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dining room table, and then place on it a gorgeous menorah. My siblings and I waited eagerly for the beautifully-wrapped gifts that would soon be brought out, and when they arrived, we carefully assessed and shook each and every one of them trying to figure what was what and which one we would open first and then on each succeeding night. It was the greatest fun of the year. This year, I was reminded of Hanukkah’s arrival several weeks ago when I was on the elevator of the apartment building where Marcie and I are temporarily living while our home undergoes repairs. A young Jewish family was riding with me when one of the children looked up at his father and asked, “Daddy, are we going to have Hanukkah this year?” The question brought tears to my eyes. Dislocated and out of his home, this child’s world had been turned upside down by Hurricane Harvey. The apartment he and his two siblings were living in was nice but it wasn’t Home. With all the changes in his life, this little boy didn’t assume that Hanukkah as he had always celebrated it would show up in this new and strange place where they were living. When the father reassured him Hanukkah would be better than ever, the youngster broke out in a smile that was almost too big for his face. The holiday would find him, he was told, wherever they lived. Yes, sometimes Hanukkah can become more than it should be, more than it needs to be. But this year in particular, Hanukkah with its gifts, its latkes, its candles is no minor thing. It’s a chance to bring something beautiful and happy into every family’s home, a chance to emerge from the darkness left behind by a hurricane and to renew our lives — and our children’s — with brightness and joy. May Hanukkah bring new light into all our homes this year more than ever.
From the Rabbi Rabbi David Rosen
Pick up any book about the Jewish holidays and you will read that Hanukkah is, in fact, one of the Minor Festivals. I’ve taught that for years as a way to de-emphasize how overly-commercialized the holiday has become, a reflection of its close proximity to that other overlycommercialized holiday, Christmas. Try telling that to any child, though. As the last school year ended several months ago, I was with our fourth-graders and I asked them for the name of the most important holiday on the Jewish calendar. I was looking for Yom Kippur or Shabbat, but of course every hand went up to let me know it was Hanukkah! I then asked, “what is the second most important holiday?” and again I was met with a chorus of voices: “Hanukkah!” Third most important? “Hanukkah” Fourth? Fifth? It had to be Hanukkah, the kids insisted. Forget Passover, Purim, Sukkot, Rosh Hashanah! For our Jewish kids, the Festival of Lights — and Presents! — will always be Number One. And I can understand that. When I was a child growing up in our Willow Meadows home here in Houston, I eagerly waited for the day each winter when my Mom would put a special white tablecloth on our
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Two New Faces at Beth Yeshurun! Sarah Goldberg
Youth Programming Coordinator Congregation Beth Yeshurun is excited to welcome Sarah Goldberg as the new Youth Programming Coordinator. Sarah will work to engage our congregationâ€™s youth in creative Judaic and social programming designed just for them. Growing up outside Philadelphia, Sarah attended Camp Ramah in the Poconos and was a staff member for five years. She moved to New Orleans to attend Tulane University where she studied psychology and Jewish studies. After working in New Orleans for a few years, she relocated to Houston last September. In addition to her role at CBY, Sarah is also the Field Engagement Associate for the Southwest Region of USY (SWUSY) where she supports local chapters and regional programming. Sarah is very excited to get to know the kids and teens of Beth Yeshurun! Be on the lookout for more information about upcoming events. Feel free to contact Sarah at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Marketing and Communications Manager Ashley Mills has joined Congregation Beth Yeshurun as the new Marketing and Communications Manager. She will work closely with Programming Director Riana Sherman to oversee and coordinate marketing and communication efforts for the synagogue. Ashley is a native Houstonian who comes to us from Congregration Beth Israel where she served as the Communication and Programming Coordinator and most recently the Assitant Director of the Miriam Browning Jewish Learning Center. While at Beth Israel she worked closely with leadership to engage families through experiential learning and with the communication manager to devolpe publications for the synagogue. Ashley spends much of her free time with her son Dean and their two rescue mutts. She is currenly pursuing her degree in Business Management and enjoys anything crafty. She is excited to join Beth Yeshurun and looks forward working with the cogregation! Ashley can be reach by email at email@example.com. This page sponsored by Houston Jewish Funerals. Interested in sponsoring a page? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org 3
