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November December 2012

Hineni A Congregation Brith Shalom Publication

Mitzvah Day Sunday, December 9, 2012

A Message from

Rabbi Ranon Teller The results are in. This year’s High Holy Days had a significant impact on our community; the impact can be measured by quantifiable post-holiday activity resulting from the experience. There have been many reports of measurable activity since the holidays. Here are three. The first report comes from the medical field. Our Yom Kippur discussion featured three courageous cancer survivors who told their stories and shared the wisdom of their experience. It was a deep, raw, emotional community conversation. We learned about the power of community, the healing aspects of prayer, and the significance of early detection. One of our goals was to impress upon our community the need for routine examinations. Since the High Holy Days, doctors have shared with me that Brith Shalomers have made appointments long delayed, citing the Yom Kippur afternoon discussion as their impetus. The second report comes from the field of psychology. On Yom Kippur day, my sermon encouraged focus on individual responsibility and empowerment. The framework was an affirmation, “God loves me; the world needs me; so I will walk my Jewish journey.” A therapist who works with addicts and convicts reported to me that she is using the affirmation in her work. Her clients are visibly moved when they recite the mantra, confronting their issues of loneliness and self-worth. The third report is my own. Every Sunday morning, I lead a prayer service for the religious school students in kindergartener through second grade. It is one of the highlights of my week. We sing Jewish prayers, discuss upcoming holidays, and exercise our souls. One of the goals is to provide a foundation for the children to build a relationship with God through prayer. We used the Yom Kippur mantra last week right before the Sh’ma, and it worked beautifully. The chapel space was transformed with a sense of awe. One of the children asked the perfect question, which sealed the experience: “But Rabbi, doesn’t God love everyone?” “Yes,” I said, “God loves everyone. And God loves you, too.” We prefer to think of our God in the abstract. It’s easier, less demanding, less invasive, less risky, and less confusing. This year, join me in thinking about our God who loves you. It’s a little more difficult, a little more demanding, a little more intense, and a little more real. If you have not yet acted on inspiration from the High Holy Days, please do so, because “the world needs you.” You can find the text of the High Holy Day sermons at Walking my Jewish journey,

Rabbi Teller


A Message from Cantor Lance Rhodes As a chazzan invested by the Jewish Theological Seminary, I spent five years at the seminary and was also fortunate enough to have had a lot of cantorial and administrative training and experience during my undergraduate years and prior to my arrival at Brith Shalom. Throughout all of it, one of the things that I am most grateful for is being able to bring happiness and comfort to others through the many life cycle events and special moments that I have been privileged to take part in. Being a member of the clergy allows me to experience the most meaningful times in others’ lives. As a cantor, I can use my musical abilities to help provide spirituality, comfort, and joy for others during these times and more. Of course, there are many responsibilities to being a cantor, and they vary depending on the type of synagogue and congregation that a cantor serves. At Brith Shalom, my job responsibilities include being a clergy, pastor, musician, and educator. I spend a lot of time teaching classes, conducting private tutoring, reaching out to others seeking comfort and company, and creating, organizing, and running many programs and activities to enhance Jewish life in our synagogue and community. As you know, one of my favorite ways to connect with others is through music. In one of my attempts to continue to enhance the spirituality of our congregation, I am excited to announce that we are enlarging our Friday Night Ruach services with more singers and musicians! This season we will have a Friday Night Ruach Singers Ensemble in addition to more teen musicians recruited from our FNR teen band elective for Mosad Shalom. I am also excited about the start of a teen Torah chanting league, which also includes a rewards system with rules similar to those of Fantasy sports. I will also continue to teach the 6th grade Haftarah classes and tefillot to some of the religious school on a weekly basis. Our next B’nei Mitzvah class begins the annual line-up of workshops and socials at the end of October. And in November I will again be teaching adult education classes for those interested in learning how to chant Torah, and we will begin the second series of Davening Like a Pro. There will also be several Jewish song sessions, open to everyone interested, after Saturday morning services throughout the year (dates to be announced). These are just some of the exciting upcoming events to look forward to. Wishing everyone a wonderful new year,

Cantor Lance Rhodes


Thank you! to all of our fabulous CBS volunteers - past and present! We are constantly impressed by the spirit, dedication, and kindness of our volunteers, who are always just a phone call or email away. We could not do the work we do, or even begin to strive towards new ideas, programs, and growth in our community, without each and every one of you. Whether you lend a hand during High Holy Days, participate in Mitzvah Day, serve on the Chesed Committee, proofread our publications, pass out snacks to religious school students, donate a few hours of your time in the office during busy periods, or even bring the office staff treats, you are more help than you know. It is only through your support that our synagogue can move forward, one mitzvah at a time. Sincerely, CBS Office Staff


eHineni Content Submission Following the publication of the current issue of the eHineni (the November-December edition), the eHineni will be published in January, April, June, and August. The next issue will appear in early January. In order to make this publication as successful as possible, we need content from individuals and affiliates. We are hopeful that you will be a part of that process by submitting your stories, articles, bulletins, announcements, events, programs, photos, advertisements, etc., to be used in upcoming issues of the Hineni. If you have an idea for an article or would like a particular CBS program highlighted, please review the “Submission Guidelines” below: • Articles should be no more than 1000 words. • Images should be submitted in a jpeg or png format. • The due date for submissions for the January edition will be day 10 of the previous month (December 10). • The due date for submissions for the April, June, September, and November editions will be day 10 of the month prior to publication (unless this falls on Shabbat, in which case the deadline will be on day 9 of the month prior to publication). • All submissions should be sent to Jess Faerman, at

