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**Featured Events on Your Radar**

May 23, 2017

Shavuot Services & Programs
Tikkun Leil Shavuot 
Tuesday, May 30

6:30pm Mincha/Maariv

7:00pm Dinner (Advanced registration requested at www.bethelnr.org/shavuot2017)

8:00pm - 11:00pm Learning sessions with Rabbi David Schuck, Rabbi Zach Sitkin, and Rabbi Josh Dorsch. 

 

Shavuot Hang Out
Wednesday, May 31, 5:30pm 

Advanced registration requested at www.bethelnr.org/fun.

$10/adult, $5/child (2-18 years old), under 2 free!

 

Join us for some fun & dinner outdoors. Enjoy a dairy dinner, wine, and cheesecake alongside some pick up games like soccer and basketball, Gaga, and a playground playdate. Bring a bat, glove... and play ball! All are welcome.

TONIGHT! Mindful Meditation
Tuesday, May 23, 7:00pm 

Try something new, and find your moment of zen. Practiced by Hasidic masters in the 18th Century, this type of meditation helps us feel less isolated, less caught in judgment and adversity, and more open to the mystery and majesty of this very life. We will be lead by Iris Cohen, an experienced meditation group leader. Though a commitment to all three sessions is recommended, drop-ins are welcome. There is no fee for this group. For information on these programs, e-mail RabbiAdmin@bethelnr.org, or call 914-235-2700, ext. 228.

Other date: Tuesday, June 6, 7pm, Tuesday, June 13, 7pm. 

Jewish Life and Thought in Eastern Europe With Rabbi David Schuck 
& Dr. Carol Diament
Thursday, May 25, 9:30am

Rabbi David Schuck will teach from 9:30am to 10:30am He will focus on the primary sources of Hasidic thinkers. We will then have a short coffee break from 10:30am to 10:45am. Dr. Carol Diament will teach from 10:45am to 11:45am. She will focus on the primary sources of Jewish Enlightenment thinkers and writers. Upcoming class June 8 us a double session with Dr. Carol Diament. Donation for all sessions: Community members, $90; Beth El member discounted price, $60. Register at www.bethelnr.org/limmud

 

Spring Film Festival
Thursday, May 25, 6:30pm

SPRING FILM FESTIVAL, "THE FRONT," Designed as a dinner theater, each evening begins with a delicatessen dinner, followed by a formal introduction to the film a complete screening, and an always lively group discussion. Register at www.bethelnr.org/filmfestival.

March with Us! Israel Day Parade
Sunday, June 4
Meet at Beth El 12:15 pm

We will be marching with the Westchester Jewish Council at the 53rd Annual Celebrate Israel Parade.  Marching with us is free, but you must register with us. Free T-shirt to those who attend! The bus will leave promptly at 12:30pm. If you are not taking the bus, our assembly time is 1:45pm at Section 12W-52nd St. between 5th and 6th Ave. For more information, visit www.bethelnr.org/parade.

SINGING AS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE
Next Class:
 Sunday, June 4, 7:00pm

Join Rabbi Schuck and Jack Klebanow for communal singing that will enhance your Jewish spiritual practice.  Everyone is welcome to participate. No prior knowledge is required. 

Other date: Tuesday, June 20, 7:30pm. 

Get Fresh Produce
 RIGHT HERE AT BETH EL
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) 
The Season begins June 7, 2017!

NEW TO BETH EL! GET A DEAL ON FRESH LOCAL VEGGIES ALL SUMMER LONG!

 

Visit www.bethelnr.org/csa to sign up!

 

What’s a “CSA”?

A CSA is a group who cooperatively buy a share of a farm’s summer/fall produce.

 

Members get:

  • 24 weeks of fresh organic veggies &/or fruit for a fraction of the price in the stores 
  • To support a local farmer
  • To help the needy (extra weekly shares go to food pantries)

For more info text/call: 914-502-9272 or csawestchester@gmail.com

Kallah: The Beth El Retreat
Friday, June 9 - Sunday, June 11
Register at bethelnr.org/kallah.

Join Rabbi Schuck and Rabbi Sitkin for a special weekend experience. This is a multi-generational community weekend, with activities for all ages. Sign up now! Visit bethelnr.org/kallah. Questions? Contact Talia Swartz Nagar at taliaswartz@gmail.com, or Jenny Longman at jruzow@gmail.com.

