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.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Tot Shabbat with the ISJL Fellows (Fri, Aug 18)

children holding hands

Tot Shabbat!

When: Fri, August 18th, at 5:30 p.m.

(before regular services)

Who is leading: Our ISJL Fellows 

Meet the Fellows:

Harrison Bleiberg
Harrison Bleiberg grew up in Mountain Brook, Alabama and recently graduated from Emory University with a B.A. in Jewish Studies and a minor in Mediterranean Archaeology. During his time at Emory University, Harrison was recognized for planning award winning service and educational programs serving the local community. Harrison has previously worked at Temple Emanuel in Birmingham, The Atlanta Jewish Academy, JScreen, and URJ Greene Family Camp where he spent over ten summers as a child. Harrison fell in love with youth leadership and Jewish education after working at Greene Family Camp and engaging with younger Boy Scouts as an Eagle Scout. As a lifelong Southerner and traveler, Harrison is excited to visit communities all across the South, and make new connections in the world of Jewish education!

Gabi Cohn
Gabi Cohn grew up in Fairfax, Virginia. She earned her Bachelors' Degrees in Psychology from Columbia University's School of General Studies and Modern Jewish Studies from The Jewish Theological Seminary of America's List College. During her time in New York, Gabi helped to create an Annual NYC-Wide Progressive College Student Shabbaton to bring together Jewish students from across universities to learn and pray together at HUC-JIR. She also worked to create JQ, a Jewish LGBTQA club through Columbia's Hillel. Off campus, Gabi taught Sing and Sign Mommy and Me classes around the city. She also worked as a development intern at VISIONS/Services for the Blind and Visually Impaired as part of a Fellowship in Jewish Social Entrepreneurship at JTS. Gabi spent ten years working at her synagogue's day camp as a counselor for kindergarteners and later program coordinator for preschool and kindergarten and supervisor of the extended day program. Gabi is excited to continue to serve as an Education Fellow and work with a wide variety of Southern Jewish communities.

Religious School Orientation and Blood Drive (Sun, Aug 13)

Religious School Orientation

Our parent orientation meeting will be 10 a.m. at Beth Shalom. We
welcome your involvement and suggestions and look forward to seeing all of you!

Please bring the registration form Mindy sent.

Blood Drive

Our blood drive will be 12 p.m. to about 2 p.m. Please come donate blood!

10 Minutes of Torah from the URJ