Congregation Beth Israel's eNews for March 31, 2017
 
WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Friday, March 31
  6:30 p.m.
Shabbat Sanctuary Service
(Sanctuary)
Scholar-in-Residence:
Professor Deborah Lipstadt
Rabbi David Lyon,
Cantor Daniel Mutlu,
Rabbi Adrienne Scott,
Rabbi Joshua Herman

Saturday, April 1
8:30 a.m.
Shabbat Morning Minyan
(Gordon Chapel)

9:45 a.m.
Torah Study
(Finger Board Room)
Scholar-in-Residence: Professor Deborah Lipstadt

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

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FROM THE RABBI...

AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee), www.aipac.org, held their annual Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., this past week with nearly 18,000 delegates in attendance. By far one of the largest conferences in its history, it welcomed supporters of the American-Israel relationship from around the world. Why do I advocate on behalf of the American-Israel relationship through AIPAC?

First, the complex issues that surround Israel on its borders and its existential threats from abroad require an organization with a clear mission and multi-faceted forces to accomplish it. AIPAC is the largest lobby in North America that educates U.S. congressional leaders on critical issues related to the American-Israel relationship, and brings dozens of congressional leaders to Israel, annually. They provide information, data, and resources to secure the safety of America and Israel, as allies in the worst neighborhood in the Middle East.

Second, AIPAC gets results. Though AIPAC is regularly misunderstood as a right-wing conservative lobby, it is also a lobby that aims to appeal to left-wing liberals, too. Witness the hundreds of progressive rabbis and their congregants who attended the conference this past week. Though they and their right-wing colleagues may differ on social justice agendas, for example, they are bound together by a clear political purpose for Israel.

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HAPPENING THIS WEEK

 
 

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's office at hmiller@beth-israel.org.


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

PASSOVER HAGGADAHS
Passover Haggadahs are available in the library for your seder! If you’d like to borrow some, contact Judy Weidman, Librarian, at 713-820-6410, or jweidman@beth-israel.orgto reserve your copies.

SECOND NIGHT SEDER
We welcome you, your family and friends to a Second Night Seder led by our clergy, 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 11, in Woff-Toomim Hall. For details and to RSVP, contact Marsha Gilbert, mgilbert@beth-israel.org or 713-771-6221 x336.
 
FRIENDS OF MARGOLIS GALLERY
The entire Congregation is invited to Opening night for Cinema Judaica, which will be at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 12. Larry Dachslager, graduate of Columbia College Chicago and former director of Theatre Arts at The Emery/Weiner School, will speak. Cinema Judaica consists of two companion exhibits, The War Years, 1939-1949, and The Epic Cycle, 1947-1971. The exhibit will be on display from April 13 through April and May. RSVP for the opening event by Friday, April 7 at noon to Sara Kaiser, skaiser@beth-israel.org or 713-771-6221 x301.

 

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.

WELCOMING KITS
Sisterhood is organizing Welcome Kits for Houston refugees as part of our congregation’s Mitzvah Day. Kits include basic household items that will assist a refugee family in setting up their new home here in Houston. Please visit https://tinyurl.com/refugeekits to help our congregation build some kits together.

   

 

RSVP for the "Beyond Fiddler" program to Gabby Burgard, gburgard@beth-israel.org or 713-271-7369 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.

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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