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Congregation Beth Yeshurun March 2018

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replicas of their hametz counterparts. If Passover food was that good, we’d eat it year-round, but it isn’t and we don’t! We can rave about our wonderful Passover brownies at the seder, but by the end of the holiday we’re moaning for “real food.”

From the Rabbi

Still there’s no question, Passover has never been easier to celebrate than it is in our own day. “Passover: The Ever/Never Changing Holiday” Rabbi David Rosen Like so many of you, I have wonderful memories of celebrating Passover as a child. Of course, a lot has changed since then. My Mom would always get ready for Passover by buying all the kosher-for-Passover foods available back in the Fifties: Manischewitz matzah, Manischewitz matzah meal, Manischewitz matzah cake meal, Manischewitz potato starch and Streit’s macaroons. (In my childhood, Manischewitz and Passover were interchangeable terms.)

Our sedarim have improved in many ways, too. The story may be the same, and so too the songs, but the Haggadot we use are a dramatic improvement over the booklets on which I was raised. Growing up, we used a mix of the Maxwell House and the Shulsinger editions, which had very nice covers but very boring text. The pictures were cartoonish and uninteresting, and the English translations were atrocious. The Haggadah we’ve used at my family’s table for years is the beautiful Feast of Freedom, our Conservative Movement’s official Haggadah. Illustrated with bright and colorful pictures, this Haggadah has a fresh and modern translation which is accompanied by very helpful and insightful instructions and commentaries. It’s a Haggadah you can actually enjoy and not want to rush through.

Today, of course, we have kosher-for-Passover bagels, muffins and donuts; frozen full-course dinners and side dishes; and tons of cakes and candies. The food industry has capitalized on our desire for ways to make Passover both tasty and easy, and what could be easier than matzah ball soup in a jar or “home made” gefilte fish that comes in easy-to-boil loaves?

What has not changed, thankfully, is the power Passover still has to bring families together and to enable friendships to be renewed each year. This year, as every year, so many Beth Yeshurun members have opened their homes to guests from our congregation and community who are alone and have no place to go for seder, and we are expecting hundreds of people who flooded to join us at Beth Yeshurun for our congregational sedarim one or both nights. So many among us are still displaced. May all our doors be opened wide to welcome not only Elijah the Prophet, but those who seek the companionship of other Jews to make Passover special this year.

I welcome all of these new products though I know many people don’t. Sometimes members will tell me that it doesn’t “feel” like Passover to be served a rich and delicious chocolate fudge cake or a kugel made from Passover noodles. “You can’t even tell it’s Passover sometimes!” congregants complain. But really, you can call a Passover bagel whatever you like; it’s still not a bagel! Nor are most Passover foods exact

Marcie joins with me in hoping that your Passover is a sweet and blessed one. Hag kasher v’sameach to you all!

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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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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.

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 March 9/10 (CL 6:08pm, Parashat Vayakhel, Pekude Parah) 5:30pm Chapel Shabbat Service Kol Rinah 6:00pm Shabbat Renewal Bat Mitzvah: Rebecca Bloome 8:30am Shabbat Chapel Service 9:15am Museum Minyan 9:30am Sanctuary Service Bat Mitzvah: Rebecca Bloome 5:30pm Chapel Shabbat Service 5:45pm Minhah/Ma’ariv March 16/17 (CL 7:13pm, Parashat Vayikra Hahodesh) 6:00pm Shabbat Renewal Bat Mitzvah: Amy Davis 6:30pm Chapel Shabbat Service 8:30am Shabbat Chapel Service 9:15am Museum Minyan 9:30am Sanctuary Service 5:45pm Minhah/Ma’ariv 6:30pm Chapel Shabbat Service March 23/24 (CL 7:17pm, Parashat Tzav Haggadol) 6:00pm Shabbat Renewal Bat Mitzvah: Maya Malev 6:30pm Chapel Shabbat Service 8:30am Shabbat Chapel Service 9:15am Museum Minyan 9:30am Sanctuary Service 5:45pm Minhah/Ma’ariv Bat Mitzvah: Maya Malev 6:30pm Chapel Shabbat Service March 30/31 (CL 7:21pm, Parashat Bo) 6:00pm 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 6:00pm Chapel Shabbat Service

