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The Message

Congregation Beth Yeshurun February 2018



From the Rabbi

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Rabbi Brian Strauss Travel to Israel with Lisa and Me


All of our great grandparents had one thing in common. They all desired to travel to Israel and to see the streets of Jerusalem but were unable to do so. Thank God, because of the miracle of modern Zionism, we can journey to Israel today. Since this incredible opportunity is available for our families, we are going again, and Lisa and I want you to come with us.  

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A Jewish legend tells us that when God took Abraham to show him the land, promising it to Abraham’s future generations, He also showed him every Jew that was ever to be born. According to this legend, when a Jew stands in the exact spot where thousands of years ago Abraham first beheld him, he or she will become intimately and externally bound to the land.

The fifth Beth Yeshurun Family Mission to Israel is set for December 22, 2018 – January 3, 2019. In the past eight years, we have taken over fifty Beth Yeshurun families to Israel. These experiences have been some of the most rewarding of my rabbinical career. Now, I want your family to join us for this life-changing experience which will include:

Thanks to the miracle of modern Zionism, you have the opportunity to breathe the same air that inspired a small people 3,000 years ago to spread God’s message to the entire world. Let your children breathe that air as well.

- Exciting programming and tours - Engaging and unique family programs - Top-level guides - Superb accommodations provided by the best of what Frosch Travel has to offer

If you want to learn why Judaism has survived for so long, why there is so much about your Judaism to be proud of, and why Judaism will survive for thousands of more years, then I urge you to come with Lisa and me to the place where it all began. I promise you, it will be a positive experience you and your children will never forget.

Our journey will be more than just a trip, it will be a homecoming. - Experience the enduring beauty of Jerusalem as it captures your heart and the hearts of your children       - Embrace Shabbat at The Western Wall as we dance and sing together - Visit the sights which tell the rich story of our people: the Old City, the Dead Sea, Masada, Safed, Yad Vashem, and

Participation on the Beth Yeshurun Family Mission is limited.Children must be at least five years of age at the time of our mission. Please be sure to join us for an informational meeting on Monday, Feb. 26 at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Randee and Howard Berman.  To RSVP, please contact me at 

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

Congregation Beth Yeshurun

Rhona & Bruce Caress Family Campus 4525 Beechnut St.│Houston, TX 77096-1801 713.666.1881│

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

The Message Vol. LIII, No. 5 February 2018│Shevat-Adar 5778

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

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500) is published monthly August-July by Congregation Beth Yeshurun, 4525 Beechnut, Houston, Harris County, TX 770961801. Periodical Postage Paid at Houston, Texas.

Postmaster send address changes to Congregation Beth Yeshurun │4525 Beechnut│Houston, TX 77096-1801. Front Cover (Top-Bottom, L to R) Rabbi Strauss and BYDS students during Kabbalat Shabbat, A Jewish-Christian Dialog audience, Congregants welcoming Shabbat photo courtesy of JHV, Kehillah High‘s alternative winter break volunteers.

much more Walk the Western Wall Tunnels experiencing more than 2,000 years of history and step into Ir David, the ancient City of David Experience a recreated biblical village and create memories with your loved ones Ride camels to a real life Bedouin village Enjoy special outdoor hikes and more Support the Israeli economy by visiting Israeli shops, galleries, hotels, and restaurants Get up-to-the-minute briefings from top Israeli rabbis and educators Volunteer and make a difference for our Israeli brothers and sisters Rediscover your Jewish roots in the land of our people with your Beth Yeshurun community Make new friends and reconnect with old ones

Follow Us Online! Beth Yeshurun is an active and engaging congregation for members of all ages and backgrounds. To learn more about our ongoing and special programming, visit our website ( or follow us on our Facebook page under “Congregation Beth Yeshurun.“ 2

Babysitting Now Available! Saturdays from 9:00am - Noon Early Childhood Room 4 Open to children 12 months and older No RSVP required What to Bring? o If your child(ren) are still in diapers, be sure you send enough diapers, wipes, and diaper rash cream. o Snacks. We will not provide food. You should send your child(ren) with nut-free, kosher snacks. o Comfort Items such as a blankie, pacifier, teether and/or stuffed animal. Sponsored by the Rabbis Circle For more information about this program and to learn about sponsorship opportunities please contact Riana Sherman at 713.666.1881 or This page sponsored by Houston Jewish Funerals. Interested in sponsoring a page? Contact 3