Advertising in the eHineni We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting paid advertisements for the eHineni. To advertise a company, organization, or event, please refer to the content submission guidelines on the previous page. Advertisement costs are as follows:

¼ page ad: $30 ½ page ad: $50 full page ad: $95 A subscription for one year of advertisements (i.e., four eHineni publications) will earn you a10% discount on the total cost of the advertisement. Thank you in advance for taking part in the new eHineni. If you have any questions regarding the submission guidelines or what type of content to submit, please do not hesitate to contact me. Thank you!

Jess Faerman Program & Communications Coordinator Congregation Brith Shalom


Synagogue Programs & Special Shabbat Services 6

Community Shabbat Saturday, November 10, 2012

Join us for a fun-filled Shabbat with Israeli dancing, story telling led by Jordan Hill, family and traditional services led by CBS clergy, a Pure Neshama yoga service led by Rabbi Teller,Torah study led by Jonathan Fass, and more!


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SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 23 Doors open at 7:00 pm NO COVER! nosh, schmooze, nosh ven, schmooze, Daven, Daven, l‘cha lakhn, and make a l‘chaim! 21+) OPEN BAR ((21+)

Family Service 7:00 pm

Traditional Service (full megillah reading) 7:15 pm Kibbitz Comedy Club 8:30 pm






Young Professionals Programming Spring 2012 was the launch of our new after-work social series: Last Thursday of the month happy hour & coffee-house meet-ups with the CBS clergy!

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Brith Shalom’s third annual Mitzvah Day will take place Sunday, December 9. Various projects are planned, from helping clean up shared gardens in lowincome areas to cleaning up our own synagogue. In the evening, a special Chanukah celebration will include music, a slideshow summary of the day’s events, a light dinner, and candle lighting. If you would like to help with organization and planning, email Visit for more details.

Mitzvah Day Sunday, December 9, 2012


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Tree Planting, & Community Seder Lunch


Life School Sunday mornings

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Prepare yourselves for a powerful experience in Jewish prayer. Our Sages teach that when a group of people prays together, God’s presence (the Shekhinah) dwells among them. The essence of the Friday Night Ruach service is intense congregational participation. This service is part of a new wave in Jewish prayer that began in New York, Los Angeles, and Jerusalem, where congregations like B’nai Jeshurun, Kehillat Shira Hadasha, the Library Minyan, and Yakar are tapping into the contemporary need to participate in song. We at Brith Shalom are seeking the spiritual power of a sanctuary filled with voices singing and swaying in unison! We need your voice. Come sing and feel God’s intimate presence, the Shekhinah. In order to help the congregation raise their voices in song, we set traditional liturgy to Chasidic and contemporary melodies accompanied by Shabbat-appropriate instrumentation. We also provide transliterations and sheet music and, on request, can distribute the melodies on CD. After a joyous, uplifting service, people look forward to meeting in the social hall for a delicious light supper. We shake hands, schmooze, and enjoy each other’s company. When we leave, it's with a smile and a feeling of being invigorated as we look forward to coming together once again for the next Friday Night Ruach.

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Gourmet Shabbat Dinner Series $20 per person Register online:

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January 11

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Youth Services Saturdays, 10:30-11:30 am September 08 September 22 October 13 October 27 November 24


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Shabbat experience for children six years of age and younger One Friday evening a month Singing, dancing, and eating Engage your Shabbat spirit Meet young families Connect with your community Have fun! If you’d like to help sponsor a Mini Minyan dinner in honor of your child’s birthday or special family event, please send a check to the synagogue made out to Mini Minyan or visit and donate through CBS Online.


Religious School & Youth Programming


Teen Shabbat Club! Fridays, 6:30-8:30 pm Fun Shabbat service and dinner full of song and discussion

January 11 May 11

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Youth Y outh Programming Programming

Kadima (Grades 6-8) Goes to the Movies! Sunday, December 16 Edwards Greenway Grand Palace Stadium 3839 Weslayan

An Unexpected Journey (3D)

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The Path of the Refugee The Reh family began its long journey to safety more than 20 years ago, leaving their native Burma (Myanmar) out of fear of torture and forced labor perpetrated by the government. They are among hundreds of thousands of ethnic Karenni people who have fled fighting and persecution in their country, finding relative safety in refugee camps in Thailand. Now their journey has brought them to a safe haven—to Houston, where they strive to learn a new language, adjust to an entirely foreign culture, and become self-sufficient and contributing members of the community that is now their home. Join us as we hear the stories of new Houstonians from all over the world and explore the Jewish values related to the issue of refugees.

