Saturday, March 28, 2020

Streamed Torah Study (3/28)

We are switching to Zoom for Torah study. Join us in Zoom!

This week's parashat is Vayikra, Leviticus 1:1-5:26.

If you don't have a copy of the Torah where you are, use one of the many available digital resources:

Other interpretive sources / commentaries:

Thursday, March 26, 2020

Streamed Friday Night Service, new Zoom link (Fri, Mar 27)

Do NOT come to the synagogue for this service. This is a streamed only service because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

If you show up, we will turn you away (for your safety, ours, and the community's).

To join us,
  • access the CCAR's Mishkan T'Filah free as a flip book
  • see the service outline (especially for flip book's page numbers) 
  • join by Zoom (NEW Zoom link -- will allow 100 people) 
    • get the password by emailing Susan, Ed, or
    • join this way to count toward minyan
    • join this way to participate (to take a turn reading, to speak to everyone)
  • OR join by Facebook Live by visiting the linked Facebook page and scrolling to the live feed; you should be able to find it easily because we pinned it to the top of the page this time!
Also, please fill out the short form for announcements from the bimah
  • names for mi shebeirach and yahrzeits
  • announcements to suggest or questions
preview of form to add names and announcements

Friday, March 20, 2020

Streamed Friday Night Service (Fri, Mar 20)

Do NOT come to the synagogue for this service. This is a streamed only service because of the COVID-19 outbreak.

If you show up, we will turn you away (for your safety, ours, and the community's).

To join us,

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

COVID-19 Contingencies (week of Fri, 3/20, and beyond)

Hi everyone. Susan here.

We are putting all face-to-face events on hold for the time being; we will reassess in the near future.

Cancellations & Postponements

We will not have the following face-to-face events for the time being:
  • services (see below for streaming)
  • men's group
  • Torah study
  • religious school (see your email for tutoring options)
  • book group (postponed to a date yet to be determined)
  • NEW: ISJL community Seder (cancelled--it's sad but a good call)

Streaming Service on 3/20, perhaps beyond

We will stream services on 3/20 (and the following two weeks, if people want).
*Or download it as a Kindle ebook at a discounted price.

And if people "come" to this Friday's service and want us to stream again next week, we can do that.

The CCAR has put the online for and has discounted it as a Kindle ebook (see below).

Other Resources

See the CCAR's page of free and discounted liturgical resources for more discounts, including a digital version of Plaut's commentary (1/2 price).

Friday, March 13, 2020

Streamed Service Tonight (Fri, Mar 13)

Tonight we will honor the memory of a recently passed dear community member by sharing our memories and reciting Kaddish.

Given the guidelines for minimizing COVID-19 (the novel coronavirus), we will stream our service via Facebook Live.

Please visit the Beth Shalom Facebook page at about 7:00 p.m. for the live stream.

Friday, February 28, 2020

Pre-Purim Weekend with Mackenzie Haun of ISJL (beginning Fri, Feb 28)

Mackenzie Haun, Education Fellow with the ISJLOur ISJL Fellow, Mackenzie Haun, will be in town this weekend from Friday through Sunday.

Mackenzie will begin by a Shabbat service at 7:00 on Friday, Feb 28.

Mackenzie will lead Torah study on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. and then lead Purim activities in Religious School on Sunday.

Sunday, February 9, 2020

Book Discussion: Antisemitism: Here and Now (POSTPONED)

Antisemitism: Here and Now by Deborah E. LipstadtAbout Antisemitism: Here and Now by Deborah E. Lipstadt

2019 NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD WINNER—Jew­ish Edu­ca­tion and Iden­ti­ty Award

From the publisher:
The award-winning author of The Eichmann Trial and Denial: Holocaust History on Trial gives us a penetrating and provocative analysis of the hate that will not die, focusing on its current, virulent incarnations on both the political right and left: from white supremacist demonstrators in Charlottesville, Virginia, to mainstream enablers of antisemitism such as Donald Trump and Jeremy Corbyn, to a gay pride march in Chicago that expelled a group of women for carrying a Star of David banner.

Over the last decade there has been a noticeable uptick in antisemitic rhetoric and incidents by left-wing groups targeting Jewish students and Jewish organizations on American college campuses. And the reemergence of the white nationalist movement in America, complete with Nazi slogans and imagery, has been reminiscent of the horrific fascist displays of the 1930s. Throughout Europe, Jews have been attacked by terrorists, and some have been murdered.

