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chai from b et h el JUNE- JULY 2018 | I SSUE NO. 8

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


REBECCA ENTEL A UTHOR I N RESI DENCE

FRI DA Y EV ENI NG JUNE 8 - 7PM On Friday night, June 8th, we will have the pleasure of hosting Cornell College professor and author Rebecca Entel, who will speak about trips she took to Holocaust sites in Eastern Europe and ruins of slave plantations in the Caribbean. While doing research for her novel, Fingerprints of Previous Owners, she was struck by the lack of preservation of historic sites by descendants of the enslaved. During the same years, she traveled to Lithuania and Poland: the only member of her family to do so since her grandparents emigrated in 1947. Her talk will discuss the questions these experiences raise about memory and preservation. Rebecca Entel is an associate professor of English and Creative Writing at Cornell College, where she teaches courses in creative writing, multicultural American literature, Caribbean literature, and the literature of social justice. Her short stories and essays have appeared in such journals as Tiferet, Guernica, Joyland, Literary Hub, and Electric Literature. Her first novel, Fingerprints of Previous Owners, was published in 2017. She is the sister of CBE member Gabrielle Hattingh. We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.


JOIN U S FOR CBE NIGHT WITH THE SKEETERS 2 GREAT GAM ES TO CHOOSE FROM FIELD BOX SEATS $12 (USE CODE CBE12) FIELD BOX SEATS W/ FOOD VOUCHER $18 (USE CODE CBE18 - FOOD VOUCHER INCLUDES HOT DOG, CHIPS & SATURDAY - JUNE 16 - 6:05PM vs Road War r ior s

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Fr iday, Ju n e 22, 2018, 6:00pm An n u al LGBT Pr ide Sh abbos Din n er

Sat u r day, Ju n e 23, 2018, Su n dow n Pr ide Hou st on Par ade

Join us as we welcome the Sabbath together at Congregation Beth Yeshurun.

The Jewish community comes together to march in the citywide LGBT Pride Parade.

Services will be followed by a festive, kosher dinner. RSVP and $20 payment are due by June 16.

Participation is free, but you must sign up by clicking here. (No one will be allowed to march who hasn't signed up before June 21!)

Click here to sign up!

Congregation Beth El is a 2018 Community Partner of the Keshet Houston Pride Weekend

Kesh et Hou st on , In c., brings the Jewish and LGBT communities together in Houston and Southeast Texas. We offer a wide range of social and spiritual activities for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Jews and their families. We hope you'll join us soon!


We ar e excit ed t o an n ou n ce CBE's n ew w ebsit e an d m em ber por t al is u p an d r u n n in g. You can st ill f in d u s at WWW.BETHELTX.ORG, bu t w e h ave a cr isp n ew look . We h ope you w ill t ak e a m om en t t o look ar ou n d an d let u s k n ow w h at you t h in k .

JUNE 2018

JULY 2018

1

7pm Shir Shabbat

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1pm Senior Indoor Picnic

3

9am Board Retreat

3

7pm Executive Board Meeting

5

7pm Executive Board Meeting

4

Independence Day - Temple Office closed

11

7pm Ritual Committee Meeting

10

12

1:30p Seniors Current Events 7pm Board Meeting

1:30p Seniors Current Events 7pm Board Meeting

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1:30pm Seniors Current Events

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7pm Ritual committee meeting

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1:30pm Seniors Current Events

FRIDAY NIGHT SHABBAT SERVICE: 7PM WEEKLY EVENTS: Boy Scouts meet ever y Monday @ 7pm; Tor ch meets ever y Thur sday @ 7:30pm FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ANY OF THESE EVENTS VISIT WWW.BETHELTX.ORG


