Congregation Beth Israel's eNews for May 19, 2017
 
 
WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Friday, May 19
  6:30 p.m.
Shabbat Chapel Service
(Gordon Chapel)
Tribute to Cantor Daniel Mutlu
Rabbi David Lyon,
Cantor Daniel Mutlu,
Rabbi Adrienne Scott,
Rabbi Joshua Herman

Saturday, May 20
8:30 a.m.
Shabbat Morning Minyan
(Gordon Chapel)

10:00 a.m.
Shabbat Shindig
(Levit Hall)
Rabbi Joshua Herman

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)
B'nei Mitzvah of Jacob Morgan & Naama Hazan

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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...

Our trip to Cuba took two-and-a-half hours by plane and 60 years by history. Travel to Havana from Houston’s IAH was easy and customs in Cuba wasn’t difficult. The journey really began as our eyes opened to a world that stopped changing in 1959. Buildings, cars, infrastructure, and people have been locked in a bubble that hasn’t known real change since Castro’s Revolution.

Across the street from our hotel was the Habana Riviera Hotel, Meyer Lansky’s notorious hangout and casino. To enter it was to cross a threshold into 1950. The sounds of live saxophone music still poured out of a small lounge off the lobby. Peering inside, three people sat along the wall against a backdrop of chairs, wall sconces, wallpaper, and light fixtures that hailed from mid-century, including the nicotine that hung in the air. Outside, we found classic cars painted in classic Cuban colors. Bright red, gleaming sea blue, and pale purple convertible 1950-era Chevys, Chryslers, and Cadillacs caught the attention of tourists with cameras and a few Cuban dollars (CUCs) for rides along the seawall, or malecón.

In Old Havana, the city revealed what our guide called "a city of contrasts.” Extraordinary buildings of great craftsmanship and design stood in various stages of disrepair and decline. The Hotel Rachel, a Jewish establishment with a mezuzah on the front door and every guest room still contained the original furniture, cage-elevator, and extraordinary stained-glass ceiling that illuminated the 5-story atrium from rooftop to lobby. We felt like time-travelers looking for people to emerge and tell us about life there. Instead, we settled for a fresh espresso served on small tables in the lobby where a few hotel guests gathered for lunch and conversation. Around Old Havana were signs of some city life, including former churches that were overtaken by the government and used for civic purposes, former mansions now occupied by more than 50 families living in squalor, and some signs of renewal where bright Cuban colors still reflected the sun pouring into large city squares from the Caribbean sky.

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IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

 
 

HAPPENING THIS WEEK

MBJLC REGISTRATION
Registration is now open for the 2017-2018 MBJLC year! You can register online with your member login and password! If you need your login information, or would like a hard copy of the registration forms, please call the MBJLC offices at 713-271-7369. Don’t miss the deadline for financial aid, June 1! Late enrollment fees go into effect July 1.

FRIENDS OF MARGOLIS GALLERY
The entire Congregation is invited to view Cinema Judaica movie posters 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 posters 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
 
 

 
CONFIRMATION - MAY 26
The 10th Grade Class of the Miriam Browning Jewish Learning Center invites you to join them in the Sanctuary beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, May 26, for Confirmation. A reception will follow in Wolff-Toomim Hall.

 
 

FAMILY SHABBAT - JUNE 2
Friday, June 2nd will be our final Family Shabbat of the year. There will be a song-filled service, kid-friendly dinner, and some fantastic foamy fun! Don't miss this wonderful experience beginning at 6:00 p.m. in Levit Hall. RSVP to Ashley Mills.
 
ANNUAL MEETING - JUNE 8
Our Annual Meeting will be held on Thursday, June 8th, as we complete our fiscal year, elect officers and trustees, and announce our Volunteer Spirit Awards as well as our Volunteer of the Year. All Congregants are eligible for the Volunteer Spirit Award, with the exception of Beth Israel Staff. RSVP and nomination forms were in your May billing statements!

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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