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The Message

Congregation Beth Yeshurun December 2018


From the Rabbi

Rabbi Brian Strauss

other great communities of our diverse city? We all sense the change that has happened in our country over the last several decades. As hate continues to grow on the dark places of the internet, far too many politicians, from all political parties, have proven themselves willing to tolerate those beliefs. Hate is being allowed to flourish in today’s America. In response, can we work hand and hand with other Americans in our greater fight against intolerance, bigotry, prejudice, and hate?

As American Jews, we are confronting the reality that we dreaded and feared - it could happen here. We are mourning the loss of American Jewish innocence. Many of us experienced the trauma of that Shabbat morning through our history of Jewish vulnerability. We dreaded and feared what could happen and it has now happened - the most deadly anti-Semitic carnage in our magnificent American Jewish history and it scares us. What can we do to regain our confidence as individual Jews and as a vibrant Jewish community?

#4. Today basic codes of civility are very hard to find. Instead, civility has been replaced with a disrespectful, even disgusting level of public discourse that seems to get worse every passing day. Elected leaders on opposite sides of the aisle are no longer considered fellow Americans who simply have different political views and beliefs. But instead those we disagree with are considered enemies, evil people seeking to ruin our lives. Today 81% of liberals and conservatives have unfavorable views towards those on the other side. Yet, how can we work to change what is happening in the current world of American politics, when too often, we do the same? If we want our public officials to denounce hate in all its forms, we must work to end the animosity within the confines of our synagogue walls. Let us remember, we are all Jews entitled to our personal political beliefs. When we are at synagogue, we should not have to ever worry that anyone would ever hold our political views against us.

Let me suggest that the best way to do so is to be even more Jewish. In case you were not with us on Friday night, November 2, let me summarize four steps we can all take. #1. Let us attend more services. Not just after an antiSemitic event. Can we come when it’s just a regular, plain old beautiful Shabbat service, our weekly time to recharge our batteries and connect with our community?

#2. Can we do even more to make a difference in the greater non-Jewish community around us? As I spoke on Yom Kippur, we as Jews share a tradition that calls upon us to do whatever we can to improve the lives of others in need. The common thread that connected our eleven victims was that they were all extremely kind people who were always looking for ways to help others. The world is a darker place At this all-important time, let us take these steps and more to without them. Through our social action work, can we create make a positive difference. the light that has been lost? To see a video of Rabbi Strauss’ sermon, go to venue. #3. Can we do even more to build connections with the

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We invite you to join us in honoring Lu Dorfman, our Executive Director, by contributing to a collection of congregants’ well wishes and memories. All of the personal messages from our Congregation, including yours, will be bound into one single, beautiful book which will be presented to him in a meaningful program and brunch during our synagogue annual meeting on January 27, 2019. A form was recently mailed for you to use to create your own personal message where you may include your well wishes or fond memories for Lu. In honor of his dedicated service, this book will be hand delivered to Lu at the Annual Meeting where we will have a fantastic brunch and meaningful program held in his honor at Beth Yeshurun. To participate, please return your completed form by December 14th care of Jennifer Sutton at the synagogue. A copy of the paper form, as well as an electronic form can be found by visitng Please note that forms will not be accepted after December 14th. We thank you for your participation and look forward to seeing you at the brunch! Sincerely, Linda & Andy Burger Diane & Alan Levin Marcie & Rabbi David Rosen Linda & Sheldon Rubenfeld Marsha & Lonnie Schooler Ellen & Dan Trachtenberg 3

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FRIDAY EVENINGS December 7, 2018 Parashat Mi-Ketz | CL 5:04pm 5:00 PM - J.B. Greenfield Chapel 6:00 PM - Shabbat Renewal Service December 14, 2018 Parashat Va-Yiggash | CL 5:06pm 5:00 PM - J.B. Greenfield Chapel 6:00 PM - Shabbat Renewal Service December 21, 2018 Parashat Va-Y’hi | CL 5:09pm 5:00 PM - J.B. Greenfield Chapel 6:00 PM - Shabbat Renewal Service December 28, 2018 Parashat Sh’mot| CL 5:13pm 5:00 PM - J.B. Greenfield Chapel 6:00 PM - Shabbat Renewal Service