Wednesday, December 5, 7:15 pm In conjunction with the program and Mitzvah Day, Brith Shalom is holding a drive to collect household goods and furnishings for a refugee family newly settled here by Interfaith Ministries. Please see the list of needed items and donation instructions at www.brithshalom. org/pathoftherefugee This program is sponsored jointly by the Diversity Outreach, Adult Education, and Social Action Committees and Mosad Shalom. It is part of Brith Shalom’s commitment to the ADL’s Community of Respect initiative.


Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston Refugee Services Wish List We need your assistance to help make a new home for refugees. Your donation will be used to furnish an apartment for a refugee family so that they may start a new life in America. Room & Board: Rental assistance Grocery gift cards (Fiesta, Kroger - $35 increments) Furniture: Couches and loveseats Small dinette sets and chairs Mattresses (full and twin only, must be new) Basic bed frames

Miscellaneous: Clothing Televisions Microwaves Computers (less than 4 years old) Books

Housewares: Bed sheets (full or twin only) Blankets (full or twin only) Pillows Shower curtains Lamps (table or floor) Small, free-standing shelves Bath towels and washcloths Alarm clocks Brooms and dustpans

Kitchenware: Cookware (pots and pans) Dinnerware (plates) Bakeware and mixing bowls Cutlery (knives, forks, spoons) Cutting knives Stirring spoons (wooden or plastic) Serving utensils Drinking glasses Can openers

PLEASE NOTE: Used items are acceptable, but must be clean and sanitary. Items may be dropped off in the box marked "IMGH Refugee Drive" in the coat closet, November 18-December 9. To arrange pick-up of large items, please contact Renee Stern at 713-666-2469 or All gifts to Interfaith Ministries (a 501(c)(3) organization) are tax deductible. If you would rather make a monetary donation, please make your check out to Interfaith Ministries of Greater Houston. If you would like to help set up an apartment or help newly arrived refugees in other ways (for example, be a "cultural guide," teach ESL, adopt a family), please contact Renee Stern at 71327 666-2469 or

B’nei Mitzvah Workshops 2012-2013

Join Rabbi Teller & Cantor Rhodes for a family experience preparing for your upcoming simcha!

Coffee & breakfast will be provided.

Sundays 9:45 am-12:00 pm October 28 January 13 February 3

Upcoming B’nei Mitzvah Rebekah Lemeshev Zachary Rouah Maya Teller Larissa Bernstein Macee Obermeyer Priya Fink Miriam Alberts

Alex Rosen Raphael Levine Max Mendel Daniel Nadel Sara Plager Hudson Stronck

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Junior Congregation for students in grades 3-6

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life-long friendships. This year, members of HouJew, the local USY chapter, have participated in regional and international conventions, Kadima Conventions (for grades 6-8), and many chapter events. USY is peer-led, with the USYers planning and implementing the activities. In addition, USY offers life-changing summer programs in the United

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States, Israel and Europe. Whether you are interested in USY on Wheels, which travels across the country, or USY Pilgrimage, USY has a summer program for you! For a full list of programs, visit For more information about USY locally, call 713-409-9814 or houjews@gmail. com.

Congregation Brith Shalom Department of Education

Calendar – 2012-2013

AUGUST 22 Faculty Opening Retreat 26 Parents’ Open House & Parents’ B/M Orientation 29 Teen BBQ & Elective Sign-Up SEPTEMBER 5 Opening Night Religious School (Grades 3-12) 7 Teen Shabbat Club 9 Opening Day Primary Grades (PreK-2) 9 Grade 5 Parents’ Meeting 12 Grade 9-10 Parents’ Confirmation Meeting 17-18 Rosh Hashanah Youth Services 23 Family Tashlich Ceremony 26 Yom Kippur Youth Services OCTOBER 3 Teen Israeli Dancing 5 Teen Shabbat Club in the Sukkah 6 Junior Congregation 7 Sukkah Visits & Young Family Program 7 Pizza in the Hut 21 Primary Grades Visit the Library 21 Grade 7 Trip to Barry Farm 21 Rabbi Visits Grades 4 & 5 28 B’nei Mitzvah Family Workshop I NOVEMBER 2-3 Fall Teen Retreat 3 Junior Congregation 7 Book Fair Program at JCC 10 Community Shabbat ** (Saturday Classes) 18 Rabbi Visits Grades PreK-2 17 Kindergarten Kabbalat HaTorah DECEMBER 1 Junior Congregation 2 RS Chanukkah Celebration 2 Grade 7 Trip to Medallion 5 Teen Community of Respect Program 9 Mitzvah Day – NO Regular Classes JANUARY 5 Junior Congregation 11 Teen Shabbat Club 12 Young Family Havdalah 13 B’nei Mitzvah Family Workshop II 13 Primary Grades Visit the Library 16 Jewish Camping Presentation 25-26 Winter Teen Retreat 27 Tu B’shvat Celebration FEBRUARY 1 Teen Shabbat Club 2 Junior Congregation 3 B’nei Mitzvah Family Workshop III 9 Grade 3 Kabbalat HaSiddur 9 Young Family Havdalah 17 Yom Limmud – No regular classes 22 Grade 7 Dinner at Cantor Levine’s 24 Purim Celebration

