Congregation Beth Israel's eNews for April 28, 2017

 
WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Friday, April 28
6:00 p.m.
Family Shabbat
(Levit Hall/BIFTY Lounge)
Rabbi Adrienne Scott

6:30 p.m.
Shabbat Chapel Service
(Gordon Chapel)
Rabbi David Lyon,
  Cantor Daniel Mutlu,
  Rabbi Joshua Herman

Saturday, April 29
8:30 a.m.
Shabbat Morning Minyan
(Gordon Chapel)

9:45 a.m.
Torah Study
(Finger Board Room)
Samara Schwartz, Principal,
Miriam Browning Jewish Learning Center

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

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FROM THE RABBI...

Tazria-Metzora is one of the least favorite portions in the whole Torah, because it’s about bodily emissions, leprosy, and other taboo subjects. But, it’s a bum rap. If we read it as the rabbis did and we should, the portion urges us to find the sacred and Godly in what is admittedly unfamiliar and unseemly. In this portion in Leviticus, scaly skin afflictions, bodily emissions, and "tzara’at”, commonly translated to mean leprosy, were examined by the priest. His observations rendered a person clean or unclean. If he or she was unclean, then the person would call out, "Unclean, unclean!” and be exempt from the community for a prescribed amount of time. Only until the priest found that the person was clean could re-entry be allowed and with proper gifts and offerings. The goal wasn’t condemnation or exile; the goal was maintenance of a sacred community that aimed for God’s blessing through ritual and ethical deeds.

Today, it goes without saying that we understand vastly more about such ancient taboos. But, can it also be said that we’ve done as much as our ancient ancestors not to condemn or exile those who, temporarily or permanently, cannot meet the highest standards of human participation physically, emotionally, or mentally? In Texas, we rank 49 out of 50 states in support for severely mentally retarded children and adults who are living in State Supported Living Centers (SSLC’s). Some children who are otherwise born in love and blessing, nevertheless, fail to thrive as their parents hoped they would, and can’t live at home because their parents don’t possess skills and resources to provide 24/7 care. Their children will never live independently of the SSLC where they currently reside. But, funding in Texas is threatened; SSLC’s are being reduced in number. Residents will be forced to move to other locations sometimes farther from parents and relatives who visit regularly. In other cases, there is no family to visit: their parents are unable or unwilling to visit, or they’re deceased. Reducing care means reducing compassion for children and adults who need it most.

If birth is a blessing from God, then we are in no position to judge which births are greater blessings than others. As moral advocates, we must urge our representatives in Austin to act in two significant ways: oppose Senate Bill 602; and, support Senate Bill 547.


HAPPENING THIS WEEK

 
 
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. 

UPCOMING EVENTS
THANK YOU, CANTOR DANIEL MUTLU
You are invited to a special service in the Sanctuary at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 19 as we take time to say Thank You to Cantor Daniel Mutlu and his wife, Nina Faia Mutlu, before they leave for New York in mid-June. An Oneg in their honor will follow. 

SISTERHOOD BOARD INSTALLATION AND LUNCHEON
Sisterhood of Congregation Beth Israel invites you to our Board Installation and Luncheon with Keynote Speaker Rabbi David Lyon. It will take place on Wednesday, May 3. Doors will open at 11:00 a.m. The program will begin at 11:30 a.m. The cost is $25.00 per person in advance. This event is open to the Congregation. For questions and to RSVP contact sisterhood@beth-israel.org or 713-777-4315.
 
MBJLC REGISTRATION LUAU - MAY 7
You are invited to Wolff-Toomim Hall at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 7, for the MBJLC Registration Luau. We will enjoy great food and have a chance to pre-register for classes in the Fall. For information contact the MBJLC at rramsey@beth-israel.org or 713-271-7369.
 
WELCOME ELLEN MILLER BRAUN - MAY 9
On May 9 Sisterhood will be hosting Israeli artist Ellen Miller Braun. Come for wine and cheese and see her spectacular artwork in biblical microcalligraphy and meet her in person from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. This event if free and open to the congregation. Please RSVP to Anita in the gift shop. 
 
SHABBAT SHINDIG
Join Rabbi Herman on May 20th, as he leads our Shabbat Shindig program for families with children under 5 years old! We will join together at 10:00 a.m. for Tefilah, a craft, and breakfast sponsored by Olivia and Eric Barvin and Leigh and Scott Rappaport. The cost is $10 per family. For more information and to RSVP please contact Ashley Mills at amills@beth-israel.org.
 

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.

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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