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chai from b et h el AUGUST 2019 | I SSUE 19


5780 High Holy Days Service Schedule

Selich ot | 21 Sept em ber Study, light refreshments and Service....................7:30PM

Yom Kippu r Kol Nidr e | 8 Oct ober Service.....................................................................7:00PM*

Rosh Hash an ah Er ev Rosh Hash an ah | 29 Sept em ber Service......................................................................7:00PM* Fir st Day Rosh Hash an ah | 30 Sept em ber Morning Service....................................................10:00AM* Family Service at Community Park ........................3:00PM Tashlich at Community Park....................................3:30PM Sh abbat Sh u vah | 4 Oct ober Service........................................................................7:00PM Kever Avot v 'Im ah ot | 6 Oct ober Cemetery Memorial Service Emanu El Memorial Park........................................9:30AM

DID YOU GET A NEW CAR ORJOIN CBE AFTER SEPTEMBER 2018? Please call the synagogue office to obtain a CBE parking sticker (up to two stickers per family), They will need to be applied to your windshield on the driver's side. These stickers are part of the CBE Security Protocol and only those cars bearing the stickers or cars with a valid Handicapped tag will be allowed to park in the parking lot (AS SPACE ALLOWS), for High Holy Day services. All other cars will be directed to alternate parking area.

Yom Kippu r | 9 Oct ober Morning Service...................................................10:00AM* Yizkor Service..........................................................1:00PM* Study Session...........................................................2:00PM Family Service..........................................................4:00PM Afternoon Service/Ne'ilah.....................................5:00PM* * Babysitting is available with prior reservations.

Su k k ot | 13 Oct ober 6:00PM | Din n er f ollow ed by ser vice Sh'm in i At zer et - Sim ch at Tor ah | 21 Oct ober 6:00PM | Din n er f ollow ed by ser vice

CBE BOOK CLUB IS BACK Wedn esday - Sept em ber 11 - 7pm (h ost ed by M ar ilyn Car lin ) Th e Air We Br eat h e by Andrea Barrett In the fall of 1916, America prepares for war? but in the community of Tamarack Lake, the focus is on the sick. Wealthy tubercular patients live in private cure cottages; charity patients, mainly immigrants, fill the large public sanatorium. Prisoners of routine, they take solace in gossip, rumor, and? sometimes? secret attachments. But when the well-meaning efforts of one enterprising patient lead to a tragic accident and a terrible betrayal, the war comes home, bringing with it a surge of anti-immigrant prejudice and vigilante sentiment.

Wedn esday - Oct ober 16 - 7pm

(h ost t o be an n ou n ced soon

The Ann & Stephen Kaufman Jewish Book & Arts Festival Community Read

Th e Fligh t Por t f olio by Julie Orringer In 1940, Varian Fry traveled to Marseille carrying three thousand dollars and a list of imperiled artists and writers he hoped to help escape within a few weeks. Instead, he stayed more than a year, working to procure false documents, amass emergency funds, and arrange journeys across Spain and Portugal, where the refugees would embark for safer ports. His many clients included Hannah Arendt, Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp, and Marc Chagall, and the race against time to save them is a tale of forbidden love, high-stakes adventure, and unimaginable courage.

RSVP at h t t ps:/ / w w w.bet h elt x.or g/ even t / bookclu b SAVE THE DATE - M EET JULIE ORRINGER M on day Novem ber 4t h , 2019 - 7:30 PM Evelyn Ru ben st ein Jew ish Com m u n it y Cen t er more info coming soon

Congregation Beth El?s Board of Directors is pleased to announce the creation of another asset to our congregation: The Car in g Com m it t ee. Led by Yaffa Steubinger, this bikur cholim committee of volunteers will visit members of the congregation who are in the hospital, in a skilled nursing facility, or are home-bound due to illness or injury. Staying connected to our members who are experiencing a health set-back or are in need of some help are the primary goals. We need to know when someone has entered a medical facility or needs help at home so we can offer our support on behalf of the entire Beth El community. Please notify Norma at 281-499-5066 and/or click on this link to send a message to car in gcom m it t ee@bet h elt x.or g.

