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chai from b et h el AUGUST 2017 | I SSUE NO 1

T HE CENT ER OF JEW I SH L I FE I N FORT BEND COUNT Y


Everyone w as ready for the Hi gh Holy Days and Rabbi Yi srael Salanter w as on hi s w ay to the synagogue w hen he heard ham m er blow s. The sound cam e from a sti ll-li t atti c w ork shop w here the tow n cobbler sti ll toi led. Reb Yi srael cli m bed up to that atti c and w atched the shoem aker bent over hi s unfi ni shed w ork . These w ere the tow nspeople?s shoes w hi ch they w ould need for the upcom i ng w i nter. ?What are you doi ng here sti ll w ork i ng at thi s late hour before the holi day?? The shoem aker rai sed hi s head and repli ed, ?As long as the candle i s sti ll burni ng, there i s sti ll ti m e to fi x thi ngs.? So Reb Yi srael Salanter w ent out i nto the streets and cri ed out, ?My fri ends! As long as the candle of our souls sti ll burns, there i s sti ll ti m e to repai r the w orld!" Thi s story i llustrates one of the m ost i m portant lessons of the Hi gh Holy Day season; nam ely, that there are alw ays opportuni ti es to change the w orld and there i s no better ti m e than ?hayom ?, today. As w e celebrate the creati on of our w orld, w e recogni ze there i s so m uch i n our w orld w hi ch i s i n need of ti k k un, repai r. Whether w e are look i ng locally, nati onally, or globally, w e are confronti ng seri ous i ssues w hi ch not only dem and our attenti on, but our acti on. As the resoundi ng blare of the shofar calls us to exam i ne our deeds, i t also rem i nds us of our obli gati on to set free the enslaved, shatter the bonds of oppressi on, and root out i njusti ce and di scri m i nati on i n all i ts form s.

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The task seem s i m possi ble. Too m uch to bear. But i n the face of encroachi ng shadow s, w e cannot throw our hands up i n despai r. We m ust not surrender to the dark ness. That i s not the Jew i sh w ay. We are com m anded to be an ?Or L?goyi m ? a li ght to the nati ons. We are obli gated to struggle agai nst the i ni qui ti es and i nequi ti es of the w orld. We m ust nouri sh the candles of our souls and spread i ts li ght to i llum i ne the li ves of those dw elli ng i n dark ness. Not tom orrow , but ?hayom .? L?shanah Tovah, Rabbi Joshua Lobel


by Rabbi Joshua L obel When i t com es to quali ti es a person can possess, Judai sm beli eves that w i sdom i s one of, i f not the m ost, i m portant. As our tradi ti on teaches us, there are certai n obli gati ons w e are responsi ble to perform w hose value cannot be m easured; am ong them honori ng one?s father and m other, vi si ti ng the si ck , perform i ng acts of lovi ng-k i ndness, and prayi ng w i th si nceri ty. But talm ud torah k ?neged k ulam - the study of Torah i s equal to them all. Why? Because i t leads to them all. It i s our beli ef that a person w ell versed i n our tradi ti on, w i th a true understandi ng of w hat i t m eans to be a Jew , w i ll, by defi ni ti on, pursue a li fe dedi cated to justi ce, understandi ng, com passi on, and peace. As w e begi n thi s new year of reli gi ous school, let us all stri ve to dedi cate ourselves to the pursui t of m eani ngful learni ng, thus tak i ng a bi g step tow ards creati ng a better w orld.

From Jodi Buck,

by K acy Rodriguez,

Education Director

Preschool Director CBE Preschool i s getti ng ready for another great year of fun and learni ng! Preschool starts on Monday, August 28th! Our teachers w i ll be busy w ork i ng to prepare the classroom s throughout the m onth of August. We can't w ai t to see everyone's sm i li ng faces out our Meet and Greet on Fri day, August 25th @ 11:30!

Ms. Kacy Rodri guez Ms. Mari lyn Gorel Ms. Marlene Chezes

From Rachel Paras, BEFT Y Advisor Beth El NFT Y Chapter

Ms. Cara Gehri ng Ms. Ili ssa Hoffpaui r Ms. Ali yah Rudoff

Beth El's NFTY group and advi sor w i ll be attendi ng thi s year's NFTY Sum m er Palooza at Greene Cam p Sept 1-4. Watch for the Septem ber i ssue for m ore on thi s fabulous w eekend.