In memory of Abe Applebaum sponsored by Davida Avery In memory of Miriam Camhi sponsored by Jack Camhi & Family In memory of Gerson Cweren sponsored by Michelle and Marvin Blum & Family In memory of Sidney Goldstein sponsored by Harry and Teri Greenblatt In memory of Jerry Lass sponsored by Jimmy Lass, Barbara Helene Lass Goldmar, Fran Edelman & Sabrina Joyce Goldmar Clubb In memory of Olga Mordo sponsored by Harvey & Mireille Katz In memory of Abraham Moszkowicz sponsored by Frida and Stuart Wilson, Gabe, Erin, Benjamin & JJ Wilson & Sam and Tess Wilson In memory of Kathy Stafford sponsored by Jay Hoffman In memory of Shirley Stein sponsored by The Stein Family In memory of Benjamin Waxman sponsored by Elizabeth Waxman In memory of Florence Zuber sponsored by Merryl and Gordon Zuber

SATURDAY MORNING 8:30 AM - J.B. Greenfield Chapel 9:15 AM - Museum Minyan Service 9:30 AM - Sanctuary Service 10:15 AM - Shabbat Shalom 11:45 AM - Torah Study SATURDAY EVENING SERVICES December 1, 2018 5:00 PM - J.B. Greenfield Chapel December 8, 2018 5:00 PM - J.B. Greenfield Chapel December 15, 2018 5:00 PM - J.B. Greenfield Chapel December 22, 2018 5:00 PM - J.B. Greenfield Chapel December 29, 2018 5:00 PM - J.B. Greenfield Chapel

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The Synagogue Office is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30am to 5:00pm, and Friday from 8:30am to 4:00pm. 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. Our Administrative Offices will be closed: 12/25 - ChrIstmas Day 1/1 - New Year’s Day Allen Parkway Cemetery will be closed: 12/22 from 7:30 – 10:00am


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Religious School ERJCC Book and Arts Festival Comes to Beth Yeshurun In collaboration with the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston, Beth Yeshurun’s Religious School hosted 4th – 7th grade religious school students from Brith Shalom and Emanu El as part of the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC’s Book and Arts Festival on Wednesday afternoon, November 7. Author Lisa Greenwald spoke with the students about her new book 12 before 13. Approximately 150 students and teachers from the three schools participated in the successful program.

Sulam Spends the Morning Volunteering

Our Sulam 7th graders recently had a very busy morning volunteering with two organizations in preparation for Hanukkah. First they visited Jewish Family Service where they rolled beeswax candles for Celebration Company. Following that, they returned to Beth Yeshurun where they assembled family bags for this year’s Count Me In distribution. The students enjoyed the opportunities to volunteer for these two worthwhile organizations!

ISJL Leads Chesed Challenge for 3rd-6th Graders

ISJL’s Community Engagement staff members, Rachel Glazer and Ava Pomerantz, led a program called The Chesed Challenge with the Religious School students in 3rd and 4th grades and in 5th and 6th grades. Chesed is translated as kindness, and the program focused on establishing a culture of kindness in our community through a variety of team-building activities and the creation of a visual display. As part of the activities, the students helped the kindergarten teachers prepare for a special program for the students and assembled goodie bags for the Religious School teachers to say thank you to them for all they do. The mural they made which is titled Gesher B’Chesed/Bridge to Kindness is on display outside the Religious School Office.

2018-2019 B’nai Mitzvah Family Program The 2018 – 2019 B’nai Mitzvah students and parents met together for dinner and an interactive program on Sunday evening, October 28. The program was titled “Imagine A Just World” and was led by staff members from the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life, Rachel Glazer and Ava Pomerantz. Following an introduction and welcome from Rabbi Strauss, the program used John Lennon’s song “Imagine” and text from B’reishit as a catalyst to imagine what a perfect world looks like and identify what stands in the way of bringing that vision into reality.


