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The Message

Congregation Beth Yeshurun Houston May 2017

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of my cell phone for anything. Your list may differ, but these inventions make each day a bit fuller, richer and, yes, more fun. And yet there is that downside, isn’t there? As summer approaches, I find myself asking how much of these three gadgets I want around me when I head off for vacation. Being able to do email and access the Web is great, but do I have the strength to not fall prey to its hypnotic power? When Marcie and I took a cruise one summer, there was a man who appeared to be chained to one of the library’s several computers. We all have messages to check and news to read, but as I watched this fellow, I wondered what kind of vacation he was really having. Because email not only brings us up to date about things happening in the office back home, it also can bring us aggravation and anxiety from the office back home. I love my cell phone and, yes, I hear from Beth Yeshurun now and then when I’m away. But what kind of a vacation is it for those people I see whose phones seem glued to their ears? I wonder. I’m not saying we should cut ourselves off completely when we travel. It’s unrealistic to pretend that we can simply walk away from the “real world” 100 percent. But as we prepare to take those treasured vacation days, I urge you to measure carefully how tied to your portable technology you really want and need to be. I hope you will try, as I do, to set some kind of limit on how much interaction you really need to have with your office back home. Yes, the personal computer, the Internet and the cell phone have changed my life and probably yours. But “changing my life” and “taking over my life” are two different things. This summer, I hope all of us will be able to keep that distinction in mind. Have a wonderful summer!

From the Rabbi Rabbi David Rosen

The computer, the Internet and the cell phone Recently I was asked to name the three inventions developed in my lifetime that have most changed my life. Perhaps not surprisingly I came up with the personal computer, the Internet (including email) and the cell phone. Remember what it was like before you had a personal computer in your home? My rabbinical thesis was typed on an IBM Selectric typewriter. Reformatting text or moving paragraphs around was arduous and so time-consuming. And even though I have always loved perusing books, the ability to instantly access an endless quantity of information via the Internet remains one of the most amazing enhancements to my life. And finally, there is the cell phone, which on one hand is surely the bane of human existence with its constant intrusions into my life and, worst, the intrusions of other people’s conversations into my life! But think how it has eased our way. We’re able to call ahead for help when we’re lost, let people know we’re running late, and stay in touch with our kids wherever they are. For all its downside, I wouldn’t get rid

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In Celebration of Shavuot



or hundreds of years, we Jews have welcomed the Festival of Shavuot, the holiday which celebrates the Revelation of Torah at Sinai, by spending the evening studying our history and heritage. This year, we will revisit the stories of Israel’s greatest kings: their strengths, their weaknesses, their mighty adventures, their personal and political disasters. How is each king regarded by rabbis and biblical scholars today, and what lessons can we who live in the 21st Century still learn from them thousands of years later? 8:00 - 8:20 P.M. - Freedman-Levit Sanctuary

Shavuot Service 8:20 - 9 P.M. - Stein Hall

Light Shavuot Dinner


“The Amazing Kings of Israel!” King Saul

with Rabbi Steven Morgen King David

with Rabbi Brian Strauss King Solomon

with Rabbi David Rosen King Josiah

with Rabbi Danny Horwitz And join us as we blend the sweetness of Torah with the sweetness of Ice Cream Sundaes during the course of our Shavuot night of study. 3

Shabbat Services

Chapel Services Monday, 5/1/2017: 7:00am - 6:30pm Tuesday, 5/2/2017: 7:00am - 6:30pm Wednesday, 5/3/2017: 7:00am - 6:30pm Thursday, 5/4/2017: 7:00am - 6:30pm Friday, 5/5/2017: 7:00am - 6:30pm Saturday, 5/6/2017: 8:30am - 7:30pm Sunday, 5/7/2017: 8:00am - 6:30pm Monday, 5/8/2017: 7:00am - 6:30pm Tuesday, 5/9/2017: 7:00am - 6:30pm Wednesday, 5/10/2017: 7:00am - 6:30pm Thursday, 5/11/2017: 7:00am - 6:30pm Friday, 5/12/2017: 7:00am - 6:30pm Saturday, 5/13/2017: 8:30am - 7:30pm Sunday, 5/14/2017: 8:00am - 6:30pm Monday, 5/15/2017: 7:00am - 6:30pm Tuesday, 5/16/2017: 7:00am - 6:30pm Wednesday, 5/17/2017: 7:00am - 6:30pm Thursday, 5/18/2017: 7:00am - 6:30pm Friday, 5/19/2017: 7:00am - 6:30pm Saturday, 5/20/2017: 8:30am - 7:45pm Sunday, 5/21/2017: 8:00am - 6:30pm Monday, 5/22/2017: 7:00am - 6:30pm Tuesday, 5/23/2017: 7:00am - 6:30pm Wednesday, 5/24/2017: 7:00am - 6:30pm Thursday, 5/25/2017: 7:00am - 6:30pm Friday, 5/26/2017: 6:45am - 6:30pm Saturday, 5/27/2017: 8:30am - 7:45pm Sunday, 5/28/2017: 8:00am - 6:30pm Monday, 5/29/2017: 7:00am - 6:30pm Tuesday, 5/30/2017: 7:00am - 8:00pm Wednesday, 5/31/2017: 8:30am - 8:00pm

