Congregation Beth Israel's eNews for June 2, 2017
 
WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Friday, June 2
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, June 3
8:30 a.m.
Shabbat Morning Minyan
(Gordon Chapel)

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)
Bar Mitzvah of Locke Williams

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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...

An "Aron Kodesh” is a Holy Ark. The Holy Ark in the Gordon Chapel at Congregation Beth Israel is made of Acacia wood. It was created when Rabbi Samuel E. Karff, Rabbi Emeritus, recognized the opportunity to beautify and enhance (hiddur mitzvah) the chapel’s sacred furniture, including pulpit desks for the rabbi and cantor. He identified acacia wood from its Biblical source, and set out to find a craftsman who could construct a Holy Ark to hold the Torahs. In the early 1980’s, the pieces were completed and set in their places on the bimah (stage) in the Gordon Chapel.

            In recent times, while standing before the Holy Ark, I noticed that pieces of wood were separating. In the winter, the wood separated leaving gaps that allowed the doors to swing closed after they were opened. In summer, the gaps closed up due to the increased humidity in the air. Eventually, more gaps opened and a permanent solution had to be found. Beth Israel leaders examined the problem with experts in wood craftsmanship. They conclude that the Holy Ark was a unique piece of construction; the solution would require unique craftsmanship, too. With no obvious craftsman available, Bruce Levy, Temple president, examined the Holy Ark for evidence of any identification of its original craftsman or origin. The only evidence he found was a signature of the artist: one initial and the last name, "R. Deatherage”.

            In this age of Google, he entered the name and clicked "search.” Lo and behold, the artist’s name popped up: Roger Deatherage. And, to Bruce’s astonishment the artist also lived in Houston. An immediate call to the artist opened another door to a relationship that had never really ended. The artist remarked that among his numerous projects, designing and building the Holy Ark for Congregation Beth Israel was one of his most favorite and special projects of them all. Though retired now, he made a trip to Beth Israel and examined his work of art. He determined that it could be fixed and that he would come out of retirement to do it. Like any fine artist, the Holy Ark was a part of him. Touching it again and restoring it to wholeness would be a privilege.

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HAPPENING THIS WEEK

 

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. We look forward to celebrating the end of the year together!

TEMPLE OFFICE SUMMER HOURS
Please note that Temple Offices will observe Summer Hours from Monday, June 12, through Monday, August 7. During this time, Temple Offices will be open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Friday.

GORDON CHAPEL ARK RENOVATION
As we move into our summer months, we will be undergoing a renovation of our beautiful and historic ark that lives in our Gordon Chapel. The ark, made of acacia wood, has been a staple in the Gordon Chapel since 1982. Built by hand, by the same craftsman who will complete its renovation, the ark will return to us in August fully restored. We will maintain a temporary ark and Torah scroll during the renovation period, and we look forward to re-dedicating our ark when it returns to us in August. 
 

SISTERHOOD DIRECTORY UNDERWRITERS/ADVERTISERS
Sisterhood invites your participation as an underwriter or an advertiser in our 2017 congregational directory. This is a great opportunity to show your support for Congregation Beth Israel and let that support be visible to each of our 1600 families. We would appreciate your participation at any level. For additional information, please contact Kelly Gerstenhaber at 281-904-7444 or email at kelly.holmes80@yahoo.com

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

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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