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Interested in sponsoring a Chapel Minyan weekday breakfast, or a Chapel or Museum Minyan Shabbat Kiddush in memory of your loved one or in honor of a simcha? Please contact Eileen Pettigrew, Food Service Manager, at or 713.666.1881, ext. 368. Sponsorships will be acknowledged in The Message. Standard breakfasts begin at $120 and kiddushes begin at $145. Special meals may be arranged with the Food Service Department and monthly sponsorships are available. All sponsorships must be paid in advance. Dates will be reserved in the order they are received. In memory of Jo Capito, sponsored by Robert and Pan Penn and Family In memory of Ernest Golub, sponsored by Barbara Cohen Golub In memory of Milton Kammerman, sponsored by Leonard and Susan Kammerman. In memory of Joseph Klaiman, sponsored by Michael and Susan Klaiman In memory of Maurice Levey, sponsored by Susie and Scott Bender In memory of Eveta Weingarten Levinson, sponsored by Jack Weingarten In memory of Murray L. Lieberman sponsored by Libby Lieberman and Family In memory of Florence Eisen Rosenthal, sponsored by Stewart and Louise Rosenthal & Family In memory of Irving Rubenfeld, sponsored by Shelly and Linda Rubenfeld In memory of Bernard Weingarten, sponsored by Jack Weingarten

February 2/3 (CL 5:43pm, Parashat Yithro) 5:30pm Chapel Shabbat Service 6:00pm Shabbat Renewal Bar Mitzvah: Sam Goldfarb 8:30am Shabbat Chapel Service 9:15am Museum Minyan Bat Mitzvah: Mickie May Levin 9:30am Sanctuary Service Bar Mitzvah: Sam Goldfarb 5:30pm Minhah/Ma’ariv February 9/10 (CL 5:48pm, Parashat Mishpatim/Shabbat Shekalim) 5:30pm Chapel Shabbat Service 6:00pm Shabbat Renewal Bat Mitzvah: Victoria Goldberg 8:30am Shabbat Chapel Service 9:15am Museum Minyan 9:30am Sanctuary Service Bat Mitzvah: Victoria Goldberg 5:30pm Minhah/Ma’ariv February 16/17 (CL 5:54pm, Parashat Terumah) 5:30pm Chapel Shabbat Service 6:00pm Shabbat Renewal 8:30am Shabbat Chapel Service 9:15am Museum Minyan 9:30am Sanctuary Service 5:45pm Minhah/Ma’ariv Bat Mitzvah: Rebecca Schumer February 23/24 (CL 5:59pm, Parashat Tetzavveh Zachor) 5:30pm Chapel Shabbat Service 6:00pm Shabbat Renewal B’nai Mitzvah: Willa Berry & Ari Strauss 8:30am Shabbat Chapel Service 9:15am Museum Minyan 9:30am Sanctuary Service B’nai Mitzvah: Willa Berry & Ari Strauss 5:45pm Minhah/Ma’ariv March 2/3 (CL 6:04pm, Parashat Ki Tissa) 5:30pm Chapel Shabbat Service 6:00pm Shabbat Renewal 8:30am Shabbat Chapel Service 9:15am Museum Minyan 9:30am Sanctuary Service 5:45pm Minhah/Ma’ariv

Administrative News OFFICE HOURS The office is open Monday-Friday 9:00am to 4:00pm. STAFF UPDATES Ellen Petras Membership Gayle Schnurr Receptionist Lisa Unsell Assistant to Rabbis Morgen & Strauss Mollie & Louis Kaplan Museum of Judaica

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

WEEKDAY CHAPEL SERVICES Week of 2/4 Mornings Sun 8:00am, Mon-Fri 7:00am; Afternoon/Evenings Sun-Thu 5:30pm, Week of 2/11 Mornings Sun 8:00am, Mon-Wed 7:00am, Thu-Fri 6:45am; Afternoon/Evenings Sun-Thu 5:30pm. Week of 2/18 Mornings Sun 8:00am,Mon-Fri 7:00am; Afternoon/Evenings Sun-Thu 5:30pm, Week of 2/25 Mornings Sun 8:00am, Mon-Wed 7:00am, Thu 6:45am, Fri 7:00am; Afternoon/Evenings Sun-Thu 5:30pm, Week of 3/4 Mornings Sun 8:00am, Mon-Fri 7:00am; Afternoon/Evenings Sun-Thu 5:30pm.

