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The Message

Congregation Beth Yeshurun April 2018


The second lesson comes a bit later. After we describe the three symbols on the Seder plate – the shank bone, the matzah, and the bitter herbs – we read the following: “In every generation one must look upon himself as if he personally came out from Egypt.” Now, this expression could be understood literally: we should imagine ourselves suffering as slaves in Egypt and then being rescued with many plagues and miracles.

From the Rabbi Two Lessons We Learn from Seder Rabbi Steven Morgen The Passover Haggadah teaches us many important lessons. Two of them are, I think, related to each other. The first one we recite as we lift the second cup of wine: “More than once has there arisen those who would seek to destroy the Jewish people. In every generation they rise against us and seek our destruction. But the Holy One, blessed be He, saves us from their hands.”

But we could also understand this statement metaphorically: in every generation we experience oppression in our own lives. The Hebrew word for Egypt is Mitzrayim. A play on that word used by the sages is m’tzarim, which means “from the narrow straits.” Each of us has personal moments of narrow escape for which we are grateful, whether it involve our health, our business, or our relationships. And the Jewish people, too, experience times of trial and trouble from which we emerge somehow. This year, all of us in Houston have come through a plague of almost Biblical proportion with Harvey. Although many of us are still struggling to recover, we have survived and we are finding ways to rebuild our lives.

This is unfortunately part of our history. Our people have experienced long periods of relatively cordial relations with our neighbors in different lands and different centuries (America, for instance, has been very good to us, especially in the last several decades). But we have also experienced persecution all too often. Yet, somehow, despite the numerous occasions of oppression, tyranny, expulsion, and worse, we have survived as a people and we can thank God for it (and that is precisely what we do at the Seder).

We are asked to remember all of these “miraculous” rescues – both big and small – at the Seder. And to thank God and be grateful for them. May we all be blessed with a joyous and meaningful Passover this year.

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.

Congregation Beth Yeshurun

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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.

The Message Vol. LIII, No. 7 April 2018│Nisan-Iyar 5778

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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Front Cover Photos taken by Jennifer Sutton and Lu Dorfman during A Grand Purim Celebration: A Day in the Park with David



It’s a Mitzvah

Shabbat Shalom!

Interested in sponsoring a Chapel Minyan weekday breakfast, or a Chapel or Museum Minyan Shabbat Kiddush in memory of your loved one or in honor of a simcha? Please contact Eileen Pettigrew, Food Service Manager, at or 713.666.1881, ext. 368. Sponsorships will be acknowledged in The Message. Standard breakfasts begin at $120 and kiddushes begin at $145. Special meals may be arranged with the Food Service Department and monthly sponsorships are available. All sponsorships must be paid in advance. Dates will be reserved in the order they are received.

SHABBAT SERVICE TIMES April 6/7 (CL 7:26pm) 6:00pm Shabbat Renewal 6:30pm Chapel Shabbat Service 8:30am Shabbat Chapel Service 9:15am Museum Minyan 9:30am Sanctuary Service 5:45pm Minhah/Ma’ariv 7:15pm Chapel Shabbat Service April 13/14 (CL 7:30pm, Parashat Shemini) 6:00pm Shabbat Renewal 6:30pm Chapel Shabbat Service 8:30am Shabbat Chapel Service 9:15am Museum Minyan 9:30am Sanctuary Service Second Bar Mitzvah: Irving Rothman 5:00pm Minhah B’nai Mitzvah: Joshua Costa & Adam Katz 7:15pm Chapel Shabbat Service April 20/21 (CL 7:34pm, Parashat Tazria Metzora) 6:00pm Shabbat Renewal 6:30pm Chapel Shabbat Service 8:30am Shabbat Chapel Service 9:15am Museum Minyan 9:30am Sanctuary Service B’nai Mitzvah: Samuel Berman & Jacob Stanietzky 5:45pm Minhah/Ma’ariv 7:15pm Chapel Shabbat Service April 27/28 (CL 7:39pm, Parashat Ahare Mot Kedoshim) 6:00pm Shabbat Renewal Special Shabbat Honoring Rabbi David Rosen 6:30pm Chapel Shabbat Service 8:30am Shabbat Chapel Service 9:15am Museum Minyan 9:30am Sanctuary Service 5:45pm Minhah/Ma’ariv 7:30pm Chapel Shabbat Service May 4/5 (CL 7:43pm, Parashat Emor) 6:00pm Chapel Shabbat Service 6:00pm Shabbat Renewal 8:30am Shabbat Chapel Service 9:15am Museum Minyan 9:30am Sanctuary Service B’nai Mitzvah: Ari Reimers & Benjamin Zadok 5:45pm Minhah/Ma’ariv 7:30pm Chapel Shabbat Service

