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The Message

Congregation Beth Yeshurun Houston May 2016

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Again, sounds plausible. To all these reasons, I would suggest a fourth, namely, I think Shavuot’s problem is that it is about the very things many Jews are so uncomfortable with: Faith and God. Think about it: Every other festival in Judaism reflects Judaism’s historic emphasis on deed over creed. It is not enough to simply believe in the miracle of our exodus from Egypt; we must relive it by eating the same foods the Israelites ate; and at Sukkot, by living or at least sitting in the same kind of temporary booths the Israelites sat in. Now comes Shavuot with its unique message: No special eating, no special fasting, no unique home ritual. On Shavuot, we are asked to identify with the experience of our ancestors in an entirely different way—by recreating that moment of faith in which the Hebrew slaves became the Jewish People at Sinai. On Shavuot, we are told to stand in the synagogue as the giving of The Ten Commandments is read, and to place ourselves in the Israelites’ shoes, as if we too were standing at the foot of Har Sinai. Why Shavuot? Perhaps we Jews have placed too great an emphasis on only deeds, enabling too many of us to forget that Judaism is ultimately a faith, and that everything we do is an outgrowth of that moment of Revelation at Sinai. Shavuot is a reminder that, yes, deeds are important; ritual is important; mitzvot are important. But Shavuot is also a statement that on at least one festival occasion of the year, our primary concern must be God in Heaven, the Source of all life. Shavuot is a day to turn our energies to analyzing where we stand with God; how do we understand Him and his expectations of us? It is not a day to get lost in the 1001 details of making a seder. It is not a night to sit outside in a sukkah and get lost in counting the stars through the skach. It is a day to get lost in the prayer book, on any page to which we might open, and to get lost in our thoughts as well.

From the Rabbi Rabbi David Rosen Poor Shavuot This past week, I was struck by a question posed by a colleague: “What is it,” he wrote, “about Shavuot? No one seems to care much about it even though the Torah itself considers it equal to Passover and Sukkot, two far more widely observed holidays. Shavuot is actually the perfect hatimah [seal] to the three holidays as each one moves us further along in the Israelites’ journey from slavery to freedom. So why is Shavuot the step-sister of Jewish holidays?” In response, numerous colleagues offered interesting answers: Some argued that Shavuot’s problem is that it has no distinctive rituals attached to it. On Sukkot, we build or at least sit in booths, and there are the wonderful seders of Passover. The closest thing to a “home ritual” on Shavuot is eating cheese blintzes, not a particularly compelling observance. Maybe. Other of my rabbinical colleagues argued that Shavuot’s problem is its timing: it is celebrated in late May or June when people’s minds are focused elsewhere, on travel and vacations and finishing up responsibilities at the office and school. Perhaps. And still others suggested that it is the holiday Hebrew School teachers talk about, but unlike Passover and Sukkot, never have the opportunity to actually experience with their students.

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May 2016│Nisan-Iyyar 5776

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Front Cover Field of barley with omer counter (Kaplan Museum Collection: Israel, 1980s, painted wood and paper; donated by The Bodner Family in honor of Eve and Eugene Bodner.)


With our diversity, we uphold Israel’s strength, hope and future. Come together at the Jewish Federation’s A Shabbat of Unity and express your belief in Israel.


Israel is important to me . . . Emotionally – Rabbi David Rosen Spiritually – Rabbi Brian Strauss Culturally – Rabbi Steven Morgen Musically – Cantor Meir Finkelstein

Through these four talks, let us study, listen and reflect together on all the ways Israel is important to our clergy — and to us! Followed by a delicious selection of Israeli foods!