YAHRZEITS Ju n e 12/ 29 Sivan

Ju n e 28/ 15 Tam m u z

Ju ly 15/ 3 Av

Jeff Gomez

Benjamin Miller

Marguerite Os Danziger

Ju n e 1/ 18 Sivan

Ju n e 14/ 1 Tam m u z

Rita Ungar

Alan Levine

Irving Pomerantz

Alan Golden

Ju n e 29/ 16 Tam m u z

Jorge Nicolayevsky

Mark Rose

Ju n e 15/ 2 Tam m u z

Ruth Starkschall

Ju ly 17/ 5 Av

Sandy Schwartz

Florence Chapman

Ju n e 30/ 17 Tam m u z

Roz Doerner

Ju n e 2/ 19 Sivan

Benjamin Glazer

Ethel Epstein

Ju ly 18/ 6 Av

Sam Baron

Hannah Hausman

Dorothy Helsinger

Anne Katz

Dorothy Berger

Elena Wodnicki

Miriam Rosenzweig

Ju ly 19/ 7 Av

Lynn Schnitzer

Ju n e 16/ 3 Tam m u z

Ju n e 3/ 20 Sivan

Lawrence Cooper

Dora Berkan

Joe Nagar

Bruce Leson

Ju n e 17/ 4 Tam m u z

Ju ly 2/ 19 Tam m u z

Alida Deboer

Anna Zack

Paula Spiegel

Sylvia Baron

Maidwen Lobel

Ju n e 4/ 21 Sivan

Ju n e 18/ 5 Tam m u z

Ju ly 5/ 22 Tam m u z

Ju ly 22/ 10 Av

Hyman Cohen

Esther Abels

Benjamin Geigerman

Pauline Hochman

Ruth Harr

Ju n e 19/ 6 Tam m u z

Ju ly 8/ 25 Tam m u z

Ju ly 26/ 14 Av

Sylvia Novy

Joseph Golden

Irene Elitzky

Albert Goldstein

Ju n e 5/ 22 Sivan

Sarah Neider

Ju ly 9/ 26 Tam m u z

Peter Pflanz

Daniel Forbes

Ju n e 21/ 8 Tam m u z

Goldie Krumholz

Ju ly 27/ 15 Av

Muriel Leavitt

Sharon Spiegel

David Mitrani

Henry Gordon

Ju n e 6/ 12 Sivan

Ju n e 23/ 10 Tam m u z

Maurice Notowich

Ju ly 28/ 16 Av

Ruth Brown

Gladys Kornberg

Ju ly 10/ 27 Tam m u z

Isaac Betesh

David Greenfield

Martin Schulherr

Henrietta (Midge) Frank

Ju ly 30/ 18 Av

Marian Miller

Ju n e 24/ 11 Tam m u z

Joseph Ostrowsky

Elsie Sanders

Meyer Morris

Robert Rogal

Ju ly 11/ 28 Tam m u z

Ju ly 31/ 19 Av

Ju n e 7/ 24 Sivan

Ju n e 25/ 12 Tam m u z

Ethel Perry

Samuel Hoffman

Mimi Silverstein

Joseph Lestz

Max Rosenberg

Ju n e 10/ 27 Sivan

Ju n e 26/ 13 Tam m u z

Ju ly 12/ 29 Tam m u z

Sidney Hand

Jane Wormser

Perle Pacht

Rose Sadek

Ju n e 27/ 14 Tam m u z

Ju ly 13/ 1 Av

Ju n e 11/ 28 Sivan

Jacobo Jorge Lacs

Dorothy Goldstein

Harry Grenader

Donald Merrell

July 14/2 Av

Lisa Weber

Thelma Sbar

Alice Markowitz

JUNE

Susan Ilene Schiffman

JULY

Ju ly 21/ 9 Av Louis Ackerman


Relig ious School New s Art, music, cooking, discussions, games, and technology were integrated into this year ?s ISJL curriculum. In addition, to class learning, grade level and/or school wide programs were planned to create a community learning environment. Some of the programs were: K-3 rd grade Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, and Tu B?shevat celebrations, school-wide celebrations for Pesach and Yom Ha?atzmaut, our annual Maccabee games, parent pancake breakfasts, and religious school Shabbatot. Many thanks to Teresa Friedman and Barb Zack for their dedication, ideas and support to our religious school and to our hard working, creative