Congregation Beth Israel's eNews for July 21, 2017
 
 
WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Friday, July 21
  6:30 p.m.
Shabbat Summer Service
(Gordon Chapel)
Rabbi Chase Foster,
Rabbi Joshua Herman,

Cantor Star Trompeter

 
Saturday, July 22
8:30 a.m.
Shabbat Morning Minyan
(Gordon Chapel)

9:45 a.m.
Torah Study
(Finger Board Room)
Rabbi Joshua Herman,
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...

We’re eager to fulfill the mitzvah to visit the sick, in Hebrew, bikkur cholim. Why? On a basic human level it just feels like the right thing to do. But, it’s not enough to do it simply because it seems like the right thing to do. On a deeper level we have to find the reason why visiting the sick is important and why it might really make a difference. After all, it’s the antibiotics, surgeries and therapies that do the healing. At least that’s what we know now. Long ago, when no such therapies were known, healing happened to people who believed that they were part of a system of religion that provided restored health to the sick.

In Judaism, we have a prayer that links us to God’s role in healing. We say, "Praised are You, Eternal One, Healer of the sick (rofeh ha-cholim).” Even today, we can infer that modern drugs and means of healing originate in nature and its sources. We give credit to science for their discovery and then credit to religion for their meaning. In science, we observe rational processes that deliver therapies for healing; and in Judaism, we give value to those processes that facilitate life-saving outcomes, which provide us hope for healing and gratitude when it comes.

Ironically, the role of visiting the sick, then and now, remains virtually the same. In the past, the rabbis also wondered, "What difference can it really make if all healing is the will of God?” They explained that "One person’s visit removes 1/60th of the sick person’s illness” (Bava Metziah 30b).  Did they conclude, therefore, that if 60 persons visited the infirm, that the illness would be removed? The only answer was to say, "Halavai,” it should only be so.

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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.

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.

MUSSAR ORIENTATION AND TRAINING - AUGUST 30, 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 teachings 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.

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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VHS FILMS AVAILABLE
The Schachtel Library is now clearing out the VHS film collection, and we would be delighted to give away any and all of the films.
A good selection of childrens’ films, some bible, documentaries  and Judaica subjects are here. So if you still have a VHS player, come by the library to see treasures are to be found.  

 

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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