Monday, February 5, 2018

American Freedom, the American Revolution, and American Jews: A History (Thur, Feb 15)

Declaration of Independence, photo by Hallett.
Photo by Josh Hallett*
Please join us at Beth Shalom on Thursday, Feb. 15, at 7:00, for our second installment of the Beth Shalom Cultural Arts Series.

Hear Dr. Adam Jortner speak about "American Freedom, the American Revolution, and American Jews: A History."

Wine and light appetizers will be served. 
Please invite your friends.       

Adam Jortner studies the transformation of religious and political life in the early United States, concentrating on Judaism and the American Revolution.

Dr. Jortner has received fellowships from the following:

  • Woodrow Wilson Foundation
  • McNeil Center for Early American Studies at the University of Pennsylvania
  • Massachusetts Historical Society
  • Kentucky Historical Society
  • Redd Center for Western Studies. 
He is teaching a course this semester titled "American Religious Liberty & Religious Minorities."

Beth Shalom is offering a cultural series to provide our community with the opportunity to hear from leading figures and outstanding scholars on issues of religion, history, and contemporary society from a Jewish perspective through lectures and films.

*Hallett, J. Declaration of Independence—National Archives—Washington, DC. Photo. 2009. CC-BY-SA 2.0.                   

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Religious School Happenings (Sun, Feb 4)

Letter from Temple Beth Shalom in Puerto Rico. Text also included on the page.
Letter from Temple Beth Shalom in Puerto Rico
Our ISJL Fellow, Harrison Bleiberg, visited with us this weekend, and the kids loved the games!

Barbara led planting for Tu BiSh'vat despite the rain.

And the children received a beautiful thank you letter from Temple Beth Shalom in Puerto Rico, the recipient of their tzedakah collection (text below). We wish the best for San Juan's congregation and whole community as they continue to recover.

Dear Students of the Beth Shalom Sunday School,

All of us at Temple Beth Shalom in San Juan, Puerto Rico (we have the same name!) would like to express our sincere thanks for the tzedakah money you collected towards hurricane relief.

This has been a very difficult time for us, as well as for all of Puerto Rico. Many of us are still without power or water. In my own case, our water has just returned but we have yet to get our power restored. We turn on our generator for a few hours in the morning and a few hours at night. We avoid opening the refrigerator when the generator is off. After it is turned off at night we leave candles lit in the bathrooms and use flashlights. I like to use the flashlight on my phone.

We loved the photo of you and the wonderful card you made. We have put it on out bulletin board for all to admire. If you come to Puerto Rico with your parents in the future, come and visit us!


Emily Krasinski
President, Temple Beth Shalom
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Saturday, December 16, 2017

"Chanukah" Party or "Hanukkah" Party? Either Way, It's Happening! (Sun, Dec 17)

It's Time to Celebrate

Sun, Dec 17

5:00–7:00 p.m.

Stop by Beth Shalom this Sunday from 5:00–7:00 p.m. to celebrate Hanukkah!

Please see the recent SignUpGenius email from Mindy and sign up to bring desserts or latkes.

(We can definitely use some more latkes, so don't be shy. Shine your light this Hanukkah! How yummy are your latkes?)

If you'd like, bring your menorah—and a few candles—so we can all light together!

Dreidels, chocolate gelt, live music (thank you to our resident songsters!), and some excellent company. Join us for a wild and crazy night of Hanukkah festivities.

See you there!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

Auburn University Holiday Lighting Ceremony (Sun, Dec 3)

Stylized photo of the 2014 chanukiah lighting
A blast from the not-long past:
The 2014 lighting ceremony
Auburn University will have its annual holiday lighting ceremony on Samford Lawn at 5:00 on Sun, Dec 3.

The ceremony includes lighting the menorah (chanukiah). A little birdie said early arrivals might be able to get a cup of hot cocoa. We hope she's right!

Join us for a community lighting of the Auburn University chanukiah. More information is available on the Student Government Association's holiday lighting page.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Being Jewish, Coaching Basketball, & Anti-Semitism (Wed, Oct 25)

The Beth Shalom Cultural Arts Series* presents

Being Jewish, Coaching Basketball, & Anti-Semitism:

an Evening with Coach Bruce Pearl

AU basketball coach Bruce Pearl
We all know about Coach Pearl's coaching credentials, but he has also made a name for himself as a former Maccabi USA coach and as a founding member and president of the Jewish Coaches Association.

Coach Pearl will speak about "being Jewish, coaching basketball, and anti-Semitism."

We will have wine and hors d'oeuvres.

When: Wed, Oct 25, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Congregation Beth Shalom

Invite your friends!

*Congregation Beth Shalom is offering a cultural series to provide our community the opportunity to hear from leading figures and outstanding scholars on issues of religion and contemporary society from a Jewish perspective through lectures and films.

ISJL Fellow Leading Services (beginning Fri, Oct 20)

Harrison Bleiberg from the ISJL
Our ISJL Fellow, Harrison Bleiberg, will be in town this weekend from Friday through Sunday.

Harrison will begin by leading services starting with Tot Shabbat at 6:00 on Friday, Oct 20. Regular services will begin at 7:00. We hope you will join us.

Don't forget about our other events this weekend, too: Torah study on Saturday and, for our families with younger children, religious school on Sunday. Harrison has two programs for the kids: one for the younger kids, and one for the older kids.

10 Minutes of Torah from the URJ