Sunday, July 20, 2014

Henry Stern

It is with great sadness that we inform the community that Henry Stern passed away Thursday morning. This afternoon (Sunday), at Jeffcoat Funeral home from 3-5 PM, there will be a visitation with the family. The funeral will take place on MONDAY at 2 PM at the Jeffcoat Funeral home. Henry was a tremendous supporter of this community and was also a Holocaust survivor. Henry's obituary is on the Jeffcoat website.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Celebrate Israeli Independence Day with us!

Celebrate Israeli Independence Day with us on Saturday, May 3 at 6 p.m.! Join us for a celebration including Israeli food and music!

Weekend events for April 25 and 27

It's a busy weekend at Beth Shalom! At our regular Friday night service time (April 25, 7:00 pm), Laura Newland will present her newly published book ,"Chasing Zeros" and sign personal copies. Auburn Hadassah will provide the Oneg.

On Sunday, April 27 at 3:00, we will observe Holocaust Memorial Day (Yom Ha'shoah). Could it happen again? Please join us for an interactive program designed by the US Holocaust Museum and led by Ed Youngblood.

Sunday morning also marks the end of Sunday School for 2013-2014.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Talk on Alabama's Jews, the Second World War, and the Holocaust" on 3/24

Dan Puckett, author of "In the Shadow of Hitler: Alabama's Jews, the Second World War, and the Holocaust" is giving a free talk on Monday, March 24 at 4:00 p.m. at AU's Pebble Hill (101 S Debardeleben St, Auburn).

"In the Shadow of Hitler" is the first comprehensive state study of how southern Jews—and non-Jews—dealt with the coming of the Good War and the Nazi persecution of European Jews. The book includes interviews with our own Henry Stern. Puckett is an associate professor of history at Troy University. The event is free, open to the public, and will be followed by refreshments.

Interested in learning more about the book? "In the Shadow of Hitler" is on Amazon.

Monday, March 17, 2014

HIllel t-shirts are coming!

Looking for a new t-shirt? Sure you are! Check out the new Auburn Hillel shirt only $20! They feature Aubie with a yarmulka and pais on the back and they say "Auburn Hillel, Keepin' it Kosher Since 1970."  Email Scott Godchaux at for more information.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

A Beatles Purim: March 15th!

The British invasion is coming to the bimah this Purim on Saturday night,  March 15, at 6:30! Replete with your favorite Beatle’s songs, A Beatle’s Purim will tell the story of Esther in a fashion that would have the British Royals shaking a grogger.

Please join Rabbi Matt Drefflin at Beth Shalom for Havdalah, pizza and hamentashen.  Rabbi Matt is already growing his hair and practicing his Megillah and Beatles Spiel. Wear a costume and BYOB. Remember it is customary to boo, hiss, stamp feet and rattle the groggers whenever the name of Haman is mentioned.

It is a special mitzvah to remember the poor during Purim. Please bring non-perishable items or a check made out to the Food Bank of East Alabama.

Rabbi Matt Dreffin will lead Friday night services the night before Purim, March 14, at 7:00.  On Saturday morning, he will lead a Torah discussion from 9 to 10:00. If you would like to schedule some personal time with the Rabbi, please email Margie Teeter, who is coordinating the logistics for his visit.  The rabbi will also come to Sunday school to help the children celebrate Purim.

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