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The Message

Congregation Beth Yeshurun Houston February 2017


Tu B’Shvat

for those who care about us, and those whom we care about. The great Sage, Moses Maimonides, lived 900 years ago but seems to have understood all this better than many people who live in our own day. He says there are two qualities that define a real friend: First, a friend is someone you can turn to for help and who will know what hurts you even before you tell him. I can’t imagine ever having that kind of emotional intimacy with someone on Facebook. But secondly, Maimonides adds that a real friend must be someone with whom you can share your innermost yearnings, your fears and your hopes, and your goals, and not be afraid that he or she will make fun of them or not take them seriously. How many friends do you have to whom you can reveal your innermost yearnings, and your deepest concerns? I must tell you that if you have one or two or maybe even three such people in your life, you are very blessed and very rich indeed. And that is why real friends are so rare and so hard to find. That is why you may have a couple of hundred names on your list of ‘friends’ on Facebook, but you are fortunate and blessed indeed if you have more than two or three real friends in your entire lifetime. My wish is in this new year that now begins, may you have a friend whose hand you can hold and whose heart you can touch. Someone with whom you can be close and say anything and feel safe.

From the Rabbi Rabbi David Rosen What Does the Word ‘Friend’ Mean Today? Say hello to Cuddle Parties. No, this is not a new Beth Yeshurun program, but, according to the Houston Chronicle, a new way for young people to meet, touch and be cuddled in groups of 20 by people they don’t even know. Cuddle Parties, according to the Chronicle, are “the little-known parties warming up basements, studios and event spaces across the country, capitalizing on a culture that has drawn more people into electronic devices, texting and dating apps and further away from personal human contact.” In a way, I suppose I should be heartened. You can have hundreds of “friends” on Facebook, but ultimately, even many of our young people understand it’s not the same as having one real friend with whom we can share touches and talk face-to-face. Every week, when I walk into my class of high school seniors, my students are typically sitting shoulder-to-shoulder, quietly, each one texting friends on their cell phones. No one, though, is talking to a classmate though they are seated only inches apart. In essence, the word “friend” no longer necessarily means someone you really know or care about, but can mean anyone. As one of our youngsters bragged, he has 350+ “friends.” Personally I believe that the word ‘friend’ should be reserved

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

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3 - Candlelighting Time 5:44pm 5:30pm Shabbat Service in the J.B. Greenfield Chapel 6:00pm Shabbat Renewal

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

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4 - Parashat Bo 8:30am Shabbat Service in the J.B. Greenfield Chapel 9:15am Museum Minyan 9:30am Sanctuary Service 5:30pm Shabbat Service in the J.B. Greenfield Chapel FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10 - Candle lighting Time 5:49pm 5:30pm Shabbat Service in the J.B. Greenfield Chapel 6:00pm Shabbat Renewal | Sisterhood Shabbat SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11 - Parashat Beshalach Tu B’Shvat 8:30am Shabbat Service in the J.B. Greenfield Chapel 9:00am Jr. Congregation 9:15am Museum Minyan 9:30am Sanctuary Service 5:30pm Shabbat Service in the J.B. Greenfield Chapel FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17 - Candlelighting Time 5:55pm 5:30pm Shabbat Service in the J.B. Greenfield Chapel 6:00pm Shabbat Renewal | Inclusion Shabbat SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18 - Parashat Yitro 8:30am Shabbat Service in the J.B. Greenfield Chapel 9:00am Jr. Congregation 9:15am Museum Minyan 9:30am Sanctuary Service 5:45pm Shabbat Service in the J.B. Greenfield Chapel FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24 - Candlelighting Time 6:00pm 5:30pm Shabbat Service in the J.B. Greenfield Chapel - with the Harris Family 6:00pm Shabbat Renewal SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25 - Parashat Mishpatim 8:30am Shabbat Service in the J.B. Greenfield Chapel 9:15am Museum Minyan 9:30am Sanctuary Service - Bar Mitzvah: Zachary Harris 5:45pm Shabbat Service in the J.B. Greenfield Chapel

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

Weekly Torah Study

11:45am Shabbat Mornings Join our Weekly Torah discussions led by Rabbi Diana R. Siegel each Shabbat at 11:45am to discern the simple and complex, the explicit and implicit of Torah Wisdom as it applies to our daily life. 4

Sunday • February 12 • 6:30am-2:00pm Allen Parkway only For Post Oak Cemetery: ALL traffic must turn west at the light at Awty School Road, pass David Weekley’s property, and then turn left to enter the cemetery. The N. Post Oak gate will only be used as an exit following services.


