Congregation Beth Israel's eNews for June 16, 2017
 
WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Friday, June 16
  6:30 p.m.
Shabbat Chapel Service
(Gordon Chapel)
  Cantor Daniel Mutlu,
Rabbi David Lyon

Saturday, June 17
8:30 a.m.
Shabbat Morning Minyan
(Gordon Chapel)

9:45 a.m.
Torah Study
(Finger Board Room)
Rabbi David Lyon

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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...

Prayer is too often overlooked as a meaningful way to engage the world around us. It’s partially due to our rational and scientific orientations that began with our study of the scientific method. It’s also partially due to our observations that prayer is sometimes less effective than we thought it would be. Many remedies for our disappointments about prayer have been offered. Some say that our prayers are answered in ways that we don’t always recognize; or, that we "walk sightless among miracles.” But, there’s another remedy.

In Judaism, the role of prayer is highlighted in the root of the word "to pray” in Hebrew. "L’hitpaleil” to pray, is the infinitive form of the reflexive verb. That is, to pray means that we’re essentially seeking prayer to make a change within us, not outside of us. Here’s a prayer that was written by Rabbi Samuel E. Karff, Rabbi Emeritus of Congregation Beth Israel in Houston. He wrote it for the children of Congregation Beth Israel’s Shlenker Day School.

O God, when I don’t feel very good about myself,
                Help me to know that I am loved.
When I feel selfish,
                Help me to think of others.
When I have lost or failed,
                Give me courage to keep trying.
When I feel everything in my life is going wrong,
                Help me to see that I have important reasons to be thankful.
When I feel alone,
                Help me to know that You are with me.

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HAPPENING THIS WEEK

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. Sign up your children for religious school TODAY - late enrollment fees go into effect on July 1.

UPCOMING EVENTS

LIBRARY NEWS

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LIBRARY SUMMER HOURS
From June 12 through 23 the library will be open weekdays 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., but a librarian will be available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. The public computers and workspace are available for congregant use. Summer library hours of Tuesday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. will resume Tuesday, June 27th with Librarian Judy Weidman available.

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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