Sign up now! Register at bethelnr.org/kallah

Memory Minyan
Friday, June 16, 6:00pm

For people with dementia, their family, and caregivers. This joyful Shabbat service is geared to people with dementia, their family, and caregivers. Sponsored by Beth El, Seivah, WJCS, and UJA-Federation New York Age Jewish Service Corps. Questions and R.S.V.P. to Julie Rockowitz at JRockowitz@bethelnr.org, or 914-235-2700, ext. 256

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Kabbalat Pride Shabbat 
Friday, June 23, 
6:00pm cocktails, 7:00pm service

Join us for a Shabbat service beginning with cocktails at 6 pm at the terrace and a 7 pm.service at the Wiener Lounge where we welcome LGBT speaker Alyx Benerstein, storyteller from Mosaic of Westchester and a Beth El member. Register at bethelnr.org/pride.

Contemplative Service 
June 24, 10:45am-12:00pm*

*PLEASE NOTE SPECIAL TIME

 

Rabbi Schuck will lead an informal service. All are welcome to join. This is time for yourself as we engage in mindful meditation, contemplative study, singing, and prayer.

 


 

 

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Phone: 914-235-2700

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Join us tomorrow for an Inspirational Story!

05/22/2017 05:28:30 PM

May22

S.M.A.R.T. (Senior Mature Adult Retired Together) PEOPLE 

Upcoming May events!

Get Smart/Get Fit: Wednesdays at 10:30am 

Wednesday, May 24: Chair Yoga with Nan

No charge.

 

Tuesday, May 23

10:00am

Coffee and schmooze with a newspaper.

10:30am

 The Mosaic Storytelling Project

 

Join us for an interesting and inspiring program where you will meet and hear from Diana, who will share her personal journey as a mother of a transgender teenage daughter. Diana is part of the Mosaic Storytelling Project. The Mosaic Storytelling Project is a unique learning lab, providing Jewish LGBTQ teens, adults, and family members with tools to cultivate an authentic and inspirational public voice to be shared in Jewish settings, thus building a more compassionate and inclusive community.

 

Mosaic of Westchester is a non-profit initiative in the Westchester Jewish community. Mosaic is working for the full inclusion of LGBTQ Jews in Westchester Jewish life, thus enriching the entire Westchester Jewish community.

 

Light lunch to follow. $5 per person, RSVP is a must, to Julie Rockowitz, 913.235.2700 x256.

Coming this June!

Get Smart/Get Fit: Wednesdays at 10:30am - No charge

Wednesday, June 7: Balance with Tim

 

Wednesday, June 14Golden Zumba with Laura

 

Wednesday, June 21Last Class, Current Events, and Lunch

Balance and Flexibility with Judy

11:30am Current Events with Shari Baum, MSW

Light 'n Lively Lunch for everyone at 12:30pm $8/person

RSVP to Julie Rockowitz, 914.235.2700 x256

 


Spring Concert and Luncheon - Tuesday, June 13

 

Enjoy a festive finale to the year!

10:00am Coffee and Schmooze with the newspaper

10:30am American and Jazz Love Songs for Spring 

sung by Yara Hoppenstein accompanied on piano by Kathy Wiegand

 

Make lunch for the HOPE Food Pantry and... 

Join us for a festive finale luncheon to our SMART programs this year $8/person

 

Come by and give your opinion as we plan our 

SummerFEST...Fun, Exercise, Swim and Scholar Time

to be held again at Beth El in August!

 

Platzner Loss

05/21/2017 09:08:12 PM

May21

In sorrow we inform you of the passing of our member, Herbert Platzner, beloved husband of Marilyn and father of our member Merrick (Eva Benchimol) Platzner.

 

The funeral service will take place at Beth El Synagogue Center on Tuesday, May 23 at 12:30pm. Interment will follow at Mt. Eden Cemetery.

 

Shiva will take place at the home of Herbert's daughter, Sharon Cutler, 175 Barton Road, White Plains 10605 according to the following schedule:

 

Tuesday following interment until 8:00pm, minyan at 6:00pm

Wednesday, May 24, 2:00-8:00pm, minyan at 6:00pm

 

"May they be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem."

 

Samuel E. Berger, President

 

Members of our community who have suffered the loss of a loved one have been comforted by the generosity of donations made in the memory of those they have lost.  If you would like to make a donation to Beth El Synagogue Center please click here.

 

Beth El Synagogue Center
1324 North Avenue
New Rochelle, NY 10804

914.235.2700 phone

914.235.2718 fax

www.bethelnr.org

Corrected Subject: Silver Loss

05/19/2017 12:11:23 PM

May19

In sorrow we inform you of the passing of Mary Maxin, beloved mother of our member Linda Silver.

 

A graveside funeral will be held in Philadelphia.

