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5. Information about Passover and the Seder w w w . jewishvirtuallibrary . org / passover - pesach The Jewish Virtual Library website, is another excellent resource for information about Jews and Judaism. 6. Judaism 101 on Passover This is yet another excellent general resource for Jewish information. 7. Jacob Richman’s Links to Passover Sites on the Web (Huge list of links!) This website is also an excellent resource on Judaism. 8. Passover Songs and Music htm (This website is an excellent resource for Jewish music) 9. United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism – Passover Re s o u r c e s w w w . u s c j . o r g / J e w i s h L i v i n g a n d L e a r n i n g / ShabbatandHolidayInformation/Holidays/JewishHolidays/Passover/ default.aspx 10. OU Passover Guide: (lots of information about foods that are kosher for Passover and the rituals of the Seder. Orthodox Union.) 11. Uncle Eli’s Haggadah (Dr. Seuss-like Haggadah). You can order a book version from Or download from: 12. Counting the Homer homercalendar . net /W elcome . html (Counting the Omer from Passover to Shavuot – the Feast of Weeks. Good information about the origin and practice of this tradition as well as fun calendar featuring different cartoons of Homer Simpson for each day of the Omer.)

From the Rabbi Rabbi Steven Morgen Website Resources for Passover and the Seder Passover is coming! Here are a dozen websites to help you get ready! Everything from “make your own” (DIY) Haggadahs, to mp3 files with all of the Passover songs, to information about the Seder and how to make it meaningful for you and your family and guests, to information about kosher for Passover products and how to prepare your home. There is even a link to a Dr. Seuss-like Haggadah and a Homer Simpson guide to Counting the Omer. 1. Make your own Haggadah This website has everything you need to cut and paste your own Haggadah. 2. Passover Hebrew Songs Chanted pesach.html 3. Passover Resources and Information 4. Making A Memorable Seder making-a-memorable-seder Dr. Ron Wolfson, a Jewish educator who is author of the Art of Jewish Living series of books and many other works on Jewish practice and education, gives tips for ways to make the Passover Seder a memorable and fun educational experience. The MyJewishLearning website, by the way, is an excellent resource for all kinds of information about Jews and Judaism.

We Value Our Members Beth Yeshurun is a community institution with a vital mission: to offer spiritual experiences that inspire and uplift all ages, to educate children and adults, and to provide a setting in which Judaism can be joyously lived and experienced.

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Interested in Joining? Our synagogue welcomes people of the Jewish faith and their families to make Beth Yeshurun their spiritual home. Mindi Stern, our Director of Member Relations, (713.666.1881) is here to welcome everyone interested in becoming part of our beautiful congregational family.

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Do You Have a Question about Your Membership? Members who may have special needs, whose family situations have changed or who have questions about their membership in the synagogue will find a responsive and empathetic ear by arranging a visit with Mindi Stern, our Director of Member Relations, (713.666.1881).

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Shabbat Services

Chapel Services Saturday, 4/1/2017: 8:30am - 7:00pm Sunday, 4/2/2017: 8:00am - 6:30pm Monday, 4/3/2017: 7:00am - 6:30pm Tuesday, 4/4/2017: 7:00am - 6:30pm Wednesday, 4/5/2017: 7:00am - 6:30pm Thursday, 4/6/2017: 7:00am - 6:30pm Friday, 4/7/2017: 7:00am - 6:30pm Saturday, 4/8/2017: 8:30am - 7:15pm Sunday, 4/9/2017: 8:00am - 6:30pm Monday, 4/10/2017: 6:45am - 6:00pm Tuesday, 4/11/2017: 8:30am - 6:00pm Wednesday, 4/12/2017: 8:30am - 7:30pm Thursday, 4/13/2017: 6:45am - 6:30pm Friday, 4/14/2017: 6:45am - 6:30pm Saturday, 4/15/2017: 8:30am - 7:15pm Sunday, 4/16/2017: 8:00am - 6:30pm Monday, 4/17/2017: 8:30am - 7:30pm Tuesday, 4/18/2017: 8:30am - 7:30pm Wednesday, 4/19/2017: 7:00am - 6:30pm Thursday, 4/20/2017: 7:00am - 6:30pm Friday, 4/21/2017: 7:00am - 6:30pm Saturday, 4/22/2017: 8:30am - 7:15pm Sunday, 4/23/2017: 8:00am - 6:30pm Monday, 4/24/2017: 7:00am - 6:30pm Tuesday, 4/25/2017: 7:00am - 6:30pm Wednesday, 4/26/2017: 6:45am - 6:30pm Thursday, 4/27/2017: 6:45am - 6:30pm Friday, 4/28/2017: 7:00am - 6:30pm Saturday, 4/29/2017: 8:30am - 7:30pm Sunday, 4/30/2017: 8:00am - 6:30pm