Shabbat Services

Chapel Services Sunday, May 1: 8:00am - 6:30pm Monday, May 2: 7:00am - 6:30pm Tuesday, May 3: 7:00am - 6:30pm Wednesday, May 4: 7:00am - 6:30pm Thursday, May 5: 7:00am - 6:30pm Friday, May 6: 7:00am - 6:30pm Saturday, May 7: 8:30am - 7:30pm Sunday, May 8: 8:00am - 6:30pm Monday, May 9: 6:45am - 6:30pm Tuesday, May 10: 7:00am - 6:30pm Wednesday, May 11: 7:00am - 6:30pm Thursday, May 12: 7:00am - 6:30pm Friday, May 13: 7:00am - 6:30pm Saturday, May 14: 8:30am - 7:30pm Sunday, May 15: 8:00am - 6:30pm Monday, May 16: 7:00am - 6:30pm Tuesday, May 17: 7:00am - 6:30pm Wednesday, May 18: 7:00am - 6:30pm Thursday, May 19: 7:00am - 6:30pm Friday, May 20: 7:00am - 6:30pm Saturday, May 21: 8:30am - 7:45pm Sunday, May 22: 8:00am - 6:30pm Monday, May 23: 7:00am - 6:30pm Tuesday, May 24: 7:00am - 6:30pm Wednesday, May 25: 7:00am - 6:30pm Thursday, May 26: 7:00am - 6:30pm Friday, May 27: 7:00am - 6:30pm Saturday, May 28: 8:30am - 7:45pm Sunday, May 29: 8:00am - 7:30pm Monday, May 30: 7:00am - 7:30pm Tuesday, May 31: 7:00am - 7:30pm

FRIDAY, MAY 6 - Candlelighting Time 7:45pm 6:00pm Friday Night Alive! - with the Blum & Melamed Families 6:30pm J.B. Greenfield Chapel SATURDAY, MAY 7 - Parashat Achrei Mot 8:30am J.B. Greenfield Chapel 9:15am Museum Minyan 9:30am Sanctuary Service - B’nai Mitzvah: Joshua Blum & Max Melamed 7:30pm J.B. Greenfield Chapel FRIDAY, MAY 13 - Candlelighting Time 7:50pm 6:00pm Shabbat Renewal - with the Selzer Family 6:30pm J.B. Greenfield Chapel SATURDAY, MAY 14 - Parashat Kedoshim 8:30am J.B. Greenfield Chapel 9:15am Museum Minyan 9:30am Sanctuary Service - Bat Mitzvah: Hayley Selzer 7:30pm J.B. Greenfield Chapel FRIDAY, MAY 20 - Candlelighting Time 7:54pm 6:00pm Shabbat Renewal - with the Melman Family 6:30pm J.B. Greenfield Chapel SATURDAY, MAY 21 - Parashat Emor 8:30am J.B. Greenfield Chapel 9:15am Museum Minyan 9:30am Sanctuary Service - Bat Mitzvah: Rachel Melman 7:45pm J.B. Greenfield Chapel FRIDAY, MAY 27 - Candlelighting Time 7:58pm 6:00pm Shabbat Renewal - with the Fein Family 6:30pm J.B. Greenfield Chapel SATURDAY, MAY 28 - Parashat Behar 8:30am J.B. Greenfield Chapel 9:15am Museum Minyan 9:30am Sanctuary Service - Bat Mitzvah: Jordan Fein 7:45pm J.B. Greenfield Chapel

Weekly Torah Study

11:45am Shabbat Mornings

Office Hours

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.

The Beth Yeshurun office is open Monday - Thursday 8:30am to 5:00pm and Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm. It will be closed for the following upcoming holiday: Monday • May 30 • Memorial Day


Meet the Newest Members of The Executive Committee Treasurer Jerrad Bloome

Secretary Steve Rudoff

Jerrad Bloome was born in Iowa City, IA, and moved to Houston in 1974 where he attended Beth Hayeled and the Beth Yeshurun Day School. Jerrad had his Bar Mitzvah at Beth Yeshurun and his wife Sara had her adult Bat Mitzvah at Beth Yeshurun and they were married by the Beth Yeshurun clergy. Jerrad’s daughter Amanda recently celebrated her Bat Mitzvah at Beth Yeshurun and his younger daughter, Rebecca, is a student at the Beth Yeshurun Religious School. Jerrad has served on the Board of Trustees since 2011, and most recently served on the Senior Advisory Committee, and has been active in the Membership Committee. Jerrad graduated from Brandeis University and earned his law degree from the University of Houston. Jerrad practices as a civil trial attorney with the firm of Weycer, Kaplan, Pulaski & Zuber, P.C. where he is a shareholder.