FRIDAY, MAY 5 - Candlelighting Time 7:22pm 6:00pm Shabbat Renewal - with the Greenberg Family 6:30pm Kol Rinah in the J.B. Greenfield Chapel SATURDAY, MAY 6 - Parashiyot Achrei Mot - Kedoshim 8:30am Shabbat Service in the J.B. Greenfield Chapel 9:00am Jr. Congregation 9:15am Museum Minyan 9:30am Sanctuary Servi‑ce - B’not Mitzvah: Anna & Kate Greenberg 7:30pm Shabbat Service in the J.B. Greenfield Chapel FRIDAY, MAY 12 - Candlelighting Time 7:26pm 6:00pm Our New Shabbat Shelanu! 6:30pm Shabbat Service in the J.B. Greenfield Chapel SATURDAY, MAY 13 - Parashat Emor 8:30am Shabbat Service in the J.B. Greenfield Chapel 9:00am Jr. Congregation 9:15am Museum Minyan 9:30am Sanctuary Service 7:30pm Shabbat Service in the J.B. Greenfield Chapel FRIDAY, MAY 19 - Candle lighting Time 7:30pm 6:00pm Shabbat Renewal 6:30pm Shabbat Service in the J.B. Greenfield Chapel SATURDAY, MAY 20 - Parashiyot Behar - Bechukotai 8:30am Shabbat Service in the J.B. Greenfield Chapel 9:15am Museum Minyan 9:30am Sanctuary Service 5:30pm Minhah Bar Mitzvah - Holden Miller 7:45pm Shabbat Service in the J.B. Greenfield Chapel

Shavuot Services TUESDAY, MAY 30 - Erev Shavuot 8:00pm J.B. Greenfield Chapel 8:00pm Sanctuary Service

FRIDAY, MAY 26 - Candlelighting Time 7:35pm 6:00pm Shabbat Renewal - with the Beinart Family 6:30pm Shabbat Service in the J.B. Greenfield Chapel

WEDNESDAY, MAY 31 - Shavuot I 8:30am Combined Sanctuary/Museum Minyan/Chapel Service 8:00pm J.B. Greenfield Chapel

SATURDAY, MAY 27 - Parashat Shmini 8:30am Shabbat Service in the J.B. Greenfield Chapel 9:15am Museum Minyan 9:30am Sanctuary Service - B’nai Mitzvah: Becca & Ben Beinart 5:30pm Minhah Bar Mitzvah - Jacob Serna 7:45pm Shabbat Service in the J.B. Greenfield Chapel

THURSDAY, JUNE 1 - Shavuot II - Yizkor 8:30am J.B. Greenfield Chapel 9:30am Combined Sanctuary/Museum Minyan Service Following all services on Thursday, please join us for a Blintz Luncheon sponsored by Bruce Stein & Family! 4


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We will explore what it means to be a Jewish man tod as we come together with our friends at UOS to eat, laugh, and share o stories. A night of fraternity and brotherhood mixed with a little matza It’s our a Mitzvah beer, and steak! Together we’ll celebrate freedom, as Jews and as me And we will learn how to lead an enjoyable and meaningful Seder just in tim Interested in sponsoring a Chapel Minyan weekday for Dr.Passover! Joel Roffman May 17 at 6:00pm breakfast, or a Chapel or Museum Minyan Shabbat Kiddush th