An unforgettable day of inclusion at Congregation Beth Yeshurun with the Friendship Walk! Walking and running around Meyerland, the Friendship Walk brought over 500 community members and supporters to Congregation Beth Yeshurun to celebrate friendship and inclusion. This memorable event, put together by Friendship Circle of Houston and hosted by Congregation Beth Yeshurun, is the number one walk in the country raising awareness and funds to support individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). “The Friendship Circle excels in acts of kindness. Children with disabilities gain friends, thereby resulting in inclusion in the Jewish community. Adults with special needs connect with their Jewish heritage, teen volunteers gain perspective, mentoring experience and Jewish involvement,” said Rabbi Dovid Goldstein the director of Houston’s Friendship Circle. Since its inception in 2003, the Friendship Circle has grown to offer 15 Judaic, recreational, educational and social programs for 200+ individuals with special needs and their families. The fun-filled day concluded with a postwalk party held at the Congregation.

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“Our strength as a community is magnificent,” said Bruce Stein, Beth Yeshurun congregant designated Mr. Beth Yeshurun by Rabbi David Rosen during the Hurricane Harvey Recovery Effort. Stein continued, “the collaboration between our synagogue and the inclusion community is truly powered by love. The synagogue’s staff, under the leadership of Riana Sherman, has clearly dedicated themselves to ensuring today’s success. It is an honor and a privilege to be part of this beautiful relationship.”

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“The passion and commitment demonstrated by the Walk’s participants inspires us to work even harder to raise awareness for inclusion and friendship, said Rabbi Brian Strauss. “Working together, we will make this world a more inclusive, accepting place.”

Sind-A-Long Sabbat Siddur GPS Middle School Program Lotsa Latkes Prep for Chanukah with Rabbi Sholklapper BYYA Chanukah Event Interfaith Dialog Series Part 2 MyShabbat Pre-Services Sit with Rabbi Sholklapper Cultivating Inner Light Retreat 100 Jewish Men Interfaith Dialog Series Part 3 Kol Rinah Siddur GPS PJ Havdallah YES Group No Religious School/Kehillah High MyShabbat No Religious School/Sulam/JLP CBY Administrative Offices Closed No Religious School/Kehillah High Gathering Place No Religious School/Sulam/JLP CBY Administrative Offices Closed

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Join us on Wednesdays from 7:00-8:00pm on the Bimah in the Freedman-Levit Sanctuary

On Shabbat morning, December 1, we will recognize and pay tribute to all who maintain our daily services in the J. B. Greenfield Chapel. Attendees of the Chapel and Rabbi Horwitz Museum Minyan services are invited to join with the Sanctuary service in Freedman-Levit Sanctuary at the conclusion of their services. Gary Stein will be our speaker that morning. We will also acknowledge our previous honorees as “Minyanaire of the Year,” Jack Uzick, Filmore Cohen, Dr. Irving Rothman, Dr. Stephen Tew and Max Esses...AND, we will pay tribute to Burt Skolnik, our “Minyanaire of the Year” for this coming year! Burt has made himself valuable to our minyan not only because of his regular presence, but because of his willingness to help out in every possible way. We are honored to be able to acknowledge Burt for his continued contribution to our Chapel and to the congregation; please join us in paying tribute to Burt on December 1!

December 5th with Jan Silver mindfulness meditation with a focus on healing and restoration. December 12th with Ray Sher and Gary Edmondson The parsha for the week is Vayigash, in which Joseph’s brothers have to tell their father Jacob that Joseph is alive in Egypt. The brothers are afraid that the blessing will be too great a shock for Jacob and his soul will fly away. Join in chant and mediation around what comforts us when we are confronted with profoundly unexpected events in our lives. December 19th with Rabbi Sholklapper mindfulness meditation No Meditation on December 26th No experience is necessary. Newcomers are always welcome. Drop in anytime. For more information contact Karen Hurwitz at

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FREE FIREWOOD Any Beth Yeshurun member looking for free firewood can bring their car/truck to Post Oak Cemetery and take as much as they can carry. For information contact Jose Ramirez at 713-560-8102. Hours of the cemetery are Sunday-Friday, 8:30am – 4:00pm.

