Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 01_22_2016

Rabbi Lyon’s Blog – 01_22_2016

From the Rabbi David Lyon

There are few things that we insist our children and teens attend beyond their favorite movies, sports, and malls. That’s a shame because there are experiences they should have that can spark their inner souls and spirits. I have something you should insist on bringing your children and teens to and it requires nothing but a promise of dinner to follow.

On Friday evening, 6:30pm in the sanctuary at Congregation Beth Israel, a must-see, must-hear event is taking place. A musical Shabbat dedicated to the music of Debbie Friedman. She was the leading innovator of contemporary Jewish liturgical and pop music who also modeled Jewish music for generations. Jewish musicians even your kids can name wouldn’t be where they are doing what they’re doing were it not for the groundbreaking soulful contributions of music and lyrics that Debbie created. A gifted, dynamic, soul searching, and spirit lifting individual, Debbie’s music inspired your rabbis and cantor, too.

To complement the music, Rabbi David Ellenson, PhD, former President of HUC-JIR, our Reform seminary and currently its Chancellor, will speak on “Miriam, Debbie Friedman and the Voices of Women in Prayer”. Cantor Dan Mutlu will put a unique spotlight on Debbie’s music and lift our souls and our spirits as we “Sing Unto God” a new song.

This is it! Bring your children, your teens, and your friends. I’m not encouraging you because I’m concerned about attendance. Thankfully, I don’t have to worry about attendance at our synagogue services. I urge you to come because this one’s important and your children shouldn’t miss it. Neither should you. See you there and come expecting the unexpected with joy on Shabbat at Congregation Beth Israel.

The Hurricane Harvey Flood Fund

Hurricane Harvey left Houston and surrounding areas in a shambles, but the great people of Houston are banding together to help and heal. Your help is welcome and needed. You may send Gift Cards (Kroger, Target, HEB, Lowe’s, or Visa/Mastercard, etc.) to Congregation Beth Israel. They will be immediately distributed to area neighbors to assist in replacing essential items and children’s school supplies.

You may also Donate directly to Congregation Beth Israel by clicking here. All funds will go directly to aid those who need immediate help. These funds will NOT be held to be allocated later. On behalf of our clergy (Rabbi David Lyon, Rabbi Adrienne Scott, Rabbi Joshua Herman, Rabbi Chase Foster, and Cantor Trompeter), David Scott, Executive Director, and Bruce Levy, Temple President, we are very grateful for your kindness, generosity, and help.

Hurt has no shame and no label; we just need to heal one another.

Rabbi David Lyon

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