Congregation Beth Israel's eNews for November 17, 2017


 
WORSHIP SCHEDULE

Friday, November 17
6:30pm
Shabbat Sanctuary Service
(Sanctuary)
Honoring Rabbi Joshua Herman and
including Quinquennial Wedding Anniversary Blessings
Rabbi Joshua Herman,
Rabbi David Lyon,
Rabbi Adrienne Scott,
Cantor Star Trompeter

Saturday, November 18
8:30am
Shabbat Morning Minyan
(Gordon Chapel)

9:45am
Torah Study
(Finger Board Room)
Rabbi Joshua Herman

11:00am
Shabbat Morning Service
(Sanctuary)
Bat Mitzvah of
Kylie Markowitz

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

FROM THE RABBI...

Thanksgiving is around the corner. By now, the flood waters have surely receded, but the difficulty of repairing and rebuilding homes and lives continues. For Houstonians, it’s difficult to believe that Thanksgiving is so close after first feeling like we’d never make it. That’s why this Thanksgiving is even more important. Since August, we’ve learned the meaning of gratitude when first-responders came to our rescue, when volunteers helped us at home, and when some semblance of safety and hope was restored. Now, at our Thanksgiving tables or wherever we might be celebrating the holiday, we’ll raise our glasses and give thanks for very real and tangible reasons: a roof, walls, furniture, family, friends, community, and improved well-being.

            Notwithstanding all that we’ve shared, this Thanksgiving will be unique to your family. Perhaps loved ones are gone; their earthly days have ended. On Thanksgiving, their memories will be gathered with words of gratitude about the life they lived and their legacy that still abides among us. But, others have joined you. There are new babies, new sons/daughters-in-law, and new friends. Our tables always have room for one more chair and one more person to fill it. Some families will be together in the hospital or where a family member is recuperating. Thanksgiving doesn’t happen only around the dining room table. 

            So, before the Turkey is carved and eaten, please take time to share words of thanksgiving that speak to you. Let guests share what’s in their hearts. Or, perhaps you might find meaning in one of the texts below. These citations are from original sources and from an anthology of Jewish quotations. Take a look. You’ll recognize many of them. Share them if you wish.

 

Continue reading here...


UPCOMING EVENTS

SERVICE AND ONEG HONORING
RABBI JOSHUA AND AVIVA HERMAN
This evening, at 6:30pm, in the Sanctuary, we will thank Rabbi Herman for his contributions of mind and spirit and selfless service to Congregation Beth Israel. Rabbi Herman and Aviva will be making Aliyah in December, with great anticipation for their new home in Israel. Join us for worship and a special Oneg Shabbat in their honor.

BUILDING TEMPERATURE
Unfortunately, the flood damage to the building has affected our ability to keep our spaces properly heated and cooled. We are still working to make our building as comfortable as possible, though it will take time. We encourage bringing a sweater or a jacket, as we make adjustments. Thank you for your patience.


COMMUNITY THANKSGIVING SERVICE
Our Community Thanksgiving Service will be held at 4:00pm this Sunday, November 19th, at Willow Meadows Baptist Church, 4300 W. Bellfort St. Cantor Star Trompeter will participate at the service. All are welcome to attend. Contact Cantor Star Trompeter for further information.

FAMILY SHABBAT - DECEMBER 1st
Families with children in 5th Grade and younger are welcome to our Family Shabbat at 6:00pm on Friday, December 1st. Please park and enter through the Shlenker School doors. For more information and to RSVP contact Rebecca Ramsey at 713-271-7369 or rramsey@beth-israel.org

BIFTY PAJAMA PARTY
BIFTY is making a comeback, and its next event is Saturday evening, December 2nd from 6:00pm to 10:00pm. All 8th-12th graders are invited to a fun evening filled with friends, food, and a lot of fun. Of course, wear your favorite, appropriate pj’s. The event costs $10. Please park and enter through the Shlenker doors. RSVP to cfoster@beth-israel.org.
 
 



CHANUKAH FAMILY SHABBAT
Our Chanukah Family Shabbat Service will begin at 6:30pm in the Sanctuary on Friday, December 15th. We look forward to joining with our families to light the Maltz Menorah. We thank Stanley and Diane Novy for sponsoring this service.

 
IN OTHER AIPAC NEWS
Congregation Beth Israel will be sending a delegation to the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, DC, March 4-6, 2018. For details contact Executive Director and Director of Lifelong Learning David Scott, dscott@beth-israel.org or 713-771-6221 x612.
 

ISRAEL TRAVELERS - JUNE 3-13, 2018
Registration is now open for our next biennial trip to Israel! Rabbi David Lyon and Rabbi Adrienne Scott will be leading the trip. The itinerary and all registration information are available on our website or by clicking here.

QUINQUENNIAL WEDDING ANNIVERSARIES

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

5 years — Jackelyn & Zachary Silverman
10 years — Josie & Allan Geffon
15 years — Julianne Bartlein & Sanford Elstein
15 years — Jill & Eric Relkin
25 years — Melanie & Larry Margolis
25 years — Nancy & Lawrence Proler
30 years — Beth & Patrick Clegg
30 years — Cindy & Gary Greenberg
30 years — Sheila & Stuart Jacobson
30 years — Karen & Randy Marcks
30 years — Judith Steinhoff & Donald Morrison
35 years — Cindy & Les Fox
35 years — Gigi & Stewart Shapiro
40 Years — Chris & Bill Spindler
50 years — Beth & Lee Schlanger


ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
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 10:00am to 4:00pm, and Wednesdays 10:00am to 5:00pm

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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