In need of Support? Our Clergy want to be with you and help you deal with life’s many challenges. If you have a death in the family, a loved one is in the hospital, or need a get well prayer for someone special, contact the synagogue at 713.666.1881 so that our Clergy can be a source of strength and support. 8

2018-2019 PROGRAM SCHEDULE 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. A complete schedule can be found on our website by visiting:

Thank you to our Steering Committee! Michael Wiesenthal, Mark Newman, Wayne Arzt, Nir Grossman, Jerry Selzer, Michael Schwartzberg, Bill Schwartz, Paul Katz, Michael Lisch, Eric Gibbs, Marty Peskin, Reid Friedman, and Ryan Kagan. All dinners at 7:00 pm followed by programs at 7:30 pm. Wednesday, December 12 | Rep. Sarah Davis Sarah Davis is an accomplished attorney devoting her career to defending against personal injury lawsuits. She is of counsel with the national law firm of Wilson Elser Moskowitz Edleman & Dicker, LLP. Sarah was first elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 2010 and served on the Public Health and Judiciary & Civil Jurisprudence Committees. Sarah was re-elected in 2012 and served on the Public Health, Calendars, and Appropriations committees. In her current term, Sarah continues to serve on the Calendars committee, and was appointed to serve on the Corrections committee. For a complete biography visit:

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Wednesday, January 9 J. Kent Friedman, President Houston Sports Authority, Lawyer, Community leader

Sunday, April 7 Men's Mock Passover Seder at UOS with Rabbi Brian Strauss & Others

Wednesday, February 13 Charlie Pallilo Sports, A Lot More than Just Games

Wednesday, May 15 Doctor Panel with Clive Fields Staying Alive: Men's Health in the 21st Century

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 Registration Cost*: $110/CBY Members; $125/Non-CBY Members *Financial Assistance is available - please contact Rabbi Strauss.


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CONDOLENCES The congregation extends its sincerest condolences to the families of:

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May their memories be for a blessing.

B’nai Mitzvah Carly Rose Katz (December 7/8) is a daughter of Dana and Kenneth Katz; sister of David and Annie; granddaughter of Sharon and Marvin Katz and Denise and Martin Yudovich; and great-granddaughter of Fini Konstat. Carly is a sixth grader at The Emery Weiner School. For her mitzvah project, Carly delivered meals through Meals on Wheels. Carly will be donating a portion of her monetary gifts to FARE, Food Allergy Research & Education, in honor of her cousins Hannah and Nina, and HIAS, which helped her greatgrandmother, Fini Konstat, settle in Mexico after the Holocaust. Carly is sharing her B’nai Mitzvah weekend with her brother, David, and grandfather Marvin Katz, who will celebrate his second Bar Mitzvah. David Zachary Katz (December 7/8) is the son of Dana and Kenneth Katz; brother of Carly and Annie; grandson of Sharon and Marvin Katz and Denise and Martin Yudovich; and greatgrandson of Fini Konstat. David is a seventh grader at The Emery Weiner School. For his mitzvah project, David delivered meals through Meals on Wheels. David will be donating a portion of his monetary gifts to the Yiddish Book Center, an organization which helps to recover, celebrate, and regenerate Yiddish and modern Jewish literature and culture, and HIAS, which helped his great-grandmother, Fini Konstat, settle in Mexico after the Holocaust. David is sharing his B’nai Mitzvah weekend with his sister Carly and grandfather Marvin Katz, who will celebrate his second Bar Mitzvah.

Byer Elise Swartz (December 14/15) is the daughter of Sarah and Hershel Swartz; sister of Hannah and Sydney; and granddaughter of Gail and Gary Swartz and Bebby and Arthur Marlin. Byer attends Trafton Academy. For her Mitzvah Project Byer collected new board games and new and gently used books and donated them to the Ronald McDonald House. Byer will donate a portion of her gifts to the Ronald McDonald House. Hannah Sadie Swartz (December 14/15) is the daughter of Sarah and Hershel Swartz; sister of Byer and Sydney; and granddaughter of Bebby and Arthur Marlin and Gail and Gary Swartz. Hannah attends Trafton Academy. For her Mitzvah Project Hannah collected new board games and new and gently used books and donated them to the Ronald McDonald House. Hannah will donate a portion of her gifts to the Ronald McDonald House. Peri Lynn Toubin (December 14/15) is the daughter of Rachel and Andrew Toubin; sister of Sam Toubin; granddaughter of Gail and Gary Swartz, and Mimi and Leon Toubin. Peri Lynn is a 7th grader at Emery Weiner School. For her Bat Mitzvah Project she will be collecting children’s books to donate to Ronald McDonald House and Texas Children’s Hospital. She will also participate in the Rabbi’s 10% plan by donating a portion of her monetary gifts to the Friendship Circle and Neuhaus Education Center.