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Office Hours Beth Yeshurun’s temporary office is located at: 2400 Augusta Drive, Houston, TX 77057 The office is open Monday-Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm. It will be closed for the following upcoming holidays: Christmas Day Monday, December 25, 2017 New Years Day Monday, January 1, 2018 Martin Luther King Day Monday, January 15, 2018
Weekly Torah Study 11:45am Shabbat Mornings at Beth Yeshurun 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
SHABBAT SERVICE TIMES December 8/9 (CL 5:05pm, Parashat Vayeshev ) 5:00pm Chapel Shabbat Service at Brith Shalom 6:15pm Sanctuary Service at Brith Shalom 8:30am Shabbat Chapel Service in Reiches Hall 9:15am Museum Minyan at Brith Shalom 9:30am Sanctuary Service at Brith Shalom 5:00pm Minhah/Ma’ariv at Brith Shalom December 15/16 (CL 5:07pm, Parashat Miketz) 5:00pm Chapel Shabbat Service at Brith Shalom 6:00pm Service at the Emery/Weiner School Bar Mitzvah: Elan Goetz 6:15pm Sanctuary Service at Brith Shalom 8:30am Shabbat Chapel Service in Reiches Hall 9:15am Museum Minyan at Brith Shalom 9:30am Sanctuary Service at Brith Shalom 9:30pm Service at the Emery/Weiner School Bar Mitzvah: Elan Goetz 5:00pm Minhah/Ma’ariv at Brith Shalom December 22/23 (CL 5:10pm, Parashat Vayigash) 5:00pm Chapel Shabbat Service at Brith Shalom 6:00pm Service at Emanu El Bar Mitzvah: Ryan Diamond 6:15pm Sanctuary Service at Brith Shalom 8:30am Shabbat Chapel Service in Reiches Hall 9:15am Museum Minyan at Brith Shalom 9:30am Sanctuary Service at Brith Shalom 9:30pm Service at Emanu El Bar Mitzvah: Ryan Diamond 5:00pm Minhah/Ma’ariv at Brith Shalom December 29/30 (CL 5:14pm, Parashat Vayechi) 5:00pm Chapel Shabbat Service at Brith Shalom 6:15pm Sanctuary Service at Brith Shalom 8:30am Shabbat Chapel Service in Reiches Hall 9:15am Museum Minyan at Brith Shalom 9:30am Sanctuary Service at Brith Shalom 5:00pm Minhah/Ma’ariv at Brith Shalom January 5/6 (CL 5:19pm, Parashat Shemot) 5:00pm Chapel Shabbat Service at Beth Yeshurun 6:00 Shabbat Renewal in Freedman/Levit Sanctuary Bar Mitzvah: Garrett Kaplan 8:30am Shabbat Chapel Service in Greenfield Chapel 9:15am Museum Minyan in Reiches Hall 9:30am Sanctuary Service in Freedman/Levit Sanctuary Bar Mitzvah: Garrett Kaplan 5:00pm Minhah/Ma’ariv in Greenfield Chapel WEEKDAY CHAPEL SERVICES Week of 12/3 at Brith Shalom Mornings Sun 8:00am,Mon-Fri 7:00am; Afternoon/Evenings Sun-Thu 5:00pm, Week of 12/10 at Brith Shalom Mornings Sun 8:00am, Mon-Fri 7:00am; Afternoon/Evenings Sun-Thu 5:00pm, Week of 12/17 at Brith Shalom Mornings Sun 8:00am, Mon-Tue 6:45am; Wed-Fri 7:00am; Afternoon/Evenings Sun-Thu 5:00pm, Week of 12/24 at Brith Shalom Mornings Sun-Mon 8:00am, Tue-Fri 7:00am; Afternoon/Evenings Sun-Thu 5:00pm Week of 12/31 at Beth Yeshurun Mornings Sun 8:00am, Mon-Fri 7:00am; Afternoon/Evenings Sun-Thu 5:00pm, Week of 1/7 at Beth Yeshurun Mornings Sun 8:00am, Mon-Fri 7:00am; Afternoon/Evenings Sun-Thu 5:00pm.
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within a place in your soul. And that’s why you owe it to yourself to visit the one place on earth that will truly touch that part of you, and change the way you feel about yourself as a Jew. Israel!
ach year on both Yom Kippur and Passover, we end our deliberations with the words “Next Year in Jerusalem!” Now let it be so! I am happy to announce our 2018 Congregation Beth Yeshurun Pilgrimage to Israel, leaving Houston on Sunday, May 27, and arriving back in Houston Thursday morning, June 7. This is an exciting opportunity for you, your family and friends to visit (or revisit) Israel, to walk along the ancient streets of Jerusalem, to stand on the
shores of the beautiful Sea of Galilee, to shop along the busy streets of Tel Aviv, and to reaffirm one’s Jewish roots in the land where the Jewish People began. Marcie and I are delighted to be leading this trip, which will include not only the places every visitor must see, but which will also include excursions to some of Israel’s hidden gems, to see a side of Israel known only to Israelis. In Israel, we will be joined by one of Israel’s most outstanding and soughtafter guides—and my personal friend— 6
Allan Marks. I have worked with many wonderful guides in Israel. But when Marcie and I met Allan in 1989, we knew he was going to be our guide forever! Not only does he possess knowledge of the whole of Israel at his fingertips, but he is blessed with a fresh and at-times irreverent sense of humor which makes travelling with him a firstclass experience each and every day. Yes, the journey of a lifetime awaits us all. We hope you’ll join us! Rabbi David Rosen
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Wall in Jerusalem Traverse the desert fortress, Masada Swim in the Dead Sea Explore the Old City of Jerusalem Be moved by a visit to Yad Vashem
Visit a pre-state underground