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

Travel to Israel with Lisa and Rabbi Brian Strauss 5th Annual

Beth Yeshurun Family Mission to Israel

December 22, 2018- January 3, 2019 If you want to learn why Judaism has survived for so long, why there is so much about your Judaism to be proud of, and why Judaism will survive for thousands of years to come, come to the place where it all began. It will be an experience you and your children will never forget. Our journey will be more than just a trip, it will be a homecoming: Experience the enduring beauty of Jerusalem as it captures your heart and the hearts of your children Embrace Shabbat at The Western Wall as we dance and sing together Participate in a special Shabbat service led by your children and Rabbi Strauss in Jerusalem Visit the sights which tell the rich story of our people: the Old City, the Dead Sea, Masada, Safed, Yad Vashem, and more Visit the Western Wall Tunnels experiencing more than 2000 years of History and step into Ir David, the ancient City of David Experience a recreated Biblical village and create memories with your loved ones Ride camels to a real life Bedouin village Experience the outdoors as we enjoy special hikes and more Plant trees in the land of our forefathers Meet Israeli soldiers as we bring them gifts from home during a high-level visit to an Israeli Army Base Enjoy a special, private talk from one of Israel’s top rabbis—Danny Gordis Rediscover your Jewish roots in the land of our people Make new friends and reconnect with old ones


Upcomming Programming INCLUSION SHABBAT: A SPECIAL EVENING The committee for inclusion of people with Disabilities will hold it’s eighth annual Inclusion Shabbat on Friday evening February 9, 2018 as part of our Shabbat service Inclusion Shabbat is a way to create an awareness within our Beth Yeshurun community no less the entire Houston community of the needs of those with disabilities including the need for all of us to be respectful, understanding and sensitive to those needs. Our guest speaker for this special program will be Angela Wigglesworth. Although Angela was born with spinal muscular atrophy, a genetic disease that affects her voluntary movement, and confined to a wheelchair nearly all of her life, her achievements have been outstanding. She was president of her high school senior class graduating in the top 10% of her class. She graduated from Texas A & M in 1999 with a degree in elementary education and then earned a Masters degree in special education from the University of St. Thomas.

Save the Date Sunday, March 4, 2018 4:00-7:00pm in Honor of Rabbi David B. Rosen

Sunday in the Park with David A Grand Purim Celebration

At A&M, she became an advocate for people with disabilities serving on the University transit and parking advisory board. In 2004 she was crowned Ms. Wheelchair Texas and was the third runner up in the Ms. wheelchair America pageant that same year. Angela, an elementary school teacher in the Klein school system for the past 15 years, was honored in 2012 as the teacher of the year in the Klein system. Additionally she is a spokesman for MDA. As a founding member of the Ms. Texas Wheelchair Foundation and State Coordinator for the Foundation, she seeks to eliminate the stereotypes of disability. She is an articulate and engaging speaker who says “I want to live in a world where people with disabilities are as active, engaged and involved as those without.“ Additionally, that evening the Inclusion Committee and Congregations Beth Yeshurun will honor InterFaith Care Partners, it’s President Jenna Dhayer and staff member, Karen Pettit, who are our consultants for the award winning Gathering Place Program. You should not miss this lovely evening. 6

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, 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 We’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!

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

100 JEWISH MEN SPRING REGISTRATION 2018 Mr. __ Dr. __ / CBY Member __ CBY Non-Member __ Name_________________________________________

Address_______________________________________ Wednesday, May 16, 2018 In the Sands of Sinai - a Physician's Account of the Yom City/St/Zip_____________________________________ Kippur War with Dr. Itzhak Brook at Congregation Beth Yeshurun Contact Phone #_________________________________ 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.