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Annual Inclusion Shabbat Feb. 17th

Inclusion Shabbat will be held on Friday, February 17, during the Shabbat Renewal service. The Congregation and the Committee for the Inclusion of People with Disabilities will be honoring Anita and Al Mattis, who over the years have been great supporters of our Inclusion Program by giving their time, energy and financial support (especially being one of the first to donate for the purchase of automatic doors for our restrooms). Additionally, whenever a Beth Yeshurun Committee needs some help, Anita and Al are there. They have been great assets to our Family Day programs - whether in Hermann Park, the Museum of Natural Science, or last year in The Zone. They volunteer at our Open House program and the Gathering Place. They volunteer and volunteer - never asking for recognition. Alan Hirshman, a longtime member of our Inclusion Committee, will be our guest speaker. He will tell us about his son, Steven, and the interesting and unique experiences he, Susan and Steven have had over the years. This will be the seventh year that Beth Yeshurun and the Inclusion Committee have presented and sponsored Inclusion Shabbat whose purpose includes, among other things, to raise the consciousness of our congregational family and the community to the issues of people with disabilities and how many of these individuals have turned their disabilities into abilities by becoming productive members of our community. Please be sure to attend this special service. It will be an outstanding evening!

Pre-sale tickets, Sponsorship opportunities and Volunteer information can be found on our website at

Questions? Call 713.666.1881 or email



and we hope you choose to be part of it. All programs at CBY unless indicated otherwise. All dinners - 6:30 pm followed by programs at 7:00 pm Wednesday, September 16, 2016 From Fire to Water with Gilbert Tuhabonye

and silent auction chairman (Dianne) of the Cy-Fair Educatio Salute to Our Heroes fundraiser for nine years. Brown is ac in the Houston area for several charity events. He is a res Texas.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 An evening with Walter Cunningha

Gilbert grew up in the Burundian countryside, racing his friends and chasing cows on his family farm. He went on to become the 400 and 800 meter national champion by his junior year in high school. Shortly thereafter, he became one of many victims of the Burundian Civil War. Gilbert was burned, tortured and witnessed mass genocide. He miraculously survived. Gilbert turned his anger into forgiveness and a desire to make his beloved Burundi, among the world’s poorest countries, a better place by providing access to clean water. Gilbert’s extraordinary life experiences, unwavering spirit, and genuine compassion for others make him a fascinating and entertaining motivational speaker.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 The DNA of the Jewish People Bennett Greenspan

Best known as America's second civili October 11, 1968, Walter Cunningham o module pilot seat for the eleven-day flig first manned flight test of the third g States spacecraft.

A former fighter pilot, Col. USMCR-Retired physicist Cunningham is a successful businessman, investor and dire public and private companies. He is author of The All Am human side of the space program. He is a radio talk show h lecturer throughout the United States, Europe and Asia. H is listed in all major Who's Who publications and is a recip national and international honors.