FRIDAY, MARCH 31 - Candlelighting Time 7:22pm 6:00pm Shabbat Renewal - with the Dauber Family 6:30pm Shabbat Service in the J.B. Greenfield Chapel SATURDAY, APRIL 1 - Parashat Vayikra 8:30am Shabbat Service in the J.B. Greenfield Chapel 9:00am Jr. Congregation 9:15am Museum Minyan 9:30am Sanctuary Service - Bat Mitzvah: Lauren Dauber 7:00pm Shabbat Service in the J.B. Greenfield Chapel FRIDAY, APRIL 7 - Candlelighting Time 7:26pm 6:00pm Shabbat Renewal 6:30pm Shabbat Service in the J.B. Greenfield Chapel SATURDAY, APRIL 8 - Parashat Tzav Shabbat HaGadol 8:30am Shabbat Service in the J.B. Greenfield Chapel 9:15am Museum Minyan 9:30am Sanctuary Service - Adult B’nai Mitzvah 7:15pm Shabbat Service in the J.B. Greenfield Chapel FRIDAY, APRIL 14 - Candle lighting Time 7:30pm 6:00pm Our New Shabbat Shelanu! 6:30pm Shabbat Service in the J.B. Greenfield Chapel SATURDAY, APRIL 15 - Hol Hamoed Pesach V 8:30am Shabbat Service in the J.B. Greenfield Chapel 9:15am Museum Minyan 9:30am Sanctuary Service 7:15pm Shabbat Service in the J.B. Greenfield Chapel FRIDAY, APRIL 21 - Candlelighting Time 7:35pm 6:00pm Shabbat Renewal 6:30pm Shabbat Service in the J.B. Greenfield Chapel SATURDAY, APRIL 22 - Parashat Shmini 8:30am Shabbat Service in the J.B. Greenfield Chapel 9:00am Jr. Congregation 9:15am Museum Minyan 9:30am Sanctuary Service 7:15pm Shabbat Service in the J.B. Greenfield Chapel FRIDAY, APRIL 28 - Candlelighting Time 7:39pm 6:00pm Shabbat Renewal - with the Jochnau Family 6:00pm Shabbat in the Park - Bellaire Pavilion 6:30pm Shabbat Service in the J.B. Greenfield Chapel SATURDAY, APRIL 29 - Parashiyot Tazria-Metzora 8:30am Shabbat Service in the J.B. Greenfield Chapel 9:15am Museum Minyan 9:30am Sanctuary Service - Bat Mitzvah: Aria Jochnau 7:30pm Shabbat Service in the J.B. Greenfield Chapel 4


We invite all newborn babies born after March 2015 up to the bima with their families You are invited to attend community-wide for a aspecial blessing.


Shabbat in the Park! Join us at the Bellaire Pavilion (behind the Bellaire Rec Center) For a Shabbat celebration! Bring your blankets and chairs and food for your family Schmooze and relax as we welcome Shabbat

Sunday, April 23, 2017

3:00 p.m. Congregation Beth Israel 5600 N. Braeswood Blvd., Houston, Texas 77096

With Rabbi Brian Strauss and Song Leader Kari Saratovsky Open to all ages and to the community.