5778 Hig h Holy Day Ser vice Sched ule Seli chot | 16 September Havdalah, fi lm , di scussi on and servi ce...........................................8:00PM

Rosh Hashanah Erev Rosh Hashanah: 20 September Servi ce........................................................................................................7:30PM Fi rst Day Rosh Hashanah: 21 September Morni ng Servi ce..................................................................................10:00AM* K-5th grade enri chm ent program ................................................10:30AM** Fam i ly Servi ce at Lost Creek Park ....................................................4:00PM Tashli ch at Lost Creek Park ................................................................4:30PM Second Day Rosh Hashanah: 22 September Servi ce......................................................................................................10:00AM

Shabbat Shuvah | 22 September Servi ce........................................................................................................7:00PM

Kever Avot v'Imahot | 24 September Cem etery Mem ori al Servi ce, Em anu El Mem ori al Park .............9:30AM

Yom Ki ppur Kol Ni dre: 29 September Servi ce........................................................................................................7:00PM Yom Ki ppur: 30 September Morni ng Servi ce..................................................................................10:00AM* K-5th grade enri chm ent program ................................................10:30AM** Yi zk or Servi ce...........................................................................................1:00PM Study Sessi on...........................................................................................2:00PM Fam i ly Servi ce..........................................................................................4:00PM Afternoon Servi ce/ Ne'i lah....................................................................5:00PM

Suk k ot | 4 October Di nner follow ed by servi ce.................................................6:00PM | 7:00PM

Sh'mi ni Atzeret - Si mchat Torah | 11 October Di nner follow ed by servi ce.................................................6:00PM | 7:00PM

Consecrati on | 9 October Servi ce........................................................................................................7:00PM *Babysi tti ng i s avai lable w i th pri or reservati ons. **Parents are encouraged to bri ng thei r chi ldren i nto the sanctuary at the start of servi ces at 10:00AM unti l aprox. 10:30AM, at w hi ch ti m e they w i ll i nvi ted to head to the enri chm ent program .

Shana Tovah


5778 BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE We w i ll soon be publi shi ng the Book of Remembrance for the Hi gh Holy Days, and i t i s our desi re to provi de a book that i s as com plete and correct as possi ble. The nam e of each yahrzei t i n the m em bershi p w i ll be i ncluded. If you w ould li ke to add a yahrzei t to your m em ber profi le, please call the Tem ple Adm i ni strator at 281.499.5066. You m any choose to add a speci al rem em brance, i n the form of a li ne or box, to the Book of Remembrance. The suggested donati on for each li ne i s $18.00 and for each box $36.00. Please return thi s form w i th a check for the total am ount of your donati on no later than Fri day, September 11, 2017. *Please note: there i s a m axi m um of tw o yahrzei ts per box. YAHRZEIT NAME: ____________________________________________________________________ MEMBER NAME: RELATION TO MEMBER: _____________________________________________________________ PICK ONE: _____LINE ____BOX

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CONTACT PHONE AND/OR EMAIL: ___________________________________________________________________

YAHRZEIT NAME: ____________________________________________________________________ RELATION TO MEMBER: _____________________________________________________________ PICK ONE: _____LINE ____BOX

_____ x $18 = $_________________ _____ x $36 = $_________________

YAHRZEIT NAME: ____________________________________________________________________ RELATION TO MEMBER: _____________________________________________________________ $__________ Total Donation PICK ONE: _____LINE ____BOX

_____I have enclosed a check _____ I have made my donation online at BethElTX.org

YAHRZEIT NAME: ____________________________________________________________________ RELATION TO MEMBER: _____________________________________________________________ PICK ONE: _____LINE ____BOX


CHILDCARE REGISTRATION 5778 HIGH HOLY DAY

Chi ld care i s avai lable for chi ldren ages 18 m onths through 5 years. Chi ldren under the age of 10 for the Yi zk or servi ce only) Non-m em bers please add $2 per chi ld, per sessi on. Snack s and art acti vi ti es w i ll be provi ded. Make check s payable to Congregati on Beth El and return your paym ent w i th thi s form by September 15 to Congregati on Beth El | 3900 Raoul Wallenberg Lane | Mi ssouri Ci ty, TX 77459. Questi ons? Call the Temple offi ce at 281.499.5066 PARENT'S NAME: ____________________________________________________________________ PHONE: ________________________________________________________ EMAIL: ______________________________________________________________________________ CBE MEMBER: _____YES _____NO