Sunday, April 2017

Men’s Model Passover Seder at Beginning in the 1970’s, many books and articles were United Orthodox Synagogues led by written on the origins of Ashkenazi Jews. Some Rabbi Brian Strauss & Rabbi Barry Ge hypothesized that Ashkenazi Jews descended from an We will explore what it means to be a Eastern European kingdom that converted to Judaism en masse in the 8th as we come together with our friends at UOS to eat, laug Wednesday, 11, 2017 connection to the land of the January Jewish people’s stories. A night of fraternity and brotherhood mixed wit ncentury, thereby discrediting A Night with Bill Brown, a long-time Astro Broadcaster Israel. Join us for a discussion about these claims and compare them to the beer, and steak! Together we’ll celebrate our freedom, as Bill Brown will complete his 30th year of broadcasting for genetic record. Bennett Greenspan fellow Beth Yeshurunformember and the Houston Astrosisina2016. He was a broadcaster seven And we will learn how to lead an enjoyable and meaningful years forDNA the Cincinnati Reds from 1976-82, givingHe himisaalso the the President of Family Tree ( for Passover! total of 37 years of broadcasting in major league baseball. author of the book, "History Unearthed Daily." He writes and speaks widely selves Brown has been in sports broadcasting for 42 years and in broadcasting for Go, CBY/BYDS Chili Cook-Off May Team, Go! at Gen Wednesday, 17, 2017 about and Brown genealogy. 47 years. has been inducted into the Texas Baseball Hall of Fame. He ds and DNA Making Every Day Count with Joel Ro small was voted Sportscaster of the Year in Texas in 2014. He has also been Houston Astros Wall of Honor. Brown served in the U.S. December 7, 2016 It’s engaging, official! The Houston In an moving and inspir ken in inducted into theWednesday, Army for two years and is a Vietnam veteran. He and his wife Dianne have Sunday, February 26 Kosher Chili Cook-off is now Surviving an Active Shooter Attack anned Roffman takes us through his battle w been married for 47 years. The Browns have been involved as co-chair (Bill) the largest kosher food event unless and silent auctionThe Houston Police Department is pleased to present to diagnosis to treatment to recovery. In chairman (Dianne) of the Cy-Fair Educational Foundation's in Houston. The 7th Houston Salute to Our Heroes for Houston nine years. an Brown is active as an emcee the fundraiser citizens of informative hour and a halfat the ERJCC teachings, Dr. Roffman’s story applies n Kosher Chili Cook-off will be in the Houston area for several charity events. He is athe resident Cypress, seminar which provides you toolsofwith which you but also to many of life’s everyday struggles. “Chemothera Texas. 12:00 4:00pm held on Sunday, February 26th may significantly increase your odds of surviving either an Active Shooter or live; Judaism taught me how,” he says. A cardiologist at the Evelyn Rubenstein JCC. near D Re-scheduled for Wednesday, 2017 on such Wednesday, 15, 2017areMarch Terrorist Attack. In a world whereFebruary your thoughts rarely 1, focused and his wife have been married fortytoyears. is active in Thank you Matt He Riklin Ansense evening with WalterbyCunningham topics, proven, common instruction experienced professionals will avid photographer and cyclist. Best known as America's second civilian astronaut, on for leading this year’s CBY/BYDS Cook-Off Team. Last year, the ide, significantly increase your odds of surviving an Active Shooter or Terrorist. October 11, 1968, Walter Cunningham occupied the lunar team brought home the Joshua Berry Peoples Choice Award. family Much of the information is cutting edge and designed byofthe Houston We’re looking forward to cheering them on again this year! module pilot seat for the eleven-day flight Apollo - the Police 800 first manned flight test of the third generation United There will be MORE cooking teams, MORE food, MORE Department, a law enforcement pioneer in this area. As of January 2015 over States spacecraft. r.28,000 citizens of Houston money raised for local have received this empowering training. Stephen and MORE fun! A former fighter pilot, Col. USMCR-Retired physicist, Mr. charities, Daniel, the HPD Senior Community Liaison, will serve currently, as our trainer. Mr. desire 100public Jewish Men Member Registration Form 20 Cunningham is a successful businessman, investor and director of numerous At 12:00pm, the Daniel is continually researching and developing tactics which citizens may better public and private companies. He is author of The All American Boys, the is invited to sample chili, employ human in order Active assault. He and works closely with Mr. Dr. Name: ________________________________ sideto of survive the space an program. HeShooter is a radio talk show host frequent mingle, enjoy children’s ake the Houston SWAT teamthe inUnited orderStates, to present most lecturer throughout Europe the and Asia. Heviable is a civicadvice leader, possible activities, listen to music _______________________________________ is listed inMr. all major Who's Whoapublications andActive is a recipient of numerous to the citizens. 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atmosphere. The event will Contact Phone Number: __________________________ conclude with the selection of the winning by E-mail:chili ________________________________________ celebrity judges. So don’t miss this “hot” event! Bring the whole family for a fun-filled day Scholarship Donation: ____________________________ as Houston’s Jewish community raises funds for seven local Jewish Day Schools and the ERJCC’s Meals-on-Wheels program.

Mazal Tov, Dr. Stephen Tew!

Bar Mitzvah

Many of our J.B. Greenfield Chapel worshipers have been coming for many years; some of them have been there for decades. But we have new folks joining us as well, and they often make an incredible difference. When Dr. Stephen Tew began Rabbi Horwitz attending our services, he was very much like many people who come for the first time. He didn’t know the order or the meaning of the prayers; his Hebrew reading was halting, and he followed the service with difficulty. But in a few years, he came a long way. Within a couple of years, he could lead a portion of the morning service. And now, a few years later, he can lead most of the weekday, Shabbat and Festival services... and he might be learning one of the High Holiday services soon! Dr. Tew is an example and an inspiration to all of us in the Greenfield Chapel. That is why he was chosen as our 2016 Steve Rudoff Memorial Minyanaire of the Year. We hope that some of you will be among the “new folks” joining us in the months and years to come. You can learn more than you ever imagined!