In memory of Carlos Camhi & Elias Camhi sponsored by Sarah Camhi In memory of Herman Gillman sponsored by Robert Edward Gillman In memory of Norma Ruff Greenblatt sponsored by Harry and Teri Greenblatt In memory of Henia Leibman sponsored by Richard Leibman & Family In memory of Diego Levine sponsored by Debora Romero In memory of Lester Rosen sponsored by Rabbi David & Marcie Rosen In memory of Dora Sofer sponsored by Roger Sofer In memory of Lena Zonana sponsored by Rose & Harry Melnick

Coming to See Us? The Synagogue Office is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM, and Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. When visiting our office, please park in the Main parking lot and enter the Bender-Levy doors. While members and guests are always welcome to visit with our clergy and staff as needs arise, we encourage members to make an appointment, first if at all possible, so that we can make sure you receive the time and attention you both require and deserve.

Weekly Torah Study 11:45am Shabbat Mornings at Beth Yeshurun

WEEKDAY CHAPEL SERVICES Week of 4/1 Mornings Sun 8:30am, Mon-Thu 6:45am, Fri 8:30am; Afternoon/Evenings Sun 7:30, Mon-Thu 6:30pm Week of 4/8 Mornings Sun 8:00am, Mon-Fri 7:00am; Afternoon/Evenings Sun-Thu 6:30pm. Week of 4/15 Mornings Sun 8:00am, Mon 6:45am, Tue-Fri 7:00am; Afternoon/Evenings Sun-Thu 6:30pm. Week of 4/22 Mornings Sun 8:00am, Mon-Fri 7:00am, Afternoon/Evenings Sun-Thu 6:30pm. Week of 4/29 Mornings Sun 8:00am,Mon-Thu 7:00am, Fri 6:45am; Afternoon/Evenings Sun-Thu 6:30pm.

Join our Weekly Torah discussions led by Rabbi Diana R. Siegel each Shabbat to discern the simple and complex, the explicit and implicit of Torah Wisdom as it applies to our daily life. 4

Brachot A MUSICAL TRIBUTE HONORING Rabbi David B. Rosen An evening of beloved Judaic melodies, Broadway & Opera. Original music composed by Cantor Meir Finkelstein

WEDNESDAY, MAY 23, 2018 at 7PM HOBBY CENTER FOR PERFORMING ARTS Featuring the Houston Symphonic Ensemble & Chorus Conducted by Richard Bado Special Appearance by Beth Yeshurun Day School Choir & Religious School Zamranim Purchase tickets now at Questions? Contact or 713.255.8090

Special Shabbat Weekend honoring Rabbi David Rosen April 27th and April 28th Chaired by Sharon & Richard Kammerman, we are excited to honor Rabbi David Rosen with a Special Shabbat Weekend, which will take place on April 27th and April 28th. The dedication of the new Rabbi David B. Rosen Main Entry will begin the celebration followed by the big reveal of our Beth Yeshurun Recovery Effort pillars, featuring the names of all of the benefactors and friends who supported our rebuilding of the synagogue. This Special Shabbat Weekend is sponsored by the Sisterhood, 100 Jewish Men, and the YES Group. Please note your calendars and be sure to join us for this exciting presentation! We hope you are able to join us for this special tribute weekend! Sharon and Richard Kammerman


The Pride and the Glory  Do you wear something distinctively Jewish? Some may wear a Magen David, or a “chai”, or something of that nature. It’s wonderful that we live where Jews aren’t afraid to identify publicly as Jews; it’s great to show one’s pride in being Jewish. But there is something which is worn, which is said to bring not only pride, but also glory to the Jewish people. That is the Rabbi Horwitz tefillin, literally “prayer pieces” (from the word tefillah, prayer), which contain parchments with four segments from the Torah and which are worn on the arm and the head. What’s the connection with glory? There is a verse in Ezekiel (24:17) which refers to putting on your glory. Our rabbis interpret that as referring to the tefillin. And although they looked and felt strange to me when I first wore them as a youngster, they helped teach me to live by God’s directives and to appreciate the glory of Judaism. What’s the difference between pride and glory? You can be proud of many things, but sometimes you haven’t really done anything for it. It’s like wearing a sweatshirt that celebrates your favorite football team...but you didn’t play! Tefillin are a concrete action to remind us to “play the game”, to do all we Jews should do. (Of course, followup is essential; it’s not enough to do a ritual and expect miracles.) Join us on weekday mornings in the Greenfield Chapel, where you can borrow a set of tefillin, learn how to wear them, play with pride and go for the glory! ---Rabbi Daniel Horwitz