staff and madrichim for providing a positive learning experience for our children:, Jason Blake, Cara Gehring, Katie Goodman, Pat Rose, Laura Scheiner, Doron Steinberg, Roy Uri, Cantor Waghalter, Sophie Friedman, Ian Hernandez, and Elliot Kalmus. A brief survey monkey about religious school family programming will be sent out via e-mail. Your input will help as we plan our 2018-2019 calendar. Registration will be going out via mail and e-mail. You can also register on-line at __________________. There is a $100.00 deposit per child due with registration. Forms and deposits are due by August 1st. Financial assistance is available. For more information, contact: admin@betheltx.org.

SAVE THE DATE: OPENING DAY, SUNDAY, AUGUST 26, 2018.

Have a good summer!


J U N E 2 0 1 8

Barry Davis

2

Jennifer Jerauld

1

Sharyn Hale

2

Rachel Claret

2

Peggy Markowitz

5

Steven Rosen

4

Jeanette Melasky

7

Steven Raskin

6

Robert Lestz Marion Pomerantz

9 10

Leonard Sadek

9

Barry Finberg

11

Helen Spivak

10

Steven Sugar

11

Joyce Baysinger

11

Monica Finberg

12

Ann Schneider

13

Shira Levine

13

Anthony Church, Jr.

14

Jonathan Okie

15

Cynthia Katz

14

Betsy Morgan

18

Marc Frank

15

Gerald Sher

18

Shirley Joseph

15

Jodi Buck

22

Rabbi Joshua Lobel

15

Marcia Cohen

26

Melvyn Abels

26

Wayne Croft

27

Mark Nussbaum

26

Lisa Goodman

27

Roberta Rosen

27

Wendy Wormser

27

Michael Turner

28

Megan Simoneaux

3

Sarah Schencker

29

Austin Gartzman

10

Tessa Bersin

4

Sydney Wormser

10

Eric Dillingham

6

Ian Hernandez

11

Chiya Allen

6

Jesse Wade

15

Sophia Bersin

8

Jack Michener

19

Ethan Perry

12

Andrew Jerauld

21

Lilah Adams

15

Eric Steiner

21

Jeffrey Shapiro

17

Aidan Perry

22

Aiden Moody

17

Rachel Wade

25

Collin Potter

21

Emma Friedman

28

Jude Nickels

28

Eli Newlin

29

Edden Grody

31

J U L Y 2 0 1 8


JUNE 20 18 Steven & Martha Raskin

8

Dr. Steven & Shawn Gartzman

11

Larry & Debra Linzer

12

Michael & Laurie Mucasey

12

Anthony & Reena Church, Jr.

21

Barry & Monica Finberg

5

Michael & Marcia Cohen

23

Richard & Barbara Chaitin

13

David & Marci Stein

24

Wayne & Michele Croft

14

Howard & Sarah Schencker

26

Jory & Debra Pacht

16

Harry & Leticia Himmelstein

27

Douglas & Laura Scheiner

21

Michael & Peggy Markowitz

28

Lance & Marilyn Gorel

24

Mark & Sydney Clayman

29

Rabbi Joshua & Dr. Elizabeth Lobel 27

Jeff & Wendy Wormser

29

Dayna & Steve Coates

29

Barry & Wallis Davis

30

Robin & Jennifer Jerauld

31

JULY 20 18

Thank you toour M ay Oneg Sponsors Yaf f a St eu bin ger in h on or Jodi Kessler 's bir t h day Geor ge St ar k sch all & Fr ada Boxer in h on or of Caleb Ber n ar d Wolf e A special Thank You to Harry and Leticia Himmelstein for their continued financial support of our Friday night Onegs.