Zachary Evan Harris (Febuary 24/25‑) is the son of Tandy and Jonathan Harris; brother of Daniel; and the grandson of Martin and Judy Harris, Sheila Camberg, and Michael and Caryl Camberg, both of blessed memory. Zach attends The Briarwood School. For his Mitzvah Project, he delivered meals to homebound seniors through Interfaith Ministries. Zach will donate a portion of his monetary gifts to The Houston Jewish Federation, in memory of his grandfather, Michael Camberg (z”l).

Rabbi Daniel Horwitz

“Camp-Style” Havdalah Celebration


sponsored by

CBY Shalom Y’all Committee & Camp Young Judaea Saturday, February 4th at 6:30pm Experience a “camp-style” Havdalah service presented by Camp Young Judaea and the Shalom Y’all Committee of Congregation Beth Yeshurun. This special Havdalah service, done in the tradition of Camp Young Judaea, will take place, weather permitting, in the Sukkah. (If it rains, we’ll move to Stein Hall.) Mark your calendar for lots of dancing, fun & refreshments!


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.

All Are Welcome in the Kaplan Museum The Museum Committee, chaired by Daniel Musher, is very excited to announce that the Mollie and Louis Kaplan Museum of Judaica is now open to the public from 10:00am to 3:30pm, Monday through Friday. This important accomplishment for the Congregation, the Museum, the Jewish and the non-Jewish public resulted from collaboration with the Security and Executive Committees. This important collection of Judaica, consisting of pieces from the 17th to the early 20th centuries, includes many rare and beautiful items and may well be the largest Judaica museum in the US outside of New York, Los Angeles and Chicago! Items on regular display are categorized as: (1) Torah (miniature Torah scrolls, Torah ornaments); (2) Sabbath (Sabbath lamps, Kiddush cups, Havdalah spice boxes and candle holders); (3) Daily Life (tefillin cases, mezuzot, Yiddish cookbooks); (4) Life Cycle Events (ketubahs, marriage rings, memorial plaques and lamps); (5) Passover (seder plates, matzah roller,

Kiddush cups); (6) Purim (illuminated megillot, graggers); (7) Sukkot (traditional decorations for home sukkot, etrog boxes; and (8) Hanukah (menorahs from 18th, 19th and 20th centuries). Our large collection of artwork includes series of lithographs by Rubin, Agam, Weil, ManeKatz and Pann, as well as oil paintings and posters. Most notable is the full suite of lithographs illustrating the opening section of Genesis by Abel Pann (Jerusalem, 1920’s). The Museum has always been, and continues to be, open to members of the Congregation whenever the building is open. Non-members who wish to visit can request complimentary tickets online by clicking on the “Learn” tab at BETHYESHURUN.ORG. Docents for groups are available upon request to Lisa Unsell at LUNSELL@BETHYESHURUN.ORG or 713.255.8066. Members of the Jewish community, the Houston community at large, and visitors are encouraged to view this splendid Judaica collection.



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Chris & Jaffray Getz Andrew & Ellen Taer Darryl & Syma Levy Kevin & Robyn Rosenblatt Lenny & Teresa Friedman Rodney & Victoria Merwin Bennett & Robin Greenspan Bruce Kessler & Leah Stolar Gary & Jeannie Wermuth Lev & Irene Bleyzer Michael & Allison Eisenberg Tom & Lea Radom Ron & Mollie Karni Max & Joan Lupuloff Eric & Meryl Bender Aaron & Sheryl Karolinski Michael & Linda Lang Naman & Esther Lipinsky Joshua & Emily Mintz Marshall & Joan Cantor Scott & Annette Ernstein Frank Inselbuch & Lenora Noroski Gary & Andrea Moore Mark & Laraine Shpall Bernard & Frances Leff David & Carol Neider Levi & Rachel Strauss Bryan & Carina Deaktor Hugh & Sara Kaiser Steven & Traci Schwartz Gregory & Julie Smith Louis & Joan Katz Michael & Stacy Schwartzberg Les & Cheryl Wolf Ernest & Rachelle Hernandez George & Ruth Burnazian Melvin & Helen Maltz David & Hayley Jochnau Daniel & Rachael MacLeod Bradley & Carly Olitzki Isadore & Annie Reichek Irving & Blanche Rose David & Cynthia Patrick Paul & Ileen Spack Roy & Adrienne Wagenheim Ralph Burdett & Linda Pravda Solo & Esfira Kandel Khaskel & Klara Krupnik Justin & Beth Olitzki Adrian & Dianna Shapiro Ron & Barbara Smoller