April 2018 Sunday 16th of Nisan, 5778 Pesach II 8:05p Havdalah (25 min)



No RS/Sulam No JLP 23rd of Nisan, 5778



24th of Nisan, 5778


1st of Iyyar, 5778 Rosh Chodesh Iyyar


25th of Nisan, 5778


2nd of Iyyar, 5778

8th of Iyyar, 5778

15th of Iyyar, 5778


19th of Nisan, 5778 Pesach V (CH''M)




20th of Nisan, 5778 Pesach VI (CH''M) 7:25p Candle lighting


9th of Iyyar, 5778

26th of Nisan, 5778


3rd of Iyyar, 5778 Yom HaZikaron



YES Group RS/Sulam Kehillah High @ BY NEW!Roots and Wings an Infertility Support Meditation Group


10th of Iyyar, 5778


RS/Sulam Kehillah High @ BY NEW!Roots and Wings an Infertility Support Meditation Group


RS/Sulam JLP




21st of Nisan, 5778 Pesach VII 7:26p Candle lighting

Synagogue Offices Closed Evening Chapel Shabbat Renewal

RS/Sulam Kehillah High @ BY NEW!Roots and Wings an Infertility Support Meditation Group

Divorce Support

Divorce Support



Divorce Support

Mindful Mondays


Israel-A-Palooza RS/Sulam JLP 14th of Iyyar, 5778 Pesach Sheni



No RS/Sulam Meditation Group

RS/Sulam JLP Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Mini-Retreat City Wide Yom Hashoah Program 7th of Iyyar, 5778

18th of Nisan, 5778 Pesach IV (CH''M)

Mindful Mondays

RS/Sulam JLP Matzah Bowl Young Adult Volunteer Program 30th of Nisan, 5778 Rosh Chodesh Iyyar

17th of Nisan, 5778 Pesach III (CH''M)


27th of Nisan, 5778 Yom HaShoah



Israel Fest at the Merfish Grief Support 11th of Iyyar, 5778

Gathering Place Caregivers Support Grief Support



5th of Iyyar, 5778 7:34p Candle lighting


Evening Chapel Shabbat Renewal B/M Samuel Berman & Jacob Stanietzky Shabbat in the Park with Rick Recht 12th of Iyyar, 5778 7:39p Candle lighting

Shabbat Morning Chapel Shabbat Morning Service Museum Minyan Torah Study Evening Chapel 29th of Nisan, 5778 Parshas Shmini 8:13p Havdalah (25 min)


Shabbat Morning Chapel Shabbat Morning Service Shabbat Bootcamp Museum Minyan Torah Study Minhah B/M Joshua Costa & Adam Katz Evening Chapel

Evening Chapel Shabbat Renewal B/M Joshua Costa & Adam Katz

Caregivers Support Grief Support 4th of Iyyar, 5778 Yom HaAtzma'ut

28th of Nisan, 5778 7:30p Candle lighting


22nd of Nisan, 5778 Pesach VIII Yizkor 8:08p Havdalah (25 min)


Evening Chapel Shabbat Renewal B/M Special Shabbat Honoring Rabbi David Rosen

6th of Iyyar, 5778 21 Parshas Sazria-Metzora 8:17p Havdalah (25 min)

Shabbat Morning Chapel Shabbat Morning Service B/M Samuel Berman & Jacob Stanietzky Sing Along Shabbat with Rich Recht Museum Minyan Torah Study Evening Chapel 13th of Iyyar, 5778


Parshas Achrei Mos-Kedoshim 8:21p Havdalah (25 min)

Shabbat Morning Chapel Shabbat Morning Service Museum Minyan Torah Study Evening Chapel

