Congregation Beth Israel's eNews for August 18, 2017
 
WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Friday, August 18
  6:30 p.m.
Shabbat Sanctuary Service
(Sanctuary)
including Quinquennial Wedding Anniversary Blessings
  Rabbi David Lyon,
Rabbi Adrienne Scott,
Rabbi Joshua Herman,
Rabbi Chase Foster,

Cantor Star Trompeter

 
Saturday, August 19
8:30 a.m.
Shabbat Morning Minyan
(Gordon Chapel)

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

 10:00 a.m.
Shabbat Shindig
(BIFTY Lounge)
Rabbi Adrienne Scott,
Rabbi Chase Foster

11:00 a.m.
Shabbat Morning Service
(Sanctuary)
B'nei Mitzvah of Jake Newman & Grant Rothfeder

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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...

A week ago, in Charlottesville, Virginia, our nation’s under-belly emerged with brown shirts and swastikas to foment hate, bigotry, and anti-Semitism. Their racist message was clear and their purpose was unequivocal. The only muddled message and equivocal response came from our president. His failure to address the nation with knowledge of history, sensitivity to persecuted communities, and selfless regard for humanity stunned the world. There was no excuse for him or anyone in elected office to misunderstand and, thus, misuse the Office of President on such a dire day in our country. No one aims to blame a president, but no one who is president should aim, even carelessly, to blame a citizenry who defends the "unalienable rights” all Americans are privileged to enjoy.

                Earlier this week, I reached out to Judicatory leaders, religious heads of Catholic and Protestant faiths, to join me in writing an op-ed in the Houston Chronicle to reach the people of greater Houston. They agreed immediately. Using words from the Bill of Rights, Cardinal DiNardo’s personal message to the Galveston-Houston dioceses, and from Rabbi Rick Jacobs, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, I composed a letter that responded to the atrocities in Charlottesville. In Thursday’s op-ed page and on Chron.com, you’ll find the letter in full; but, if you missed it, it’s printed below for you to read, share, and promote.

 

"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” These are foundational words upon which this country was built and the creed which Americans are to believe and live by. There is no room for hate and bigotry with these words.  These words are inclusive of all men—white, black, brown, educated, uneducated, rich and poor, people of faith and of no faith.

Continue reading here...
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 
 

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.

BETH ISRAEL SISTERHOOD INVITES YOU
Join Sisterhoods from the Greater Houston Area as we welcome New York Times best-selling author "Hungry Girl” Lisa Lillien for a book-signing and meet-and-greet on Sunday, September 10 at 10:30 a.m. at Congregation Beth Yeshurun. Your ticket includes admission, a swag bag of samples, and Lisa’s latest book.  Immediately following the program, a Kosher reception featuring samples from the book will be served. For more information and to RSVP: 
HUNGRYGIRLHOUSTON.EVENTBRITE.COM

 
 

 

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!

QUINQUENNIAL WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES

The following couples are celebrating their quinquennial wedding anniversaries during the month of August. Mazel Tov!

5 years — Leslie & Shawn Doctor
10 years — Jennifer & Cory Strickland
15 years — Shelley & Matthew Spector
20 years — Caren & Robert Sweetland, Jr.
25 years — Cynthia & Randy Anhalt
25 years — Bonnie & Barry Zieben
40 years — Andrea & George Forbes
40 years — Eugenia Mileykovska & Yury Kamensky
40 years — June & Barry Schnapper
45 years — Terry & Stephen Reichek
45 years — Barbara & Howard Stern
45 years — Eugenie & Leonard Zwelling
55 years — Lynne & Michael Lempel
60 years — Lynne & Harvey Tiras
60 years — Erla & Harry Zuber
70 years — Frances & Mark Van Gelder



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 4:00 p.m., and Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. to 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, 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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