Thursday, April 19, 2018

Havdalah and Isaeli Independence Day Celebration (Sat, 4/21)


Join us for Havdalah and a celebration of Israeli Independence Day!

Bring a dessert to share (parve or dairy).

We’ll gather beginning at 6:30, and Havdalah will start at about 7:15.

We’ll have guitars, singing, and maybe even s’mores!
Israeli flag
Israeli Flag. Ishai Parasol. CC BY-SA 2.0. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Inspiring Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) Program (Wed, Apr 11)

Guitar Strings
Guitar strings, Роман Карчмитович.  CC-BY-NC 2.0.
Join us on April 11 at 7:00 p.m.

We will mark Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) with an inspiring program.

We will have live music and more--an inspiring event. Please come.


Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Beth Shalom Passover Seder (Tue, Apr 3)

Passover Seder with Rabbi Dreffin

Tuesday, April 3, 2018
5:30 p.m.


Women's Club of Auburn
712 Sanders Street, Auburn, AL 36830

$15 per member
$25 per non-member
$5 per child 5–12 (under 5 free)
$30 per family

Please RSVP to bethshalomauburn@gmail.com

*Make checks payable to Beth Shalom. Bring to Seder or mail to Mike F.

– Contact us at the email above for full mailing details.

Blood Drive (Sun, Mar 25)

Come join us from 11 to 2 on Sunday, March 25, for our blood drive.

LifeSouth will bring the Bloodmobile and their friendly staff. Bring a healthy, well-fed, well-hydrated you. Bring a friend. Bring all of your local friends, for that matter!

LifeSouth says,
To give blood you must be in good health, 17 years or older (or 16 with parental permission), weigh at least 110 pounds and show a valid photo I.D.
Good health? Yep. Remember that iron supplement if you need it.

At least 110 lbs? Got it (and then some, and, if you're like me, then some more)!

17+ years old? Let's not get into exact age...it might not be polite.

As Mike says, "If you can please donate; it is desperately needed and it will be a mitzvah for our congregation."

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Promises, Film and Discussion (Sun, Mar 4)

Please join us for the next event in the Beth Shalom Cultural Arts Series.

At 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 4, the Series is co-sponsoring the film "Promises" with The Jule Collins Smith Museum.

Allen Furr will moderate a Q&A discussion panel. Light refreshments will be served.

About the movie:
Promises is a beautiful and deeply moving portrait of seven Palestinian and Israeli children. Emmy award-winning and Academy award nominat-ed, Promises follows the journey of a filmmaker who meets these children in and around Jerusalem, from a Palestinian refugee camp to an Israeli settlement in the West Bank. Although they live only 20 minutes apart, these children exist in completely separate worlds, divided by physical, historical and emotional boundaries. Promises explores the nature of these boundaries and tells the story of a few children who dared to cross the lines to meet their neighbors.

Jule Collins Smith Museum, 901 S College Street, Auburn, AL 36849

Monday, February 26, 2018

Purim! (Wed, Feb 28)

Purim hamantaschen.
Photo by Nate Steiner on Flickr. Public Domain.
Join us on Wednesday, Feb 28, at 6:00.

We'll read the Book of Esther (M'gillat Esther) and eat delicious hamantaschen (of course!).

Come in costume if you’d like. The kids are already discussing what they plan to wear.

We will provide the groggers (noisemakers), but we need you to come make noise!

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. https://flic.kr/p/6shrhc                   

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!

Sincerely,

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