- Rosh Chodesh—Women’s Group
with Rabbi Suri Krieger
Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.,
and December 18
The waxing and waning of lunar cycles
has been a guiding force for women
throughout the ages, both literally and
spiritually. Since the Jewish feminist
movement reclaimed Rosh Chodesh in
the 1970s, women have been gathering
on a monthly basis to acknowledge and
celebrate in myriad ways.
- The Jews in the Time of Jesus
Monday Midrasha – Mondays at 7:00
p.m., December 1, 8, 15, 22
As we head into the season so important
to our Christian neighbors we wonder
about the Jewish life of Jesus. Who
were the Jewish people in the first
century? What did they believe? Do
some of the recent best-sellers that have
tried to uncover some “truths” about the
historical Jesus teach us about the Jewish
experience in the 1st Century? Rabbi
James Prosnit leads the conversation.
- The Sweet Singer of Israel: Al Jolson
Shabbat Dinner Series
Friday Evening, December 12
At 8:15 following services and dinner
He was America's first super-star and the highest paid performer in the first third of the 20th Century. And yet almost everything we think we know about Al Jolson is either incorrect, or so badly taken out of context that it might as well be. In a one hour program, we will explore Jolson the man and the legend, as we watch and listen and rediscover the American Jew who in life was billed “The World’s Greatest Entertainer” but in death as “The Sweet Singer of Israel”. Our congregant, Jon Sonneborn, is one of the leading authorities on Al Jolson. Join us for a memorable presentation!
(reservations needed for dinner –Llynch@cbipbpt.org)
- Come to the Shabbat Chanukah Dinner and Service on Friday, December 19! Details are here
- Latkes & LeeVees Saturday, December 20, 5:30 p.m.
What better way to celebrate Chanukah
than with music and good food?
The Latkes and LeeVees Concert will
take place December 20 at Congregation
B’nai Israel. The festivities begin
at 5:30 p.m. with a special intimate
performance by the Macaroons for
preschool-age children. Feel free to
bring your homemade latkes to be
judged by a panel of celebrity judges at
6:00 p.m. after Havdalah. The LeeVees
then take the stage at 6:30 p.m.
The LeeVees, featuring Adam Gardner
of GUSTER and Dave Schneider of The
Zambonis, (and our former religious school music teacher, Shawn Fogel) have released the critically
acclaimed record “Hanukah Rocks”
(Warner Brothers/Reprise Records).
The Macaroons are that rare kids band
that kids and parents both love. They
are also the only band in the world with
a bagel mascot named Billy. Click here.
- Make your voice heard in the Land of Israel! Pledge to vote in the World Zionist Congress elections! Read more...
- High Holy Day Sermons are online!
students connected to B'nai Israel by sending us their addresses...click
- What Happened To
The Temple bulletin comes once a
month, but how do you stay on top of
everything that happens at B’nai Israel
in between? Subscribe to our weekly
email, now renamed Hashavua. Contact
Lynn at email@example.com to sign up.
- Food for the Soul
Before each Shabbat service, the temple
provides a small Oneg in the lobby.
These small (nut-free) snacks and
drinks are a great ice-breaker, a perfect
quick bite, and a helpful distraction for
toddlers and younger children. If you
are interested in volunteering to bring
in Shabbat treats, please contact Naomi
Schaffer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Young Families Havurah at B’nai Israel is a group of young families who celebrate Shabbat and Jewish holidays together. We meet every Saturday morning for bagels, family-friendly services, songs, crafts, stories and playground time. We have exciting events coming soon for Purim and Passover. Do you know of young families who would like to be part of our fun and relaxed Jewish community? Our programming is geared for children ages seven and younger. Everyone is welcome at the Young Families Havurah – families do not need to be members of Congregation B’nai Israel to participate. Please contact Evan Schultz to join our mailing list and to learn about upcoming events with the Young Families Havurah.
Check us out online: www.youngfamilieshavurah.blogspot.com
Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/youngfamilieshavurah
- Is There Ever a Good Time?
It never seems to be the right time to discuss or
purchase cemetery plots. But purchasing a plot for
ourselves or a loved one is something many of us will
have to deal with. About a year ago, we determined that
we could develop additional plots in the new section in
the Kings Highway cemetery. Although many of these
have been sold, there are still some Kings Highway
plots available. If you are interested in learning more,
please call the temple office or contact Mark Shangold
at email@example.com or Bernie Jacobs at bjdjacobs@
aol.com. We can also help you choose plots in our
cemetery in Monroe.
- Hospital Information It has come to our attention that we are not getting accurate information from local hospitals when our congregants or family members are admitted to their facility. We are particularly concerned when we are asked why our clergy has not made a visit to a particular hospital.
Our inquiries always show that the person’s name has been listed under another synagogue and that is the reason we are not made aware of the hospitalization.
We are, once again, asking for your help. If you, a family member, neighbor or friend who belongs to B’nai Israel is admitted to any hospital, please take a minute and call the Temple office with that information. We would rather have a dozen calls than to not be aware of someone’s hospitalization.
- Radio “Outreach” On Friday Nights Do you miss attending Shabbat services because you are homebound? If so, you can now listen to our Friday night services on special radio receivers which are available to you on loan from the Temple.
Contact Cantor Blum.
- College is expensive. B'nai Israel can help! Click here to learn more about the Fields/Nussenfeld Scholarship Fund.
- Are you moving out of town? Let us help you connect with a synagogue in your new community. Click here.
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