munitions factory disguised as a laundry Visit the Weizmann Institute of Science and learn about Israel’s amazing first President, Chaim Weizmann Stroll through one of Israel’s oldest and prettiest towns, Zichron Ya’akov, and learn about the first pioneers who came to the Land, and others, like the heroic Aronsohn Family, who sought to defend it Sit in the magnificent Roman amphitheater in Caesarea Visit the newly-opened Yitzhak Rabin Center Enjoy dinner eating alongside the beautiful Sea of Galilee Participate in an interactive tour of the Bio-Bee fields, an amazing project which has brought Israeli and Palestinian ecologists together Explore the world of renowned Israeli inventions and creations at the State of Mind Innovation Center Visit the Burnt House in Jerusalem’s Old City, a dramatic scorched witness to the Roman destruction of Jerusalem 2,000 years ago
For our last congregational tour, we are excited to show you the Israel we so love and cherish! In planning our 2018 journey, we have put together our“Dream Itinerary” filled with the most important things to see—and lots of new things for 2nd- and 3rd timers! Our journey will connect us to our Jewish roots as we explore our people’s ancient and ongoing connection to the Land of Israel. It’s an Israel that grabs our hearts every time we come. An Israel that we can’t wait to share with you one last time! —DAVID AND MARCIE ROSEN
Visit Yad LaKashish, a multifaceted sheltered workshop for senior citizens whose home-made artistic creations are sold throughout the world Be guided through Ben-Gurion University in Beersheva, the startup university for the startup nation
Walk through the picturesque neighborhood of Ein Kerem in the Jerusalem Forest Visit the Valley of Elah, where David slew Goliath And so much more for returnees who want to experience more of Israel!
LEARN MORE AT OUR TRIP INFORMATION MEETING MONDAY NIGHT, DECEMBER 11, 7:00 P.M. EARLY CHILDHOOD OPEN AREA (SNAP CITY) BETH YESHURUN SCHOOL WING Go online to https://www.daattravel.com/Package/31207 to sign up and learn even more! 7
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Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 11:30 AM
Wednesday, December 20, 2017 at 11:30 AM
Program will take place at Congregation Brith Shalom
Program will take place at Congregation Brith Shalom
Lunch at 11:30 AM
Lunch at 11:30 AM
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Please write “YES” on your check and mail to: Abby Rotenberg 4525 Beechnut Houston, TX 77096
Questions? (713) 666-1881 ext. 208
First Shabbat Back January 5 Young Adult Shaksukah Project January 11 Kol Rinah January 12 Sisterhood Shabbat January 19
Rabbi Sarah Fortâ€™s Installation January 26, 2018
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, January 17, 2018 Medicine after the Holocaust with Dr. Sheldon Rubenfeld at Congregation Beth Yeshurun Nazi doctors, the best in the world at the time, played a central role in the design and implementation of the Holocaust as they attempted to accelerate Darwin's theory of natural selection and quickly develop a Master Race. Wednesday, February 21, 2018 A Night with Spencer Tillman at Kenny & Ziggy's Galleria After an eight-year career in the NFL, Spencer Tillman now serves as the lead studio analyst for CBS Sports coverage of College Football Today and the NCAA Men's Basketball tournament. Sunday, March 18, 2018 Men's Passover Dinner led by Rabbi Brian Strauss & Others at United Orthodox Synagogues Weâ€™ll experience what it means to be a Jewish man today as we come together with our friends at UOS to eat, laugh and share our beer and steak! Together we'll celebrate our freedom as Jews and as men! 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 www.bethyeshurun.org 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*: $70/CBY Members; $85/Non-CBY Members *Financial Assistance is available - please contact Rabbi Strauss.
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Samuel Morris Whitman (November 17/18) is the son of Susan and Gary Whitman, brother of Kayla Whitman, grandson of Mark and Carol Entman, and grandson of Nancy and the late Marvin Whitman. Sam attends Emery Weiner School. For his mitzvah project, Sam assembled Shabbat boxes to be distributed to synagogue members who are in the hospital through Jewish Family Service. Sam is an active member of Boy Scout Troop 806 where he participates in Jewish community events and service projects. He will donate a portion of his Bar Mitzvah gifts to Jewish Family Service. Isaac Aaron Fein (November 10/11) is the son of Kelli Cohen Fein & Martin Fein; brother of Jordan Eliana Fein, Rebecca Luks (David), Mindy Fein and Daniel Fein (Rachel); and grandson of the late Celina Fein & Ely Fein and Helene Pfeffer and Jay Cohen. Isaac attends The Kinkaid School. For his Mitzvah projects, Isaac donated gently used sports equipment to Houston’s Fifth Ward Saints and Baseball Tomorrow. Isaac also volunteered on behalf of communities and citizens in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Isaac will participate in the Rabbi’s Plan for Charitable Giving donating to Big Life Foundation, Dick’s Sporting Goods Foundation, Harvey Relief Funds, Hebrew Free Loan Association, Holocaust Museum Houston, Interfaith Ministries, JFS and Seven Acres.
