Friday, July 3, 2020

Book Discussion via Zoom: The Emerald Horizon by Jean Grainger (Sun, Aug 16)

Cover of The Emerald Horizon by Jean GraingerAbout The Emerald Horizon by Jean Grainger

(Available via paperback, Kindle, Audible audiobook
)

From the Publisher:

Berlin, 1944

Ariella Bannon is being hunted. Someone is determined to betray her, but she has survived against incredible odds, and the end is in sight. She will be reunited with her precious children, no matter what it takes.

Meanwhile, Liesl and Erich have found a home in Ireland away from the chaos of war-ravaged Europe. As the dark news of what has happened to their fellow Jews filters through, they are torn - love for their mother and their home on one hand, and the profound sense of peace and belonging they have in Ballycreggan on the other. Like all of the other children who escaped Nazi territory on the Kindertransport, they must wait to hear the fate of their loved ones.

For their foster parents, Elizabeth and Daniel, their dearest wish, that Ariella would survive the war, is also their deepest fear. Would her return mean the loss of the children they have come to think of as their own?

As the Third Reich crumbles under relentless Allied bombs, Ariella is careful, but Berlin is a very dangerous place to be, and somebody knows she survived. Can she take one last enormous risk to be reunited with Liesl and Erich or will her betrayer see her finally captured?

The Emerald Horizon is the long awaited sequel to the best-seller, The Star and the Shamrock.

Discussion Details

Join us by Zoom for an engaging discussion of Jean Granger's book The Emerald Horizon.

Time:  Sunday, August 16, at 3:00 p.m. Central
Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/974051878
Password:  Zoom may ask you for a password;
    email Ed, Susan, or bethshalomauburn@gmail.com for the password
Meeting ID:  (to type into Zoom if the link isn’t working): 974 051 878



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Friday, June 26, 2020

Book Discussion via Zoom: Spies of No Country by Matti Friedman (Sun, Jun 28)

Cover of Spies of No Country by Matti Friedman

About Spies of No Country: Israel's Secret Agents at the Birth of the Mossad by Matti Friedman

(Available via paperback, hardback, Kindle, Audible audiobook, CD)

From the Publisher:

Award-winning writer Matti Friedman’s tale of Israel’s first spies has all the tropes of an espionage novel, including duplicity, betrayal, disguise, clandestine meetings, the bluff, and the double bluff—but it’s all true.

The four spies were young, Jewish, and born in Arab countries. In 1948, at the outbreak of war in Palestine, they went undercover in Beirut, spending two years running sabotage operations and sending crucial intelligence back home. It was dangerous work. Of the dozen members of their ragtag unit, five would be caught and executed—but the remainder would emerge as the nucleus of the Mossad, Israel’s vaunted intelligence agency.

Journalist and award-winning author Matti Friedman’s masterfully told and meticulously researched tale of Israel’s first spies reads like an espionage novel—but it’s all true. Spies of No Country is about the slippery identities of these spies, but it’s also about the complicated identity of Israel, a country that presents itself as Western but in fact has more citizens with Middle Eastern roots, just like the spies of this fascinating narrative.

Discussion Details

Join us by Zoom for an engaging discussion of Matti Friedman's book Spies of No Country.

Time:  Sunday, June 28, at 3:00 p.m. Central
Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/974051878
Password:  Zoom may ask you for a password;
    email Ed, Susan, or bethshalomauburn@gmail.com for the password
Meeting ID:  (to type into Zoom if the link isn’t working): 974 051 878



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Week's Activities (beginning Fri, June 26)