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 (increased from $100 effective June 1, 2017) 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.  Dell & Barbara Coleman  CBY Rabbis & Cantor in memory of Steve Rudoff  Myra Dobbs & Rene Shapiro in memory of Bette & David Shapiro  The Finkelman Family in memory of Wolf Finkelman  Roby & Micky Fleischer in memory Ilse Tichauer  Lynn & Gil Friedlander in memory of Annette & Jerry Davis  Gary & Arlene Lassin and Jeffrey Riesenfeld in honor of Andi Levy & Brett Riesenfeld  Richard Leibman & Family in memory of Henia Leibman  Gaylyn & Howard Lipp in memory of Libby & Harold Lipp, Leah & Arnold Lipp and Elsie & Herman Peck  Reba, Marc & Dianne Magids & Family and Steve & Shelly Brodie & Family in memory of Barnett Magids  Bobbie Weinstein in memory of Samuel Meyrowitz  Rabbi David & Marcie Rosen in memory of Lester Rosen  Lonnie & Marsha Schooler in honor of the anniversary of Lonnie’s Bar Mitzvah  Suzanne, Loren, Myles & Bryan Siegel in memory of Dr. Norman Siegel  Bubba Silberstein in memory of Melvin Silberstein  Rochelle Goldberg Skibell & Family in memory of David Lubin Skibell  Linden & Roger Sofer in memory of Dora Sofer  The Weinberger Family in memory of Dr. Robert Weinberger

Please join in the 100 Jewish Men final program of the year Wednesday, May 17, at Genesis Steahouse. Our speaker, Joel Roffman will be enlightening us on how we can be Making Every Day Count. In an engaging, moving and inspirational talk, Dr. Roffman takes us through his battle with cancer - from diagnosis to treatment to recovery. Inspired by Jewish teachings, Dr. Roffman’s story applies not only to cancer but also to many of life’s everyday struggles. “Chemotherapy enabled me to live; Judaism taught me how,” he says. A cardiologist near Dallas, Dr. Roffman and his wife have been married forty years. He is active in his shul and is an avid photographer and cyclist.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at Genesis Steahous

Making Every Day Count with Joel Roffman In an engaging, moving and inspirational talk, D Roffman takes us through his battle with cancer - fro diagnosis to treatment to recovery. Inspired by Jewi teachings, Dr. Roffman’s story applies not only to canc but also to many of life’s everyday struggles. “Chemotherapy enabled me live; Judaism taught me how,” he says. A cardiologist near Dallas, Dr. Roffm and his wife have been married forty years. He is active in his shul and is avid photographer and cyclist. If you are not a member of 100 Jewish Men but would like to see a program, please attend by sending an RSVP to Brian Strauss at Cost is $25 which includes a full dinner at Genesis Steakhouse and Wine Bar.

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City, Zip: __________________________________________________ To make sure you can get into the building for services, meetings or events when the office is closed, you need to have an Access Card. Come to the synagogue office during business hours (Mon.-Thu. 8:30am-5:00pm or Fri. 8:30am4:30pm) with your driver’s license or other photo ID. Access cards are available to Beth Yeshurun members age 18 and older.

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Rabbi Sarah Fort to Join Clergy

From CBY President Arlene Staller and Rabbi David Rosen It is our pleasure and honor to announce that Rabbi Sarah Fort has accepted our offer to become an Assistant Rabbi at Congregation Beth Yeshurun effective July 1, 2017. This completes a thorough search which began late last year with the submission of our application to the Rabbinic Assembly. Rabbi Strauss and Jerrad Bloome, the chair of the search committee, conducted the initial interviews in New York of graduates of both the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York and the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles. Three well-qualified candidates were then invited to Houston and introduced to the congregation in March. After an event-packed month of dinners, sermons, D’vrei Torah, board breakfasts, meetings with congregants and community feedback surveys, we concluded that Rabbi Fort best fulfills the qualities in a rabbi that are important to our community. Rabbi Fort’s warmth and professional experience, and her passion for Judaism and the Jewish people were compelling. In her role as Assistant Rabbi, Rabbi Fort will take on the full range of worship, pastoral and life-cycle responsibilities, with a special emphasis on the engagement of our young adults and families. Rabbi Fort is a graduating rabbinical student at the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles. A native of the D.C. area, she graduated from George Mason University with a degree in Government and International Politics with the intention of going into foreign service. However, during her term as president of Hillel and her involvement in Jewish experiential education, she found her passion for developing Jewish community. This led her to move to Los Angeles for rabbinical school, where she met her husband who is also a graduating rabbinical student. In her free time, Rabbi Fort loves reading, binge-watching T.V. shows and making friends with people who own dogs (because there is no room in her LA apartment for one--or two!--of her own).  Special thanks to Bruce and Rhona Caress, whose generous gift enabled us to accelerate the hiring of a new assistant rabbi to this year, a year ahead of schedule. We would like to thank the Search Committee for their dedication and commitment to identifying a rabbi to help move our congregation into the future. The Search Committee included: Jerrad Bloome (Chair), Michael Burger, Allie Danziger, Doug Freedman, Michael Hofrichter, Ryan Kagan,