E-Mail_________________________________________ Optional Scholarship Donation $ ______

With pride and love, we invite you and your family to share our joy as our son

Ari Benjamin Strauss Celebrates becoming a Bar Mitzvah on Shabbat Zachor Friday, February 23, 2018, at six o’clock in the evening Saturday, February 24, 2018 at nine-thirty in the morning Congregation Beth Yeshurun 4525 Beechnut St. | Houston, Texas Please remain for a Kiddush Luncheon on Shabbat morning Rabbi Brian and Lisa Strauss We truly hope you and your family will be able to join us! To be certain we have ample seating and food, PLEASE BE KIND AND RSVP to Lisa Unsell at or (713) 666-1881 by February 12, 2018. Even if you are a faithful worshipper each Shabbat morning, please RSVP; we need to know exactly how many people to expect. Thank you for helping us make this a beautiful - and comfortable - day for everyone! The Strauss Family 7

Willa Batya Berry (February 23/24) is the daughter of Robin and Joshua Berry, of blessed memory; sister of Peter and Aaron Berry; niece of Matthew and Simone Berry; cousin of Noah and Misha Berry; granddaughter of Sue Perlo and the late Phillip Perlo, and Della Berry and the late William Berry and the late Stanley Angel. Willa attends Trafton Academy. For her Mitzvah Project, Willa, her brothers and two cousins started a distracted driving program named OLIE (One Life Is Enough). They continue to travel the state speaking to many schools and businesses raising awareness on the dangers of distracted driving. In addition to meeting with countless Senators and House Representatives advocating the No Texting and Driving Law in Texas, Willa and her family testified on the Senate floor several times in attempt to help get the Bill passed. After lots of hard work, the Texas Bill was finally passed into Law in May 2017.

B’nai Mitzvah Samuel William Goldfarb (February 2/3) is the son of Rysse and Brian Goldfarb; brother of Josie and Lila; grandson of Anita and Jeff Bayer, Rhonda and Vann Pressley, and Susan and Robert Goldfarb; and great-grandson of Esther Goldfarb. Sam attends Trafton Academy. For his mitzvah project, Sam volunteered at several Houston area nursing homes where he brought joy to residents with his classical piano stylings. Sam plans to donate a portion of his monetary gifts to AFA, a Houston organization with whom he has been involved for several years, that is committed to enriching the lives of young people through music. He will also donate a portion of his monetary gifts to Congregation Beth Yeshurun to support the Harvey Recovery efforts.

Ari Benjamin Strauss (February 23/24) is the son of Lisa and Rabbi Brian Strauss; brother of Joshua and Noa; grandson of Larry and Shirley Strauss and Howard and Florence Shapiro; great-grandson of Ann Donald. Ari is a current 7th grader at Emery Weiner. For his Mitzvah Project, he volunteered for The Friendship Circle of Houston and at the Houston Food Bank. He will donate 5% of his monetary gifts to the Houston Food Bank and 5% to Mazon: A Jewish Response to Hunger.

Mickie May Levin (February 3) is the daugter of Melissa and Daniel Levin; sister of Solomon Levin; granddaughter of Jack and Leorah Levin and Mansel and Brenda Rubenstein. Mickie May is a 7th Grader at St. Johns. Mickie loves sports, books, iPhones, Camp Colvig, going to school, learning Torah, and just about anything else she does.

Please contact Hilary Nitsun at or 713.255.8005, for your submission deadline to list your Bar/Bat Mitzvah student’s parents, siblings, grandparents, school, and Mitzvah Projects.

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Victoria Goldberg (February 9/10) is the daughter of Annette and Mark Goldberg, sister of Joshua Guajardo, granddaughter of Ruth and the late Henry Goldberg, and granddaughter of Lucia and Emilio Guajardo. Victoria attends Trafton Academy. For her mitzvah project, Victoria spent her Summer at Houston Methodist Cancer Center serving the family members of the cancer patients. She will donate a portion of her Bat Mitzvah gifts to the Beth Yeshurun Restoration Project.

We have been surrounded by trauma and loss. It is like an open wound. In order to heal the wound, it takes the efforts of our community to come together and begin to heal all of our wounds. There is strength when we are together and share with each other. That is the principle of a group. Strength changes everything.

