Congregation Beth Israel's eNews for April 14, 2017

 
WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Friday, April 14
  6:30 p.m.
Shabbat Chapel Service
(Gordon Chapel)
Rabbi Joshua Herman,
  Cantor Daniel Mutlu

Saturday, April 15
8:30 a.m.
Shabbat Morning Minyan
(Gordon Chapel)

9:45 a.m.
Torah Study
(Finger Board Room)
Rabbi Joshua Herman

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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...

"On Passover: Lingering in the Present”

A story is told about a Jewish art lover who brought home a large canvas in an ornate frame. Showing it to his wife with great pride, he said:

            "Look at this beautiful Passover painting I bought!”
            The wife stared in amazement at the canvas. It was completely blank.
            "I don’t see anything on this canvas. "What is it supposed to be?”
            The husband said, "This is a painting of the Jews crossing the Red Sea,”
            "But where are the Jews?”
            "The Jews already passed through the Sea; they’re on the shore.”
            "And where are the Egyptians?”
            "The Egyptians are still pursuing the children of Israel; they haven’t yet reached the sea.”
            "And where is the sea, itself?”
            "The waters of the sea are divided and have receded to the shores so that the Jews should be able to cross.”

Art is in the eye of the beholder, but, this case, the husband was actually on to something important. So, let’s ask a better question: why is this painting different from all other paintings of the Exodus?

Continue reading here...  


HAPPENING THIS WEEK

PASSOVER
Temple Offices will be closed on Monday, April 17 for the last day of Passover. Our Passover Yizkor service will be held in the Gordon Chapel at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, April 17.
 
PASSOVER HAGGADAHS
If you borrowed Passover Haggadahs from the library for your seder, please return them to the library. For questions, contact Judy Weidman, Librarian, at 713-820-6410, or jweidman@beth-israel.org.

 
FRIENDS OF MARGOLIS GALLERY
The entire Congregation is invited to view Cinema Judaica in The Margolis Gallery during Temple Office business hours. Cinema Judaica consists of two companion exhibits, The War Years, 1939-1949, and The Epic Cycle, 1947-1971. The exhibit will be on display through May 31. For more information, please contact Sara Kaiser, skaiser@beth-israel.org or 713-771-6221 x301. 

CONGREGATIONAL MUSSAR PROGRAM -
ORIENTATION ON APRIL 18

Mussar is the study of a Jewish ethical practice. We have acquired new curriculum from the Union for Reform Judaism and The Mussar Institute that provides a practical and accessible introduction to the transformative teachings of Mussar. An Orientation will be held in the Lewis President's Room at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18. For more information and to RSVP, contact Gabby Burgard, Adult Education Coordinator, gburgard@beth-israel.org or 713-271-7369.

WALKING TOUR - APRIL 19
Members of our Basic Judaism Class will be joined by new members at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19 for a Walking Tour of the Beth Israel Facilities. This year the tour will be led by Rabbi Adrienne Scott and Immediate Past President Pat Pollicoff. For information, please contact Heidi Miller in Rabbi Scott’s office, hmiller@beth-israel.org or 713-771-6221 x329.


UPCOMING EVENTS
 

Sunday, April 23, 2017
9:30 a.m.
Registration Is Now Open!
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!
For more information 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.

   

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RSVP for the "Beyond Fiddler" program to Gabby Burgard, gburgard@beth-israel.org or 713-271-7369 x307.

RABBI DANNY FREELANDER - APRIL 21-22
Rabbi Danny Freelander, leader of the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) will speak on Friday, April 21 at our Shabbat Sanctuary Service. Rabbi Freelander will be in town that weekend for the Pillars of International Reform Judaism Tribute Dinner honoring Dolores Wilkenfeld of Congregation Emanu El and Stephen Breslauer of Congregation Beth Israel. The Dinner will be held at the Omni Hotel. Visit www.pillarsofreformjudaism.org for dinner tickets.  

YOM HASHOAH COMMEMORATION - APRIL 23
The Congregation-wide Yom HaShoah Commemoration will be held in Beth Israel’s Sanctuary at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 23.

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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