In memory of Jack Bender, Sponsored by Joel Bender In memory of Melvin Edelstein, Sponsored by David Edelstein In memory of Lillian & Johnny Goldberg, Sponsored by Rochelle Goldberg Skilbell & Family and Cynthia & Barry Weinberger and Family In memory of Edith Benson Kaplan & Fred Weisselberg, Sponsored by Alex Weisselberg In memory of Glenda Freedman Miller, Sponsored by Sylvia Freedman In memory of Alex Schwartz, Sponsored by Sol Schwartz In memory of Hyman Sofer, Sponsored by Roger Sofer In memory of Philip Zuber, sponsored by Merryl & Gordon Zuber

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

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

WEEKDAY CHAPEL SERVICES Week of 3/4 Mornings Sun 8:00am, Mon-Fri 7:00am; Afternoon/Evenings Sun-Thu 5:30pm. Week of 3/11 Mornings Sun 8:00am, Mon-Fri 7:00am; Afternoon/Evenings Sun -Thu 6:30pm, Week of 3/18 Mornings Sun 8:00am, Mon-Fri 7:00am, Afternoon/Evenings Sun-Thu 6:30pm. Week of 3/25 Mornings Sun 8:00am,Mon-Thu 7:00am, Fri 6:45am; Afternoon/Evenings Sun-Thu 6:30pm, Week of 4/1 Mornings Sun 8:30am, Mon-Thu 6:45am, Fri 8:30am; Afternoon/Evenings Sun 7:30, Mon-Thu 6:30pm

Dear Congregants: We invite you to join us in honoring Rabbi David B. Rosen in 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 at The Hobby Center on May 23, 2018. Visit to find a form for your personal message where you may include your well wishes or fond memories for Rabbi Rosen. In honor of his dedicated service, this book will be hand delivered to Rabbi Rosen at B’rachot, the cantata being held in his honor at The Hobby Center. To participate, please mail your completed message form by March 15th care of Jennifer Sutton at the synagogue. You may also email your completed form to Jennifer at jsutton@ Please note that forms will not be accepted after March 15th.

You are invited to Brachot – Rebuilding Beth Yeshurun in honor of Rabbi David B. Rosen, at 7:00 p.m. on May 23, 2018 at The Hobby Center. The evening will feature an original concert composed by Cantor Meir Finkelstein and is chaired by Bruce Stein and Alice Small.

We thank you for your participation and look forward to seeing you at B’rachot ! Sincerely,

Brachot is a celebration of gratitude to Rabbi Rosen for his leadership and guidance for over 22 years as Senior Rabbi of Congregation Beth Yeshurun. Rabbi Rosen has shared countless life cycle events with congregants and helped to build extraordinary bridges to Houston’s interfaith community. Rabbi Rosen continues to help his congregants navigate the tragic losses from Hurricane Harvey in the face of his own loss of his own home. Please join our rebuilding efforts for Congregation Beth Yeshurun and honor Rabbi Rosen’s retirement.

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Special Shabbat Weekend honoring Rabbi David Rosen Chaired by Sharon & Richard Kammerman, we are excited to honor Rabbi David Rosen with a Special Shabbat Weekend, which will take place on April 27th and April 28th. Featured in the celebration will be the big reveal of our Beth Yeshurun Recovery Effort pillars, featuring the names of all of the benefactors and friends. These pillars will be a main focus of the new Rabbi David B. Rosen Main Entry.

Ticket pricing begins at $36.00 per person and premium seating begins at $540.00 per person. Tickets may be purchased through the Ticket Central desk located in the Heritage Room at the synagogue from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Monday – Thursday beginning on March 5. Friday hours for ticket pick up are 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. beginning March 5. Seating assignments will be made based on date of ticket purchase. Please call Beth Yeshurun Ticket Central at 713-666-1881 with any questions.

This Special Shabbat Weekend is sponsored by the Sisterhood, 100 Jewish Men and the YES Group. Please note your calendars and be sure to join us for this exciting presentation! 5

Fast of the Firstborn 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

Friday, March 30, is the first night of Passover. Just about every Jew goes to a Seder that night. But there is another ritual on that day to which all of you are invited. On the morning before Passover, following the regular daily service, we hold a special ceremony in the Greenfield Chapel. We complete the study of a tractate of Talmud. This year, the siyyum will be on Masekhet Ketuvot. Rabbi Horwitz Why do we do this now? Traditionally, the firstborn males fasted on the day before Passover, as an acknowledgment of their being spared in the plague of the firstborn in Egypt which occurred that day. Since it is a minor fast which only applies to a small subset of the Jewish people, participating in this joyous “siyyum” (completion ceremony) exempts the firstborn from the especially difficult fast before the Seder.