FEBRUARY (Continued) 27 Community-Wide High School Program MARCH 1-2 Grades 4-6 Retreat 3 Primary Grades Visit the Library 3 Grade 7 Trip to SEARCH 16 Grades 5-6 Torah Service 22 Teen Shabbat Club 24 Rabbi Visits Grade 3, 6 & 7 24 Chocolate Seder APRIL 5 6 14 19-20 27

Grades 3-4 Service & Dinner Junior Congregation Grade 7 Trip to Supermarket Spring Teen & 7th Grade Retreat Junior Congregation & Grade 4 Torah Event

MAY 10 11 15 19

Grade 7 Promotion Teen Shabbat Club Havdalah Grade 12 Graduation Yom Yisrael

SCHOOL CLOSINGS Sept. 16, 19, 23, 26 November 11 November 25 -28 December 9 December 12 Dec. 16 – Jan. 2 February 17 March 10, 13, 17 March 27 & 31 May 15

High Holidays Day After Community Shabbat Thanksgiving Mitzvah Day Faculty Meeting Winter Break Yom Limmud Spring Break Passover Shavuot

B’NEI MITZVAH August 11 Everett Lowenstein August 25 Zoe Katzenellebogen Oct. 20 Leo Fiesinger Oct. 27 Nathan Lederman Nov. 17 Rebekah Lemeshev Nov. 30 Zachary Rouah Dec. 8 Vanya Rosenberg-Johnson Dec. 22 Maya Teller Jan. 5 Larissa Bernstein Jan. 12 Macee Obermeyer Jan. 19 Priya Fink Feb. 2 Miriam Alberts Feb. 9 Lily Siegel Feb. 16 Alex Rosen Mar. 23 Raphael Levine Apr. 13 Max Mendel School Cancellation – In the event that HISD closes school OR afterschool events due to weather conditions, Religious School and Mosad Shalom will be cancelled for the evening.


Adult Education Department


Mechon Hadar Houston Fall 2012—Winter 2013 Join us as Rabbi Ethan Tucker, Co-Founder and Rosh Yeshiva of Mechon Hadar, the only egalitarian yeshiva in the United States, visits our community from September 2012 through February 2013. Rabbi Tucker will offer an in-person residency in September and February and lead four interactive webinars in October through January. Rabbi Tucker was ordained by the Chief Rabbinate of Israel and earned a PhD in Talmud and Rabbinics from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He was named one of Newsweek’s Top Fifty Rabbis in America in 2011 and 2012.

Selichot Shabbaton at Congregation Brith Shalom September 7-9, 2012 Halacha and Modernity: Toward a Meaningful, Contemporary, Jewish Practice Friday Night Davar Torah and Dinner, Shabbat Sermon, Shabbat Text Study, Saturday Evening Lecture

Interactive Webinars at the ERJCC October 2012 — January 2013 Shabbat: Creating A Meaningful Atmosphere with Ancient Ritual Laws Monday, October 15 at 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

Inclusion: The Halakhic Case for Egalitarianism Monday, December 10 at 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

Kashrut: Toward Sensible, Meaningful, Contemporary Jewish Food Choices Monday, November 26 at 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

What is a Jew? Monday, January 14 at 7:00 PM—8:30 PM

Scholar-in-Residence at the ERJCC February 24—27, 2013 Between Wisdom and Honor: When Divine Commands Threaten Human Dignity Sunday, February 24 at 7:30 PM . Ethical Norms as the Foundation of the Torah Monday, February 25 at 7:30 PM

Was Abraham Asked to Sacrifice His Ethics? Tuesday, February 26 at 7:30 PM Can Jewish Texts Be Unethical? Grappling with Difficult Sources Wednesday, February 27 at 7:30 PM

Individual Programs $15, Series Pass $100 To participate in an individual program or the entire series contact Nomi Barancik at 713.729.3200, ext. 3288 or go online to


Jewish Prayer: A Challenge to Each of Us with Cantor Mark Levine

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Spirituality is the buzzword of the day, but what if prayer’s purpose has higher significance than spiritual fulfillment? Abraham Joshua Heschel wrote: The true motivation for prayer is not, as it has been said, the sense of being at home in the universe, but rather, the sense of NOT being at home in the universe. We will explore the concept that prayer’s intent is to confront us cognitively. By struggling with our beliefs, we hope to emerge as better human beings. With the Shabbat evening service as our guide, we will tackle issues addressed by the liturgy such as:

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Shabbat Morning Learning Pure Neshama Service with Rabbi Teller 9:30-10:15 am

November 10 January 19 April 6

Join Rabbi Teller for three soulful, contemporary experiences including Jewish spiritual wisdom, chi energy stretching, and meditative song.

October 6 November 3 February 23

Davening Like a Pro with Cantor Rhodes 10:30-11:15 am

Cantor Rhodes leads three sessions aimed at providing participants with greater comfort in synagogue services.