Stephanie Kohll, Roni Most, Bill Schwartz, and Judy Yambra. We must also thank our clergy for welcoming the candidates into our synagogue and making them feel so comfortable. Each of our candidates commented on the warmth and caring environment of Beth Yeshurun and looked forward to working with our clergy team! But, most of all, we must thank you, the members of our Beth Yeshurun community, whose diverse interests and needs we have kept at the forefront of our minds. Thank you for your tremendous caring, interest and input into this process. We look for ward to welcoming Rabbi Fort and her husband, Rabbi Ariel Sholklapper, into our congregation and to sharing many exciting, meaningful and transformative moments together as a community.

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ď ™Yizkor Book deadline for Shavuot May 22 Yizkor will be recited in the morning on Thursday, June 1. The deadline for submitting names to be printed on an addendum sheet that will be inserted into the Yizkor Memorial Book is May 22. A minimun of $15 per name is suggested. Names must be submitted to Misi Schlueter in the synagogue office. Names must be received in legible writing and will not be accepted by telephone. Find the latest CBY news at:


Send a child to Jewish Summer Camp! For several years BYB has collected donations to assist our families to send their children to overnight Jewish summer camps. Attending an overnight Jewish summer camp offers our youngsters a 24/7 opportunity to strengthen their involvement in Judaism, improve their leadership skills, create lasting friendships, foster their devotion to Israel plus lots more! It’s our obligation to build a strong Jewish foundation for the next generation! The tuition cost of $1,200 a week is beyond the means of many of our CBY families. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation for this worthy cause. Mail your check to Beth Yeshurun, Summer Camp Fund, 4525 Beechnut, Houston, TX 77096.

Sisterhood Gift Shop Office Hours

For All Your Judaica Needs SUNDAY 10:00AM-1:00PM (CLOSED MONDAY) TUESDAY - WEDNESDAY THURSDAY 10:00am-4:30pm FRIDAY 10:00am-2:30pm (CLOSED SATURDAY)

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 holidays: Monday • May 29 • Memorial Day Wednesday • May 31 • Shavuot I Thursday • June 1 • Shavuot II

Cemetery Hours


Would you like to write fewer checks? Now’s your chance! Direct Debit for Dues Payments Through ACH (Automated Clearing House)

Beth Yeshurun cemeteries are open Sunday-Friday, 8:30am to 5:00pm, closed on Saturdays and the following: Wednesday • May 31 • Shavuot I Thursday • June 1 • Shavuot II

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Annual Men’s Mock Seder

Members of UOS, Houston Congregation for Reform Judaism, Brith Shalom and Beth Yeshurun came together for the 12th Annual Men’s Mock Seder April 2, 2017. Rabbis Strauss, Gelman, Teller and Gross led the program and presented a lively debate on which son of the Passover seder is the most relevant. The 13th Annual Men’s Mock Seder has already been planned for March 18, 2018.

CBY sends 90+ delegates to AIPAC

Earlier this Spring, 90+ Beth Yeshurun members attended the AIPAC Policy Conference March 26-28. This delegation was the largest from Houston and one of the largest among the synagogues throughout the country. Next year, we hope to take more than 100 delegates. If you’ve never been, we hope you can join us for the next AIPAC Policy Conference, March 4-6, 2018, in Washington, DC. Among those who attended this year were: Irwin Barg, Rhonda Bass, Ariel Bass, Scott Bender, Susie Bender, Steven Bender, Eric Bender, Zach Birenbaum, Jerrad Bloome, Sara Bloome, Benjamin Bresalier, Larry Buryakovsky, Rhona Caress, Bruce Caress, Austin Chandler, Leslie Cohen, Jan Cohen, Paul Danziger, Emma Danziger, Jordan Davis, Robin Davis, Eric Davis,