B’nai Mitzvah Cayla Brynn Gottesman (October 7) is the daughter of Michelle and Todd Gottesman; the granddaughter of Gillian and Raymond Donner, Janet Gottesman, and Addy and Gene Gottesman. Cayla attends Pershing Middle School. For her mitzvah project, Cayla cut and assembled sets of shoe patterns for Sole Hope, an organization that provides relief from foot-related diseases and makes shoes for impoverished Ugandan children. She will also donate a portion of her monetary gifts to MD Anderson’s Moon Shots Program to fight Multiple Myeloma. Ella Rivka Trubek (Oct 20/21) is the daughter of Angela Dorfman and Simon Trubek; sister of Yossi, Bailey, Emma, Ryan & Charlotte; and the granddaughter of Helen & Angelo DeJohn and Stella & Alexander Trubek. Ella attends Emery/ Wiener School. For her Mitzvah project, Ella made Shabbat boxes for MD Anderson patients. Ella will donate a portion of her monetary gifts to the Beth Yeshurun Flood Recovery Fund.
Brett Harrison Siff (November 10/11) is the son of Betsy and Todd Siff; brother of Lindsey and Madison Siff. He is the grandson of Jackie and Sherwin Siff, and Louise and Hugh Miller, of blessed memory. Brett attends The Kinkaid School. For his mitzvah projects, he participated in the West University Challenger Baseball League and Hurricane Harvey disaster relief projects sponsored by the Jewish Federation and The Kinkaid School. He is also collecting and donating new and gently used sports equipment for the Houston Fifth Ward Saints and the Baseball Tomorrow equipment drive. Brett will donate a portion of his monetary gifts to the Houston Food Bank and Jewish Family Service of Houston. Samuel Morris Whitman (November 17/18) is the son of Susan and Gary Whitman, brother of Kayla Whitman, grandson of Mark and Carol Entman, and grandson of Nancy and the late Marvin Whitman. Sam attends Emery Weiner School. For his mitzvah project, Sam assembled Shabbat boxes to be distributed to synagogue members who are in the hospital through Jewish Family Service. Sam is an active member of Boy Scout Troop 806 where he participates in Jewish community events and service projects. He will donate a portion of his Bar Mitzvah gifts to Jewish Family Service.
Ethan Harris Glaich (October 27/28) is the son of Adrienne and Asaf Glaich; brother of Asher and Ella; grandson of Melanie and Barry Shoss, and Sara and Abraham Glaich. Ethan is a seventh-grader at The Emery/Weiner School. For his Mitzvah project, Ethan volunteered at the Houston Food Bank. He will also donate a portion of his monetary gifts to Kids with Food Allergies, a division of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America.
Ava Kate Trachtenberg (Oct. 27/28) i s t h e d a u g h te r o f S te f a n i e a n d Mark Trachtenberg; sister of Jacob; granddaughter of Melanie and Barry Shoss, and Ellen and Dan Trachtenberg. Ava is a seventh-grader at The Emery/ Weiner School. For her Mitzvah project, Ava decorated Shabbat Boxes for Jewish patients at M.D. Anderson hospital to be delivered by her grandfather Dan Trachtenberg for the chaplaincy program operated by Jewish Family Services. She will also donate a portion of her monetary gifts to Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston.
Elan Alexander Goetz (December 15/16) is the son of Jennifer Webb-Goetz and Dr. Joseph Goetz; brother of Zev, Aaron, Daniel, Emily, Hannah, Nathaniel, Daryl and Kendall. He is the grandson of George and Dori Forrest and the late Jennie Palacio Forrest, and Dr. Gertrude Goetz and the late Samuel Goetz. Elan attends the Emery/Weiner School. For his Mitzvah project, Elan designed and sold “Heart over Harvey” wristbands with funds donated to the Mayor’s relief fund. He also made Hanukkah boxes through the Jewish Family Service for hospitalized patients. Elan will donate a portion of his monetary gifts to MD Anderson Cancer Center in loving memory of his grandparents Samuel Goetz and Jennie Palacio Forrest. Ryan Abe Diamond (December 22/23) is the son of Talia Diamond and Russell Diamond; brother of Gabriel Diamond; and grandson of Dr. Les and Leora Nowitz, and Sandy Diamond and the late Roy Diamond. Ryan attends the Emery/Weiner School. For his Mitzvah project, Ryan created a food pantry at Bellaire High School for the many students who go to school hungry every day. Ryan will donate a portion of his monetary gifts to JFS to help the community recover from Hurricane Harvey.