This week, we will have the following activities:
  • Fri, June 26, 7:00 p.m. — Services
  • Sat, June 27, 9:00 a.m. — Torah study 
  • Sat, June 27, 8:15 p.m. — Alabama Community Virtual Havdalah (see email) 
    • Multi-congregation. This week, we welcome Selma! 
    • Bring your candle, spices, and juice or wine. Prepare to dim your lights. 
  • Sun, June 28, 9:30 a.m. — ISJL Education Conference begins. 
  • Sun, June 28, 3:00 p.m. — Book discussion: Spies of No Country
    • If you registered, you should have gotten an email from Rabbi Dreffin this Thursday. 
  • Tue, June 30, 5:00 p.m. — Meet Rabbi Caroline Sim with the ISJL (see email)

Friday, June 19, 2020

Week's Activities (beginning Fri, June 19)

This week, we will have the following activities:
  • Services on Friday, June 19, at 7 p.m.
  • Torah study on Saturday, June 20, at 9 a.m.
  • Alabama Community Virtual Havdalah (see email) on Saturday, June 20, at 8:15 p.m. (multi-congregation) 
  • The Rabbi Goes West (flexible watching times) and Q&A with the filmmakers on Monday, June 21, 8:30 p.m. 
    • Sponsorship and region: The Jewish Federation of MS has partnered with the Oxford Film Festival to bring the documentary The Rabbi Goes West, to viewers in Mississippi, Tennessee, and Alabama.
    • Price: Pay what you can: $3 - 10 for the ticket to watch the film before the and take part in the conversation. 
    • Tickets: https://watch.eventive.org/2020oxff/play/5ea34352f3aee6003072dc2f
    • Film rental details: The film can be pre-ordered and watched anytime June 19-26. Rentals last for 24 hours and 50% of the ticket goes to the filmmakers. 

Friday, June 12, 2020

Book Discussion via Zoom: The Book of V. by Anna Solomon (Thu, Jun 18)

Book of V. coverThis book discussion is sponsored by our Hadassah discussion group.

About The Book of V.: A Novel by Anna Solomon

(Available via paperback, hardback, kindle, Audible audiobook, CD)

From the Publisher:

Lily is a mother and a daughter. And a second wife. And a writer, maybe? Or she was going to be, before she had children. Now, in her rented Brooklyn apartment she’s grappling with her sexual and intellectual desires, while also trying to manage her roles as a mother and a wife in 2016.

Vivian Barr seems to be the perfect political wife, dedicated to helping her charismatic and ambitious husband find success in Watergate-era Washington D.C. But one night he demands a humiliating favor, and her refusal to obey changes the course of her life—along with the lives of others.

Esther is a fiercely independent young woman in ancient Persia, where she and her uncle’s tribe live a tenuous existence outside the palace walls. When an innocent mistake results in devastating consequences for her people, she is offered up as a sacrifice to please the King, in the hopes that she will save them all.

In Anna Solomon's The Book of V., these three characters' riveting stories overlap and ultimately collide, illuminating how women’s lives have and have not changed over thousands of years.

Discussion Details

Join us by Zoom for an engaging discussion of Anna Solomon's book The Book of V: A Novel.

Time:  Thursday, June 18, at 7:00 p.m. Central
Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/974051878
Password:  Zoom may ask you for a password;
    email Ed, Susan, or bethshalomauburn@gmail.com for the password
Meeting ID:  (to type into Zoom if the link isn’t working): 974 051 878



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Week's Activities (beginning Fri, June 12)

This week, we will have the following activities:
  • Services on Friday, June 12, at 7 p.m.
  • Torah study on Saturday, June 13, at 9 a.m.
  • Alabama Community Virtual Havdalah (see email) on Saturday, June 13, at 8:15 p.m. (multi-congregation) 
  • Board meeting (see email) on Sunday, June 14, at 5:30 p.m.
  • Hadassah Book Group's discussion of The Book of V: A Novel by Anna Solomon--Thursday, June 18, at 7 p.m.