 

Shiva will take place at the Silver home, 39 Country Ridge Road, Scarsdale, NY according to the following schedule:

 

Sunday, May 21 at 5:00 pm - Monday, May 22 at 2:00 pm 

and Tuesday, May 22 at 2:00 pm with minyan at 8:00 pm

each evening.

 

"May they be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem."

 

Samuel E. Berger, President

 

Members of our community who have suffered the loss of a loved one have been comforted by the generosity of donations made in the memory of those they have lost.  If you would like to make a donation to Beth El Synagogue Center please click here.

 

Beth El Synagogue Center
1324 North Avenue
New Rochelle, NY 10804

914.235.2700 phone

914.235.2718 fax

www.bethelnr.org

Morris Loss

05/19/2017 12:01:16 PM

May19

In sorrow we inform you of the passing of Mary Maxin, beloved mother of our member Linda Silver.

 

A graveside funeral will be held in Philadelphia.

 

Shiva will take place at the Silver home, 39 Country Ridge Road, Scarsdale, NY according to the following schedule:

 

Sunday, May 21 at 5:00 pm - Monday, May 22 at 2:00 pm 

and Tuesday, May 22 at 2:00 pm with minyan at 8:00 pm

each evening.

 

"May they be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem."

 

Samuel E. Berger, President

 

Members of our community who have suffered the loss of a loved one have been comforted by the generosity of donations made in the memory of those they have lost.  If you would like to make a donation to Beth El Synagogue Center please click here.

 

Beth El Synagogue Center
1324 North Avenue
New Rochelle, NY 10804

914.235.2700 phone

914.235.2718 fax

www.bethelnr.org

Shabbat Announcements for Friday, May 19

05/19/2017 11:45:38 AM

May19

Friday, May 12, 2017 ~ 23 Iyar 5777
Mincha/Maariv 7:00pm, Goldberger Chapel
Candle Lighting 7:52pm

Saturday Morning, May 20

Graduation Shabbat

 

Parashat Behar-Bechukotal
Leviticus 25:1-27:34, pp. 738-761

Haftarah: Jeremiah, 16:19-17:14, pp. 763-765

 

 

Shabbat Mevarchim

9:00am     Shabbat Morning Services
9:30am     Shabbat SPACE
10:15am   Pre-Service Oneg
10:45am   Torah for Tots
10:45am   Family Kehillah Services

10:45am   Contemplative Service, Wiener Lounge  
12:30pm   Daf Shevui 
8:00pm     Mincha/Maariv
8:53pm     Havdalah

 


This week's Kiddush is sponsored by:

Robin Levy and Marcy Levy in honor of their father Sam Tolkoff's ninetieth birthday and bar mitzvah blessing, and by Jack Renick and Barbara Finder in honor of Jack's special birthday.

 

The following people are assisting this Shabbat: 

Marc Klee, President's Chair; Daniel Burton, Vice President's Chair;

Donna Levy, Gabbai; Elliot Hollander and Phyllis Jay, Ushers; David Lacher, Greeter.

A Word of Torah

“If you walk in the way of My statutes and observe My commandments and perform them; then I will provide your rains in their time, and the land will give its produce and the tree of the field will give its fruit.”

 

In this week’s double Torah portion, Behar-Bechukotai, God promises to provide rain in its appropriate season, thus enabling food to grow, in exchange for the Israelites’ wholehearted commitment to follow God’s commandments and laws. A modern reader of scripture may find this particular notion of covenant challenging: Sure, we can understand the need for contracts and agreements because they guarantee and define certain rights and responsibilities between two parties, but the idea that God would withhold sustenance from His beloved creations unless they carry out His every word seems unfair at best and cruel at worst. But then again, how can we ever truly understand something as mystifying as the Holy Blessed One?

 

Perhaps, in order to unpack the intention behind the covenant God wishes to establish with the Jewish people, we first need to consider what it means to be a Jew. In one collection of his essays entitled “Moral Grandeur and Spiritual Audacity,” Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel writes that, “A religious Jew is a person committed to God, to his concern and teaching (Torah), who lives as part of a covenant community (Israel). Judaism revolves around three sacred entities: God, Torah, Israel. The Jew never stands alone before God; the Torah and Israel are always with him…. In Jewish experience the relation between God and man is established as a concrete and genuine situation in finding an answer to the questions: What are the acts and moments in which God becomes manifest to man? What are the acts and moments in which man becomes attached to God? To the Jew, the Torah is the answer.”