Please join us in observance of Yom Hashoah, a day of remembrance for the 6,000,000 Jewish people who lost their lives during the Holocaust. During this annual commemoration, we am, will mourn the loss of all 12th who 10:30 Saturday, March perished, honor those who survived and come together Barg Sanctuary as a community to remember and reflect.

th Friday, April 25th28 March

5:30 Schmooze 6:00 Service

RSVPthis at To live stream event, please visit So we can include you in the program

Moms Service coordinated by the Yom Hashoah Steering Committee and Holocaust Museum Houston. Funding generously & provided by The Morgan Family Endowment Fund, the Morgan Family Boys! Center and the Morgan Family Foundation.

Join us for a CBY scavenger hunt followed by a

Another yeartime foronWWW! casual great dinner and the playground Mother-Son Scavenger Hunt Sunday, April 9th, 5:00—7:00 pm

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The Family Life Program sponsored a clean up of the school's Early Childhood gardens in honor of Tu B'Shevat. Parents and kids came together to clean up, weed, plant herb seeds, and mulch. Friday, June 2, at 6:00pm The kids of the Preschool now have An inspiring world-wide celebration for cancer survivors. the opportunity to care for the garden and watch it grow. If you would like to participate in any of our programs for families with young children, please contact Jennifer Rosenzweig or Rabbi Brian Strauss and watch the Message and the Happenings for upcoming events.


Thank you to all who joined us January 30th for our Daddy Daughter Event. Our DJ and professional dancers kept everyone moving and our photo booth CBY CanCare Co-ordinators (clockwise from top left): Pictured above (l-r) are: Lauren Dauber, Serenagave Schwartz, everyone a chance to Rabbi Steven Morgen, Michael Wiesenthal, be silly Charlie Jacobs, Elan Grossman, Cantor Meir Finkelstein, Joshand have fun. Barbara Selzer and Leah Katz. Sherman, Spencer Gibbs and Isaac Harris. If you are a cancer survivor, this is your celebration! Moms, you will Every year on Super Bowl Sunday, Conservative synagogues Joinget us aat services to receive a special blessing and to let chance to have fun with throughout North America participate in World Wide Wrap. others know that you are a survivor. your boys in April! Beth Yeshurun Brotherhood conducted a special minyan to If you or someone you know has been diagnosed demonstrate for our members and their children how to daven with cancer, contact Rabbi with tefillin. We had an excellent turnout! Cantor Finkelstein Morgen at 712.666.1881 or led the discussion with the meaning of You the prayers as well as demonstrating the may also contact CanCare at proper way to wrap tefillin. Many thanks to 713.461.0028 or visit their our rabbis and trainers who assisted with website at this successful event. 6

All ages are welcome to share the last taste of hametz before Passover! Join us for hot dogs, fun, and a BELLAIRE FIRE TRUCK (to watch us burn our hametz)! This event is FREE! Climb on the firetruck! Inflatable play for kids! Bring a little bread from home to burn!

Sunday, April 9, 2017 5:00pm - 6:30pm Kindly RSVP at for catering purposes




Pictured (l-r): front row: Julia Mazow, Elise Newman, Lynn Bliss and Tammy Hallman; back row: Grayson Bush, Ronna Selber, Mandy Selber and Barbara Garvin.

Saturday morning, April 8, at Congregation Beth Yeshurun, eight dedicated adults will celebrate becoming Adult B’nai Mitzvah. They will conduct the Shabbat morning service, lead the prayers, chant the Torah and Haftarah, and offer their own personal reflections. We hope you will join us for this wonderful simchah! To prepare for this day, they have participated in our newly revised Adult B’nai Mitzvah curriculum that included a survey of important Jewish texts of the Bible and Rabbinic literature with Rabbis Morgen and Strauss; and learning Hebrew, Shabbat prayers, and

the cantillation of their Torah and Haftarah portions with Cantor Diane Dorf. Normally, Jews celebrate their B’nai Mitzvah at age 13, but when circumstances do not allow for this celebration at a young age, a Jew may do it as an adult. The eight students are: Lynn Bliss, Grayson Bush, Barbara Garvin, Tammy Hallman, Julia Mazow, Elise Newman, Mandy Selber and Ronna Selber. If you are interested in participating in future classes, please contact Rabbi Morgen by phone at 713.666.1881 or send him an email at smorgen@