Friday, June 5, 2020

Week's Activities (beginning Fri, June 5)

This week, we will have the following activities:
  • Services on Friday, June 5, at 7 p.m.
  • Torah study on Saturday, June 6, at 9 a.m.
  • Board meeting (see email) on Sunday, June 7, at 5:30 p.m.
In the upcoming weeks, look for
  • the Hadassah Book Group's discussion of The Book of V: A Novel by Anna Solomon--Thursday, June 18, at 7 p.m.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Rabbi Rozovsky and This Week's Activities (beginning Fri,May 29)

This week, we will have the following activities:
  • Services led by Rabbi Aaron Rozovsky and our bar mitzvah!! on Friday, May 29, at 7 p.m.
  • E.'s bar mitzvah on Saturday, May 30, at 10 a.m.
  • Havdalah with Rabbi Kramer and Dahlia Road and Cantor Neil Schwartz (see email for link) on Saturday at 8 p.m.
  • Annual Congregation Meeting on Sunday, May 31, at 3 p.m. (members received an email with the ballot and link)
Rabbi Rozovsky

Friday, May 22, 2020

Rabbi Rozovsky and This Week's Activities (beginning Fri, May 22)

Rabbi RozovskyThis week, we will have the following activities:
  • Services led by Rabbi Aaron Rozovsky and our bar mitzvah!! on Friday, May 22, at 7 p.m.
  • I.'s bar mitzvah on Saturday, May 23, at 10 a.m.
  • Havdalah with Rabbi Kramer and Dahlia Road (see email for link)
See your email for the passwords.

Next week, look for our annual Congregation Meeting.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Week's Activities (beginning Fri, May 15)

This week, we will have the following activities:
In the upcoming weeks, look for
  • two bar mitzvahs (via Zoom), and
  • our annual Congregation Meeting.

Friday, May 8, 2020

Week's Activities (beginning Fri, May 8)

We have rearranged our website, linking Services and Study (Torah study) from our main menu.

This week, we will have the following activities:

In the upcoming weeks, look for

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Zoom Torah Study (Sat, May 2)

We are switching to Zoom for Torah study. Join us in Zoom! (We'll use this link for Torah study until we meet face-to-face again.)

Times:  Saturdays at 9 Central
Zoom Link:  https://zoom.us/j/630741697
Password:  Zoom may ask you for a password;
    email Ed, Susan, or bethshalomauburn@gmail.com for the password
Meeting ID:  (to type into Zoom if the link isn’t working): 630 741 697

This week's parashat is Acharei Mot - K'doshim, Leviticus 16:1-20:27.
If you don't have a copy of the Torah where you are, use one of the many available digital resources:

Streamed Streamed Friday Night Service, Zoom link (Fri, May 1)

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,
    • get the password by emailing Susan, Ed, or bethshalomauburn@gmail.com
    • 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

Also, please let us know early in the service if you have names for mi shebeirach and yahrzeits or if you have announcements.

Friday, April 24, 2020

Book Discussion: Up from Orchard Street by Jennifer Weiner (Sun, May 17)

Up from Orchard Street by Eleanor Widmer


About Up from Orchard Street by Eleanor Widmer

(Available via paperback, kindle, Audible audiobook, MP3 CD)

From the Publisher:

Up from Orchard Street...

...where three generations of Roth's live together in a crowded tenement flat at number 12. Long-widowed Manya is the family's head and its heart: mother of dapper Jack, mother-in-law of frail and beautiful Lil, and adored bubby of Elka and Willy. She's renowned throughout the teeming neighborhood for her mouthwatering cooking, and every noontime the front room of the flat turns into Manya's private restaurant, where the local merchants come to savor her hearty stews and soups, succulent potato latkes and tzimmes, preserved fruits and glorious pastries.