Jewish Prayer: The Challenge with Cantor Levine 10:30-11:30 am Join Cantor Levine in an exploration of the liturgy-its historical development and theological underpinning.


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Auxiliaries & Groups Hazak Sisterhood Men’s Club

Announcements Services information New members Anniversaries Birthdays Donations Social Media


HAZAK ROCKS! Are you 55 or better? Are you looking for an exciting and stimulating group of like-minded seniors?

THEN HAZAK IS FOR YOU! HAZAK seniors enjoyed, and continue to enjoy, a variety of exciting and stimulating activities such as:  Bus trips to fun places such as Brenham and Jewish Galveston  Guest speakers discussing elder law, politics, healthy aging, handwriting analysis, and much more  Theater and dinner trips  Films with subjects of Jewish interest  Musical programs Each month HAZAK offers fun and interesting events. There is something for everyone. Enjoy refreshments with friends at each meeting.

Special Notice: Mark your calendar now to celebrate Chanukah with us on December 16. We will have a musical program arranged by Cantor Rhodes, and we will light our menorahs together. Check your email for more information. Interested in participating in one of our programs or becoming a member? Contact: Norma Whitman for more information Phone: 713-723-5673 Email:


From the Sisterhood Presidents September-October: Sisterhood’s annual membership event, entitled “Body & Soul – Preparing for the New Year,” was held Monday, September 10, at the home of Miriam Wiener. Featured speakers were Chaplain Hope Lipnick, MA, LPC, CHTP, Director of Jewish Chaplaincy, Jewish Family Service, and Denominational Coordinator, MD Anderson Cancer Center and the Texas Medical Center, and fashion experts from the French Cuff Boutique (Bellaire location), who put on a fashion show featuring Sisterhood models. Thank you to Susan Marbin, Sisterhood Membership VP, and Belinda Denn, Membership Chair, the coordinators of this event, which was attended by more than 50 women. October was a fun-filled month for Sisterhood. First was our Sisterhood on the Go! small group activity: about 16 women attended Main Street Theater’s matinee performance of Girls Only: The Secret Comedy of Women on Sunday, October 14. Everyone loved the “Saturday Night Live”-style 42

humor during this highly regarded play, which included improvisation and audience participation. Sisterhood’s fall program took place Monday, October 15, hosted by Susan Farb Morris. The event featured Carol Simon with the program “Women in Second Adulthood, What’s Next?” Ms. Simon, who heads Carol Simon Transitions, incorporated several exercises that helped us look at our present and future selves to move us forward with our dreams. She helped us identify our strengths, values, and life purposes. Sisterhood’s programming chair this year is Etna Goldsmith. Please contact her with any program ideas you have for 2012-13.

November Book and Arts Fair Speaker Sisterhood’s annual ERJCC author sponsorship was fun and informative; we heard a lecture by Francesca Segal, (daughter of Love Story’s Erich Segal), author of The Innocents, November 1, during the ERJCC Book and Arts Fair. The Sisterhood board meeting took place immediately after the speech.

Gift Shop Chanukah Bazaar Is Back! Please support CBS Sisterhood by attending the Gift Shop’s Chanukah Bazaar on November 18, 9:00 am-4:00 pm. There will be a large variety of vendors, wonderful Chanukah/holiday items for sale, and more! If you are interested in selling items as a vendor, please contact Gift Shop Manager Barbie Talisman, at 713-9229922. Concurrent with the Chanukah Bazaar will be an exciting Sisterhood Mah Jongg Tournament from 1:00-4:00 pm. Register by submitting a $24 check to CBS Sisterhood.

Ways And Means Our High Holy Day fundraisers were successful! Thanks to everyone! Ways & Means V.P. Doreen Lerner and her committee are continuing to work on the Sisterhood Cookbook. Want to put an advertisement in the Sisterhood Cookbook? You can send greetings, advertise your business, memorialize your loved ones, etc. For more information, see the Ways and Means article elsewhere in this eHineni. We’re expecting publication of the cookbook next year!

Sisterhood Shabbat

Sisterhood Shabbat is scheduled for January 25-26, 2013. We want to involve as many women in the service as possible. If you are not available for the service, there are numerous positions on the committee that need to be filled as well. Committee chairs for this year are Denise Mosk and Tracy Jakob. When you get a call or email from them, please respond as quickly as possible. If you already have a specific part in mind, please contact either one to let them know. Here’s to another incredibly empowering event! For more information, please contact denise@moskandmosk. com or tracyfjakob@msn. com.

SEARCH Homeless Services Sisterhood member Iris Fisherman leads this important interfaith, shulwide project to help feed the homeless. CBS volunteers join others from Christ the King Lutheran Church in this endeavor on the third Wednesday morning of each month. Interested? Contact Iris at 713-667-1250 or iris.

Torah Fund On the evening of Sunday, April 21, 2013, CBS Sisterhood will host Torah Fund, chaired by Dori Wind, Susan Marblestone, and Karen Lukin. Come hear our new Woman of Valor (the recipient of the Marcia Sheena Memorial Award) speak in the sanctuary, then enjoy dinner, all in the name of a worthy cause: Jewish Theological Seminary and other institutions responsible for training our Conservative rabbis, cantors, and educators. Please see the Torah Fund pin article elsewhere in this Hineni for details.