Where is all this hatred coming from? Is there any significant difference between left-wing and right-wing antisemitism? What role has the anti-Zionist movement played? And what can be done to combat the latest manifestations of an ancient hatred? In a series of letters to an imagined college student and imagined colleague, both of whom are perplexed by this resurgence, acclaimed historian Deborah Lipstadt gives us her own superbly reasoned, brilliantly argued, and certain to be controversial responses to these troubling questions.

Discussion Details

Come out for an engaging discussion of Deborah E. Lipstadt's book Antisemitism: Here and Now.

POSTPONED (originally scheduled Sunday, March 15, 3:00 p.m.; date TBD)
Congregation Beth Shalom

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Book Discussion: The Kites by Romain Gary (Sun, Feb 2)

The Kites by Romain GaryAbout The Kites by Romain Gary

New York Times Notable Book 2018

The Kites begins with a young boy, Ludo, coming of age on a small farm in Normandy under the care of his eccentric kite-making Uncle Ambrose. Ludo’s life changes the day he meets Lila, a girl from the aristocratic Polish family that owns the estate next door. In a single glance, Ludo falls in love forever; Lila, on the other hand, disappears back into the woods. And so begins Ludo’s adventure of longing, passion, and love for the elusive Lila, who begins to reciprocate his feelings just as Europe descends into World War II. After Germany invades Poland, Lila and her family go missing, and Ludo’s devotion to saving her from the Nazis becomes a journey to save his love, his loved ones, his country, and ultimately himself.

Filled with unforgettable characters who fling all they have into the fight to keep their hopes―and themselves―alive, The Kites is Romain Gary’s poetic call for resistance in whatever form it takes. A war hero himself, Gary embraced and fought for humanity in all its nuanced complexities, in the belief that a hero might be anyone who has the courage to love and hope.

Discussion Details

Come out for an engaging discussion of Romain Gary's book The Kites.

Sunday, February 2
3:00 p.m.
Congregation Beth Shalom

Read about us and follow us on Facebook. Join us for regular events (Friday services, Torah study, men's breakfasts) and special events (High Holy Days, holiday celebrations, book discussions, special programs, and visiting rabbis, educators, and speakers). Parents, contact us to learn about our religious school.

Friday, January 17, 2020

Weekend with Rabbi Emert (beginning Fri, Jan 24)

Rabbi Kenneth Emert
Rabbi Kenneth Emert
Join us for a jam-packed weekend with the beloved Rabbi Kenneth Emert!

5:45 - Potluck*
6:30 - Family Service
7:00 - Service for the Whole Community

9:00 a.m. - Bagels and Coffee
9:30 a.m. - Morning Service
10:15 a.m. - Torah Reading
10:30 a.m. - Torah Study
11:30 a.m. - Lunch (host to be announced at morning service)
6:00 p.m. - Havdalah* at the synagogue

10:00 a.m. - Rabbi Emert will visit the religious school!

*See the "Upcoming Rabbinical Visits" newsletter sent on 1/14 for links to the potluck and Havdalah SignUpGenius lists.

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Weekend with Rabbi Rozovsky (beginning Fri, Jan 17)

Rabbi Aaron Rozovsky
Rabbi Aaron Rozovsky
Join us for a weekend with Rabbi Aaron Rozovsky, who will be in town from Friday through Sunday. Rabbi Rozovsky comes to us from the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL).

Friday: Rabbi Rozovsky will begin by leading services at 7:00 on Friday, Jan 17. Services will include a Torah reading. We hope you will join us.

Saturday: Join us for Torah study, led by Rabbi Rozovsky, at 9:00 a.m.

Sunday: At 10:00 a.m., Rabbi Rozovsky will meet with families interested in learning how the b'nai mitzvah process works through ISJL.

Saturday, January 11, 2020

Chevra Kadisha (Burial Society) Training (Sun, Jan 12)

In a small community like ours, we must assure we can fill responsibilities even in the hardest of times.

Come be trained in one of the most essential duties we can perform: seeing to the proper Jewish treatment of the body. 

Who: R. Scott Kramer, Jewish men and women
When: Sun, Jan 12, 2:00-4:00 p.m.
What: Chevra Kadisha (burial society) training
Where: Congregation Beth Shalom
No cost. We would love to have you join us.