Ch ild's Nam e

TOTAL AMOUNT ATTACHED: $_____________________________________________

Age

Er ev Rosh Hash an ah

Rosh Hash an ah Day

Kol Nidr e

Yom Kippu r & Yizkor

Af t er n oon & Ne'ilah

Sept 20 7:00pm $5 per ch ild

Sept 21 9:30am $7 per ch ild

Sept 29 6:30pm $5 per ch ild

Sept 30 9:30pm $7 per ch ild

Sept 30 4:30pm $3 per ch ild

Tot al Am t Du e per Ch ild


LET'S PUT THE "SISTER" BACK IN SISTERHOOD BRUNCH The CBE Si sterhood wants to RE-ENERGIZE, and we need YOU! Please come for BRUNCH at CBE on Sunday, August 20, 2017 at 10:30 AM Your adm i ttance i s a "dai ry" di sh (frui t, eggs, tuna, veggi es, bli ntzes, m uffi ns, etc., etc.! - w e w i ll provi de bagels, spreads, coffee and jui ce).

Please RSVP by August 17 to the Temple offi ce at admi n@betheltx.org or CBE M M on the Web Questi ons? Contact Rachel Rosen, r3rosen@law -crg.com or Mi chelle Marlow e, m i chellere@earthli nk .net

HOPE TO SEE ALL THE WOM EN OF CBE THERE! Though there i s no obli gati on, thi s w i ll be an opportuni ty to pay your Si sterhood dues of $40.00 to help support Tem ple program s and needs.

START THE NEW YEAR W ITH A MITZVAH BE AN USHER We have several opportuni ti es for you to joi n our HHD Usher Corp. Select the date and ti m e, from the li st below and em ai l your request to Harry Hi m m elstei n, Usher Coodi nator at hhi m m elstei n@yahoo.com no later than Fri day, Septem ber 15.

2017/5778 USHER SCHEDULE Erev Rosh Hashanah - Wednesday, September 20 (servi ce begi ns at 7:30PM, ushers arri ve at 7:00PM) Rosh Hashanah Day 1 - Thursday, September 21 (servi ce begi ns at 10:00AM, ushers arri ve at 9:30AM) Rosh Hashanah Day 2 - Fri day, September 22 (servi ce begi ns at 10:00AM, ushers arri ve at 9:30AM)

Kol Ni dre/Erev Yom Ki ppur - Fri day, September 29 servi ce begi ns at 7:30PM, ushers arri ve at 7:00PM) Yom Ki ppur - Saturday, September 30 (servi ce begi ns at 10:00AM, ushers arri ve at 9:30AM) Yi zk or - Saturday, September 30 (servi ce begi ns at 1:00PM, ushers arri ve at 12:30PM) Ne'i lah - Saturday, September 30 (servi ce begi ns at 5:00PM, ushers arri ve at 4:30PM)