Sisterhood Study Group Mondays 9:30-11:00 am New members are ALWAYS welcome! For more information, please contact Marge Mayer at

Don’t forget to check us out on Facebook! Search “Congregation Brith Shalom Sisterhood” and join the group!

Blanche Roubein, Aileen Zarin, Sherry Hager, Elaine Kellner, Natalie Kravitz, Marge Mayer, Elaine Merwin, Lila Lerner,Velva G. Levine, Carole Sheldon, Cookie Portnoy, Shirley Katzin, Bonnie Edelstein, Flo Slatko, Debi Mishael, Lorraine Brown


A special thank you to our Founding Mothers. Without your efforts, we would not be in the CBS Sukkah together.

Laurie Silverblatt and Sherri Taxman, Sisterhood CoPresidents

From left to right: Lorraine Brown (Past President), Flo Slatko, and Elaine Merwin



Latinoamericano, which train our Conservative rabbis, Torah Fund Pin for 5773 cantors, and educators. For details on the various (2012-2013) donation and pin levels, contact Karen Lukin (713) 526-7095 (evenings) or (713) Uri, Uri: Awake - Greet 296-2528 (daytime). the New Dawn! This year’s Torah Fund theme is taken from the inspirational experience of Devorah, a prophet and judge in Israel, who was roused from her peaceful rest under a palm tree to lead her people’s troops into battle with the words, “Arise, arise, Devorah; arise and join in the chant” (Judges 5:12). Being roused to action is often just the prelude to awakening others, whether via the shofar (as seen growing out of the letter ‘ayin in the 5773 Torah Fund pin), or by using our voices and actions to focus attention to the critical needs of our families, our Jewish community, and the Conservative movement. The image of dawn invokes an awareness of the challenges before us as well as our need to be alert to address them. Your donation to CBS Sisterhood’s Torah Fund campaign helps meet these challenges by supporting the Jewish Theological Seminary, the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, and the Seminario Rabinico 44

Sisterhood Ways & Means Our High Holy Day fundraisers were successful! They included the sale of honey (we sold 299 jars, and people loved receiving this sweet gift), donations for bimah flowers, and the auction of parking spaces. We are working on the new Sisterhood Cookbook, and we expect to publish it next year. Many members have sent in delicious recipes, but we still have room for more (other than desserts, chicken, or Pesach recipes). The cookbook is our major fundraiser this year, and the proceeds will help pay for Sisterhood’s contribution

to Shabbat lunches for the congregation (for those Shabbatot where there is no simchah). There are opportunities for business advertising in the cookbook, or you can honor or memorialize a loved one in our dedication pages or include a greeting to Sisterhood. Gold, Silver, and Bronze sponsorships are available. For donations of $360, $180, and $90, respectively. Or, you may prefer to advertise your business in our cookbook, where your ad will be seen by hungry CBS members for many years to come! Advertising rates are $75 for a full page, $50 for a half page, or $25 for a quarter page. Enter the cookbook title contest and win a free cookbook (as well as a special mention) if the cookbook committee picks your entry. We are also offering a free cookbook for the most advance sales!

If you’d like to help with this great project, please contact Doreen Lerner at

CBS Men’s Club Friendships are made here! Your Men’s Club has an active calendar aimed at developing programs for you! These programs will enrich the quality of Jewish life in your home and our community.Your participation will enhance your knowledge and appreciation of our Jewish heritage and traditions. More important, you will make lasting friendships and make a difference in our synagogue. Dues are only $36 per year! For more info or to join, contact: David Marbin, President (770) 316-4520

Below: CBS Men’s Club at our annual communitywide Kosher Chili Cookoff (October 2011)

We encourage all men (and women, too) to attend our monthly Sunday breakfast speaker series, which provides an opportunity for interactive participation on important topics presented by outstanding speakers. Our breakfast speaker events (10:00 am12:30 pm) take place following the 9:00 am Sunday morning minyan. The programs cover a wide variety of topics of current, national, local, personal, and family interest. New members are always welcome and eat free! Upcoming Sunday Breakfast Speaker Series dates are: The third in the series of Men's Club November 18 March 3 breakfasts will take place on Sunday, December 16 April 13 November 18, 10:00 am. The speaker, Ms Kate Bauer, attorney with the firm of January 20 May 12 Hegwood & Associates, will discuss estate February 10 planning, wills, trusts, and directives. All members of CBS are welcome.

We are approaching our eighth week of fantasy football with a three-way tie between Nyan Cat, Appache Bears, and Domination Station. It looks like Clergy Smash is reeling as they started off on fire but have lost three in a row. (It would help them not to start players in their bye week!)

Above: CBS Senior Men’s Group having its monthly breakfast. Contact Ed Chaika at to get involved.