I f 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! - Call Norma Gonzales at 281.499.5066 to pick a date. - Choose between two options: Make a $50 donation and CBE will do all the shopping or you can provide kosher style treats. - I f you choose to provide the treats, please arrive by 6pm to allow time to set up. I f you make a donation, no need to arrive early.

THANK YOU TO OUR M ARCH - AUGUST 2019 DONORS Cant or's Discret ionary Fund in memory of Ben Geigerman & Dorothy Goldstein - Joanne Must

Dora & Daniel Sof f ar Operat ing Fund in honor of Rabbi Lobel - Harry & Esther Steinberg

Caring Commit t ee Fund in memory of Guy Font Sr. - Michael & Erin Bersin

in honor of the birth of Benyamin Zakkai Lobel Michael & Erin Bersin

Harr Summer Camp Schol arship in honor of the birth & bris of Benyamin Zakkai Lobel Ralph & Carol Katz, Eunice Reiter, Richard & Teresa Friedman Deb & Jim Paras , Roberta Rosen & Dale Rosen

in memory of Larry Silverstein - Lucette Silverstein in memory of Daniel Forbes - Marcia Forbes in memory of Guy Font Sr. - Alan & Ann Schneider

Fl ower Fund in memory of Gina Osher - Marc & Shelley Frank Oneg Sponsor in memory of Dora Soffar & Don Soffar - Deb & Jim Paras

in memory of Alexander Soffar, Daniel Soffar, Dora Soffar, Don Soffar, Ricky Goldstein, Esther Gamache - Deb & Jim Paras in memory of Sy Retzky - Beth El Seniors

in memory of Ben Geigerman - Joanne Must in honor of Rabbi Sholklapper Oneg - Michael & Erin Bersin, Andrew & Alison Gratz, Deb & Jim Paras in honor of our son, Sam Rosen - David & Rachel Rosen Rabbi's Discret ionary Fund in honor of Rothberg Baby Naming - Edward & Ellen Rothberg Securit y in memory of Maurice Notowich - Darrell & Joy Caraway Sebastian & Davna Teverovsky Torah Fund in memory of Selene Gorel - Carol Cooper Larry & Linda Rushefsky

in memory of Joel Rosenzweig, Richard Claghorn, Marguerite Claghorn, Nathan Rosenzweig, Miriam Rosenzweig - Margaret Rosenzweig in memory of Alan Dolden & Joseph Dolden Dora Pincus, Howard & Shirley Hochman in honor of Henry Fackelday's birthday Bill Stern & Liebgold-Stern in memory of Sylvia Baron, Sam Baron, Thelma Sbar Marc & Helene Sbar in memory of Donald Merrell and Joe Nagar Aaron & Joyce Schneider in memory of Selene Gorel - Alan & Ann Schneider

Darrel l & Joy Caraway Landscape Fund in memory of Bertha Notowich - Darrell & Joy Caraway

Thank you toour M arch - August Oneg Sponsors Joan n M u st in m em or y of Ben Geiger m an Th e Par as f am ily in m em or y of Dor a Sof f ar & Don Sof f ar M ich ele & Wayn e Cr of t in celebr at ion of Back t o Sch ool Th e Ber sin , Gr at z an d Par as f am iies in h on or of Rabbi Sh olk lapper A special Thank You to Harry & Leticia Himmelstein and Glenn & Jodi Kessler for their continued financial support of our Friday night Onegs.

RELIGIOUS SCHOOL NEWS by M ich ele Cr of t Many great things are happening this year at Beth El?s Religious School. We started our year by having families design a family emoji/crest. T his helps us show that the we are all important pieces and families of Beth El. T ake a moment to look at our puzzle in the back hallway to see how the families in Religious School are all connected. Our theme this year is ?Hineni!? I am here. Beth El?s Religious school is here and doing well. T he I nstitute of Southern Jewish L iving will remain our curriculum. T he grade levels will be focusing on the virtues and values of Jewish heroes. Additionally, holidays, mitzvahs and Hebrew will be studied. I would like to take a moment to introduce our staff. My name is Laura Scheiner and I am excited to be returning to teach Religious School at CBE. I have taught Religious and Hebrew school for 20 years. Additionally, I also have taught at public and private schools on and off for the past 17 years. I have lived in the Houston area for the past 7 years. I enjoy spending time with my family - my husband, our two sons and daughter. I am looking forward to a great year!