We would like to thank the ritual committee for sponsoring the ST AR WARS oneg. Cantor Waghalter had us singing prayers to Star Wars tunes and the Rabbi created a force- filled service around our theme. Darth Vader and his Storm T roopers made also made an appearance, W hat a fun night! Yaffa Steubinger and Alan Morgan sponsored the Volunteer Shabbat oneg. Many thanks to all of the volunteers that have made Beth El...Beth El. T hank you to Yaffa and Alan for such an incredible spread. Frada Bozer and George Starkschall sponsored the oneg in honor of the birth of their grandson, Caleb. Every child born into this world represents their own uniqueness and interpretation of the world. How exciting it will be to watch Caleb grow and what paths he will travel. T hank you to all our sponsors.

If you are interested in hosting an Oneg in honor or in memory of someone special, CBE has dates available. Sponsoring is as easy as 1-2-3! 1. Call Norma Gonzales at 281.499.5066 to pick a date. 2. Choose between two options: Make a $50 donation and CBE will do all the shopping or you can provide kosher style treats. 3. If you choose to provide the treats, please arrive by 6pm to allow time to set up. If you make a donation, no need to arrive early.


"Tzed akah (g iving ) out weig hs all ot her As the Bridge to our Future pledge committee members meet with congregant families, we are all struck by the variety of stories regarding specific Jewish moments in our lives. It is easy to recall the simchas? dancing the horah at a cousin?s wedding or as a child, lighting the Chanukah Menorah candles in anticipation of receiving a gift and eating latkes.

Other accounts reveal deeper layers and memories rarely shared in casual conversations. We?ve heard about being the only Jewish family in small towns, having to travel over an hour to attend religious school and worship services. Another member spoke about never being able to have school friends visit the family?s home. The grandmother of the family feared non-Jewish people as a result of her own traumatic experiences.

Fortunately, in our municipality, being Jewish is part of who we are, not a stigma of who we are not. Congregation Beth El gives all of us a Jewish center to gather for worship, to learn, to share, and to celebrate. In the past month alone, we?ve joined together to · Enjoy an art class led by a congregant · Celebrate the naming of a grandson · Sing-along and dance to music from the Fifties and Sixties · Integrate Shabbat worship with Star Wars themes and costumed characters · Commend the Confirmation of seven high school students at Shavuot

During the upcoming summer months, committee members will be contacting you to join in the Pledge Campaign, Bridge to our Future, to ensure strong financial resources for Congregation Beth El. We are On e Bet h El.

L?shalom, Carol Cooper


r com m and m ent s. " ~ TALMUD Special thanks to the following congregants who have spearheaded the Bridge to our Future pledge campaign. CBE is blessed to have many generous members who continue to sustain our congregation by volunteering and sharing their resources with our community.

CHESED

of Giving

Dar r ell & Joy Car aw ay, Kay Dan ziger , Br ian Silver st ein & Debbie William s, Bar bar a Zack

KINDNESS $10 ,0 0 0 +

SHALOM

Alan & Bet sy M or gan , Fr ada Boxer & Geor ge St ar k sch all

PEACE $5,0 0 1-$9,999

Car ol Cooper , Bar r y & M on ica Fin ber g, M ar c & Ir en e Helsin ger ,

MITZVAH Ralph & Car ol Kat z, Rabbi Josh u a & Dr . Elizabet h Lobel, C OMMANDMENT An on ym ou s Don or $2,50 1-$5,0 0 0

BONIM BUILDERS

Bill & Ellen Asn es, Rich ar d & Ter esa Fr iedm an , Br ian & An gela Per r y, David & Rach el Rosen , Alan & An n Sch n eider , Yaf f a St eu bin ger

$1,50 1-$2,50 0

KEHILLAH COMMUNITY $50 0 -$1,50 0

ADDITIONAL GIFTS: Doran & Cherie Steinberg


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