New Prayer Books for the High Holiday Family Service Put a family mahzor in the hands of every grandparent, parent, and child this Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Help us build this new High Holiday Service by purchasing a book plate and donating a book for $18. For more information or to complete this form online visit

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B’nai Mitzvah


Joshua Costa (April 13/14) is the son of Jennifer and Gregg Costa; brother of Elijah and Rebekah; grandson of Jerrold and Linda Paine, and Robert and Susan Costa. Joshua attends the Emery Weiner School. For his mitzvah project he raised money for the JDRF Diabetes Foundation’s One Walk and volunteered with the West U Little League Challenger Program as a Challenger Buddy. He will donate a portion of his monetary gifts to the JDRF Diabetes Foundation. Adam Saler Katz (April 13/14) is the son of Ali and Mark Katz; brother of Dylan; and grandson of Joan and Louis Katz, Barbara Saler, and Richard Saler. Adam attends Trafton Academy. For his mitzvah project he will participate in the Challenger Program. Adam will donate a portion of his monetary gifts to Make a Wish Foundation and Love to Langa, which his Aunt Amy and Uncle Jon founded to help children in South Africa. Samuel Isaac Berman (April 20/21) is the son of Randee and Howard Berman; brother of Ariella and Sophie; grandson of Louis and Margaret Berman, and Stephen Clayman and Lola Clayman. Sammy attends The Emery/Weiner School. For his Mitzvah Project, Sammy, along with his bar mitzvah partner Jacob Stanietzky, collected and distributed Chanukah gifts for teens affected by Hurricane Harvey, with the organization Count Me In. Sammy will donate a portion of his monetary gifts to Beth Yeshurun Day School, to help rebuild the library. Jacob Adam Stanietzky (April 20/21) is the son of Stephanie and Nir Stanietzky; brother of Rachel and David; and grandson of Danny and Vida Stanietzky, Myra and the late Maurice Borts, and Eve and Rubin Goldbaum. Jacob attends St John’s School. For his Mitzvah Project, Jacob, along with his bar mitzvah partner Sammy Berman, raised money and gifts for Count Me In, an organization which helps make a difference in people’s lives during the Chanukah season. Jacob will donate a portion of his monetary gifts to the Houston SPCA.

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A Message from Gayle Kamen-Weinstein at the Beth Yeshurun Healing Center Passover is almost upon us and the topic of freedom is generally the theme at this time of year. I am going to stress family as it relates to me personally and professionally. Our “group families” have re-grouped since Hurricane Harvey and have grown and expanded. Meeting together weekly has served as a “family’ for those who have lost someone close to them. The Healing Center has provided the structure and leadership. We were displaced because of Harvey, but are slowly finding our way back!

Condolences The congregation extends its sincerest

This spring I have written and published a book called “The Wounded Healer” .The story is my personal story and being witness to Hurricane Harvey and the destruction loss and pain it has caused many people in our community.

condolences to the families of:

Blyuma Berliner, Yvonne Mann Davidson, Audrey Holzman, Barry Horwitz, Ivan Knobler, Sam Proler, and Dr. Alvin Wexler.

We are starting a new group in April for people who are struggling with infertility. This group is called “Roots and Wings” and will meet four evenings in April at Beth Yeshurun. Details will follow.

May their memories be for a blessing.

“All the world is a very narrow bridge and the main thing is to have no fear at all” Rabbi Nachman We have been surrounded by trauma and loss. It is like an open wound. In order to heal the wound, it takes the efforts of our community to come together and begin to heal all of our wounds. There is strength when we are together and share with each other. That is the principle of a group. Strength changes everything. Divorce Support Group: Tuesdays at 6:00pm on April 10, 17, & 24 NEW! Roots and Wings an Infertility Support Group: Wednesdays at 6:00pm on April 11, 18, 25 Caregivers Support Group: Thursdays at 10:30am on April 12 & 26 Grief Group Support Group: Thursdays at 1:00pm on April 12, 19, & 26 Please see our website and our weekly Happenings email for dates. Registration required prior to attending group sessions. To register for a Healing Center group, to receive private emails or The Center’s Resource Guide, please contact The CBY Healing Center is generously funded by The Martha Lea & Albert Stein Family Outreach Fund.

