Congregation Beth Israel's eNews for July 28, 2017

 
WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Friday, July 28
  6:30 p.m.
Shabbat Summer Service
(Gordon Chapel)
Rabbi Joshua Herman,
Rabbi Chase Foster,

Cantor Star Trompeter

 
Saturday, July 29
8:30 a.m.
Shabbat Morning Minyan
(Gordon Chapel)

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

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FROM THE RABBI...

"Devarim: Words and Things”

Some years ago, a Temple friend gave me a copy of the book, "Simple Words: Thinking about What Really Matters in Life” by Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz, an internationally known scholar of Talmud. In his book, Steinsaltz focuses on the inherent meaning of a list of simple words. In the first chapter, he writes about "Words”.

Steinsaltz begins with a reference to Genesis Rabbah, a commentary on Genesis from the fourth century. In it, the rabbis describe how God consulted with the angels about the creation of man, and the angels didn’t like the idea at all. They rejected the idea of connecting a Divine soul with an earthly body, and concluded that it was bound to fail. After the world and man were created, God again asked the angels to look at what God had done and to give names to all of God’s creations. Again, the angels said that they could not. Then God showed off Man, and asked Adam to name all the creations that passed before him. Adam gave names to all the creatures, to himself, his wife, and to God (Genesis 2:19, 2:23). Steinsaltz teaches that the marvel of Adam, who stood over animals and even angels, wasn’t just that he could talk, but that he created words, simply. Steinsaltz’s point is that Adam didn’t begin with a lexicon of vocabulary and phrases. He chose his words simply and used his words mindfully.

This week’s Torah portion is called Devarim. It means "words” but it also means "things.” It’s a perfect opening for the responsibility we have to choose our words simply and to use our words mindfully, too. When we choose our words well, then our words have the potential to deliver messages that build and connect. With simple words, relationships can begin and grow to convey values we share with family and friends, but also with new acquaintances. When we don’t choose our words well, then they’re just things; they become utilitarian choices that enable us to accomplish a transaction with others, but without regards for anything more than that.

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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.

IRA FORMAN: "THE RISE OF GLOBAL ANTI-SEMITISM”
On Wednesday, August 23, Congregation Beth Israel will welcome Ira Forman, Former U.S. Special Envoy to the U.S. State Department to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism (2013-2017), who will present The Rise of Global Anti-Semitism. This program is generously underwritten by Joyce and Ambassador Arthur Schechter and will take place in the Gordon Chapel. It is free and open to the community, but RSVPs are requested. Please contact Gabby Burgard, Adult Education Coordinator, at gburgard@beth-israel.org with any questions and to RSVP. 

LEISURE CLUB HAS A NEW NAME!
All are welcome to join Lunch Bunch on Wednesday August 23, 2017 for an engaging program on Israeli pop music, led by Rabbi Joshua Herman. Lunch will begin at 11:30am, with the program to follow at 12:15pm. For more information and to reserve your spot, please contact Marsha Gilbert at mgilbert@beth-israel.orgor 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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The new Daniel Silva novel "House of Spies” is now available in the library. Call or email Judy Weidman at jweidman@beth-israel.org in the Library to reserve. 

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.

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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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