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Donations Beth Yeshurun is a community institution with a vital mission: to educate children and adults, to offer spiritual experiences that inspire and uplift all ages, and to provide a setting in which Judaism can be joyously lived and experienced. We welcome your support. Online donations can be made at Donations may also be made in the synagogue office or by mail to Congregation Beth Yeshurun, 4525 Beechnut, Houston, TX 77096-1801. A minimum donation of $10 per listing is required to have your donation published in the weekly bulletin and a notification letter sent to the honoree or a deceased person’s family member. One such notification letter will be sent per donation. The deadline for donations to be published in the weekly bulletin is the previous Friday at 4:30pm. Donations are published upon submission and will not be “held” for future publication. When you make a donation to Beth Yeshurun, please be sure to provide all of the necessary information: who the donation is in memory of, who or what the donation is in honor of, who needs to be notified of the donation (name and complete address) and by whom the donation is given. When this information is incomplete, we are unable to process your donation efficiently. Donations with no specific fund indicated will be credited to the Synagogue General Fund. Beth Yeshurun appreciates your generosity and support.


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Sat 5  Nisan   1 Vayikra Shabbat Morning Services     BM  ‐ Lauren Dauber   DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE  Jr. Congregation  FOR AN UP TO THE MINUTE CALENDAR OF EVENTS  Sing‐a‐Long Shabbat  Torah Study  PLEASE VISIT WWW.BETHYESHURUN.ORG/CALENDAR  Evening Chapel    2 6  Nisan   3                 12  Nisan   7  Nisan   4 8  Nisan   5 9  Nisan   6 10  Nisan   7 11  Nisan   8 Tzav RS/Sulam  Shabbat HaGadol  Budget Committee Mtg  Grief Group 1  BYDS EC & ES Seders  Caregivers Group    RS Model Seder  Shabbat Morning Services  Divorce Group  RS  Grief Group 2       Adult B’nai Mitzvah  JLP  Education Committee Mtg  Kehillah High      Torah Study  100 Jewish Men at UOS  Executive Committee Mtg  Meditation Group        Membership Committee Mtg  Matza Do about Nothing   Evening Chapel  Shabbat Evening Services  15  Nisan  12 9 13  Nisan   10 14  Nisan  11 16  Nisan  13 17  Nisan  14 18  Nisan  15 Hol Hamoed           19  Nisan   PESACH I  No RS/Sulam  OMER 4  No BYDS/EDC/ASA   OMER 1  OMER 2  OMER 3  No JLP  SYNAGOGUE OFFICE CLOSED  PESACH V (CH''M)     Pesach Break  PESACH II  PESACH III (CH''M)  PESACH IV (CH''M)  The Big Bread Burn  Shabbat Morning Services    SYNAGOGUE OFFICE CLOSED  No BYDS/EDC/ASA  No BYDS/EDC/ASA  CEMETERIES CLOSED    Torah Study  TA'ANIT BECHOROT         No BYDS/EDC/ASA  CEMETERIES CLOSED    Synagogue Office  Caregivers Group      No BYDS/EDC/ASA  Evening Chapel  Closes Early  Grief Group 2         Shabbat Evening Services  1st Night of Passover    2nd Night of Passover   No RS  Shabbat Shelanu!      No Kehillah High      No Meditation Group  16 20  Nisan   17             26  Nisan   21  Nisan  18 22  Nisan  19 23  Nisan  20 24  Nisan  21 25  Nisan  22 Shmini OMER 5  OMER 11  OMER 6  OMER 7  OMER 8  OMER 9  OMER 10  PESACH VI (CH''M)  Shabbat Morning Services  PESACH VII  PESACH VIII/YIZKOR  BYDS Resumes  Caregivers Group    No RS/Sulam  Jr. Congregation  SYNAGOGUE OFFICE CLOSED  SYNAGOGUE OFFICE CLOSED  RS  Grief Group 2    No JLP  Torah Study  No Kehillah High    CEMETERIES CLOSED  CEMETERIES CLOSED      Evening Chapel  Meditation Group    No BYDS/EDC/ASA  No BYDS/EDC/ASA  Shabbat Evening Services  SH Challah Bake           