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of Judaica Welcomes Professor Jenna Weissman Joselit The Kaplan Museum On Sunday, January 13, Professor Jenna Weissman Joselit will give the sixth Annual Lecture for the Kaplan Museum of Judaica. Her subject will be "Close Encounters: The Torah on Display and in Motion."

Dr. Joselit is Professor of History, and the Charles E. Smith Professor of Judaic Studies at George Washington University, where she created and now directs a graduate program in Jewish culture and the arts – the first and only one of its kind in the country. Her area of specialty is the interface between history and culture as it relates to the Jewish experience in the America. Her talk, based on objects in the Kaplan Museum, will be enriched with pictorial examples of Torah displays from around the world. In a letter to Daniel Musher, Chair of the Museum Committee, Dr. Joselit wrote: “In modern America, the Torah leads many lives. Its scrolls can be found behind glass as objects of contemplation, or rotating through the sanctuary as items of veneration. [My talk will] explore the variety of public settings, from the museum to the synagogue, in which the presence of the Torah makes itself felt…” Dr. Joselit has had a distinguished career as scholar and author. Her book, The Wonders of America, received the National Jewish Book Award in History. Her interest in Jewish culture, art and history becomes clear when one considers the subjects on which she has written. Her critically acclaimed A Perfect Fit: Clothes, Character and the Promise of America is just one example. She writes a monthly column for Tablet magazine and, her monthly column on American Jewish culture for the Forward ran for sixteen consecutive years. Her reviews and essays have also appeared in the Jewish Review of Books, the New Republic, Material Religion and Gastronomica. Her blog,, has been in circulation for seven years. In addition to teaching and writing, Jenna Weissman Joselit has enjoyed an active career as a museum curator and consultant. Her most recent exhibition, “Shalom bayis: Reflections on the American Jewish Home, is on view at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst. Her latest book, Set in Stone: America’s Embrace of the Ten Commandments, has been hailed as “fascinating,” “incisive,” “imaginative,” and a “delight.” “Great stuff,” said one critic. “Thou shalt read,” declared another. A former senior fellow at Princeton’s Center for the Study of American Religion, on whose Academic Advisory Board she sits, Joselit has also been a fellow at Michigan’s Frankel Institute, Penn’s Center for Advanced Judaic Studies and Yale’s Center for American Art & Material Culture. Most recently, she has been a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at the Library of Congress’s John W. Kluge Center. The lecture will be in the Greenfield Chapel, Sunday, January 13, at 4:00pm and will be followed by a wine and cheese reception, where you can visit with Dr. Joselit and ask questions about her talk or any other subject you choose. Enter it into your calendar now!


DECEMBER 14, 2018 The next special Chapel service will be on December 14. Services begin at 5:00pm, with dinner at approximately 6:15pm. And Rabbi Steven Morgen will talk about “Creating Paradise on Earth: A Jewish Quest”. Shabbat dinner is $10 for CBY members ($15 for nonmembers.) Ask about our reduced rates for children and let us know if you need babysitting during the program! Dinner reservations guaranteed if made by Friday, December 7. Your check or online credit card payment is your reservation. Bring or mail your check to Beth Yeshurun, 4525 Beechnut St., Houston, TX 77096, ATTN: Kol Rinah or visit 12

Wisdom of Torah with Rabbi Brian Strauss Tuesday Mornings, 8:00am Together, over breakfast, we will explore the ancient wisdom of Torah and how it can be applied in today’s modern world. All are welcome!



he Festival of Hanukkah begins on the 25th day of Kislev (Sunday night, December 2, 2018.) The holiday commemorates the miracle of the Maccabean victory despite the overwhelming forces of Antiochus. It is told that there was only one small cruse of oil, enough for only one day, but miraculously it burned in the Temple menorah for eight day. In commemoration of that historic event, our festival lasts for eight days. We light candles each night at sunset, and on Friday night we light the menorah before we light Shabbat Candles. Hanukkah customs: To decorate the house, to make parties, to eat latkes and doughnuts, to play the dreidel game, to sing songs, to exchange presents, to give Hanukkah “gelt,” and to display our menorah in the window.