Laura Dew, Douglas Dotan, Constance Dotan, Frieda Dow, Daniel Fein, Sharyn Feller Harris, Lawrence Finder, Steven Finkelman, Sandra Finkelman, Seth Finkelman, Forrest Fox, Teresa Friedman, Leonard Friedman, Noa Gadot, Shawn Golan, Bennett Greenspan, Robin Greenspan, Brianna Greenspan, Mel Gross, Aryeh Gruber, Shmuel Harari, David Harris, Sanford Herskovitz, Linda Herskovitz, Rabbi Daniel Horwitz, Michael Kaplan, Tracy Karp, Rebecca Keenan, Joe Kornfeld, Bryan Levy, Benjamin Lipson, Rachel Lootens, Thomas McCulloch, Janet McCulloch, Elise Newman, David Regenbaum, Glenda Regenbaum, Rabbi David Rosen, Sheldon Rubenfeld, Linda Rubenfeld, Rhoda Saka, Steve Saka, Bailey Slawin, Roger Sofer, Linden Sofer, Claudia Soroka, Sergio Soroka, Gary Swartz and Benjamin Warren. 10

Jewish Learning Project DECEMBER 2016 at CBY May 7 | 10:00-11:00am

May 7 | 10:00-11:00am Introduction to Jewish Law—Eye for an Eye with Rabbi Steven Morgen

Why is this Prayerbook Different from all other Prayerbooks? with Rabbi Danny Horwitz

Is it Shabbat Already? with Rabbi Steve Morgen: Dec 4 & 11

May 7,Rabbi 14 & 21 | 9:00-10:00am Maya7day | 11:00am-noon Morgen continues his conversation on Shabbat. Taking off in this Invitation to Judaism The Great Hassidic Masters and What They can Teach Us crazy hectic world isn’t easy. We'll look at the essential meaning of the Sabbath with Rabbi Steven Morgen with Rabbi Danny Horwitz day, how it has been traditionally observed, and how to get the most out of a day

rest even with all of our responsibilities to work and family.May 7 | 10:00-11:00am May 7of10:00-11:00am Beginning Hebrew Torah Means Teacher: Exploring Exodus with Cantor Diane Dorf with Dr. Nahum Footnick

Jewish Learning P

May 7 | 11:00-noon May 7 | 11:00am-noon Jewish Women of Valor Mishna-La de Nuestros Sunday, December 18 - 10:00 amSenda - 11:00 am Sabios with Dr. Bernice Heilbrunn Potvin with Rabbi Diana Charles Balfoure’s New York Times bestseller “The Paris Architect” with Rabbi Siegel

DECEMBER 2016 at

David Rosen. The Paris Architect asks us to consider what we owe each other, and just how far we'll go to make things right. Written by architect whose Is an it Shabbat Already? with Rabbi Steve Morge knowledge imbues every page, this story becomes more gripping with every soul Rabbi Morgen continues his conversation on Shabbat. hidden and every life saved. crazy hectic world isn’t easy. We'll look at the essentia

CBY Celebrates Cancer Survivorship Friday, June 2

day, how it has been traditionally observed, and how t of rest even with all of our responsibilities to work and

Celebrate the lives of cancer survivors with us at a special Shabbat Shelanu! service at 6:00pm June 2. Rabbi Rosen will offer a special blessing for anyone touched by cancer, and for all our cancer survivors. We will also hear from survivor Michael Wiesenthal and his CanCare volunteer, Leonard Donaldson. We are pleased to offer this service in collaboration with CanCare, Inc. of which BY has been a member since 2001. CanCare is a nonprofit interfaith organization celebrating it’s 27th anniversary this year. It provides an opportunity for a person who is fighting cancer to walk with a volunteer who has survived that same cancer and treatment. CanCare’s member congregations spread awareness of CanCare’s free services within their congregations, and encourage cancer survivors to serve as volunteers in the community. CanCare’s volunteers provide one-on-one emotional support to cancer patients and their family members, offering encouragement, hope and understanding that comes from a shared experience. Do you know someone fighting cancer? Introduce them to CanCare or offer to call CanCare on their behalf. Have them go to and learn more about this wonderful organization. Do you know someone who is a cancer survivor? Ask them to contact CanCare at 713.461.0028 to learn more about the training program to become one of their volunteers. They will

Sunday, December 18

Charles Balfoure’s New York Times bestseller “The Pari David Rosen. The Paris Architect asks us to consider wh just how far we'll go to make things right. Written by a knowledge imbues every page, this story becomes mor hidden and every life saved.