SEPTEMBER

AUGUST Ali ce Schi ffm an

8

Luci lle Braverm an

9

Jeff Novy

11

Yaffa Steubi nger

13

Henry Fackeldey

16

Larry Li nzer

18

Dale Rosen

1

Teresa Fri edm an

5

George Stark schall

11

Darrell Caraw ay

12

Ali son Hernandez

13

Natali e Kase

14

Rosa Gordon

16

Patri ci a Gui llory

16

Marc and Shelley Frank

10

Scott York

16

Andrew and Leah Caplan

16

Jeff Worm ser

17

Barry and Sharon Shapi ro

19

Kay Danzi ger

18

Jessi ca Sherm an

18

Douglas and Susan Selw yn

20

Angela Perry

20

Mark and Ellen Elli son

22

AUGUST

Douglas Li ftm an

20

Ji ll Morgenstern

24

Allan Meyer

26

Davi d Green

21

Marvi n and Ellen Greenfi eld

22

Aaron Schnei der

31

Rachel Rosen

22

Leonard and Jan Sadek

31

Bri an Perry

23

Shane Appelbaum

2

Ethan Maltz

4

Stacy Turner

23

Seth Stei ner

4

Eri c Rei ter

27

Deni se Selbst

27

Leti ci a Hi m m elstei n

28

Stanley Poscovsk y

28

Eli Spei ser

4

Logan Burke

5

Anni e Gri ppaldi

9

Brandon Wade

9

Melani e Wei nstei n

10

Zachary Sherm an

10

Benjam i n Levi nson

11

Eli zabeth Levi n

13

Hai ley Mescon

14

Ryan Beckelm an

15

Mackenzi e Turner

Matthew Ri ojas

1

Jordan Selbst

1

Ethan Hatti ngh

3

Jared Eason

10

Marc York

10

Dali a Kohn

11

17

Matthew Wolf

13

Asher Levi nson

19

Dali a Hatti ngh

14

Lucas Schei ner

20

Alexander Schei ner

14

Saw yer Kaplan

21

Em i ly Ferrei ra

15

Li ri Mendelbaum

22

Jake Sack s

18

Sofi e Mari no

24

Sam uel Berk o

19

Gi deon Allen

25

Megan Marlow e

21

Golan Allen

25

Mi a Li tofsk y

25

Charli e Maltz

26

Alexander Gui llory

26

Tara Brom fi eld

27

Ava New li n

26

Kam eron Lesovsk y

30

Ryan Claret

27

Katheri ne Krafcheck

31

Oli vi a Haas

27

Dani elle Cloni nger

29

Loui s Eagleton

29

SEPTEMBER Alan and Andrea Croft

1

Stanley and Jani ce Poscovsk y

2

Larry and Judy Ostrow

6

Ira and Hi lary Goldstei n

16

Mazel Tov to Judy and Larry Ostrow on the bi rth of thei r new granddaughter.

Th e con gr egat ion ext en ds it s h ear t f elt con dolen ces t o t h e f am ilies of M ar ia Capet illo an d Sh ir ley M u casey.


AUGUST 2017

AUGUST cont.

14 - Mem bershi p Com m i ttee Meeti ng

23 - Educati on Com m i ttee Meeti ng

20 - RS Teacher In-servi ce

25 - PS Meet & Greet

20 - Si sterhood Brunch

27 - CBE Open House

21 - PS Teacher In-servi ce (w eek long)

27 - Fi rst Day of Reli gi ous School

22 - Seni or Group Current Events

28 - Fi rst Day of Preschool

SEPTEM BER 2017

SEPTEM BER cont.

3 - Seni or Group lunch

10 - Reli gi ous School

4 - Labor Day (No Preschool & Tem ple Offi ce Closed)

10 - Intro to Hebrew & Judai sm (Adults)

5 - Hebrew Classes begi n (Hebrew School Parent Meeti ng)

10 - Li sa Li lli en i n Houston @ Beth Yeshurun sponsored by CBE Si sterhood 12 -Seni or Group Current Events

5 - Executi ve Board Meeti ng

13 - Hebrew Classes

9 - Torah Study Returns

13 - CBE Board Meeti ng

10 - Confi rm ati on Class

16 - Seli chot

FRIDAY NIGHT SHABBAT SERVICE: 7PM SATRUDAY M ORNING TORAH STUDY: 9AM WEEKLY EVENTS: Boy Scouts meet ever y Monday; Tor ch meets ever y Thur sday FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ANY OF THESE EVENTS VISIT WWW.BETHELTX.ORG


DedicateA Mahzor or Commentary

Ou r High Holy Day Pr ayer book gu ides ou r spir it u al jou r n ey du r in g t h e m ost of sacr ed of season s.

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In clu des t h e Tor ah , Haf t ar ah an d addit ion al r abbin ic com m en t ar y. Used f or Sh abbat ser vice an d Tor ah st u dy.

Dedicat ion s can be m ade in celebr at ion of a m ilest on e or in h on or / in m em or y of a loved on e M ah zor Book plat es - $36; Com m en t ar y Book plat es - $54 Limited dedication opportunities available for the Commentary

Con t act t h e Tem ple of f ice t o r eser ve you r dedicat ion plaqu e Em ail: adm in @bet h elt x.or g - Ph on e: 281.499.5066

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