My name is Laura Goodman and I will be teaching the 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th grade this year during Sunday school. If the name Goodman sounds familiar to anyone, you probably know my parents. They both have taught in the Religious School. Looking forward to a wonderful school year!

I am Katie Goodman and I grew up at Congregation Beth El and became a teacher?s assistant once I had my bat mitzvah until high school graduation. Upon college graduation, I returned to Beth El to teach. I started as a 2nd and 3rd grade teacher and now assist in the various classrooms. I am looking forward to the 2019-2020 school year.

My name is Rifqa Sa'aadat. I am originally from Houston, Texas. I having teaching at different Hebrew schools for five years. I cannot wait to teach 1-3.

I have earned my teaching diploma for elementary education from Teachers College in Beer Sheva (today?s Ben Gurion University), where I also taught for several years before coming to Houston. In Houston, I joined the faculty at Beth Yeshurun Day School at 1984 as a Judaic / Hebrew teacher. For the past six years, I worked as the Hebrew Resource Specialist for grades K-6th. I feel blessed to be able to teach and enrich the lives of the many students I had in the past, and grateful for the rewarding opportunity to inspire and support the students of Beth El, this year.

Pat Rose has decided to retire. We are grateful for her many years of teaching at Beth El. She has taught and touched the lives of so many families. We are grateful for her dedication and love of our students and families. We will be honoring her at a Shabbat service and oneg in the near future. Please look for more information in the weekly blast emails and the monthly magazine. Next month, we will highlight our administrative staff and our Madrichim.

Celebrating the first day of Religious School with a nosh of challah and juice!

PRESCHOOL NEWS Congregation Beth El Preschool is so excited to be starting a new school year. T he classrooms are bustling with little ones. We are excited to be with our old friends and making new ones too! Our preschool encourages each child to explore the world, learn to be part of a group and work effectively with their peers. Activity centers through ST EAM concepts provide endless possibilities for creativity, exploration and discovery. L earning is self- rewarding, fun and non- competitive. Our Judaic studies for the month of September include the beginnings of Hebrew, High Holiday celebrations, T zedakah and celebrating Shabbat and Havdallah. I n Ms. Marcia?s Toddler class we are ?Going Back to Basics? learning about our colors, shapes, letters, and numbers. I n Ms. K acy?s Pre- K we are reviewing our letters and our numbers. CBE Preschool offers programs for children 18 months to 5 years of age. We take great pride in our staff and dedicated professionals with years of experience and proven skills and talents appropriate to the needs of the young child and family. I f you know anyone who is interested in CBE Preschool please contact: K acy Rodriguez at 281- 499- 5066 or krodriguez@betheltx.org for more information.


L to R: Marcia Cohen, Margarita Rose, Aliyah Hitchcock & Kacy Rodriguez not pictured, Marilyn Gorel & Carolyn Wade

