Congregation Beth Israel's eNews for July 7, 2017
 
WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Friday, July 7
  6:30 p.m.
Shabbat Chapel Service

Rabbi Adrienne Scott,

Rabbi Chase Foster,
Cantor Star Trompeter

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

9:45 a.m.
Torah Study
(Finger Board Room)
Rabbi Adrienne Scott,
Rabbi Chase Foster

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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...

Long ago in the hot climate of Middle Eastern summers, our rabbis-of-old persisted in their Jewish studies, but they took up lighter matters such as Pirkei Avot, Chapters of the Fathers, a tractate of Mishnah, known for its folk wisdom. There we learn about Rabbi Hillel, among others, who taught us many familiar lessons about Jewish ethical behavior and good manners.

As summer heat and humidity take hold in Houston, I’m thinking about Rabbi Hillel, who taught, "If am a not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? If not now, when?” This summer, it relates to Congregation Beth Israel’s new beginning as we welcome Cantor Star Trompeter and Rabbi Chase Foster, who are joining our clergy team with Rabbi Adrienne Scott, Rabbi Joshua Herman, and me. Cantor Trompeter and Rabbi Foster will take their places on the bimah on Friday, July 7, 2017, for the first time, marking their "soft-opening” with us.

If I am not for myself, who will be for me?

Congregation Beth Israel relies on dedicated and inspired clergy to address and respond to our needs in a vibrant synagogue setting that stresses excellence in worship, education and community. A Cantor who inspires us with music and song opens us up to the potential we find in prayer and worship. A Rabbi who translates Torah’s meaning for us in our time and place connects us to timeless and timely wisdom and understanding. Taken together, our souls are nourished and we thrive in the company of our beloved congregational family.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

SHABBAT SHINDIG RETURNS!
Mark your calendars for our first Shabbat Shindig of the year! On August 19th, from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Rabbi Adrienne Scott and Rabbi Chase Foster will welcome families with children 5 and under to participate in a short service filled with songs, an activity, and bagels, followed by games and playtime outside. 

MONTHLY MITZVAH PROJECT
Beginning on Wednesday, August 23rd at 9:30 a.m. in the Wolff-Toomim Hall, we will partner each month with Kids Meals, an organization that delivers free healthy meals to the door steps of Houston’s hungriest preschool children. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Marsha Gilbert at mgilbert@beth-israel.org or 713-771-6221 x336.

MUSSAR ORIENTATION AND TRAINING - AUGUST 23, 7:00 P.M.
Mussar is a centuries-old Jewish tradition that can help you develop inner awareness to become the finest version of the person you already are. During this training, your small group will meet every other week for 20 weeks beginning in the Fall, and will delve into Mussar using the teachigs of Alan Morinis, and the Mussar Institute (mussarinstitute.org). To RSVP for the information session or to register for the course, please contact Gabby Burgard at gburgard@beth-israel.org or (713) 271-7369.

SHALOM SUNDAY
On Sunday, August 27th, at 9:30 a.m. the Miriam Browning Jewish Learning Center will kick off the 2017-2018 school year with a celebration welcoming Cantor Star Trompeter and Rabbi Chase Foster to our community. For more information or to register for religious school, please contact Samara Schwartz at sschwartz@beth-israel.org or 713-271-7369.

TEMPLE OFFICE SUMMER HOURS
Please note that Temple Offices will observe Summer Hours 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 the 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. 

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!

UPCOMING EVENTS
LIBRARY NEWS

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LIBRARY SUMMER HOURS
Summer library hours for the Library are Tuesday-Friday 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Librarian Judy Weidman is available during those hours.

JUDAICA SHOP
Beth Israel Sisterhood's Judaica Shop is open Monday - Friday 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 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, 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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