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B’not Mitzvah Lauren Hannah Dauber (March 31/ April 1) is the daughter of Charles and Sylvia Dauber; sister of Matthew and Benjamin; granddaughter of Arthur and Joyce Dauber, and Bea Rosenstein and the late Morris Rosenstein; and great-granddaughter of Yolande and the late Ernest Dauber, and the late Ruben and Elisa Chayet. Lauren attends Pin Oak Middle School. For her Mitzvah Project, Lauren volunteered at Condit Elementary School helping children improve their reading skills and provided peer to peer tutoring with children at the YMCA. She will donate a portion of her monetary gifts to charity.

Thank You To this year’s

Purim Carnival Sponsors Braun Enterprises Cammarata Dentistry Camp Young Judaea Texas CBY Brotherhood CBY Sisterhood Craig Carr/Lakey Electric

Aria Nicole Jochnau (April 28/29) is the daughter of Hayley and David Jochnau; sister of Sean; granddaughter of Ian and Annette Kavin, and Paul and Brenda Jochnau. Aria attends Pin Oak Middle School. For her Mitzvah Project, Aria volunteered at the Houston Food Bank and made meals for the homeless. She also played bingo with the residents at Seven Acres. Aria will participate in the Rabbi’s 10 % Plan by donating a portion of her monetary gifts to the Houston Food Bank and Citizens for Animal Protection.

Larry Finder Joseph Goetz, MD Ziggy & Mimi Gruber/Kenny & Ziggy’s Lorraine & Buddy Horwitz Rabbi Steven Morgen & Cantor Diane Dorf Pasadena Insurance Agency, Inc./The Karkowsky Family Rabbi David & Marcie Rosen Rabbi Jack & Toby Segal The Silver Family Annette & Larry Sondock Rabbi Brian & Lisa Strauss

We are happy to list Bar/Bat Mitzvah students, their parents, siblings, grandparents, school and Mitzvah Projects. Please contact Hilary Nitsun at or 713.255.8005, for your submission deadline.

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PASSOVER SERVICES 2017 Revised April 4, 2017 Monday, April 10 [1st Seder Tonight] 6:45 A.M. Service for the First Born / Breakfast - J.B. Greenfield Chapel 6:00 P.M. Passover Service, 1st Night - J.B. Greenfield Chapel Tuesday, April 11 [Passover 1st Day] [2nd Seder Tonight] 8:30 A.M. J.B. Greenfield Chapel 9:30 A.M. Sanctuary/Museum Minyan Service - Freedman-Levit 6:00 P.M. Passover Service, 2nd Night - J.B. Greenfield Chapel Wednesday, April 12 [Passover 2nd Day] 8:30 A.M. Combined Sanctuary/Museum Minyan/Chapel Passover Service - J.B. Greenfield Chapel 7:30 P.M. J.B. Greenfield Chapel Thursday, April 13 [Intermediate Day of Passover] 6:45 A.M. J.B. Greenfield Chapel 6:30 P.M. J.B. Greenfield Chapel Friday, April 14 [Intermediate Day of Passover] 6:45 A.M. J.B. Greenfield Chapel 6:00 P.M. Shabbat Renewal - Freedman-Levit 6:30 P.M. J.B. Greenfield Chapel Saturday, April 15 [Intermediate Day of Passover] 8:30 A.M. J.B. Greenfield Chapel 9:15 A.M. Museum Minyan 9:30 A.M. Sanctuary Service 7:15 P.M. J.B. Greenfield Chapel Sunday, April 16 [Intermediate Day of Passover] 8:00 A.M. J.B. Greenfield Chapel 6:30 P.M. Passover Service, 7th Night - J.B. Greenfield Chapel Monday, April 17 [Passover 7th Day] 8:30 A.M. Combined Sanctuary/Museum Minyan/Chapel Passover Service - J.B. Greenfield Chapel 7:30 P.M. Passover Service, 8th Night - J.B. Greenfield Chapel Tuesday, April 18 [YIZKOR] [Passover Last Day] 8:30 A.M. J.B. Greenfield Chapel 9:30 A.M. Sanctuary/Museum Minyan Service - Dedication of Memorial Plaques purchased last six months - Freedman-Levit 7:30 P.M. Shabbat/Passover Minchah/Maariv/Havdalah PASSOVER ENDS TUESDAY, APRIL 18, 8:17 P.M.