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Door l’Door a Mezuzot Project
As Hurricane Harvey swept over Houston, Chava Gal-Or counted herself lucky. The water rose up to her door and a little bit seeped in, but her home did not flood. However, many in the Reform synagogue where she works had it much worse: Twenty-nine families lost their homes — about 15 percent of the congregation’s members. At first, Gal-Or despaired the extent of the damage and how little she could do to help. “I can’t rebuild their houses,” said Gal-Or, the director of congregational learning for the Texas city’s Temple Sinai, told JTA. “I don’t have the money to do much. There was this increasing awareness that there was nothing I could do.” But what she could do, Gal-Or realized, was help her neighbors make their temporary homes and (eventually) their rebuilt homes feel Jewish. She began collecting mezuzahs — the small scrolls traditionally affixed to the doorposts of Jewish dwellings — to distribute free to Jewish hurricane victims. Thus the unofficial organization Door L’Door was born. The name is a play on the biblical phrase “l’dor v’dor,” which means “from generation to generation.” When Jewish homes are destroyed, Door l'Door will provide each family with a new mezuzah. Together, we can restore their spirits, nourish their souls, and renew their faith. To continue reading this article originally posted by JTA Jewish Telegraphic Agency visit tinyurl.com/doorldoor. For more information about this program and how to participate visit Door l’Door’s website door-ldoor.blogspot.com or email MezuzotProject@gmail.com.
Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and First Grade Religious School students recently received a special gift from the Religious School at Rodef Sholom Temple in Newport News, VA, Each of the children received a beautifully decorated pillow with the words Shema Yisrael written in Hebrew on one side and a pocket containing the book The Bedtime Shâ€™ma on the reverse side. Such a special gift for our youngest Religious School students to let them know that others were concerned about them after Hurricane Harvey! 14
Orly and Matthew Feldman and big sister, Ella, and big brother Noah, of Kirkland, Washington joyfully announce the birth of their son and brother, Ethan Leo Feldman, born on Oct. 1, 2017. Welcoming Ethan into the family are his proud grandparents, Pearl and Meir Monk of Houston, Tx. and Lori and Lloyd Feldman of Parkland, Fl. He is the greatgrandson of Edith and the late Josef Mincberg of Houston, Tx., Sonia and the late Leon Monk of Ramat Gan, Israel, the late Hilda and Seymour Feldman of Boca Raton, Fl., and the late Freida and Morris Black of Boca Raton, Fl. Ethan’s Hebrew name is Eitan Yehuda and he is named in loving memory of his maternal great-grandfather Leon.
Anniversaries 10/1 6 Steven & Elizabeth Bender 29 Shimon & Linda Atzil 10/2 35 Norman & Deborah Rappaport 10/3 48 Leonid Zilberfayn & Talina Luchenitser 10/5 42 Steven & Eileen Lee 10/7 10 Karen Finkelman Hasson & Steve Hasson 10 Ryan & Hydee Kagan 26 Myron & Suzanne Rosenberg 38 Jeffrey & Kathryn Brown 61 Gerald & Elaine Kisluk 10/8 11 James & Ronit Mele 23 Paul Horwitz & Denise Rashti 51 Julius & June Sadowsky 10/10 18 Max & Rae Uzick 10/11 2 Joseph & Melanie Lipp 2 David & Lisa Benhammou 10/12 21 Marc & Stefanie Plotkin 42 Frederick & Karen Buckwold 10/13 5 Ryan & Lindsy Steinberg 16 John & Candice Frank 61 Howard & Gladys Kaplan 10/14 22 Roland & Susan Hartzog 27 Max & Trudi Esses 10/15 6 Jason & Stephanie Kohll 67 Sam & Charlene Segal 10/16 34 Yahya & Ellen Moussazadeh 40 Bryan & Suzanne Siegel 68 Irwin & Fay Miller 10/18 19 Marvin & Michelle Blum 37 Kenneth & Paula Singer 10/19 59 Harold & Celene Chasen 10/20 21 Scott & Randi Rubenstein 26 Edward & Sabrina Engel 10/21 16 Matt & Tamara Cohen 27 Charles & Jill Talisman 10/22 29 Yuriy & Yelena Krupnik