CBY CanCare Co-ordinators (clockwise from top left): Rabbi Steven Morgen, Michael Wiesenthal, Barbara Selzer and Leah Katz discover it gives value and meaning to their cancer experience. For questions or more information, please contact Rabbi Morgen (our CanCare rabbinic liaison) at 713.666.1881, Leah Katz at 713.977.6400, Barbara Selzer at 713.771.2030, or Michael Wiesenthal at 713.703.6791. Contact CanCare directly at the phone number or website provided above. 11

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1  Tamuz   26 Rosh Chodesh  

27  Sivan  22 Gathering Place  Caregivers Group   

20  Sivan  15 Caregivers Group 

2  Tamuz   27 3  Tamuz   28 4  Tamuz   29 Grief Group  Technology Committee Mtg  Caregivers Group  Divorce Group  Meditation Group  Inclusion Committee Mtg 

26  Sivan  21 YES Luncheon  Meditation Group 

24  Sivan  19

18 25  Sivan  20 Grief Group  CBY Board Mtg 

17  Sivan  12 18  Sivan  13 19  Sivan  14 Meditation Group  BYDS Summer Camp Begins  Grief Group  Budget Committee Mtg  Executive Committee Mtg  Divorce Group 


21  Sivan  16 22  Sivan  17 Sh’lach 23  Sivan           Shabbat Morning Services    Torah Study      Evening Chapel  Shabbat Evening Services       28  Sivan  23 29  Sivan  24 Korach                 30  Sivan   Rosh Chodesh    Shabbat Morning Services    Torah Study        Evening Chapel  Shabbat Evening Services  Keshet Shabbat Dinner    5  Tamuz   30 6  Tamuz         Shabbat Evening Services   

15  Sivan  10 Beha’alotcha 16  Sivan   Shabbat Morning Services  Torah Study    Shabbat Shelanu!    Shabbat Evening Services  Evening Chapel   

14  Sivan  9    


Sat 7  Sivan   2 8  Sivan   3 Nasso                         9  Sivan   Shabbat Morning Services  SHAVUOT II    Torah Study  SYNAGOGUE OFFICE CLOSED      CEMETERIES CLOSED        Shabbat Evening Services  Evening Chapel    1


12  Sivan  7 13  Sivan  8 Meditation Group  Caregivers Group  Membership Committee Mtg 


11  Sivan  6 Grief Group 


10  Sivan  5  





JUNE 2017

Benjamin Michael Beinart (May 26/27) is the son of Staci and Jason Beinart; brother of Rebecca and Jordan Beinart; grandson of Lisa Davidoff and the late Maurice Davidoff, and Devorah Beinart and Harold Beinart; and great-grandson of Hanny Levy, Richard Levy, Dorothy Davidoff and the late Charles Davidoff. Ben attends Pin Oak Middle School. For his Mitzvah Project, Ben made Shabbat Boxes for Jewish patients at Methodist Hospital. He will also donate a portion of his monetary gifts to the charity of Justin’s Triumph Over GAN.

B’nai Mitzvah Kate Ella Greenberg and Anna Grace Greenberg (May 6) are the twin daughters of D e b r a & Ad a m Greenberg; sister s of Jack Greenberg; and granddaughters of Elaine Gotlieb and the late Edward Gotlieb, Alan and Valerie Greenberg, and Ralph and Alice Stern. Kate and Anna attend The Emery/Weiner School. For their Mitzvah Project, they donated turkeys over Thanksgiving to a community in need; collected children’s books for the Texas Children’s Hospital and will also donate a portion of their monetary gifts to the SPCA of Houston. Holden Max Miller (May 20) is the son of Dionne Miller and Bryan Miller; brother of Lauren and Liam Miller; and grandson of Lorraine and Robert Press, and the late Louise and Hugh Miller. Holden attends The Joy School. Holden will participate in the Rabbi’s Ten Percent Plan for charitable giving.

Jacob Levi Serna-Cohen (May 27) is the son of Dorothy Cohen and Carlos Serna; brother of Carlos Patrick, Patricia and Rachel Serna-Cohen; and grandson of Robin Cohen and the late Jerry Cohen, and the late Clara and Ruperto Serna. Jacob attends The Tenney School.

