Congregation Beth Israel's eNews for April 21, 2017

 
WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Friday, April 21
  6:30 p.m.
Shabbat Sanctuary Service
(Sanctuary)
Guest Speaker:
Rabbi Danny Freelander, President, World Union
for Progressive Judaism
Rabbi David Lyon,
  Cantor Daniel Mutlu,
Rabbi Adrienne Scott,
Rabbi Joshua Herman

Saturday, April 22
8:30 a.m.
Shabbat Morning Minyan
(Gordon Chapel)

9:45 a.m.
Torah Study
(Finger Board Room)
Rabbi Danny Freelander,
President, World Union
for Progressive Judaism

11:00 a.m.
Shabbat Morning Service
(Sanctuary)

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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...

We’re marching in the streets. We’re protesting on national issues. We’re making an impact. But, are we ignoring ominous winds blowing from the Sea of Japan? What’s the point of all our protesting if two leaders of nations are facing off in a no-win display of might over right and without regard for millions of lives at risk?

The current White House has caused the left and right to advocate for and invest in their respective causes with extraordinary passion. In the last 100 days, many wins and losses have been recorded depending on which side you support; but, with our heads down and focused only on national issues we’ve become dangerously distracted from the international havoc that’s brewing across the oceans.

Everybody knows that North Korea is a dangerous nation. Like Texas fire ants, it’s a horrific nest of trouble if it’s disrupted or provoked. Left alone, it’s avoided at all costs even while less disruptive attempts are made to dislodge it from its place. Kim Jong-Un is the quintessential queen of the fire ant nest that is North Korea. The analogy is apt, but it trivializes the real human costs that are at stake in what could be a nuclear war across Asia. With a trigger in the hand of Kim Jong-Un and another trigger in the hand of Donald Trump, there are few options for the rest of us who see this "fire ant hill” as something we are increasingly unable to avoid stepping in.

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HAPPENING THIS WEEK

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. He will also teach at Torah Study in the Finger Board Room, 9:45 a.m., Saturday, April 22.

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.

 
 

Sunday, April 23, 2017
9:30 a.m.

 

Online registration for Mitzvah Day is now closed, but please come register at the door!
This year for Mitzvah Day, we are collecting newspapers, gently used children’s books, and materials for our refugee welcome kits. Please join us on Mitzvah Day and bring these materials to help support our projects.

 

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.

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. 

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

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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.

Contact Anita Seline, 713-777-4315 for information.

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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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