44 Glen & Esther Jenkins 10/23 7 Alford & Marilynne Bleeker 17 Alan & Natasha Hananel 10/24 2 Paul & Elyssa Gottheim 10/25 25 Eric Schoen & Susan Rosenbaum 10/27 43 Ronnie & Judy Yambra 49 Bubba & Maxine Silberstein 51 John & Carol Hess 10/28 11 Jason & Kimberly Schlanger 44 Phillip & Lynn Abrams 55 Harvey & Mireille Katz 10/29 22 Donald & Dorene Cohen 22 Mike & Sarah Deitch 23 Gene & Alexandra Burd 59 Lanny & Marilyn Glick 10/30 12 Benjamin Shani & Michele Tesciuba 18 Brad & Iris Sherman 24 Danny & Danielle Kuperman 29 Daniel Epner & Linda Epner 57 Simon & Rhoda Fredricks 10/31 19 Paul & Donna Silverman 24 Larry & Elisha Selzer 25 Clive & Margie Fields 52 Michael & Judy Weingart 11/1 2 Zachary Hiller & Donna Haim 14 Kenneth & Dana Katz 41 Volf & Lilya Borchenko 48 Francisco & Julia Maislos 58 Norman & Marlene Rosenthal 11/2 9 Elan & Lindsay Tavor 14 Jeffrey & Amy Kaufman 26 Cary & Marilyn Hoffman 40 Irvin & Olivia Reiner 11/3 10 Gabriel & Hayley Maislos 16 Jay & Viki Blinderman 54 Dmitriy Idashkin & Larisa Bogachevskaya 11/4 17 Scott & Shari Frankel 11/5 17 Steven & Linda Sheldon 29 Robert & Pamela Penn 29 Joseph & Rene Bloom 11/6 6 Joshua & Alexandra Grosman 7 Gilad & Lisa Zadok 48 Mario & Drora Grossman 11/7 2 Seth Hurwitz & Alexandra Penzell 2 Scott & Rachel Lipshutz 8 Mickey & Paige Baden 9 David & Elena Fleischer 30 Joe & Joy Kaplan 63 William & Shirley Morgan 11/8 9 Daniel & Melanie Spelkin 30 Allan & Mellody Panzer 11/9 3 Bruce & Jessica Coane 14 David Schwartz & Rachel Kosoy 20 Jeffery & Teresa Kaplan 4 Kevin & Deborah Metter 11/10 10 Jeffrey & Stacey Shidler 16 Bobby & Heidi Bazarsky 16 Rob & Elizabeth Naggar 32 Cary & Karen Robinson 57 Mikhail & Nadezhda Natanzon 11/11 17 Robert & Dorothy Jenkins 38 Mark & Marlene Finkelstein
11/12 1 Andrew Victores & Margaret Sopozhnikov 11/13 13 Paul & Carrie Ostrin 36 Dunbar Chambers & Joanna Gol 57 Frank & Irene Shaw 11/14 8 Adam Price & Carolyn Douglas 8 Stephen & Julia Jacobson 13 Benjamin & Lydia Musher 18 Jeremy & Shelley Sorkin 52 Sewell & Hannah Martin 11/15 8 Jonathan & Yoela Levin 9 Jason & Jessica Zoller 14 Noah & Tamara Spiegel 42 Brian & Marlene Lord 47 Herbert & Jill Kalman 11/16 4 Michael & Rachel Schneider 20 David & Hannah Loev 31 Eric & Isabelle Mayer 42 Allen & Anita Mattis 11/17 5 Micah & Jordann Grodin 49 Jerry & Barbara Selzer 62 Paul & Carol Horvitz 11/18 16 Bryan & Dionne Miller 16 Steven & Gaby Goodweather 44 Kenneth & Sue Reichek 11/19 12 Darin & Allyson Ackerman 17 Murray & Amy Kalmin 23 Peter & Julie Schneider 11/20 34 Ben & Barbara Eisenbaum 34 Brian & Linda Shapiro 11/21 2 Brian & Amy Gordon 8 Daniel & Jennifer Leventhal 18 Martin & Kelli Fein 30 Russell & Mary Miller 36 Jerrel & Arlene Schorr 46 Lawrence & Gail Silver 11/22 37 Jeff & Carolyn Karp 11/23 14 Scott & Dena Segal 59 Leon & Miriam Toubin 67 Sheldon & Rae Gerson 11/24 10 Roger & Judi Mendelovitz 60 Jack & Toby Segal 11/25 7 Yoav & Erika Kaufman 17 Benjamin & Rachel Lavine 33 Stephen & Cathy Kuper 33 Robert & Julia Shaddox 39 Bill & Nancy Gotsdiner 50 Steve & Jo King 52 Jerome & Judith Bell 11/26 13 Joseph & Constance Shoss 45 Howard & Susan Marblestone 11/27 6 Brian & Blakely Loftus 24 Barry & Judi Wuntch 29 Michael & Klara Lewis 11/28 25 Ronny & Gail Shoss 36 Stuart & Frida Wilson 41 Michael & Elissa Laviage 46 Sheldon & Linda Rubenfeld 47 Myles & Linda Goetz 32 Mark & Charisse Sands 11/29 30 Richard & Jackie Mark 30 Steve & Sandra Finkelman 31 Bradley & Malka Levy 11/30 4 Alex & Stephanie Yudovich 48 Ivor & Hadassah Foox 12/1 4 Jay & Kelly Gerstenhaber