Divorce Support Group: Tuesdays at 6:00pm on February 6, 13, 20, and 27 Flood Support Group: Wednesdays at 6:00pm Caregivers Support Group: Thursdays at 10:30am on February 8 and 22 Grief Group Support Group: Thursdays at 1:00pm on February 1, 8, 15. , 22 Pet Loss Support Group: Once monthy on Thursday at 6:00pm

Rebecca Ness Schumer (February 17) is the daughter of Danielle and Mauricio Schumer; and granddaughter of Celia and Oscar Ness, and Katia and Freddy Schumer. Rebecca attends Zurich International School in Zurich, Switzerland. For her Mitzvah Project, Rebecca will organize a challah bake event in Zurich and donate the challot for charity. Rebecca will donate a portion of her monetary gifts to Lev Lalev, an Orphanage and Children’s Home for disadvantaged girls in Israel. .


Please see our website and our weekly Happenings email for dates. Registration required prior to attending group sessions. To register for a Healing Center group, to receive private emails or The Center’s Resource Guide, please contact The CBY Healing Center is generously funded by The Martha Lea & Albert Stein Family Outreach Fund.

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Andrew & Ellen Taer Kevin & Robyn Rosenblatt Darryl & Syma Levy Rodney & Victoria Merwin Lenny & Teresa Friedman Bruce Kessler & Leah Stolar Gary & Jeannie Wermuth Bennett & Robin Greenspan Michael & Allison Eisenberg Tom & Lea Radom Lev & Irene Bleyzer Max & Joan Lupuloff Eric & Meryl Bender Joshua & Emily Mintz Michael & Linda Lang Douglas & Jordana Hoffman Aaron & Sheryl Karolinski Naman & Esther Lipinsky Scott & Annette Ernstein Marshall & Joan Cantor Frank Inselbuch & Lenora Noroski Mark & Laraine Shpall Gary & Andrea Moore Levi & Rachel Strauss Bernard & Frances Leff David & Carol Neider Gregory & Julie Smith Bryan & Carina Deaktor Steven & Traci Schwartz Hugh & Sara Kaiser Milton Frost Sr. & Lena Frost

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Michael & Stacy Schwartzberg Les & Cheryl Wolf Louis & Joan Katz Ernest & Rachelle Hernandez George & Ruth Burnazian Melvin & Helen Maltz Bradley & Carly Olitzki David & Hayley Jochnau Irving & Blanche Rose Isadore & Annie Reichek David & Cynthia Patrick Roy & Adrienne Wagenheim Justin & Beth Olitzki Ralph Burdett & Linda Pravda Ron & Barbara Smoller Abraham & Stell Yheskel Solo & Esfira Kandel Khaskel & Klara Krupnik Shay & Andrea Kuperman Ross & Natalie Stomel Myron & Teresa Lewis Leon & Shiloh Davila Bernard & Carol Gerber

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Harry & Joan Pressman Bruce & Tracy Agnich Gary & Linda Mendeloff Ronald & Cindy Moore Melvin & Nancy Gross Leslie & Sara Cohen Arthur & Donna Miller Edward & Karen Robbins Jeffrey & Shelley Aboloff Michael & Minette Hiller Richard & Ruth Hirschfeld


The congregation extends its sincerest condolences to the families of

Adele Abramowitz, Ann Blum, Jacob Eisenstein, Elaine Lubel Merwin, Edith Takiff, and Nancy Whitman May their memories be for a blessing.

THANK YOU FEDERATION  Throughout the entire ordeal of dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

and the flood, The Jewish Federation of Greater Houston has been standing strong, supporting the Houston Jewish community in more ways than can be counted, including Congregation Beth Yeshurun. The Federation has been there from day one, providing all kinds of leadership and assistance to Beth Yeshurun – support for damage to our building, support for damage to our congregants’ homes, support of our congregants who flooded, support of our staff who flooded, the support of our being displaced for the High Holy Days, support of our offices being displaced, support of our schools, and more. In a word, FEDERATION means SUPPORT. Beth Yeshurun would also like to acknowledge special financial support from the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston to us in recognition of significant losses of revenue streams including annual contributions of many of our congregants. Hurricane Harvey Relief Funding has been generously provided by Jewish Federation of Greater Houston. Without the support of Federation, it’s probably fair to say that Beth Yeshurun, many other Jewish community institutions, and many individuals in our community would not be in a state of recovery, but would be in a state of despair. The Houston Federation and its national network of local Federations have been there before, they are there now, and we pray that they are there in the future. Their critical support ensures our community will remain strong and vital for generations to come. Thank you, Federation. 9


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Who Makes Firm One’s Steps Most of the time, we don’t worry about all the bad things that can happen from just one misguided move. The college student who takes a drink at the wrong party. The woman who walks into the street without remembering to check the traffic. The man who, in a moment of foolishness, races ahead when he should stop and deliberate. And the world is never the same. We can’t blame God for the unfairness of Rabbi Horwitz chance or for our mistakes. On the contrary, we should be grateful when we get through such a misstep without serious consequences.

