Congregation Beth Israel's eNews for August 11, 2017

 
WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Friday, August 11
  6:30 p.m.
Shabbat Summer Service
(Gordon Chapel)
Rabbi Joshua Herman,
Rabbi David Lyon,
Rabbi Chase Foster,

Cantor Star Trompeter

 
Saturday, August 12
8:30 a.m.
Shabbat Morning Minyan
(Gordon Chapel)

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

11:00 a.m.
Shabbat Morning Service
(Sanctuary)
Bat Mitzvah of Bella Blue

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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...

Moses’ final words to the Israelite people about their future in the Promised Land continue in this week’s Torah portion called Eikev (Deuteronomy 7:12-11:25). In 8:7-10, Moses describes what the Land will provide the Israelites when they enter it and observe God’s commandments.

"For the Eternal your God is bringing you into a good land, a land with streams and springs and fountains issuing from plain and hill; a land of wheat and barley, of vines, figs, and pomegranates, a land of olive trees and honey; a land where you may eat food without stint, where you will lack nothing; a land whose rocks are iron and from whose hills you can mine copper.”

In this list, we learn about the resources that will sustain the Israelites. There is enough water for the people and to irrigate the fields. The soil, very rich in nutrients, can sustain and grow wheat and barley. There are grapes, figs, fruits, olive trees and honey for ordinary and sacred uses, alike. There is wine from the fruit of the vine for sanctification; olive oil to light the sacred lamps, and even honey that will later be associated with the sweetness of the New Year. There will be plenty of food and they will lack nothing, not even clothes and general provisions. Furthermore, the land and hills will provide metals and minerals to shape tools for use in the fields, and iron, used to make instruments of war, for defense.

 

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. Please park and enter by the Shlenker entrance.

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.

LEISURE CLUB!
All are welcome to join Leisure Club 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.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 INFORMATION SESSION- 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. If you are interested in learning about our upcoming small-group Mussar course beginning this Fall, please join us for this short information session. The course 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.

IRA FORMAN: "THE RISE OF GLOBAL ANTI-SEMITISM”
On Thursday, September 14, 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 is co-sponsored by the American Jewish Committee Houston, the Anti-Defamation League, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston. 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. 

GORDON CHAPEL ARK RENOVATION
As we continue 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 the next few weeks 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. 

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.

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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