special upcoming classes April 8 Rabbi David Rosen: 4 Decades at 50,000 feet Dr. Bernice Heilbrunn: The Synagogue: Inside and Out April 15 Rabbi David Rosen: 4 Decades at 50,000 feet Dr. Bernice Heilbrunn: The Synagogue: Inside and Out April 22 Josh Furman: Preserving Houston’s Jewish History Dr. Bernice Heilbrunn Potvin: The Synagogue: Inside and Out

Shabbat “Tot” Concert at Congregation Beth Yeshurun

04.21.18 9:30AM

April 29 Josh Furman: Preserving Houston’s Jewish History Dr. Bernice Heilbrunn Potvin: The Synagogue: Inside and Out For more information about JLP visit

Tickets are free! For more information call Riana Sherman 713-666-1881 ex. 312

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The Beth Yeshurun Sisterhood Gift Shop is now open! Regular Business Hours are: Sunday: 10:00am-1:00pm Monday: Closed Tuesday-Thursday: 10:00am-4:30pm Friday: 10:00am-2:30pm Saturday: Closed

2017-2018 16th Year 100 Jewish Men is a group of men dedicated to improving themselves and each other as men, fathers, husbands, brothers, sons, friends and Jews. Through controversial, thought-provoking speakers and small group discussions, we will explore what usually remains unspoken in men's lives at work and at home. We have an incredible year planned and we hope you choose to be part of it. All dinners at 6:30 pm followed by programs at 7:00 pm. Wednesday, May 16, 2018 In the Sands of Sinai - a Physician's Account of the Yom Kippur War with Dr. Itzhak Brook at Congregation Beth Yeshurun Dr. Itzhak Brook will present a description of the historical background of the Yom Kippur War and its effects on the Israeli society, as well as his own personal experiences and challenges as a battalion physician in the Sinai.

Register & pay online at or submit this registration form, along with a check payable to Beth Yeshurun, to Rabbi Brian Strauss Congregation Beth Yeshurun | 4525 Beechnut St. | Houston, TX 77096 Spring Registration Cost*: $50/CBY Members; $60/Non-CBY Members *Financial Assistance is available - please contact Rabbi Strauss.

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ď ™CBY MEDITATION GROUP A Message from Karen Hurwitz with the Meditation Group You see articles on a regular basis touting the benefits of meditation. Have you ever wondered what people actually do in meditation? Thought maybe you should try it, but thought you would feel awkward? Now is your opportunity to give it a try with others who have the same questions. Beth Yeshurun offers meditation each Wednesday from 7:00-8:00pm on the bimah in the Freedman Levit sanctuary. Regular attendees will tell you that they had little to no experience when they first came to meditation at Beth Yeshurun. They also will tell you that they come back because they feel 100% better at the end of the hour than they do when they arrive. First-timers come regularly and feel right at home. The synagogue is fortunate to have a highly experienced and beloved group of teachers from the Jewish community that rotate leading sessions each week. Everyone is welcome to attend, member and non-member alike, and there is no charge. Here is your chance! Try it. Wednesday, April 4 led by Rabbi Ariel Sholklapper Mindfulness meditation during Passover: getting rid of spiritual chametz. Wednesday, April 11 led by Gary Edmondson and Ray Sher Meditation, Chant and Torah talk on Parsha Shemini. We will focus on that place within us that is ready to offer up everything from the heart, without being asked, without conforming to what is deemed normal. That giving that may buck against rules and against our personal restraint and fears, provides rich ground for personal transformation. Wednesday, April 18 led by Rabbi Ariel Sholklapper Mindfulness Meditation. From Passover to Shavuot: how freedom leads to enlightenment. Wednesday, April 25 led by Janice Rubin In Parshat Kedoshim, we are blessed with a vision of how to establish a holy foundation for our lives – one that allows our inner lives and our outer actions to become aligned in loving service. Through chant and meditation we will explore tools to build a greater awareness of the sacred in our lives. For more information contact Karen Hurwitz at 11


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CANCER SURVIVORS SHABBAT Friday, May 18, 2018 at 6:00pm An inspiring celebration for cancer survivors.

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CBY CanCare Coordinators (clockwise from top left): Rabbi Steven Morgen, Michael Wiesenthal, Barbara Selzer and Leah Katz

If you are a cancer survivor, this is your celebration! Join us at services to receive a special blessing and to let others know that you are a survivor. If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with cancer, contact Rabbi Morgen at 713.666.1881 or smorgen@ You may also contact CanCare at 713.461.0028 or visit their website at

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