Kacy Rodr igu ez, Pr esch ool Dir ect or / Pr e-k Teach er : Kacy is a native Houstonian; she received her undergraduate degree in elementary education (specializing in early childhood) from The University of Houston. She taught both Kindergarten and Pre-K and is now in her current position at Beth El Preschool for the past 23 years. Kacy is married to Richard and they are proud parents of one son and two daughters. M ar ilyn Gor el, CBE Pr esch ool Coor din at or : Marilyn grew up in Laredo, TX, and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin in Business Administration. This is Marilyn?s 25th year with CBE Preschool and has had many roles throughout the years. She currently assists the Pre-School as Pre-School Coordinator assisting the Pre-school Director with the daily operations of the school. Marilyn is married to Lance and they are the proud parents of two daughters. M ar cia Coh en , Lead Teach er (Toddler s): Marcia is from Chicago, IL. She attended Northern Illinois University and has her undergraduate degree in Education. She then went on to earn her Master ?s Degree in Early Childhood Development from National College in Evanston, IL. Marcia?s experience includes teaching 34 years in Waukegan, IL and teaching for 8 years in Highlands County, Florida. Twice retired, she moved to Sugar Land to homeschool her 3 beautiful grandchildren. She joined CBE Preschool in 2018 and taught in the 3-year old classroom. She is currently teaching in our Toddler class. Marcia is married to Michael and has one daughter and 3 grandchildren. Aliyah Hit ch cock , Assist an t Teach er / PE Teach er : Aliyah was raised in Indianapolis, IN. She has been teaching at Beth El Preschool for 4 years. She currently assists in our Pre-K classroom and is our Physical Education teacher. She has also taught at CBE Religious School. In her spare time she volunteers at the Houston Live Stock Show & Rodeo. She lives in Sugar Land with her husband Chris. M ar gar it a Rose, Assist an t Teach er : Margarita is a native of Honduras. She joined CBE Preschool 4 years ago in our Toddler Classroom, and has been our smiling assistant ever since. Margarita has also assisted with High Holiday Babysitting for many years. Margarita is married to Randy and they are the proud parents of two boys. Car olyn Wade, M u sic Teach er : Carolyn was born in Wichita Falls, TX and was raised in Houston, TX. She has her undergraduate degree in Political science with a minor in Music from the University of North Texas and has her Graduate and Doctoral degree from the University of Houston in Early Childhood Education, curriculum and instruction. Carolyn has been our wonderful Music Teacher for 4 years. She is married to Chris and they have 2 boys and 2 girls.




NO Religious School



LABOR DAY Preschool & Synagogue office CLOSED

ROSH HASHANAH II Preschool & Synagogue office CLOSED


7pm Shabbat Service with Rabbi Sholklapper


7pm Executive Committee Meeting


6pm BEFTY Havdallah


7pm Ritual Committee Meeting



6pm Shir Shabbat Service

9am Religious School 9:30am KEVER AVOT M em or ial Ser vice Emanu El Cemetery

oneg in honor of Dale Rosen's birthday


EREV YOM KIPPUR 12pm Preschool & Synagogue Office close early 7pm Kol Nidr e ser vice

12pm AOA brown bag lunch & current events 7pm Board Meeting


Yom Kippur


7pm CBE Book Club


7pm Shabbat Service




EREV SUKKOT 9am Religious School 12pm BEFTY meeting 6pm Su k k ot ser vice & din n er




6pm BEFTY Havdallah


9am Religious School


Preschool & Synagogue office CLOSED

7pm Shabbat Service with Cantor Waghalter oneg in memory of Joel Rosenzweig


7pm Family Havdallah Jewpardy with ISJL Fellow


9am Religious School with ISJL Fellow BEFTY Joint Social

Preschool & Synagogue office CLOSED


12pm AOA brown bag lunch & current events 7pm Board Meeting

oneg in memory of Marlene York


7pm Book Club (location to be announced)


7pm SELICHOT st u dy an d ser vice


7pm Shabbat Service


9am Religious School 12pm BEFTY meeting


9am Religious School




7pm Shabbat Service with Rabbi Sholklapper


12pm AOA brown bag lunch & current events


7pm Shabbat Service with Cantor Waghalter oneg in memory of Helen Steubinger


EREV ROSH HASHANAH NO Religiou s Sch ool



Preschool & Synagogue office CLOSED


7pm Shabbat Service with Rabbi Sholklapper


6pm BEFTY social event


9am Religious School

Preschool & Synagogue Office Closed

Tor ch meets ever y Thur sday @ 7:30pm Shabbat Ser vice, Fr iday evenings @ 7pm (UNLESS NOTED OTHERWISE) FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT ANY OF THESE EVENTS VISIT WWW.BETHELTX.ORG