More Passover Information . . . Check out, click on Passover Guide 2017 on the home page, then follow the links to: • Getting ready for the holiday • What’s kosher, what’s not, for Passover • Preparing your kitchen for Passover • Passover services The Torah prohibits the ownership of hametz during Pesah. Ridding oneself of hametz is a three-step process: Mechirat Hametz (selling of hametz) can be arranged anytime up until 10:00am, Monday, April 10. The hametz is sold via the Rabbi to a non-Jew in a valid and legal transfer of ownership. At the end of the holiday, the Rabbi arranges for the reversion of ownership. Any hametz that is “sold” must be stored out of sight (and of course, not used), since it technically now “belongs” to the person who bought it. Mechirat Hametz can be arranged through the Greenfield Chapel, by calling Rabbi Rosen’s office (713.666.1881), by mailing in the following coupon, or online at

One “last chametz” breakfast! Monday, April 10, is the first night of Passover. Just about every Jew goes to a Seder that night. But there is another ritual on that day to which all of you are invited. On the morning before Passover, following the regular daily service, we hold a special ceremony in the Greenfield Rabbi Horwitz Chapel. We complete the study of a tractate of Talmud. This year, the siyyum will be on Masekhet Chagigah. Why do we do this now? Traditionally, the firstborn males fasted on the day before Passover, as an acknowledgment of their being spared in the plague of the firstborn in Egypt which occurred that day. Since it is a minor fast which only applies to a small subset of the Jewish people, participating in this joyous “siyyum” (completion ceremony) exempts the firstborn from the especially difficult fast before the Seder. The J.B. Greenfield Chapel is there for happy occasions (the occasional babynaming, aufruf, and special birthday and anniversary celebrations) and for sad times, when our members come to recite Kaddish and remember loved ones. But it is also there for regular occasions, for all the days which fall on our Jewish calendar. Even if you are not a firstborn male, you are welcome to join us for the siyyum and the breakfast afterwards. Special thanks to Paul Katz and our Beth Yeshurun Brotherhood for sponsoring this special “last chametz” breakfast! Chag Sameiach, Rabbi Daniel Horwitz

ownership. Any hametz that is “sold” must be stored out of sight (and of course, not used), since it technically now “beAt the time you sell your hametz, it is customary to make longs” to the person who bought it. Mechirat Hametz can bea charitable donation to the Beth Yeshurun Moes Hittim Fund for arranged through the Greenfield Chapel, by calling Rabbi the benefit of others who may need help in order to purchase Rosen’s Passoveroffice, food. or by mailing-in the following coupon: ‘‘I hereby appoint Rabbi David Rosen to sell all of my hametz and to arrange for its valid and legal sale according to Jewish Law.’’ ____________________________________ Your Signature ____________________________________ Address ____________________________________ Date

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hood plates and o You may also sell your hametz online by going to ever. 6-7 Grade Chopped: Purim Challenge WWW.BETHYESHURUN.ORG and follow the link. CBY 6th-7th graders participated in the Chopped: Purim At the time you sell your hametz, it is customary to As yo Challenge on March 5. Each team created and presented make a charitable to the Moes HittimFinal Fundresults of Con- and h unique, inventive,donation and tasty hamantaschen. included peach, chocolate coconut, funfetti cookie, gregation Beth Yeshurun for the benefit of others in our con- packa strawberry chocolate caramel, and s’mores. The winning gregation and community may need help purchasing team secured the judges’who votes with their tie-dye pizza hamantaschen! Passover food. We also collected nonperishable foods that were donated to SEARCH Homeless Services. It was 2. BEDIKAT HAMETZ (SEARCHING FOR HAan awesome time and we can’t wait for the next event! Contact SGOLDBERG BETHYESHURUN .ORG for on more information METZ) takes place@this year at sunset Sunday, April 9. At this time we check that all hametz and hametz products are stored out of sight and that our house is ready for the start of Passover. The search for hametz is traditionally done by the light of a candle, with the assistance of a wooden spoon and feather. It’s a beautiful way for parents and children to go through the kitchen and see that everything is really ready colle for the holiday. call BI’UR HAMETZ (BURNING OFDani HAMETZ) Elan3.Grossman, Spencer Gibbs, Alexa Schwartz, Purcell, AROT Becca Beinart, Serena Schwartz takes place no later than 10 A.M. on Monday, April 10. At