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Lisa & Ady Geda David Danielson Due to privacy rules, hospitals are no longer able to provide Karen & David Gorfil Brith Shalom with a list of Jewish patients. Please contact Devinah & Jordan Finn Cherye-Ann DeLong at 713-667-9201 • adminassistant@ Elyse & Michael Kunick when you know of one of our members in the Jessica & Armyn Freedson hospital. Please be sure to include the following: Craig Lira & Guy Waguespack • Your name David Kaufman • The name of the patient/their significant other Monica & Andrew Hoffman • The name of the hospital & room number Aron Silberg • Date admitted, if known Candle Lighting Marcia & Michael Zlotnick Bellaire,TX Pascale Sharpe Services


Daily Minyan Monday - Friday 7:00 am Sunday 9:00 am (Chapel) Shabbat Services Friday Services 6:15 pm (Sanctuary) Saturday Services 9:30 am (Sanctuary) Saturday Minyan 7:00 am

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*Havdalah times occur on Saturday, one hour later than Shabbat candle lighting time Aliyot If you would like the honor of an aliyah, please contact Cantor Rhodes at


CBS Weekly eBulletin Content for the eBulletin is due the Tuesday - eight days prior to an eBulletin publication.

Shabbat Kiddush & Children During the Shabbat kiddush, the sanctuary will be off-limits for unsupervised children. Please supervise your children and have fun in the social hall, library or playground! There are board games available in the multi-purpose room closet.

Anniversaries November 1 1 2 4 6 6 7 7 10 10 11 12 14 18 18 18 18 21 24 25 25 26 26 26 28 28

David & Annabel Levy Stuart Miller & Lolly Friedman Miller Jeff & Amy Kaufman Ian & Rachel Hartman Ralph Chaiet & Dianne Zomper Benjamin & Elaine Patel Sam & Karen Bernstein Lawrence Lynn & Candace Schiffman Martin & Laura Kay Michael & Ellen Kleinman David & Jodi Fradkin Isidoro & Miriam Wiener Sewell & Hannah Martin David & Marilyn Arlen Gabi & Hana Karny Mark & Fran Katzenellenbogen Milton & Gail Klein Gerald Falchook & Carolyn Shulman Howard & Norma Trusch Ray & Ruth Eagle Elliott & Janet Kaplan Howard & Susan Marblestone Leonard & May Tillis Sid & Marsha Wallace Joel & Elena Dinkin Yaron & Elisa Pacht

December 3 12 14 16 16 17 17 18 19 19 20 20 20 21 21 23 23 24 24 25 26 28 28 29 29 30 30 30 30

Adam & Jennifer Halpern Jacobo & Raquel Goldberg Martin & Deborah Kagan Steve & Wendy Conaway Julian & Kay Schneider Basil & Linda Narun Mark & Nancy Picus Gregg & Tami Sheena Charles Koller & Paula Bottecelli Christopher & Carolyn Wade Mark & Lisa Goldberg Gary Bloch & Marni Hettena Raul & Ester Husid David & Susan Marbin Moshe Vardi & Pam Geyer Stephen & Phyllis Linkin Randy & Holly Plost Al & Estrella Garson Martin & Deborah Segal Richard & Nancy Freed Salomon & Nikki Lahana Louis & Elly Sokol David Vener & Andrea Stolar Seth & Carol Alberts Larry & Renee Stern Ilya & Maria Itkin Leon & Beverly Levinson Robert & Barbara Silberg Ian & Sherri Taxman


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November Birthdays Bernice Beckerman Rosine Chappell Tziona Regev Ann Ronn Marni Zarin Erica Farber Susan Marbin Susan Schlein Marilyn Svoboda Norri Leder Steve Lieberson Judy Offman Ben Portnoy Jacqueline Sack Guillermo Wiener Lorraine Brown Ellen Safier Vanesa Levi Kreindel Kenneth Lesartre Ellyn Hirsch-Martin Vivien Saron Daniel Altman

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Stacy Weiner Erica Roggen Steve Conaway Bettina Siegel Michele Goodmark Randi Sonenshein Elliot Kaplan Robert Kelso Arsalan Ansari Tracy Robinson Andrea Stolar Sherri Taxman Steve Ginsburgh Karen Aptekar Ronald Gelbart Narumi Rose Ruth Wintz Marcy Hamburger Samuel Mishael Orna Feinstein Suly Weissman James Graves Jay Grossman Laurie Silverblatt Larry Stern Guy Waguespack Jary Lesser Frank Shaw Jodi Shaulsky Elyse Evans Linda Narun Andrea Brody Sandra Cohan

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Hans Mayer Henry Wise Adriana Shetsky Lionel Issen David Weiner Stephanie Buck Donna Feinstein Uriel Mushin Stanley Novy Fred Floersheimer Joan Lang Benjamin Holliday Gail Issen Howard Marblestone Andrew Remson Stephen Baker Nancy Davis