 

In other words, covenant is not about God withholding sustenance from us, rather, it’s about being in relationship with God. God’s covenant is an opportunity to find connection and sustenance through Torah itself. God isn’t a bully, threatening to starve us if we don’t give him our lunch money. On the contrary, God loves us and desperately seeks to be in relationship with us, and as Rabbi Heschel notes the way in which Jews establish that connection is through our performance of mitzvot. That is the deeper meaning behind the words, “If you walk in the way of My statutes and observe My commandments and perform them; then I will provide your rains in their time, and the land will give its produce and the tree of the field will give its fruit.” The rain and fruit is a symbol of health and well-being; what God really means here is, “If you walk in the way of My statutes and observe My commandments and perform them; then you will be well with me and I will be well with you. We will be complete.” We can only have a covenant when there is give and take, neither God nor the Jewish people can be lone parties. God gifted us life and Torah out of his love for us, the question is, how will we respond?

 

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Zach Sitkin

 

Mazal Tovs, Condolences, & Refuah Shleimah

CONDOLENCES TO:

 

Patricia Markowitz Morris on the loss of her brother Stephen R. Markowitz.

 

Those marking a simcha, observing the loss of a loved one, or recovering from an illness have been delighted/comforted that their lifecycle event has inspired your generosity. If you would like to make a donation to Beth El in honor or in memory, please click here.

Beth El Synagogue Center Announcements

CHEESECAKE PICK UP at Beth El's main office after Wednesday, May 24, just in time for Shavuot! Questions? Call Bekkah at 914-235-2700, et. 221. 

 

EXHIBIT IN THE KANNER-KURZON MUSEUM, through May 28. The Mysterious Death of Tom Thomson, by Canadian author George A. Walker, is a graphic novel, told in a series of woodblock engravings. The narrative will unfold as you move from the left after entering the museum and move around the room to your right.

 

BETH EL DAY CAMP REGISTRATION STILL OPEN! Give your child a summer of fun. Register at www.bethelnr.org/daycamp. Questions? E-mail Julie Rockowitz, camp director, at JRockowitz@bethelnr.org.

 

SPOTS AVAILABLE IN OUR AWARD-WINNING NURSERY SCHOOL, now with an extended hours option! Register at www.bethelnr.org/nsregistration. Questions? E-mail director Ronnie Becher at nursery@bethelnr.org.

 

SHARE A SHABBAT MEAL Shabbat is one of the Jewish people's most sacred and precious gifts. Every week we have the opportunity to carve out space for spiritual reflection and fellowship with others in our community. In this spirit, if you are looking to be hosted for a Shabbat meal in order to enrich your Shabbat experience please contact Rabbi Zach Sitkin at zsitkin@bethelnr.org or 914-235-2700, ext. 338.

 

BETH EL SISTERHOOD BAUM JUDAICA GIFT SHOP Visit us for ALL your Judaica needs. New Shabbat merchandise! Open by appointment. E-mail GiftShop@bethelnr.org, or call Erica Epstein, 914-633-3161; Carole Graham, 914-576-6617; Ellen Hollander, 914-632-4658; Phoebe Gross, 914-725-8711.

 

SISTERHOOD SEEKS DONATION OF A MAH JONGG SET If you have a spare set, or wish to purchase one and donate it to Sisterhood, please contact Arlene Salman at aesalman@aol.com, or 914-235-2485.

 

FRESH PRODUCE AT BETH EL THROUGH CSA BEGINNING JUNE 7! We are participating in a Community Supported Agriculture Program. Buy a share of a farm's produce and get 24 weeks of fresh, organic vegetables and/or fruit, while supporting a local farmer. For information, text or call 914-502-9272, or csawestchester@gmail.com. Pick up at Beth El Wednesdays, 5:00pm-8:00pm.

 

WHEREVER WE STAND, WE STAND WITH ISRAEL  

Beth El's Israel Affairs Committee would like to share interesting and exciting news regarding the week's developments in business, culture, technology, agriculture, sports and the environment in Israel. Two links appear below; additional articles, are on our website at bethelnr.org/Israelnews.

1) 17 Events and Festivals Not to Be Missed This Summer in Israel

https://www.israel21c.org/17-events-and-festivals-not-to-be-missed-this-summer-in-israel/?utm_content=buffer12895&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

2) Israeli, Iranian and Jordanian Scientists Launch Region's First Particle Accelerator

http://nocamels.com/2017/05/particle-accelerator-israel-jordan-iran/

Shavuot at Beth El

TIKKUN LEIL SHAVUOT, TUESDAY, MAY 30

6:30pm    Mincha/Maariv

7:00pm    Dinner, by advance reservation to www.bethelnr.org/Shavuot2017

8:00pm    Learning sessions with our rabbis

                Rabbis Schuck, Dorsch, and Sitkin will each teach a 45 minute class.