27 Pablo & Sandra Vexsler 32 Daniel & Marlene Siegman 12/2 16 Steven & Felicia Goldberg 44 Gabriel & Marian Braun 12/3 12 Barry Kahan & Marsha Capen 12/5 49 Taghi & Harriet Hajizade 12/6 53 Dennis & Marion Schepps 12/9 5 Justin & Jennifer Davidoff 12/10 22 Joel & Allison Goldberg 41 Earle & Cathy Steinberg 51 Hertzel & Dorita Aron 12/11 7 Jason & Mistorm Baum 42 Mishael & Bracha Radom 12/12 2 Harold & Claudine Kadmon 12/13 31 Randy & Joni Levy 51 Fred & Dafran Provada 64 Morris & Sylvia Schultz 12/14 9 Sam Platt & Suzanne Selinger-Platt 14 Paul & Suzanne Wishnow 31 Mark & Shelly Grenader 12/15 54 Julius & Avril Danziger 64 Stanley & Renee Feig 12/16 42 Trevor & Ruth Rabie 12/17 1 Casey & Danielle Millman 62 Ed & Harriet Reitman 12/18 5 David Quail & Devorah Beinart 18 Matt & Bianca Wigder 21 Charles & Estelle Racusin 29 Howard & Wendy Cohen 40 Meir & Pearl Monk 57 Sheldon & Shirley Arsham 62 Earl & Janice Selzer 12/19 25 Brad & Robin Stein 46 Jerome & Elaine Rose 47 Howard & Hedy Spiegel 52 Richard & Sharon Kammerman 63 Stanley & Bobbie Weinstein 12/20 9 Sam & Leslie Sutin 19 Douglas Dow & Tracy Dow 20 Mark & Polina Strug 25 Shahar & Lisa Yoram 29 Marc & Tsun-Tsun Levin 30 Paul & Rae Engel 12/21 15 Mark & Ali Katz 37 Martin & Barbara Lindenberg 48 Jack & Ell Camhi 12/22 5 Tyler & Lindsay Brochstein 5 Daniel & Rachel Fein 15 Jeffrey Plastrik & Mara Gittess 21 Alex & Irina Niemer 34 Keith & Sandi Marine 43 Jerry & Faye Wender 60 Kenneth & Charlotte Croft 32 Scot & Sherri Farrell 43 Haskell & Judith-Ann Rosenthal 12/23 10 Howard & Stephanie Loeser 17 Neal & Cathie Gittleman 29 Paul & Leah Katz 39 Dean & Patricia Solomon 44 David & Deborah Bergeron 45 Jerald & Denise Turboff 61 Jerry & Marcia Pappert 61 Louis & Esther Farber 12/24 22 Michael & Karen Buxbaum
23 Roger & Linden Sofer 29 Dell & Barbara Coleman 42 Michael & Gila Kaufman 48 Howard & Jan Stomel 50 Aaron & Ina Fried 53 Stanley & Dianne Zweback 12/25 56 Sheldon & Myrna Zwickel 57 David & Beverly Sufian 12/26 46 Gary & Maureen Tucker 46 Sidney & Marsha Gerber 47 Leon Halfon & Rebeca Halfon 53 Donald & Margaret Plotkin 63 George & Sandra Rosen 12/27 25 Michael & Alissa Leightman 31 Rodney & Paula Kapp 37 Alan & Hope Malowitz 64 Joe & Evelyn Sandler 12/28 26 Eric & Lisa Hardee 45 Arnold & Olivia Ostrin 48 Steve & Diane Kaminsky 48 Louis & Carol Ringold 12/29 15 Daniel & Laura Tolpin 38 Kenneth & Judy Arfa 43 Eric & Lesley Solomon 43 Jeffrey & Lesley Katz 44 Glenn & Dolly Stange 54 Jerry & Evelyn Yellen 12/30 4 Marcy Lynn Rothman & Tammy Pye 10 David & Jackie Janco 11 Neville & Allison Leibman 22 Daniel & Janet Kleban 38 Allen & Wendy Shapiro 44 Daniel & Sharon Brener 45 Steve & Adriana Rosenbaum 46 Chris & Sandy Rich 55 Irving & Hava Rothman 61 Lyusyen & Rema Berkovich 66 Robert & Tiby Bernstein 12/31 14 Marc & Syndy Gold 50 Marvin Katz & Sharon Katz
CBY Healing Center 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: 6:00pm Tuesdays; December 12, 26 at 9660 Hillcroft, Suite 120 Recover Your Spirit A Flood Support Group: 6:00pm Wednesdays; December 6, 13, 20, 27 at Brith Shalom in the Library Caregivers Support Group: 10:30am Thursdays; December 7, 14, 21, 28 at 9660 Hillcroft, Suite 120 Grief Group support Group: 1:00pm Thursdays; December 7, 14, 21, 28 at 9660 Hillcroft, Suite 120 Pet Loss support Group: 6:00pm Thursday, December 14 at 9660 Hillcroft, Suite 120 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 griefgroup@ bethyeshurun.org. The CBY Healing Center is generously funded by The Martha Lea & Albert Stein Family Outreach Fund.
Condolences The congregation extends its sincerest condolences to the families of Jack Balter, Shirley Bayer, Hennie Berdinis, Irvin Davidson, Sam Edelheit, Jerome Feldman, Lou Frederick, Michael Goldstein, Jay Greene, Adine Holland, Raymond Hutner, Martha (Marty) Jacobson, Rysya Kogan, Mendel Laviage, David Leff, Elliot Leviton, Selma Lewis, James Malick, Clara Mark, Renee Carol Mayer, Herbert Muhlbauer, Jesse Naftel, Dr. Milton Nirken, Klara Pikus, Leonid Potylchansky, Anne Pulaski, Isaac Roseman, Aaron Sacks, Alice Schiffman, Donald Schindel, Bernard Stolbun, Ronald Lee Suchart, Leonard Swartz, and Marie (Mongie) Eisen Swartz. May their memories be for a blessing.