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December Birthdays Michael Kunick Marc Lefkowitz Efrahim Mezrahi Eden Wenig Amy Halevy Lori Slater Malcolm Slatko Charles Rouah Judi Scott Isaiah Fidler Sharon Loftspring Benjamin Patel Edith Edelheit Ian Taxman Hy Warshaw Edward Engel Deborah Mishael Goldie Rushefsky Harriet Wasserstrum Lawrence Lynn Joann Singer Mark Goldberg Roslyn Hager Maurice Wolfthal Annabel Levy Issy Boim Katharine Bolen-Lourie Melvin Buck Joan Golub Lisa Lowenstein Maxine Goodman Wayne Lidsky Elizabeth Peterman Sara Saber Audrey Winer Ronda Feinberg Heidi Gerger Leon Horowitz Steve Johnson Leslie Weiner Eta Paransky

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Bob Perchonok Carolyn Shulman Gilbert Baker Rodney Croft Charles Koller Dianna Milewicz Sara Goldstein Stacie Lefkowitz Aron Silberg Lila Flanz Aggie Rolnick Tracy Jakob Doreen Lerner Carole Sheldon Marilyn Arlen David Marbin Irvin Saron Philip R. Cohen Deborah Kagan Sidney Lefkowitz Marian Bell Peggy Cloninger Sondra Laves Lance Rhodes Norman Spiegelman Michael Stern Estrella Garson Lena Lieb Phyllis Kaufman Bruce Merwin Arthur Sigel Steven Brachman David Feinstein Sarah Gelbart Shayna Portman Todd Davis Joel Dinkin Steven Goldstein Elaine Heller Morton Levy Sherry Hager

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Susan Marblestone Dave O’Brien Charlotte Axelrad Barbara Derman David Ronn Brian Stutt


Donations to Congregation Brith Shalom: August 2012-present

Axelrad Adult Education Fund Marvin & Stephanie Beasley Midge Wische Brown/Steinberger Adult Education Fund Anna Steinberger Building Repair Fund Stephen Katz & Jacquie Lappin Cantor’s Discretionary Fund Mark & Fran Katzenellenbogen Stephen & Barbara Robbins Saundra Turk Chesed Fund Sanford & Leslie Weiner Ray & Ruth Eagle Benjamin & Elaine Patel Martin & Deborah Segal Saundra Turk B’nei Mitzvah Tzedakah Fund Mark & Fran Katzenellenbogen Sara Goldstein Friday Night Ruach Fund Joseph & Claire Altman Henry & Susan Wise Robin Beerman Ann Jacobson Robert Rolnick & Dori Wind Saundra Turk Allan Goldstein & Ronda Feinberg Henry & Susan Wise General Fund Alan & Laurie Silverblatt Ann Jacobson Barbara Horowitz Bernard & Marcie Leff Isidoro & Miriam Wiener Jerald & Aileen Zarin Eden & Phyllis Wenig Fred & Velva Levine Frederick Nathan Gary & Naomi Rosner


Gerald Falchook & Carolyn Shulman Herb Feins Hollis Hendrickson Hy & Shirley Warshaw Jack & Sondra Laves Jodi Buck Johnathan & Norma Hyman Joseph & Joy Kaplan Judith Goldman Julian & Kay Schneider Karl & Eunice Reiter Leon & Beverly Levinson Leonard & Susan Kammerman Les & Cheryl Wolf Lillie Lazarus Mark & Jennifer Greenberg Michael & Carol Goldberg Miriam Gerger Moshe Vardi & Pam Geyer Ray & Ruth Eagle Richard & Nancy Freed Sidney & Lorraine Brown The Estate of Stan Greiss Gerger Scholarship Fund Ricki Gerger Harriet Moser Memorial Music Fund Bernice Beckerman Kiddush Fund Ron & Shira Moses Seth & Carol Alberts Library Fund Russell & Judith Weidman Robert & Anita Eigler Sherry Hager Rhoda Goldberg Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund Bob & Joyce Gilbert Bradley Sabloff & Audrey Fersten Charles Fath & Wende Yellin Charles Koller & Paula Bottecelli Dan Gordon

Daniel & Sandra Cohan David & Judy Bell Howard & Joan Lang Jhanine Binderman Mark & Fran Katzenellenbogen Moshe Vardi & Pam Geyer Nell Gottlieb Peter & Phyllis Gingiss Rhoda Goldberg Ruth Karger Sam & Debi Mishael Sam & Edith Edelheit Saundra Turk Scott Chanin & Belinda Denn William Beaujon & Stacie Lefkowitz Religious Article Fund Prof. Jeffrey & Lori Actor Rushefsky Scholarship Fund Ellis & Goldie Rushefsky Sisterhood Fund Bob & Joyce Gilbert Michael & Carol Goldberg Sheldon & Phyllis Kaufman Synagogue Enhancement Fund Scott Chanin & Belinda Denn Fred & Velva Levine Weekday Minyan Tzedakah Fund Allan Goldstein & Ronda Feinberg Randy & Holly Plost HIldy Caplan & Mike Caplan Leonard & Susan Kammerman David & Phyllis Finger Martin & Deborah Segal Weiner/Wallace Scholar-In-Residence Fund Renee Wallace Year of the Torah Project Sanford & Leslie Weiner



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November-December 2012 eHineni  

Congregation Brith Shalom's November-December 2012 eHineni publication.

November-December 2012 eHineni  

Congregation Brith Shalom's November-December 2012 eHineni publication.