Changes coming to the Building Fund Changes are coming to the Building Fund for New and Young CBY Members It goes without saying that one of our congregation’s highest priorities is finding and welcoming young and new members into our synagogue family. For many years, our congregation has asked all new members to make a five-year pledge to the Building and Maintenance Fund (in addition to dues) in order to support the ongoing operation and maintenance of our beautiful facility. New and young members who wish to be part of our wonderful congregation have for a long time urged us to find a way to restructure how this obligation is paid. At the April meeting of our Board of Trustees, a new policy was approved that will make it easier for our young and new members to handle this support of our building’s maintenance in a way that will be more comfortable for them. The details of this new policy will soon be communicated to everyone by letter. There is too much detail to elaborate on here. But it should be noted that if you have already completed your Building Fund pledge, you will not be affected by this new policy. And if you are presently paying your Building Fund pledge, you will be offered two options to complete it. We will be contacting you soon. Thanks to this decision, we will be able to make membership in Beth Yeshurun more affordable for our young and new members while at the same maintaining our ability to maintain our beautiful facility for years to come.

Rebecca Ashley Beinart (May 26/27) is the daughter of Staci and Jason Beinart; sister of Benjamin and Jordan Beinart; granddaughter of Lisa Davidoff and the late Maurice Davidoff, and Devorah Beinart and Harold Beinart; and great-grandaughter of Hanny Levy, Richard Levy, Dorothy Davidoff and the late Charles Davidoff. Becca attends Pin Oak Middle School. For her Mitzvah Project, Becca made Shabbat Boxes for Jewish patients at Methodist Hospital. She will also donate a portion of her monetary gifts to the Ryan Goldblatt Foundation to help the families of pediatric patients fighting cancer.

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. 14

We thank all of you for your support of Congregation Beth Yeshurun.

Our tzedakah funds

Visit The Butterfly Project from Holocaust Museum Houston

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) Projects in Israel; Rabbi Horwitz (b) Conservative Torah study/program institutions; (c) Youth scholarships; (d) Caring for the needy.

The Butterfly Project began in 1996 and has collected over 1.5 million hand crafted butterflies in memory of the 1.5 million children who perished in the Holocaust. Inspired by a poem of Pavel Friedmann written in the Terezin Concentration Camp, the butterfly represents rebirth and transformation.

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

Commemorating the 20th anniversary of the project, there are six travelling displays. We are honored to house the Monarch display at Congregation Beth Yeshurun in front of Freedman-Levit Sanctuary from now until May 31.

Thanks to all of you who have helped us provide thousands of dollars to meet these and other needs in the past year!

A gift of The Rabbi’s Circle

Rabbi Daniel Horwitz


Registra�on for the 2017 ‐ 2018   school year begins May 1!  We would love to have you join us in Religious School, Sulam, or Kehillah High for the upcoming year! Early Registra�on: Register for Religious School (K ‐ 6th grade) and Sulam (7th grade) by JUNE 2 to receive a discount. Register for Kehillah High (8th ‐ 12th grades) by JULY 3 to receive a discount. Registra�on forms and tui�on/fee schedules can be found on the Beth Yeshurun website ‐ h�p:// ‐ and click on Religious School For more informa�on, please contact Educa�on Director, Sheryl Eskowitz, at or 713‐255‐8034.


Hebrew Free Loan Association Opportunity The Hebrew Free Loan Association (HFLA) of Houston offers each of us the opportunity to meet the Torah’s commandment found in Exodus 22:25, “If you lend money to My people who are poor among you, you shall not be like a money lender to him; you shall not charge him interest.” In addition, the Torah’s commandment to lend to the poor and needy is found in Devarim (Deuteronomy):  “If there be among you a poor man, …thou shalt not harden thy heart, nor shut thy hand from thy poor brother:  but thou shalt open they hand wide to him, and shalt surely lend him sufficient for his need, in that which he lacks. Gemilut Hesed is generally translated as an “act of lovingkindness,” and usually refers to a special type of mitzvah that is performed with no expectation of any reward. This is an organization that each and every one of us should support in some way. When Jews of Houston have no other source of funds for food, rent, medical care and other needs, the HFLA of Houston is available to provide immediate assistance in the form of a confidential, interest free loan. A loan allows the recipient to maintain their dignity in times of need and has valuable psychological benefits over a handout. Loans are provided for various items including emergency funding, micro-loans to business startups, car repairs, outstanding bills, adoptions, automobile purchases, tuition, avoiding eviction, furniture, moving expenses, store inventory, legal fees, rent, fertility treatment and credit card debt.  To apply for a loan, make a donation or learn more about HFLA of Houston, visit  HFLA of Houston is a 501© (3) non-profit corporation.

