Congregation Beth Israel's eNews for September 22, 2017


Friday, September 22
6:30 p.m.
Shabbat Chapel Service
(Gordon Chapel)
Shabbat Shuvah
Rabbi Adrienne Scott,
Rabbi David Lyon,
Rabbi Joshua Herman,
Rabbi Chase Foster
  Cantor Star Trompeter

Saturday, September 23
8:30 a.m.
Shabbat Morning Minyan
(Gordon Chapel)

9:45 a.m.
Torah Study
(Finger Board Room)
David Scott,
Executive Director & Director of Lifelong Learning

11:00 a.m.
Shabbat Morning Service
(Gordon Chapel)
Bat Mitzvah of
Naama Machol

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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



Below is a list of resources to help you and your loved ones through this challenging time.

Wednesday, Sept 27 | 7:00 PM
At Congregation Brith Shalom, 4610 Bellaire Blvd, Bellaire, 77401

FREE Panel Presentation with Q&A
The J is coordinating an informational night for homeowners whose homes were damaged in the flood. Professionals with experience in navigating this process will be available as well as representatives from:

  • Small Business Administration
  • FEMA
  • Jewish Family Services
  • Insurance and financial experts
  • Contractor that specializes in remodel and design in Meyerland and Bellaire
The goal is to provide homeowners with information to assist in making informed decisions regarding renovations and critical next steps.  


Basic Resources:

Specialized Resources:
  • For Housing & Commercial Real Estate- Samantha Wallace at the Jewish Federation is   collecting information about commercial real estate opportunities and maintaining a list of properties offering special / short-term leases for individuals impacted by Hurricane Harvey.  If you have an immediate need for commercial or residential space, or have space to offer, please get in touch with her directly at or 346-240-2328.
  • Volunteer Deployment and Mobilization– The Federation is partnering with All Hands Volunteers to coordinate volunteers in our community. If you have a need for volunteers or have a group looking to volunteer, please call All Hands directly at 1-800-820-5188. Volunteers are being deployed within our community to do the following tasks: heavy lifting, floor removal, sheetrock removal, packing, inventory for insurance, etc.
  • Disposal of Sacred Jewish Texts: David Scott at Congregation Beth Israel, along with their clergy, will be accepting Jewish texts for proper disposal due to damage from Hurricane Harvey. If you have questions or are in need of help, please contact the Temple office at 713-771-6221.
  • Free Non-Emergency Health Care: The Houston Medical Wellness Clinic, 5910 Fairdale Lane, is offering free clinic visitations and free medications for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Dr. Jennifer LaBleu will see non-emergency patients and provide medications for conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, infections, asthma and high cholesterol. When the free supply of medications on hand is exhausted, prescriptions will be provided until more supplies can be delivered. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments may be made at 713-781-1905.
  • Disaster Distress Helpline- 1-800-985-5990 is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after a disaster. Call 1-800-985-5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.  It is run by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration.
  • Free Phone Counseling: The Network of Jewish Human Services Agencies (NJHSA) will be providing free phone counseling for grief, loss, panic, anxiety, and depression. If you need to talk to someone, call the NJHSA Emergency Support Phone Number for Survivors of Hurricane Harvey at 832-930-0196 or email


Congregation Beth Israel is grateful to share that we, along with The Shlenker School, will be hosting Congregation Beth Yeshurun’s Early Childhood program, Congregation Beth Yeshurun’s Sunday and Hebrew School, several classes from the ERJCC’s Bertha Alyce Center,  and the ERJCC’s after school program, as their campuses begin renovations and restoration. 


Sisterhood invites its members to brunch in the Finger Board Room this Sunday the 24th at 10:00 a.m. This is the first of three brunches hosted by Sisterhood’s President and Executive Board. Come relax and unwind from the madness brought on by recent events and spend time with your sisters over coffee or mimosas! Dress up or come as you are, we gather in a sense of community. To attend, please RSVP to

Each month we partner with Kids Meals, an organization that delivers free healthy meals to the doorsteps of Houston's hungriest preschool children. This month we will gather in the Margolis Gallery at 9:30 a.m. on Wednesday, September 27. For more information and to RSVP, please contact Marsha Gilbert at or 713-771-6221 x336.

Brotherhood will be building a Sukkah on Sunday morning, October 1. Volunteers are needed! For information or to RSVP, please contact Mark Levine.

5:30-7:30 p.m., October 4
In the Congregation Beth Israel Sukkah
Coordinated by Beth Israel’s new ABIDE (Advocacy at Beth Israel for Diversity through Education) Committee

Sukkot reminds us of two important events: the 40 years the Children of Israel wandered in the desert, and the annual harvest. Sukkot means "booth,” and during the holiday, we are asked to live and eat the fruits of our harvest in temporary structures, or booths.
Similarly, there are many new residents of Houston who have been forced to leave their native lands and wander in search of refuge from war, terrorism, and chaos. Houston can provide them with a harvest of hope, and help, and we can be a part of that.
Our special guests, invited by the ABIDE committee, will include friends from the River Oaks Islamic Center and Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston. We’ll welcome Sukkot with blessings in the sukkah, then eat together (there will be food trucks!) We’ll also learn how to help the ABIDE committee create teams to provide mentoring and support to refugee families being resettled through Interfaith Ministries, and help them realize a bountiful harvest of hope, help and happiness in Houston.
RSVP to Heidi Miller at

The Family Sukkkot Shabbat & Campout begins in Levit Hall at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, October 6. RSVP to Gabby Burgard at



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!


The impact of Harvey has reached deep into many communities; displacing and disrupting the lives of so many in our community. Stages Repertory Theatre, located at 3201 Allen Parkway, would like to to help bring a little joy and a much needed diversion to those members of Beth Israel. We would like to offer complimentary tickets to those members to the following productions:

Balls - It’s 1973, and Houston’s Astrodome is playing host to one of the biggest pop cultural events of all time as Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs face-off in 'The Battle of the Sexes' tennis match! Balls is a spectacular new work that bounces one of the most memorable tennis events of all time off the cultural debates it ignited. Playing October 11 - October 29, complimentary tickets are available to all performances on Wednesday evenings, Thursday ev enings and Saturday matinees.

A Midnight Clear (A World Premiere Musical) - It’s Christmas Eve, 1964, and a snowstorm threatens to cancel a concert hosted by the Sisters of the Poor Sacred Heart. But when a mysterious stranger and a stranded motorist arrive at their chapel, the Sisters find that the songs of Christmas have far more power than they had imagined. Playing November 8 - December 24, complimentary tickets are available throughout the month of November on all Wednesday evenings, Thursd ay evenings and Saturday matinees.

Panto Cinderella - You are invited to the Ball this holiday season! Panto’s madcap storytelling style breathes new life into the familiar tale of humble Cinderella, her fairy godmother, her charming prince and her hideous (and hilarious!) stepsisters. Come ready to laugh, cheer and boo along with a crazy cast of fairy tale favorites. Packed with zany characters, audience interaction and plenty of toe-tapping music, it’s spectacular fun for the whole family.. Playing November 29 - December 31, complimentary tickets are available on Wednesday or Thursday evenings between November 29 and December 9.

To reserve your complimentary tickets, call the Stages Box Office at 713-527-0123, mention code BETH ISRAEL and we will confirm your tickets. Quantities are limited. For more information on all Stages productions, see ​


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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.


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 Click below for more information.


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