She is just as renowned for her fierce sense of honor, her quick eye for charlatans, and her generosity to those in need. But Manya is no soft touch-except, perhaps, where her adored granddaughter Elka is concerned. It is skinny, precocious Elka who is her closest companion and confidante-and the narrator of this event-packed novel. Through Elka's eyes we come to know the fascinating characters who come in and out of the Roths' lives: relatives, eccentric locals, doctors, busybody neighbors-as well as the many men who try fruitlessly to win voluptuous Manya's favors. We live through the bittersweet world of these blunt, earthy, feisty people for whom poverty was endemic, illness common, crises frequent, and zest for living intense. Money may have been short but opinions were not, and their tart tongues and lively humor invest every page. In this riveting story lies the heart of the American immigrant experience: a novel at once wise, funny, poignant, anguishing, exultant-and bursting with love.

Discussion Details

Join us either in person or by Zoom (depending on our circumstances). We will have a lively discussion of Eleanor Widmer's Up from Orchard Street.

Time:  Sunday, May 17, at 3 Central
Zoom Link (if we are still meeting via Zoom): https://zoom.us/j/974051878
Password:  Zoom may ask you for a password;
    email Ed, Susan, or bethshalomauburn@gmail.com for the password
Meeting ID:  (to type into Zoom if the link isn’t working): 974 051 878


Upcoming Possible Selections

The Beth Shalom Book Group is considering the following selections for the future:

  • Cut Me Loose by Lean Vincent
  • Emerald Horizon by Jean Grainger
  • Spies of No Country: Secret Lives of the Birth of Israel by Matti Friedman



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.

Book Discussion via Zoom: Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner (Thu, May 7)

Jennifer Weiner's Mrs. Everything
This book discussion is sponsored by our Jewish Women and Friends discussion group.

About Mrs. Everything by Jennifer Weiner

(Available via paperback, hardback, kindle, Audible audiobook, MP3 CD)

From the Publisher:

Do we change or does the world change us?

Jo and Bethie Kaufman were born into a world full of promise.

Growing up in 1950s Detroit, they live in a perfect “Dick and Jane” house, where their roles in the family are clearly defined. Jo is the tomboy, the bookish rebel with a passion to make the world more fair; Bethie is the pretty, feminine good girl, a would-be star who enjoys the power her beauty confers and dreams of a traditional life.

But the truth ends up looking different from what the girls imagined. Jo and Bethie survive traumas and tragedies. As their lives unfold against the background of free love and Vietnam, Woodstock and women’s lib, Bethie becomes an adventure-loving wild child who dives headlong into the counterculture and is up for anything (except settling down). Meanwhile, Jo becomes a proper young mother in Connecticut, a witness to the changing world instead of a participant. Neither woman inhabits the world she dreams of, nor has a life that feels authentic or brings her joy. Is it too late for the women to finally stake a claim on happily ever after?

In her most ambitious novel yet, Jennifer Weiner tells a story of two sisters who, with their different dreams and different paths, offer answers to the question: How should a woman be in the world?

Discussion Details

Join us by Zoom for an engaging discussion of Jennifer Weiner's book Mrs. Everything.

Time:  Thursday, May 7, at 7:00 p.m. Central
Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/974051878
Password:  Zoom may ask you for a password;
    email Ed, Susan, or bethshalomauburn@gmail.com for the password
Meeting ID:  (to type into Zoom if the link isn’t working): 974 051 878



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.

Thursday, April 23, 2020

Zoom Torah Study (Sat, Apr 25)

We are switching to Zoom for Torah study. Join us in Zoom! (We'll use this link for Torah study until we meet face-to-face again.)

Times:  Saturdays at 9 Central
Zoom Link:  https://zoom.us/j/630741697
Password:  Zoom may ask you for a password;
    email Ed, Susan, or bethshalomauburn@gmail.com for the password
Meeting ID:  (to type into Zoom if the link isn’t working): 630 741 697

This week's parashat is Tazria-M'tzora, Leviticus 12:1-15:33.
If you don't have a copy of the Torah where you are, use one of the many available digital resources:

Streamed Friday Night Service, Zoom link (Fri, Apr 24)

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,
    • get the password by emailing Susan, Ed, or bethshalomauburn@gmail.com
    • 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

Also, please let us know early in the service if you have names for mi shebeirach and yahrzeits or if you have announcements.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Zoom Torah Study (Sat, Apr 18)

We are switching to Zoom for Torah study. Join us in Zoom! (We'll use this link for Torah study until we meet face-to-face again.)