The J.B. Greenfield Chapel is there for happy occasions (the occasional babynaming, aufruf, and special birthday and anniversary celebrations) and for sad times, when our members come to recite Kaddish and remember loved ones. But it is also there for regular occasions, for all the days which fall on our Jewish calendar. Even if you are not a firstborn male, you are welcome to join us for the siyyum and the breakfast afterwards. Special thanks to Paul Katz and our Beth Yeshurun Brotherhood for sponsoring this special “last chametz” breakfast! Chag Sameiach, --- Rabbi Daniel Horwitz

Social Action Committee Update  Congregation Beth Yeshurun is in the process

of revamping our Social Action program. Rabbi Strauss and our new social action chairs Melissa Levin and Samantha Melman are exploring different options. Please look for more information soon. In February, we worked with Direct HOPE to help serve food to homeless people in Downtown Houston. We thank the incredible volunteers of Direct HOPE for allowing us to assist them in their holy work!

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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. 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! Wednesday, May 16, 2018 In the Sands of Sinai - a Physician's Account of the Yom Kippur War with Dr. Itzhak Brook at Congregation Beth Yeshurun Dr. Itzhak Brook will present a description of the historical background of the Yom Kippur War and its effects on the Israeli society, as well as his own personal experiences and challenges as a battalion physician in the Sinai.

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

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Make it Dinner and a Moviewith the Girls! Sisterhood Invites you to join us at the Houston Jewish Film Festival Women's Night as we sponsor this film comedy: THE WEDDING PLAN Thursday, March 8, 2018 Dinner: 6:30 pm | Film: 7:30 pm Visit: for more information and purchase tickets. Reserve a seat at our Sisterhood tables by contacting Vicky Richker at 713.305.0158 or

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B’nai Mitzvah Rebecca Bloome (March 9/10) is the daughter of Jerrad and Sara Bloome; sister of Amanda Bloome; granddaughter of Michael and Susan Bloome and Norma Castle and the late Walter Castle. She is a 7th Grader at Emery Weiner. For her Mitzvah Project, Rebecca is participating in the JFS Shabbat Box Project. A portion of her monetary gifts will be donated to a charity of Rebecca’s choice. Amy Davis (March 16) is the daugter of Robin and Jordan Davis; and sister of Todd and Eic Davis. She is a participant in Celebration Company. Amy works at Genesis Kosher Steakhouse.

Maya Helaine Malev (March 23/24) is the daughter of Orit and David Malev; sister of Daniel; and the granddaughter of the late Marsha Amdur Malev, Dr. Jonathan Malev, and the late Hilda and Josef Lev. Maya attends the Emery Weiner School. For her bat mitzvah project, Maya decorated Shabbat boxes for patients at MD Anderson. Maya will donate a portion of her monetary gifts to Friends for Life, a no kill animal shelter and to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in loving memory of her late grandmother, Marsha Amdur Malev. 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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CBY HEALING CENTER A Message from Gayle Kamen-Weinstein at the Beth Yeshurun Healing Center It has been 6 months since Hurricane Harvey devastated our community and our spirits. However,” we are still standing “as Elton John says in his song. Our groups have grown and thrived. We changed some of our focus to the flood support group, divorce support, co-ed grief support, caregivers and the Gathering Place. Our community and groups have grown and evolved along the journey to recovery. Some of the Healing Center meetings have resumed meeting at Beth Yeshurun. As many of us are in transition, it is good to be following the road back. After Pesach, I will be hosting a new support group called ” Roots and Wings”, to help people struggling with starting a family. Details are coming soon. Watch for my book, “The Wounded Healer” coming out in the Spring. “All the world is a narrow bridge and the main thing is to have no fear at all”. 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 March 6, 13, 20, & 27 Caregivers Support Group: Thursdays at 10:30am on March 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 Grief Group Support Group: Thursdays at 1:00pm on March 8 & 22 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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special upcomming classes March 11 Rabbi Steven Morgen: Famous Talmud Rabbis March 18 Rabbi Steven Morgen: Famous Talmud Rabbis Gayle Kamen Weinstein: Hope and Healing After Harvey Dr. Bernice Heilbrunn: In Our Museum: Passover March 25 Rabbi David Rosen: 4 Decades at 50,000 feet Gayle Kamen Weinstein: Hope and Healing After Harvey

Participants in Rabbi Morgen’s class “UnOrthodox Jewish Beliefs”.

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

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