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Among the morning blessings, we thank God Ha-meikheen mitzadei gaver, literally “Who makes firm one’s steps.” The founder of Chasidism, Rabbi Israel Ba’al Shem Tov, offers a parable: when a father teaches his son how to walk, he holds his hands on either side, closely, so the child will not fall. But when the child is nearest to him, he holds his hands farther apart, so the child will learn to walk on his own. In this way, God has taught us how to walk...and most of the time, when we do fall, we get up again with a few scratches. Join us in the Greenfield Chapel in gratitude for all the times our steps are sustained. --- Rabbi Daniel Horwitz

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February 2018 Sunday




Thursday 16th of Sh'vat, 5778




20th of Sh'vat, 5778


R/S / Sulam JLP World Wide Wrap Young Adult Tu B'Shevat Program 26th of Sh'vat, 5778




28th of Sh'vat, 5778


4th of Adar, 5778


5th of Adar, 5778


10th of Adar, 5778

R/S / Sulam JLP

Divorce Support Group



12th of Adar, 5778

Rabbi Strauss Israel Trip Meeting

Divorce Support Group

11th of Adar, 5778

29th of Sh'vat, 5778

6th of Adar, 5778


13th of Adar, 5778 Ta'anis Esther Erev Purim


23rd of Sh'vat, 5778



30th of Sh'vat, 5778 Rosh Chodesh Adar


7th of Adar, 5778

Gathering Place Caregivers Support Group Grief Support Group



1st of Adar, 5778 Rosh Chodesh Adar 5:54p Candle lighting


Shabbat Chapel Shabbat Renewal B/M: Rebecca Schumer Special Speaker Rabbi Naomi Levy

Grief Support Group


24th of Sh'vat, 5778 5:49p Candle lighting


8th of Adar, 5778 5:59p Candle lighting

18th of Sh'vat, 5778 Parshas Yisro 6:26p Havdalah (25 min)


Shabbat Morning Chapel Shabbat Morning Service B/M: Samuel Goldfarb Museum Minyan B/M: Mickie Levin Torah Study Evening Chapel

Shabbat Chapel Shabbat Renewal B/M: Victoria Goldberg Inclusion Shabbat

Caregivers Support Group Grief Support Group

Yes Group R/S Kehillah High @ Edwards 100 Jewish Men Jewish Meditaion Group

Yom Limmud @ Emanu El No R/S / Sulam No JLP


R/S Kehillah High @CBS Jewish Meditaion Group

Divorce Support Group


22nd of Sh'vat, 5778

R/S Kehillah High @CBS Jewish Meditaion Group

Divorce Support Group 27th of Sh'vat, 5778

R/S / Sulam JLP 3rd of Adar, 5778

21st of Sh'vat, 5778



Shabbat Chapel Shabbat Renewal B/M: Samuel Goldfarb

Grief Support Group 50's & 60's Singles Mixer 19th of Sh'vat, 5778

17th of Sh'vat, 5778 5:43p Candle lighting


Shabbat Chapel Shabbat Renewal B/M: Willa Berry & Ari Strauss

25th of Sh'vat, 5778 10 Parshas Mishpatim Shabbos Shekalim 6:32p Havdalah (25 min) Shabbat Morning Chapel Shabbat Morning Service B/M: Victoria Goldberg Museum Minyan Torah Study Evening Chapel Daddy Daughter Dance 2nd of Adar, 5778 Parshas Terumah 6:37p Havdalah (25 min)


Shabbat Morning Chapel Shabbat Morning Service B/M: Rebecca Schumer Museum Minyan Special Speaker Rabbi Naomi Levy Torah Study Evening Chapel 9th of Adar, 5778 Parshas Tetzaveh Shabbos Zachor 6:42p Havdalah (25 min)


Shabbat Morning Chapel Shabbat Morning Service B/M: Willa Berry & Ari Strauss Museum Minyan Torah Study Evening Chapel

The Message  

February 2018

The Message  

February 2018