Circle Appreciation Luncheon May 7

Mussar: Path of the Mensch class Mussar is considered the Jewish pathway toward fulfilling the best way we can live. It is about fulfilling the potential of our higher nature, our souls. To do this, participants of the Path of the Mensch course, led by Rabbi Strauss, focused their studies on the traits of patience, order, equanimity, honor, truth, moderation, responsibility and trust. Pictured above are: Top Row (l-r): Jennifer Sutton, Jennifer Deutsch, Jennifer Sondock, Ali Katz, Staci Schwartzberg, Mindi Stern, Joy Blair, Peta Rubenstein, Misi Schlueter and Joy Posoli; Bottom Row: Jerrad Bloome, Rabbi Strauss and Robert Birenbaum. Not Pictured: Margie Fields and Jennifer Rosenzweig. If you are interested in future Mussar groups, please contact Rabbi Strauss at

Sponsored Chapel breakfast price increase Beginning June 1, 2017, we are increasing the sponsorship donation for “standard” Chapel breakfasts to $120 (from $100). It has been about 10 years since we have increased the sponsorship for breakfast, and costs have eaten away (pun intended) at our net contribution for breakfast. While we regret having to do this, we need to be cognizant of the reality of cost increases and the budgetary impact. This increase brings our net contribution back to the level it was 10 years ago. We are very grateful to those of you who have sponsored breakfasts in the past in memory of a loved one, for a special simcha, or just to support Beth Yeshurun. We sincerely hope you will continue to do so. It is an extremely nice touch to continue to provide breakfast for those congregants who come to morning minyan, either on a daily basis or occasionally. This is made possible by those congregants who make donations. This increase does not affect “special” breakfasts or Shabbat kiddushes. To sponsor a breakfast or a Shabbat kiddush, please contact Eileen Pettigrew ( or Marco Alvarado ( And thank you again for your support.


Friendship Circle of Houston will honor its volunteers at a Gala Appreciation Luncheon Sunday, May 7th at 11:00am. The 2017 honorees are: Zack Pokroy and Paige Robbins for teen volunteers of the year, Yan Digilov for young adult volunteer of the year, Ileene Robinson for adult volunteer of the year. There will be a once-in-a-lifetime guest speaker: Supreme Court Justice Richard Bernstein. Justice Berstein was elected to the bench in 2014. Justice Bernstein is a tireless advocate for disabled rights and provides a voice to those who would otherwise be forced to be silent. In his spare time, Justice Bernstein is an avid runner, completing 17 marathons and triathlons. His story is a powerful narrative of the triumph of the human spirit. Justice Bernstein was born blind. For more info and for ticket reservations, please go to

You can help find a kidney for Casey!


Please help us find a kidney donor for Casey, wife of Bryan Kahle One of the greatest gifts you can give is to become a kidney donor. Please go to http://kidney4casey.blogspot. com/2017/02/i -need -kidney-how-you - can-help -me.html?m=1 to find out if you may be a suitable donor. You can also help by simply getting the word out about Casey’s need. Visit the link above to learn how you can help spread the word!

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 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 Myles & Beth Ann Siegel Frank & Salli Goldberg Steve & Pepi Nichols Rick & Jan Kaminsky Ronald & Harriet Bormaster Barry & Phyllis Kalmin Julian & Vivian Levin Scott & Angel Mossberg Russ & Leslie Robinson Steven & Mindy Finger David & Andrea Stein Charles & Ilene Fedrid Sanford & Linda Herskovitz 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 & Cindy 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 Aaron & Tracy Perry 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 Ronald Braunfeld & Debra Kerner Alan & Shirley Cohn Jon & Lorri Feiwell Marc & Hayley Feldman Michael & Melissa Friedman Jeffrey & Fara Gaitz Michael & Stephanie Hirschfeld Samuel & Samantha Lee Tim & Rochelle Lootens 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

ď ™Condolences The congregation extends its sincerest condolences to the families of Jeanette Bresalier, Thomas Dula, Robert Fliess, Herman Gillman, Brian Goldberg, Ferydoun (Fred) Hakimi, Murray Hoffer, Jean Katz, Jack (Buddy) Melamed, Florence Rodkin, Anita Schukar, Ely (Lou) Zalta, Zoly Z. Zamir


May their memories be for a blessing.

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