Steve Rudoff was born in Columbus, GA. His family settled in Dallas which he calls his hometown. Steve graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and to this day bleeds orange. Steve is a diamond importer with offices in Houston, and Ramat Gan, Israel. Since moving to Houston in 2001 from Indianapolis, IN, he has been a member of Beth Yeshurun. Steve joined the Board of Trustees in 2007. He has served as Chair of the Ritual and Kehillah Committees. He is also a Gabbai of the J.B. Greenfield Chapel as well as one of the executive Chapel committee members. Steve is a Club Member of AIPAC. He has also served on the boards of “TORCH” and “HKA”. Steve resides in Sugar Land with his wife Georga, his three daughters Aliyah, Jenna and Jason Wingo, and Erica Rudoff. Steve has three great passions in his life, his family, his Judaism, and his BY family, which he’s honored to serve.



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Are you in special need of a Rabbi? If you have a death in the family, a loved one in the hospital or need a get well prayer for someone special, please contact Rabbi Rosen and let him know. Our Senior Rabbi wants to be with you and to help you deal with life’s many challenges. Please contact him at (713) 255-8011, or write drosen@



by Gayle Kamen-Weinstein, LMSW


Judith Viorst wrote the book,” Necessary Losses”. She describes that losses are crucial in order for us to grow. Since we cannot control the losses, we have to change the way we deal with it in order to heal. Many people think their feelings of grief are unique and no one can understand the agony. The death of a loved one is a personal event, but grief is to be shared with others to lessen the burden. In our groups at Beth Yeshurun Healing Center, all are grieving losses. The divorce is the loss of the dream of marriage and the family. Caregivers are grieving over �me the impending loss and small losses of their loved one through illness or disability. It is impossible to ignore the grief process unless one goes through it and comes out the other side. Fortunately banding together as a group and as a community of compassion and understanding, we can make it to through the deep forest of pain and loneliness. We will eventually nd ourselves intact, peaceful, loving and strong.

Tuesdays: May 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 10:30am - Noon


Tuesdays: May 3, 10, 17, 24 & 31 6:15 pm - 7:15pm

*MEN ONLY GRIEF GROUP New group EXCLUSIVELY FOR MEN - at this time the group’s focus is on the adult perspective

Wednesdays: May 4, 11, 18 & 25 11:00am - NOON

The groups associated with the Beth Yeshurun Healing Center collected items for dona�ons. Eye glasses to the Lions Club, Hearing Aids to the Center for Speech and Hearing, men's clothing, �es, shoes to Career Gear, a non‐prot helping men re‐enter the work force. All of these items were near and dear to the hearts of a loved one and with compassion and grace were generously given for dona�on.


Thursdays: May 5, 12, 19 & 26 2:00pm - 3:00pm FREE & OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY Congregation Beth Yeshurun All groups led by Gayle Weinstein, LMSW 4525 Beechnut | Bride’s Room

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream, not only plan but also believe”

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– Anatole France


This program is generously funded by The Martha Lea and Albert Stein Family Outreach Fund



Our tzedakah funds

It’s a Mitzvah

If you have ever put money into the pushke in the J.B. Greenfield Chapel, you may have wondered what happens to that money. A sub-committee of the Chapel Committee handles the distribution of these funds to a variety of worthy causes. These fall into one of four categories: (a) Rabbi Horwitz Projects in Israel; (b) Conservative Torah study/program institutions; (c) Youth scholarships; (d) Caring for the needy. Among the programs for the needy to which we have directed help this year are: • MAZON, a Jewish Response to Hunger, which provides grants to various food banks around the country; • NUEVO HOGAR LEDOR VADOR (New Home for the Elderly), the Buenos Aires equivalent to our own Seven Acres; • INTERFAITH MINISTRIES MEALS ON WHEELS, providing hot food daily to thousands of Houstonians, largely homebound; We also assisted an abused Jewish woman and her children on a one-time basis. Thanks to all of you who have helped us provide thousands of dollars to meet these and other needs in the past year!

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.