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The Ground Underneath You Imagine that you wake up in the morning, get out of bed...and there is no ground. You step into a giant sinkhole. You disappear. Floods and sinkholes notwithstanding, we do assume that when we get up our steps will be safe, that the ground will be there underneath us. But once in a while, it doesn’t happen that way. In our morning blessings, we thank God that such freaks of Rabbi Horwitz nature are just that, are the rare exception, and that generally the earth is secure below our feet. We praise God, roka ha-aretz al ha-mayim, Who spreads the earth over the waters, Who made a world which most of the time is dependable and secure. Those other times are the scariest, the most trying circumstances. And in those moments, above all, when we have had the ground kicked out from under us, we need to know that most of the time, our loved ones will not disappear, and we will not disappear. Depend on God to keep the ground under us, because we can’t very well live without that much faith. Join us daily in the Greenfield Chapel service and believe that the ground will still be under your feet. Even when when you can’t imagine facing the day, just do it...and after you’ve done it, you’ll eventually come to believe that the ground will stabilize. - Rabbi Daniel Horwitz
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December 2017 Sunday
13th of Kislev, 5778 5:03p Candle lighting
Shabbat Evening Service
14th of Kislev, 5778 2 Parshas Vayishlach Shabbat Morning Service Sing Along Shabbat Torah Study Evening Chapel CBY's Pajama Havdallah 5:47p Havdalah (25 min)
15th of Kislev, 5778
16th of Kislev, 5778
17th of Kislev, 5778
JLP RS/Sulam Escape with the Maccabees Congregation Conversation
23rd of Kislev, 5778
12 25th of Kislev, 5778 13 24th of Kislev, 5778 5:48p Chanukah: 1 Candle 5:48p Chanukah: 2 Candles RS School Kehillah High @CBI Divorce Group Flood Support Group@CBS Meditation Group @ CBS Executive Committee
of Kislev, 5778 18 1st of Tevet, 5778 17 30th Rosh Chodesh Tevet Rosh Chodesh Tevet 5:50p Chanukah: 6 Candles 5:50p Chanukah: 7 Candles
29th of Kislev, 5778
2nd of Tevet, 5778 Chanukah: 8th Day
YES Group No RS School No Kehillah High 5:51p Chanukah: 8 Candles Meditation Group @ CBS
7th of Tevet, 5778
Synagogue Office Closed
6th of Tevet, 5778
No JLP No RS/Sulam
No JLP No RS/Sulam
13th of Tevet, 5778
100 Jewish Men RS School Kehillah High @ CBI Flood Support Group@CBS Meditation Group @ CBS
22nd of Kislev, 5778
18th of Kislev, 5778
January 2018 1 14th of Tevet, 5778
Synagogue Office Closed
8th of Tevet, 5778
20th of Kislev, 5778
5:04p Candle lighting
21st of Kislev, 5778 Parshas Vayeshev
Shabbat Morning Service Shabbat Evening Service Torah Study Evening Chapel 5:48p Havdalah (25 min)
28th of Kislev, 5778 16 14 27th of Kislev, 5778 15 26th of Kislev, 5778 5:49p Chanukah: 3 Candles 5:06p Chanukah: 4 Candles Parshas Miketz Shabbat Morning Service 5:06p Candle lighting
Care Givers Support Group Grief Group Pet Loss Support Group Mascots & Menorahs 3rd of Tevet, 5778
BM: Elan Goetz Shabbat Evening Service Torah Study BM: Elan Goetz Evening Chapel
5:50p Chanukah: 5 Candles
4th of Tevet, 5778
5th of Tevet, 5778 Parshas Vayigash
Shabbat Morning Service Care Givers Support BM: Ryan Diamond Shabbat Evening Service Torah Study Group Grief Group BM: Ryan Diamond Evening Chapel 5:09p Candle lighting
5:53p Havdalah (25 min) 10th of Tevet, 5778 Asara B'Tevet
11th of Tevet, 5778 5:13p Candle lighting
12th of Tevet, 5778 Parshas Vayechi
No RS School Shabbat Morning Service No Kehillah High Gathering Place @CBY Shabbat Evening Service Torah Study Meditation Group @CBS Care Givers Support Evening Chapel Group Grief Group 5:58p Havdalah (25min)
15th of Tevet, 5778
9th of Tevet, 5778
19th of Kislev, 5778 Caregivers Support Group Grief Group Vodka & Latkes
16th of Tevet, 5778
No RS School No Kehillah High Meditation Group @CBS
17th of Tevet, 5778
18th of Tevet, 5778
19th of Tevet, 5778
Parshas Shemoth Shabbat Morning Service BM: Garrett Kaplan Shabbat Evening Service Torah Study BM: Garrett Kaplan Evening Chapel 5:19p Candle lighting
6:03p Havdalah (25 min)