SEPTEMBER Sept em ber 1 Dale Rosen

Sept em ber 11 George Starkschall

Sept em ber 17 Jeff Wormser

Sept em ber 23 Brian Perry

Sept em ber 3 Ethan Hattingh

Sept em ber 12 Darrell Caraway

Sept em ber 26 Ava Newlin Alexander Guillory

Sept em ber 4 Hannah Gendler

Sept em ber 13 Avery Groban Alison Hernandez

Sept em ber 18 Kay Danziger Jessica Sherman Zachary Acker

Sept em ber 5 Nancy Bravman Teresa Friedman Sept em ber 7 Gilad Baram Sept em ber 10 Marc York Soren Ettinger

Sept em ber 14 Dalia Hattingh Alexander Scheiner Sept em ber 16 Scott York Patricia Guillory Rosa Gordon

Sept em ber 20 Angela Perry Sept em ber 21 Megan Marlowe David Green Sept em ber 22 Carla Kalmick Rachel Rosen

Sept em ber 28 Stanley Poscovsky Leticia Himmelstein Sept em ber 29 Melanie Green italicized names are our children

SEPTEMBER Sept em ber 1 Alan & Andrea Croft

Sept em ber 2 Stanley & Janice Poscovsky

Sept em ber 6 Larry & Judy Ostrow

SEPTEM BER YAHRZEITS Sept em ber 1 I. Leon Kraft Barnett Russell

Sept em ber 13 Maurice Gordon Leslie Allen

Sept em ber 21 Moses Rodriguez Myra Horsey

Sept em ber 2 Sarah Zaphrin

Sept em ber 14 Tillie Harmel Elaine Born

Sept em ber 23 Moira Zane

Sept em ber 4 Adele Raskin Sept em ber 5 Joseph D Kramer Nathan Rosenzweig Sept em ber 7 Erna Dreyfuss Elizabeth Levy Lena Ritman Sept em ber 9 Louis Witrick Maureen Schwartz Richard Levin Sept em ber 10 Robert Coleman

Sept em ber 15 Joel Rosenzweig Sept em ber 16 Irving Cohen Stanley Schneider Stanley Shapiro

Sept em ber 25 Marlene York Sept em ber 28 Benjamin Zack Sept em ber 29 Carl Himmelstein David Hoff

Sept em ber 17 Tammy Allen Jose Luis Alonso Marian Saxe

Sept em ber 27 Robert Mellman Alex Pikarsky

Sept em ber 19 Gloria Frederick

Sept em ber 29 Julia Cohen

Sept em ber 20 Norman Rose 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 ily an d f r ien ds of Selen e Gor el


HIGH HOLY DAYS CONTINUED CELEBRATE SUKKOT | Sunday, Oct ober 13 Our celebration begins with a BBQ dinner at 6:00pm. Come and see old friends and make some new friends, too. After dinner we will go out into the Sukkah for our family service to be led by Rabbi Sholklapper and Cantor Waghalter. We will shake the traditional lulav and etrog.

SIMCHAT TORAH | Monday, Oct ober 21 The evening begins with a pasta dinner at 6:00pm. Followed by a joyous service.

DINNER RESERVATION FORM Name: __________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ Email: ________________________________________________________ Telephone: ____________________________________________________



BBQ beef sandwich (1/2 sandwich for youth) with all the trimmings, chips and a beverage.

Pasta entree, salad, garlic bread and a beverage.

Su k kot RSVP # Adu lt s __________; # You t h __________

Total adu lt dinner(s) at $10 each __________

Sim ch at Tor ah RSVP: # Adu lt s__________; #You t h __________

Total you t h dinner(s) at $5 each __________

Total am ou n t en closed $__________ (your check is your reservation) Send this order form and your check to Congregation Beth El | Attn: Sukkot | 3900 Raoul Wallenberg Ln | Missouri City, TX 77459

RSVP must be received in synagogue office no later than October 13.

To RSVP online please visit betheltx.org/ HIGHHOLYDAYS

(Don't want dinner? No problem - bring your own or just come for the service)

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