Congregation Beth Israel's eNews for March 17, 2017
 
WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Friday, March 17
  6:30 p.m.
Shabbat Chapel Service
(Gordon Chapel)
Rabbi Joshua Herman,
Rabbi David Lyon,
Rabbi Adrienne Scott

Saturday, March 18
8:30 a.m.
Shabbat Morning Minyan
(Gordon Chapel)

9:45 a.m.
Torah Study
(Finger Board Room)
David Scott,
Executive Director &
Director of Lifelong Learning

11:00 a.m.
Shabbat Morning Service
(Gordon Chapel)

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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...

Our response to the crisis in Jewish communities across America requires no collection of verses or teachings to express our fear and rage. The populist movement that has spread across the globe in Europe and America, but not the Netherlands (in a recent vote), is spewing bigotry and racism that is all too familiar to us. Though it was relatively dormant for decades, it’s running rampant now. What can we do?

No illusions. I urge you to acknowledge that we might not have seen the worst, yet. I have great faith, but left unchecked by law agencies and government bodies, we are going to face this increasing burden by ourselves. Well-meaning advocates in the general community will join us, like we join them, but usually only afterwards when we’re binding our wounds and renewing efforts to defend ourselves. The 24-hour news cycle loves short clips that tell a quick story full of emotions; but, they won’t serve the real purpose, which is to end the incidents, altogether.

No fences. Today’s racists and anti-Semites don’t care about physical fences, because we live in a social-media and internet world. Disposable cellphones, computer hacks, and global social media are their devices, which make fences obstacles to us, not to them. Perpetrators don’t want to be caught, so they hide behind technology to inflict damage to our psyches as they manipulate our fears. Prudence calls for us to protect our houses of worship, JCCs, and other Jewish institutions, but cutting ourselves off from the community isn’t our goal, it’s theirs.

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HAPPENING THIS WEEK

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.

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

 
 

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.

 

JOIN BETH ISRAEL IN WASHINGTON, DC, MARCH 26-28
Please register today and be part of our growing Beth Israel delegation to the AIPAC Policy Congerence on March 26-28. To register for the AIPAC Policy Conference, please contact David Scott, dscott@beth-israel.org or 713-771-6221 x612.

 

 

 

KEYS TO HEALTHY AGING
The WAYS Committee will be sponsoring an Amazing Place program on Healthy Aging at Congregation Beth Israel from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. on April 6th in Margolis Gallery. Join us for lunch as Health Services Director for Amazing Place, Sally Davis, RN MSN, will share her professional knowledge regarding how well we age. Everything from our genes, and lifestyle to our environment, can play a part in our aging process. Drawing from her experience as a research nurse at UT School of Nursing Center on Aging, and her Masters in Mental Health Nursing, Sally will discuss the seven habits that are most directly under our control in order to makes us happier and healthier as we move from one year to the next. There is no fee but please RSVP to Rabbi Adrienne Scott at hmiller@beth-israel.org.

 

Sunday, April 23, 2017
Save the Date
Registration Opening Soon!
For more information or to volunteer as a Project Captain,
please contact Rabbi Joshua Herman.

 

   

 

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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