Congregation Beth Israel's eNews for October 6, 2017

 
WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Friday, October 6
6:00 p.m.
Family Sukkot Shabbat
& Campout
(Levit Hall)
Rabbi Joshua Herman,
Rabbi Chase Foster

6:30 p.m.
Shabbat Sanctuary Service
(Sanctuary)
Rabbi David Lyon,
Rabbi Adrienne Scott,
Cantor Star Trompeter

Saturday, October 7
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
(Sanctuary)
B'not Mitzvah of
Samantha Dillon
&
Ana Susman

Thursday, October 12
10:30 a.m.
Simchat Torah Yizkor Service
(Gordon Chapel)

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Rabbi David A. Lyon may be heard on Sunday mornings, 6:45 a.m., KODA, Sunny 99.1 FM radio

FROM THE RABBI

On January 9, 2013, the Houston Chronicle published my op-ed, "We are all responsible for Sandy Hook Slayings: The nation needs to talk about guns, mental health”. The bulk of the text is below. I reprinted it here with blanks to fill in the names of new cities and perpetrators. I can’t rewrite the article if the story hasn’t changed. Let’s change the story and write a new article about lives saved and mental health addressed. Let’s begin by insisting on bi-partisan change that will save lives and honor our nation’s promise to all people.  

The massacre in (fill in the city name) was a horrifying and senseless killing spree that left the nation in shock, again. That proverbial (fill in the blank) from down the street who kept to himself came out to reveal his demons in acts of terror. This time it was the death of people of all ages who came out for a nighttime concert in Las Vegas. 

            Naturally, my response is a Jewish one. In Judaism, death can provide a means to redemption for one who commits a heinous crime; but, there is no sin and certainly no crime for which the innocents in (fill in the city name) needed redemption.  I had nothing to do with what happened in (fill in the city name); not directly, anyway. I did have something to do with it indirectly, and so did you.  There is a conversation about gun control and mental health that our national leaders have failed to have with us. It’s a political hot potato, so no one has touched it. But, (fill in the city name) has changed everything. We are citizens in a nation that must open this conversation and reframe it for a new outcome. How do we begin?      

            Judaism teaches us to revere the law; but reverence for law, while noble, should not become an idol of worship that prevents us from cherishing life as our greatest human endeavor. Torah teaches us "Choose life that you and your offspring may live” and we are taught to do ethical deeds --- one person to another --- in order that we may live by Torah, not die by Torah. 

Continue reading here...


UPCOMING EVENTS



 
 
 

 

6TH GRADE KALLAH, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6
There will be a Kallah for our 6th Graders at Noon this Sunday, October 6. Samara Schwartz will be speaking on Making Mensches. Food will be provided.

SISTERHOOD BRUNCH
Join Sisterhood in the Finger Board Room this Sunday, October 8th at 10:30am for the second of three scheduled brunches intended for women to gather and unwind from the chaos of recent events. Please RSVP to sisterhood@beth-Israel.org.

SISTERS IN THE 'HOOD
Do not miss this joint event uniting the Sisterhood's of congregations Beth Yeshurun, Beth Israel and Brith Shalom on Monday, October 9th from 11:30am-2:00pm in our sukkah courtyard. Come have fun painting and creating your  own canvas panel to hang in your sukkah! Entry fee is $12/person and includes your canvas, materials and kosher style lunch. RSVP to sistersinthehood.eventbrite.com.

CONSECRATION AND SIMCHAT TORAH
Consecration and our Simchat Torah celebration will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Sanctuary on Wednesday, October 11. Please contact the MBJLC at rramsey@beth-israel.org for further information.
 

 

YIZKOR SERVICE
Our Yizkor Service will be held in the Gordon Chapel at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, October 12.

Please note that Temple Offices will be closed on Thursday, October 12. They will re-open on Friday, October 13.

5TH GRADE PARENTS' MEETING
Parents of 5th Graders in the Miriam Browning Jewish Learning Center and The Shlenker School who are Beth Israel members are invited to meet in Wolff-Toomim Hall at 10:30 on Sunday, October 15 to discuss signing up for a Bar/Bat Mitzvah in the 2019-2020 school year. Please RSVP to gtuker@beth-israel.org.
 
ADULT HEBREW AND ADULT B'NEI MITZVAH CLASSES
Adult Hebrew and B'nei Mitzvah classes will begin the week of Sunday, October 15. Rooms and times are to be determined. Those interested in these classes are asked to contact Greg Tucker at gtucker@beth-israel.org.
 
THE BROTHERHOOD OF CONGREGATION BETH ISRAEL
We are excited to share that The Brotherhood has relaunched, and is putting together great programming! Save the Date for their Whiskey Tasting Event at the Federal Grill, on Octobber 19th, at 5:30 p.m. For more information on programming and to et involved, please contact Joe Weinstein-Sears at josephvsears@gmail.com or 817-773-3143.
 
SHIR SHABBAT RESCHEDULED
Contor Star Trompeter and our clergy team will lead us in a special musical evening in the Sanctuary beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, November 3.

KEHILAH HIGH
Join the Kehillah High family by registering your child today! Kehillah High is for 8th-12thgraders. The first night of classes will be October 18 at Congregation Beth Israel.
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LIBRARY NEWS

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Flooded books? Here is a suggestion on how to salvage wet books...
https://www.lib.umich.edu/files/files/wetbooks-1.pdf

 

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.

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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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