Harry, Teri, Ryan & Stephanie Greenblatt in memory of Norma Greenblatt Dr. Cindy Ivanhoe in memory of Lynn Ivanhoe Richard Leibman in memory of Henia Leibman Rebecca Levine & Family in memory of Diego Levine  Rose & Harry Melnick & Family in memory of Lena (Rebecca) Zonana Mr. & Mrs. Irving Pozmantier & Family in memory of Sidney Wisenberg Pozmantier Mansel & Brenda Rubenstein in honor of Jack Levin Roger Sofer in memory of Dora Sofer Gordon Zuber in honor of his 80th birthday

Rabbi Daniel Horwitz


B’nai Mitzvah Joshua Alec Blum (May 6/7) is the son of Michelle and Marvin Blum; brother of Jonathan, Jennifer and Jordan Blum; and grandson of Marie Cweren and the late Gerson Cweren, and Vera Blum and the late Lee Blum. Joshua attends Pin Oak Middle School. For his Mitzvah Project, Joshua volunteered in the West University Little League Challenger Division for young athletes with physical and mental challenges, and will be collecting baseball equipment for underprivileged children in Houston. Joshua will donate a portion of his monetary gifts to the Aishel House in loving memory of his grandfathers, Gerson and Lee. Max Elliot Melamed (May 6/7) is the son of Robin and Evan Melamed; brother of Jake; and grandson of Maureen and Leon Melamed, Suzanne and Paul Gold, and Jane Gold. Max attends Trafton Academy. For his Mitzvah Projects, Max volunteered in the West University Little League Challenger program for young athletes with physical and mental challenges, and volunteered at the Friendship Circle Walk. Max will donate a portion of his monetary gifts to the Friendship Circle, which is an organization for children with special needs. We are happy to list Bar/Bat Mitzvah students, their parents, siblings, grandparents, school and Mitzvah Projects. Please contact Hilary Nitsun at or 713.255.8005, for your submission deadline.

Hayley Maya Selzer (May 13/14) is the daughter of Melissa and Scott Selzer; sister of Sydney and Zachary; and granddaughter of Judy and Robert Cohen, and Barbara and Jerry Selzer. Hayley attends The Emery/Weiner School. For her Mitzvah Project, Hayley volunteered at the Aishel House. Hayley also raised funds and participated in her family’s Run for the Rose team, “Eydie’s Angels,” in memory of her aunt, Eydie Selzer Goldman. Hayley will participate in the Rabbi’s 10% plan for charitable giving. Rachel Mina Melman (May 20/21) is the daughter of Samantha and Gil Melman; sister of Noah and Evan; and granddaughter of Gloria and Dan Lampl (z’l), and Jerry and Tsipora Melman. Rachel attends Pin Oak Middle School. For her Mitzvah Project, Rachel volunteered for Kids Meals, an organization whose mission is to end childhood hunger by delivering free, healthy meals to pre-school-aged children. Rachel will participate in the Rabbi’s 10% Plan and donate a portion of her monetary gifts to Kids Meals. Jordan Eliana Fein (May 27/28) is the daughter of Kelli Cohen Fein & Martin Fein; sister of Isaac Fein, Rebecca Luks, Mindy Fein and Daniel Fein; and granddaughter of Celina Fein and the late Ely Fein, and Helene Pfeffer and Jay Cohen. Jordan attends The Kinkaid School. For her Mitzvah Project, Jordan co-founded “Flower Power GIVES,” a service-oriented organization which salvages flowers from events and repurposes them to charities who are working with our city’s most vulnerable citizens. Jordan will participate in the Rabbi’s 10% Plan for charitable giving.

Add to the Tree of Life!