CLASSIC POTATO LATKES YIELD About 3 dozen | TIME 45 minutes This NY Times recipe is for a classic, unadorned latke; the kind your Bubbe used to make. No kohlrabi or cumin here. Serve them hot and make more than you think you need. They go fast. INGREDIENTS 2 large Russet potatoes (about 1 pound), scrubbed and cut lengthwise into quarters 1 large onion (8 ounces), peeled and cut into quarters 2 large eggs ½ cup all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons course kosher salt (or 1 teaspoon fine sea salt), plus more for sprinkling 1 teaspoon baking powder ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper Safflower or other oil, for frying


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Using a food processor with a coarse grating disc, grate the potatoes and onion. Transfer the mixture to a clean dishtowel and squeeze and wring out as much of the liquid as possible. Working quickly, transfer the mixture to a large bowl. Add the eggs, flour, salt, baking powder and pepper, and mix until the flour is absorbed.

In a medium heavy-bottomed pan over medium-high heat, pour in about 1/4 inch of the oil. Once the oil is hot (a drop of batter placed in the pan should sizzle), use a heaping tablespoon to drop the batter into the hot pan, cooking in batches. Use a spatula to flatten and shape the drops into discs. When the edges of the latkes are brown and crispy, about 5 minutes, flip. Cook until the second side is deeply browned, about another 5 minutes. Transfer the latkes to a paper towel-lined plate to drain and sprinkle with salt while still warm. Repeat with the remaining batter. 13


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THE MEDALLION AND THE JEWISH COMMUNITY... WE HONOR AND NURTURE, TOGETHER The Medallion Jewish Assisted Living Residence is located on the Seven Acres campus providing a continuum of care that gives seniors the services they need while maintaining their dignity, quality of life and a sense of independence.

• Wellness Center and heated aqua therapy pool • Fine kosher dining • Jewish cultural programs and holidays observed • Active schedule of social and recreational programs

• A warm, friendly residence in an intimate setting • Access to on-site skilled nursing care/long term care services • Full personal care services • Spacious apartment styles

The Medallion and Seven Acres have 75 years of experience caring for seniors. Our staff, residents and families make The Medallion a special place to call home. Come join our family.

We invite you to visit us today. Contact Stephanie Barrocas at 713-778-5777 or

Facility ID # 102491

THE MEDALLION JEWISH ASSISTED LIVING RESIDENCE 6262 North Braeswood Blvd., Houston, TX 77074 15

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SYNAGOGUE OFFICE | 713.666.1881 4525 Beechnut St | Houston, TX 77096-1801 CLERGY Rabbi Brian Strauss Assistant: Abby Rotenberg | 713.255.8011 Rabbi Steven Morgen Rabbi Sarah Fort Assistant: Lisa Unsell | 713.255.8017 Rabbi David Rosen, Rabbi Jack Segal Rabbi Danny Horwitz Cantor Meir Finkelstein Asst. & B’nai Mitzvah Coordinator: Hilary Nitsun | 713.255.8005

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SYNAGOGUE Jerrad Bloome, President

Andy Burger, Executive Director

Mindi Stern, Membership

Jennifer-Joy Sutton, Director of Development

Riana Sherman, Programming Director

Ashley Mills, Marketing & Communications Manager

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WILLIAM S. MALEV RELIGIOUS SCHOOLS Sheryl Eskowitz, Education Director

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BETH YESHURUN DAY SCHOOL School Office 713.666.1884, 713.255.8045 Dan Ahlstrom, Head of School: Read The Message online at January deadline: December 7th to Ashley Mills 16

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December 2018

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December 2018