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Abraham & Stell Yheskel Shay & Andrea Kuperman Myron & Teresa Lewis Ross & Natalie Stomel Leon & Shiloh Davila Bernard & Carol Gerber Harry & Joan Pressman Bruce & Tracy Agnich William & Flo Fink Gary & Linda Mendeloff Leslie & Sara Cohen Melvin & Nancy Gross Arthur & Donna Miller Ronald & Cindy Moore Edward & Karen Robbins Jeffrey & Shelley Aboloff Michael & Minette Hiller Richard & Ruth Hirschfeld

Condolences The congregation extends its sincerest condolences to the families of Harvey Baum, Shirley Caplan, Betty J. Esses, Louis Laviage, Yehuda Monk, Sidney Thurston, Charles Weems, Morris Wilk May their memories be for a blessing.

It’s a Mitzvah


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 $100 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. Recent sponsored breakfasts and kiddushes have been generously given by those listed below.  Susie & Scott Bender & Family in memory of Irene Oshman Levey  Nora Joachim Brown and Judith Joachim Rousseau & Families in memory of Samuel Louis Joachim  The Family of Jo Capito and Linda Penn in memory of Jo Capito and Linda Penn  Dell & Barbara Coleman in honor of their granddaughter, Kaitlyn Cohan, winning a gold medal in gymnastics  Lu & Robin Dorfman in memory of Eileen Berger  Lu & Robin Dorfman in memory of Morris Dorfman  Barbara Golub in memory of Ernie Golub  Relda Finger Hoffer in memory of Annie, Sam & Aaron Finger and Ralph Testa  Hava & Irving Rothman and Marcy Lynn Rothman & Tammy Pye in honor of the 54th wedding anniversary of Hava & Irving Rothman and the 3rd wedding anniversary of Marcy Lynn Rothman & Tammy Pye  Susan & Alex Weisselberg in memory of Edith Kaplan and Fred Weisselberg  Abraham & Stell Yheskel in memory of Maatouk Ben Samra Yheskel


9  Shevat  6  


5 RS/Sulam  No JLP  World Wide Wrap   

Special Guest Speaker:  Rabbi David Golinkin   12 RS/Sulam  JLP  FL Tu b'Shevat 



Wed Thu 1 5  Shevat  2 RS  Caretakers Group  Kehillah High  Grief Group 2  Meditation Group  Membership Committee Mtg 

10  Shevat  7 11  Shevat  8 12  Shevat  9 Grief Group 1  BYDS PK Art Gallery  Caretakers Group  Divorce Group  RS  Grief Group 2  Security Committee  Kehillah High  Education Committee Mtg  Meditation Group 


Fri Sat 8  Shevat   6  Shevat  3 7  Shevat  4 Bo Shabbat Morning Services    Sing‐a‐Long Shabbat    Torah Study          Evening Chapel  Shabbat Evening Services        Special Guest Speaker: Rabbi David Golinkin      15  Shevat   3  Shevat  10 14  Shevat  11 Beshalach Tu B’Shvat    Shabbat Morning Services    Jr. Congregation    Torah Study             RS 4th Grade Havdallah  Shirat Shabbat  Evening Chapel   Shabbat Evening Services 


  BYDS 5th Grade Shabbat    Torah Study      Kehillah High Shabbaton        Shabbat Evening Services  Evening Chapel     BM ‐ Zachary Harris 

   Inclusion Shabbat  25  Shevat  22 26  Shevat  23 27  Shevat  24 28  Shevat  25 Mishpatim            29  Shevat   Shabbat Shekalim  RS  Gathering Place    Shabbat Morning Services  Kehillah High  Caretakers Group       BM ‐ Zachary Harris  Technology Committee  Grief Group 2  Meditation Group   

Casino Night 

   Sisterhood Shabbat  16  Shevat  13 17  Shevat  14 18  Shevat  15 22  Shevat   19  Shevat  16 20  Shevat  17 21  Shevat  18 Yitro Shabbat Morning Services  YES Luncheon  Budget Committee Mtg    Caretakers Group  BYDS Early Dismissal  Jr. Congregation  RS  Grief Group 1  Grief Group 2  BYDS No EDC/ASA  Torah Study  100 Jewish Men  Divorce Group  BYDS Prof Development    Kehillah High  Executive Committee Mtg  BYDS ½ Day Program    Meditation Group      Evening Chapel  Shabbat Evening Services 