The CBY Simcha Tree

The Simcha Tree was designed by Edwin C. Balis and Associates of Donora, PA, and specially adapted for Beth Yeshurun. It has 1,000 leaves, 6 smaller boulders and 6 larger boulders. It is a collection of special events and remembrances. Leaves or boulders may be given in honor of any special occasion such as: Births, Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, Weddings, Anniversaries, Birthdays, Graduations, any occasion worthy of the title Simcha. Those persons honored by a leaf will be acknowledged in The Message and receive a special certificate. Each leaf is $600, small boulders are $1,800 and large boulders are $2,400. If you would like to purchase a leaf, a boulder or would like to learn more about the Simcha Tree, please contact the synagogue office at 713.666.1881. 11








May 2016                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   Nisan/Iyyar 5776 

Morning Chapel  Junior Congregation  Museum Minyan  Sanctuary Service         BM: Joshua Blum &         Max Melamed  Tot Shabbat  Shabbat Shalom  Torah Study  Evening Chapel 

1                           23 Nisan  2                           24 Nisan  3                           25 Nisan  4                           26 Nisan  5                           27 Nisan  6                           28 Nisan  7 Achrei Mot           29 Nisan   Omer 8  Omer 9  Omer 10  Omer 11  Omer 12  Omer 13  Omer 14   Jewish Learning Project  BYDS Resumes  SH Board Meeting    Yom HaShoah     RS/Sulam          JLP: Club Ed              Friday Night Alive!   Future Leaders Caucus          BM: Joshua Blum &   CBY Kehillah High   RS        Max Melamed      Confirmation  Meditation Group  Evening Chapel 

Guess Who's Coming   to Shabbas? 

8                           30 Nisan   9                               1 Iyyar   10                            2 Iyyar  11                            3 Iyyar  12                             4 Iyyar   13                            5 Iyyar  14 Kedoshim              6 Iyyar   Omer 15  Omer 16  Omer 17  Omer 18  Omer 19  Omer 20  Omer 21  Morning Chapel  Rosh Chodesh  Rosh Chodesh    Yom HaZikaron  Yom HaAtzma'ut  Shabbat Renewal   Junior Congregation  RS/Sulam  BYDS Mom’s Breakfast             BM: Hayley Selzer  Museum Minyan    Education Committee      BYDS Yom HaAtzma’ut   Evening Chapel       BM: Hayley Selzer    Budget Committee        Kinder Shabbat  Sanctuary Service  RS  Shabbat Renewal  Shabbat Shalom  Meditation Group  Future Leaders Caucus  Torah Study       Shabbat Dinner  Evening Chapel 

15                                 7 Iyyar   16                                 8 Iyyar   17                                  9 Iyyar  18                               10 Iyyar   19                               11 Iyyar   20                               12 Iyyar   21 Emor                     13 Iyyar  Omer 22  Omer 23  Omer 24  Omer 25  Omer 26  Omer 27  Omer 28  Morning Chapel  RS/Sulam ‐ Last Day          BYDS Maccabbi  Museum Minyan  RS – Israel‐A‐Palooza 2    YES Lunch & Program    Evening Chapel  Sanctuary Service        Shabbat Renewal      BM: Rachel Melman    CBY Executive Committee        BM: Rachel Melman  Shabbat Shalom    100 Jewish Men    BYDS 5th Grade Shabbat Service  Meditation Group  Newcomer Event  Torah Study  Evening Chapel 


22                           14 Iyyar   23                            15 Iyyar  24                            16 Iyyar  25                           17 Iyyar   26                           18 Iyyar   27                           19 Iyyar   28 Behar                20 Iyyar   Omer 29  Omer 30  Omer 31  Omer 32  Omer 33  Omer 34  Omer 35  CBY Family Fun Day    SH Spring Installation    Lag B'Omer  BYDS Awards & Talent Show  Morning Chapel  Museum Minyan  Pesach Sheni      BYDS EDC/ASA Last Day  BYDS EC Graduation  Sanctuary Service         Gathering Place  BYDS Early Dismissal        BM: Jordan Fein        BYDS ES Graduation &  BYDS Faculty Lunch  Shabbat Shalom  Inclusion Committee  Technology Committee       Dinner  Shabbat Renewal   Torah Study  CBY Board Meeting  Meditation Group  Shalom Y’all        BM: Jordan Fein   Evening Chapel   Evening Chapel     

29                         21 Iyyar   30                          22 Iyyar  31                          23 Iyyar    Omer 36  Omer 37  Omer 38    Memorial Day    Synagogue Office Closed     