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What’s Happening in the William S. Malev Schools for Religious Studies

Kehillah High 10th grade Shabbaton Kehillah High 10th graders recently spent a wonderful Shabbat together in Galveston. The teens came together to pray, learn, and explore Judaism. The teens loved the beautiful beach front setting, the interactive programs and services, and the opportunity to spend time together outside of class. The Shabbaton was coordinated by Danielle Alexander, Kehillah High Director. We were fortunate to have 16 teens join with clergy and education directors/assistant directors from the three participating synagogues, as well as the community’s Israeli shlichim. Kehillah High is a multi-denominational partnership with Congregation Beth Israel, Congregation Beth Yeshurun, and Congregation Brith Shalom, partly funded by the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston and Houston Jewish Community Foundation. For more information or to sign up for Kehillah High, go to WWW.KEHILLAHHOUSTON.ORG or contact Danielle Alexander, Kehillah High Director, at DALEXANDER@KEHILLAHHOUSTON.ORG or 713.271.7369 ext. 334.

RS uses Legos to build Hebrew words Religious School students have been having fun with Legos during Hebrew studies! Teachers have written Hebrew letters and vowels onto the sides of Legos, which has enabled the students to build words. Typically students work in small groups to build words that are given to them on flashcards. Every student in the group has to be able to read the word and say its meaning before getting credit for the word. Teachers and students have enjoyed playing games and using other manipulatives to reinforce Hebrew reading skills throughout the year.

Fifth grade students Adam Hakimi, Emme Hoover, Miles Newman, and Aaron Newman are shown working on finding Legos to build Hebrew words that are on the flashcards they have been given.

Shabbaton participants shown on the beach house deck just before Shabbat began.


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4/21 26 Michael & Leslie Lahar 15 Daniel & Melissa Levin 21 Todd & Betsy Siff 4/22 27 Abraham & Lisa Rubinsky 4/23 11 Lee & Robbie Wright 4/24 13 James Lerdal & Cheryl Lipshutz 18 William & Jacqueline Schwartz 4/25 24 James & Leslie Gosdin 7 Stuart & Suzanne Solomon 4/27 11 Grayson & Joanne Bush 4/28 61 Walter & Florence Dubov 49 Perry & Bunny Radoff 4/29 16 Adam & Kimberly Siegel 44 Jacob & Marilyn Smolensky 4/30 18 Giancarlo & Debora Romero 55 Moisey & Liya Yoffe

Condolences The congregation extends its sincerest condolences to the families of Matthew Amarant, Beverly Bloom, Blossom S. Brooks, Florence Dubov, Isaac Dvoretzky, Celina Fein, Harriette Jackler, Jennie Nachlas, Deborah Ostroff Segal, June Sherman, Erie Shockey, Naomi Spector, Marvin Turk, Jonathan Uzick May their memories be for a blessing.

Office Hours The Beth Yeshurun office is open Monday - Thursday 8:30am to 5:00pm and Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm. It will be closed for the following upcoming holidays: Monday • April 10 • Erev Pesach (Closing Early) Tuesday • April 11 • Pesach I Wednesday • April 12 • Pesach II Monday • April 17 • Pesach VII Tuesday • April 18 • Pesach VIII

Cemetery Hours Beth Yeshurun cemeteries are open Sunday-Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm, closed on Saturdays and the following:


Tuesday • April 11 • Pesach I Wednesday • April 12 • Pesach II Monday • April 17 • Pesach VII Tuesday • April 18 • Pesach VIII

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