19 23  Shevat  20 24  Shevat  21 No RS/Sulam  No BYDS/EDC/ASA  Grief Group 1  No JLP  BYDS Day Camp Program  Divorce Group  Yom Limmud @Emanu El    CBY Board Mtg   

26 30  Shevat  27 2  Adar   1  Adar   28 Rosh Chodesh  Rosh Chodesh  Grief Group 1  RS/Sulam  Divorce Group  BYDS 3rd Grade      Rosh Chodesh Service  JLP  Inclusion Committee  BYDS Board Mtg  Kosher Chili Cookoff     at ERJCC   



5 RS/Sulam  JLP   


26 28  Adar   27   RS/Sulam  BYDS Board Mtg  AIPAC Policy Conf in DC  JLP   

21  Adar   20  

2  Nisan   30 Caretakers Group 

23  Adar   22 24  Adar   23   Gathering Place  RS  Caretakers Group  Kehillah High  Technology Committee  Meditation Group 

1  Nisan   29 Rosh Chodesh  RS    Grief Group  Kehillah High  Inclusion Committee  Meditation Group  BYDS Gala   

29  Adar   28

22  Adar   21 Grief Group  Divorce Group  CBY Board Mtg 

15  Adar   14 16  Adar   15 17  Adar   16 YES Luncheon  Grief Group  BYDS Early Dismissal  No RS  Budget Committee Mtg  Executive Committee Mtg  Caretakers Group  No Kehillah High  Meditation Group 

14  Adar   13


19 No RS/Sulam  JLP   


1 3  Adar   2 BYDS Celebrate Texas Day  Caretakers Group  RS  Kehillah High  Meditation Group  Membership Committee Mtg 




3  Nisan   31 4  Nisan         Shabbat Evening Services     BM  ‐ Lauren Dauber  

     Joshua Sherman 

   BM ‐ Elan Grossman &  

Shabbat HaChodesh 

Jr. Congregation  Torah Study    Evening Chapel 

   BM ‐ Elan Grossman &     Joshua Sherman 

Shabbat Morning Services 

26  Adar   25 Vayakhel-Pekudei     27  Adar  

Shabbat Evening Services 

Shabbat in the Park 

  25  Adar   24      

Kol Rinah 

  BM ‐ Spencer Gibbs & Ellie Gibbs 

      13  Adar   10 12  Adar   11 Tetzaveh Shabbat Zachor  BYDS Purim Dress‐Up       Day/Maccabi  Shabbat Morning Services       FL Newborn Service  Torah Study      Shabbat Evening Services  Evening Chapel  Shabbat Shelanu!  EREV PURIM    MEGILLAH READINGS    18  Adar   17 19  Adar   18 Ki Tisa                20  Adar   Shabbat Parah  No BYDS/EDC/ASA   Shabbat Morning Services      BM ‐ Spencer Gibbs & Ellie Gibbs    Torah Study      Evening Chapel  Shabbat Evening Services 

   BM ‐ Abby Cowan & Sophie Kalmin 


Sat 6  Adar   4  Adar  3 5  Adar  4 Terumah Shabbat Morning Services       BM ‐ Abby Cowan &        Sophie Kalmin    Jr. Congregation  Sing‐a‐Long Shabbat    Torah Study      Shabbat Evening Services  Evening Chapel 

8  Adar  7 9  Adar   8 10  Adar  9 11  Adar   7  Adar  6 BYDS Grand Friend's Day  Grief Group  RS  TA'ANIT ESTHER  Divorce Group  Kehillah High  BYDS 1st Grade Hagigat     HaSidur Service  Education Committee Mtg  Meditation Group  Caretakers Group 






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Is it Shabbat Already? with Steve David Morgen: Dec 4 & 11 SpecialRabbi Guest Speaker: Golinkin

A Leader of Conservative Judaism inTaking Israel a day off in this Rabbi Morgen continues his conversation on Shabbat. See page 5 of this issue for more information. crazy hectic world isn’t easy. We'll look at the essential meaning of the Sabbath day, how it has been traditionally observed, and how Sunday, February 5 to get the most out of a day 10:00am: World Wide of rest even with all of our responsibilities to work Wrap and family.


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