Family Album

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Michael & Diane Bernstein Daniel & Robin Stein Sol & Flora Wachsberg Arthur & Marian Daum Edward & Shelly Gardner Tom & Kay Goldman Adam & Tatiana Wolfe Harry & Teri Greenblatt Robert & Beverly Pickelner Fred & Julie Wolgel Todd & Michelle Gottesman David & Joan Rosenthal Fred & Nancy Stow Nelson Gruber & Manizeh Mirza-Gruber Byron & Betty Harris Steven & Jill Newman Josh & Jodi Skorupski Adam Brand & Maya Kriseman Evan & Lisa Lee Randy & Heather Reichstein Floyd & Charlotte Goldberg Mark & Beth Sanders Reid & Anissa Friedman Jeffrey & Cynthia Gollomp Michael & Barbara Gamson Jeffrey & Lisa Myers Jay & Valerie Resh Jay & Betty Epstein Jeffrey & Allison Feinstein Rory & Laura Alter Gary & Bonnie Blumberg Jerry & Elaine Feiner Geoffrey & Barbara Koslov Burton & Mary Kunik Joshua & Zahava Levy Frank & Salli Goldberg Steve & Pepi Nichols Rick & Jan Kaminsky Alan & Jennifer Rosen Ronald & Harriet Bormaster Barry & Phyllis Kalmin Jack & Karen Lee Julian & Vivian Levin Russ & Leslie Robinson Steven & Mindy Finger David & Andrea Stein Charles & Ilene Fedrid Sanford & Linda Herskovitz Steven & Paula Soffer Hershel Swartz & Sarah Marlin Jerrad Bloome & Sara Castle-Bloome Arthur & Nancy Brand Adam & Lindsay Cohen W. Kyle & Greta Drennan Steven & Pamela Rosen Michael & Sharon Segal

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Leon & Shirley Bloom Andrew & Melissa Brams Harry & Kris Edelheit Josef & Eileen Marom Adam & Jennifer Rosenfeld Michael & Nancy Rosenthal Andrew & Alberta Totz Jeffrey & Cynthia Anapolsky Adam & Heather Davidoff Clayton & Beth Dreyer Marvin & Renee Gerber Stanton & Jessica Malowitz Lowell & Wendy Rosenthal Charles Wiese & Janice Rubin Joshua & Deborah Weinstein Brent & Michelle Fredricks Roni & Hilary Most Brian & Dixon Schultz Bruce & Abbie Seher Stuart & Jennifer Sperling Benjamin & Joy Warren Steven & Marty Garfinkel Jeffrey & Jeryl Golub Adam & Debra Greenberg Paul & Stephanie Gustafson Barry & Helena Horwitz Phillip & Lisa Turboff Alan & Shirley Cohn Jon & Lorri Feiwell Marc & Hayley Feldman Michael & Melissa Friedman Jeffrey & Fara Gaitz Michael & Stephanie Hirschfeld Samuel & Samantha Lee Tim & Rochelle Lootens Stephen & Michelle Maislin Arthur & Arlene Nathan Evan & Diane Weinberger Brian & Adriana Arias Adam & Robyn Burck Gregg & Jennifer Costa Dean & Cindy Gachman Gary & Nancy Glesby Jay & Wendy Gold Mike & Silvia Goldstein Frederic & Anita Hochman Jeffrey & Barbie Horowitz Edward & Eileen Kisluk Yem & Nancy Levy Jason & Peta Rubenstein Warren & Tammy Simi Brandon & Jessica Strauss Alan & Juli Scheinthal

Condolences The congregation extends its sincerest condolences to the families of

Libby Wernick Danziger, Bertie Hart, Sheila Klugman, Arkadiy Rozinoyer, Gloria Silber, Rhoda Sklar, Liza Sobolevskaya May their memories be for a blessing.

Mazal Tov

To Ileene Robinson for being recognized by the Republican Party of Texas for her exceptional work on behalf of the mentallychallenged in our community and across Texas. 13

Consider Becoming A Foster Family Find out more at our Information Session Monday, May 9, 2016 6:00 p.m. Celebration Company 4019 S. Braeswood Every child deserves a safe, loving home. Foster care provides this via a temporary home for children who have experienced abuse, neglect or abandonment. The ultimate goal is to stabilize the family and return the children back to their parents. As a Foster Family, you have the opportunity to provide the care and support to a child, which could turn their life around!