Times:  Saturdays at 9 Central
Zoom Link:  https://zoom.us/j/630741697
Password:  Zoom may ask you for a password;
    email Ed, Susan, or bethshalomauburn@gmail.com for the password
Meeting ID:  (to type into Zoom if the link isn’t working): 630 741 697

This week's parashat is Sh'mini, Leviticus 9:1-11:47.
If you don't have a copy of the Torah where you are, use one of the many available digital resources:




    Streamed Friday Night Service, Zoom link (Fri, Apr 17)

    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 (esp. for page numbers)
    • join by Zoom (same Zoom link as 3/27 and 4/3 -- will allow 100 people) 
      • get the password by emailing Susan, Ed, or bethshalomauburn@gmail.com
      • 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
    Also, please let us know early in the service if you have names for mi shebeirach and yahrzeits or if you have announcements.

    Friday, April 10, 2020

    Book Discussion via Zoom: Antisemitism: Here and Now by Deborah E. Lipstadt (Sun, Apr 12)

    Antisemitism: Here and Now by Deborah E. Lipstadt

    About 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

    Join us by Zoom for an engaging discussion of Deborah E. Lipstadt's book Antisemitism: Here and Now.

    Time:  Sunday, Apr 12, at 3 Central
    Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/974051878
    Password:  Zoom may ask you for a password;
        email Ed, Susan, or bethshalomauburn@gmail.com for the password
    Meeting ID:  (to type into Zoom if the link isn’t working): 974 051 878



    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.

    Streamed Torah Study (Sat, Apr 11)

    We are switching to Zoom for Torah study. Join us in Zoom! (We'll use this link for Torah study until we meet face-to-face again.)

    Times:  Saturdays at 9 Central
    Zoom Link:  https://zoom.us/j/630741697
    Password:  Zoom may ask you for a password;
        email Ed, Susan, or bethshalomauburn@gmail.com for the password
    Meeting ID:  (to type into Zoom if the link isn’t working): 630 741 697

    This week's parashat is Chol HaMo-eid Pesach, Exodus 33:12-34:26.
    If you don't have a copy of the Torah where you are, use one of the many available digital resources:

    Streamed Friday Night Service, Zoom link (Fri, Apr 10)

    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 (same Zoom link as 3/27 and 4/3 -- will allow 100 people) 
      • get the password by emailing Susan, Ed, or bethshalomauburn@gmail.com
      • 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
    Also, please fill out the short form for announcements from the bimah
    • new names for mi shebeirach (we'll say last week's too) and yahrzeits 
    • announcements to suggest or questions
    preview of form to add names and announcements

    Thursday, April 2, 2020

    Streamed Torah Study (Sat, Apr 4)

    We are switching to Zoom for Torah study. Join us in Zoom! (We'll use this link for Torah study until we meet face-to-face again.)

    Times: Saturdays at 9 Central
    Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/630741697
    Password: Zoom may ask you for a password;
        email Ed, Susan, or bethshalomauburn@gmail.com for the password
    Meeting ID:  (to type into Zoom if the link isn’t working): 630 741 697

    This week's parashat is Tzav, Leviticus 6:1-8:36.

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

    Streamed Friday Night Service, Zoom link (Fri, Apr 3)

    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 (same Zoom link as 3/27 -- will allow 100 people) 
      • get the password by emailing Susan, Ed, or bethshalomauburn@gmail.com
      • 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
    Also, please fill out the short form for announcements from the bimah
    • new names for mi shebeirach and yahrzeits (we'll say last week's too)
    • announcements to suggest or questions
    preview of form to add names and announcements

    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 bethshalomauburn@gmail.com
      • 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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