, shared the occasion with us. As he noted, our Abrahamic faith traditions do best when we identify God’s blessings in each other, and especially in our nation’s leaders, President and Mrs. Bush, for the good they have bestowed on us all.

Before President and Mrs. Bush left for home, I had the privilege of blessing them on the bimah, asking God’s presence to guide them and protect them, to be gracious to them, and to grant to them good health and peace. 


HAPPENING THIS WEEK

 

REFORM JUDAISM CLASS
Join Rabbi David Lyon, Cantor Daniel Mutlu, Rabbi Adrienne Scott, Rabbi Joshua Herman and David M. Scott at the Merfish Teen Center Thursdays, March 16 through May 25, 9:30-10:30 a.m. for Reform Judaism, an Exploration. Registration is $140 for Congregation Beth Israel members, as well as members of the JCC. For more information email Nomi Barancik at nbarancik@erjcchouston.org

BETH ISRAEL READERS' GROUP
Readers’ Group, meeting on Wednesday, March 15 at 1:30 p.m. in the Lewis President's Room. Marilyn Sonnenberg will lead the discussion of "Me Before You” by JoJo Mayes. The issue of assisted suicide and the Jewish perspective will be discussed.

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. For further information, please contact 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 kparven@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 "FINDING YOUR ROOTS" - MARCH 26
The next Coffee Talk, co-sponsored by the Schachtel Library, will be held on Sunday, March 26, 10:00 a.m. in the Schachtel Library. Susan Kaufman will give an introduction to Jewish Genealogy. Susan is the Manager of the Houston Public Library's Clayton Library Center for Genealogical Research. Brunch begins at 9:30 a.m. RSVP to Gabby Burgard, 731-271-7369 x307.

 

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.

QUINQUENNIAL WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES

The following couples are celebrating their quinquennial wedding anniversaries during the month of March. Mazel Tov! 

5 years – Allie & Eric Danziger
10 years – Jill &   Robert Bell
15 years – Karen & Aaron Swerdlin
20 years – Rachel & Eric Bishop
20 years – Susan & Philip Davidson
25 years – Barbara & James Hordern
30 years – Vicki & Gary Friedman
30 years – Michelle & Barry Glauben
30 years – Amy & Amir Halevy
35 years – Judith & Mark Mucasey
35 years – Janet & Jeff Pozmantier
35 years – Lee & Gary Rosenthal
35 years – Julie & Scott Silverman
40 years – Gail & Barry Schaps
45 years – Janis & Stephen Block
55 years – Ellen & Howard Goldberg
65 years – Betty & Ira Weiner


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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