Although it’s not frequently discussed, children in our Jewish community often need to be in a protected environment while their parents work through challenges. —Linda L. Burger, CEO, Jewish Family Service

The process for becoming a Foster Family: n Takes approximately 120 days n Includes attending an orientation (such as this meeting) n Submitting an application n Background checks (on anyone in the household over 14) n 40 hours of training n A home study

DePelchin works to find families who are willing to put the child’s needs first in order to make a lasting difference in the life of a child. —Arnold Valdez, Recruitment & Training Supervisor at DePelchin

Through DePelchin, Foster Families receive monthly financial assistance, therapeutic counseling, in-home support, 24-hour crisis intervention, resources of children’s activities and a referral/retention bonus. With over 2,800 children in foster care in the Greater Houston Area, families are always in need.

RSVP to Tammi Altshuler by e-mail at or by phone 713-667-9336 x103 by Sunday, May 8, 2016 Presented by:

Hosted by:


If you are unable to attend this session, please contact Mr. Valdez at DePelchin Children’s Center directly at 713-802-7639.

Shabbat In The Park Join us at the Bellaire Pavilion for a musical Shabbat celebration! Bring your blankets and chairs and food for your family (dairy, please) Schmooze and relax as we welcome Shabbat With Rabbi Brian Strauss and Song Leader Kari Saratovsky Open to all ages and to the community.

June 3rd...5:30pm Schmooze...6:00pm Service 15

BYers sing in Carnegie Hall with HaZamir

CBY CanCare Co-ordinators (clockwise from top left): Rabbi Steven Morgen, Michael Wiesenthal, Barbara Selzer and Leah Katz.

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Pictured above (left to right), are: Rachel Lootens, Avital Stolar and Katie Faour - Houston participants in the 2016 HaZamir concert in Carnegie Hall.. On Sunday, April 3, 2016, three CBY congregants performed in the HaZamir concert in Carnegie Hall in NYC. HaZamir is the International Jewish High School Choir. Its 400 (approximately) teen members are from across the United States and Israel. The Houston participants were Katie Faour, Rachel Lootens and their conductor, Avital Stolar. Katie and Rachel are congregants and Katie is a BYDS graduate. Avital has been a CBY teacher and bar/bat mitzvah tutor. She is an alumni of HaZamir, in addition to being the Houston conductor. The teens, all in 8th through 12th grade, gathered in NYC on Thursday, March 31, and rehearsed together in a Hudson Valley retreat hotel until returning to NYC for Sunday’s performance. The teens had rehearsed with their local chapters since September, but they only began to rehearse together with all the others on the Thursday before the performance. Among the songs performed were one written by Debbie Friedman (“Miriam’s Song”), songs based on the Haggadah (“V’Hi SheAmdah” and “Dayenu”) and an original song based on Psalm 150 (“Halleluyah”). It was a spectacular performance, not to mention incredibly moving. There was a special tribute to the Israeli HaZamir teens who are about to enter the IDF, as well as to the HaZamir alumni in the IDF. Rachel and Katie were the only members of the Houston delegation this year, but the hope is to recruit more Houstonians for next year. (Many of the northern states had 10-20 participants each.) The only other Texas delegation was from the Dallas area.

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ď ™Shabbat in the Park is a winner with all generations!

Rabbi Strauss, Kari Saratovsky, and Dan Lieberman led over 350 people in the first Shabbat in the Park service at the Bellaire Pavilion on Friday, March 25th. Grandparents, parents, and children of all ages enjoyed the festive and fun Shabbat atmosphere. We will do it again on June 3! (See our ad on page 15.)



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Sunday, May 22, at 7:00pm Junior League of Houston 1811 Briar Oaks Ln, Houston, TX 77027 The Pew Research Center’s recently released survey of Israeli society is an extremely rich one in its data on democratic norms, the religious-secular divide, attitudes toward the peace process and the prospect of a two-state solution, and comparisons with U.S. Jewry. The evening’s conversation will focus on what the findings suggest for long-term policies and relationships.

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