                (Same class at 8:00pm, 9:00pm, and 10:00pm so you can catch all 3!)

8:45pm    Cheesecake will be served (also at 9:45pm and at 10:45pm)!

 

FIRST DAY OF SHAVUOT, WEDNESDAY MAY 31

9:00am   Morning Service in the Wiener Lounge

9:30am   Shabbat SPACE

10:45am Combined Kehillah Service

5:30pm   Shavuot Hang Out, by advance reservation to www.bethelnr.org/fun.  

               $10/adult, $5/children 2-18, under 2 free. Fun, dairy dinner outdoors.

6:45pm   Evening Minyan

9:10pm   Light candles after this time. 

 

SECOND DAY OF SHAVUOT, THURSDAY, JUNE 1

6:30am   Early morning service, with Yizkor

9:00am   Morning service, with Yizkor

9:30am   Shabbat SPACE

10:45am Combined Kehillah Service

8:15pm   Evening minyan, followed by a Shiur. Yom Tov concludes at 9:11pm

 

Upcoming Events at Beth El

SPRING BLOOD DRIVE, Sunday, May 21, 8:30am - 12:30pm, at Temple Israel of New Rochelle (in the Goldstein Cultural Center on the main floor), 1000 Pinebrook Blvd., New Rochelle. Beth El's Men's Club is partnering with TINR to facilitate blood donations and replenish the community blood supply. To schedule an appointment, click here. Walk-ins are welcome. For information, call 914-235-1800. For questions about eligibility to donate due to travel outside the United States, medications, or medical conditions, click here.

 

ZUMBA, Sunday, May 21, 9:30am. $10/class. Join us for this fun and exciting way to get exercise. No R.S.V.P. needed. Questions? Contact Carrie Fox at cfox@aya.yale.edu.

 

SISTERHOOD BAGELS & BOOKS, Monday, May 22, 9:30am. We will discuss Saving Sophie, by Ronald H Balson. Join us for a lively discussion. Questions? contact Arlene Salman 914 235-2485 or aesalman@aol.com.

 

GERI SHATZ PRESENTS "ISRAEL: ENVISIONING THE FUTURE," Monday, May 22. Geri is the former president of the Bucks County Region JNF, and is currently coordinating visionary ventures in Israel through JNF. Join us for an inspiring look into the extraordinary potential for Israel's future. New Rochelle Hadassah, under the direction of Carole Curtis, is sponsoring this event at Beth El, beginning with a light lunch at 12:30pm and the program at 1:00pm. All are welcome. No charge.

 

CARD ROOM, 12:45pm. Mondays, Canasta; Tuesdays, Mah Jongg. Questions? Contact Arlene Salman at aesalman@aol.com, or 914-235-2485.

 

MEMORIES-TO-GO, Monday, May 22, 1:30pm. Join Lynn Lowin for this writing class. An experienced and published author, Lynn will help you capture your memories of the twentieth century and write them down so they will be available for the next generation.

 

S.M.A.R.T.* GROUP (*Senior Mature Adults Retired Together) PROGRAMS 

The Mosaic Storytelling Project, Tuesday, May 23. 10:00am, Coffee and schmooze with a newspaper. At 10:30am, meet and hear from Diana, who will share her personal journey as the mother of a transgender teenage daughter. Sandwich lunch to follow.

Get Smart/Get Fit, Wednesday, May 24, 10:30am-11:30am, Chair Yoga, with Nan. Free. (note: no class on May 31, Shavuot)

Questions? Contact Julie Rockowitz at 914-235-2700, ext. 256, or JRockowitz@bethelnr.org.  

 

THE SOUNDS OF JERUSALEMcelebrating 50 years of unity, Wednesday, May 24; 6:45pm light, Israeli-style Kosher dinner; 7:30pm-9:00pm, program featuring MusicTalks, an Israeli band that combines music with engaging and interactive conversation. Free and open to the community. Beth El is a co-sponsor of this event, which will be hosted by Temple Israel of New Rochelle, 1000 Pinebrook Blvd.  R.S.V.P. requested-- click here.

 

SPRING FILM FESTIVAL, "JEWISH CHARACTERS ON THE SIDE OF THE ANGELS," presents The Front, May 25, at 6:30pm, with guest lecturer Larry Strickler. Designed as a dinner theater, the evening begins with a delicatessen dinner, followed by a formal introduction to the film, a complete screening, and an always lively group discussion. Member $25; Nonmember $28. R.S.V.P. at www.bethelnr.org/springfilm.

 

MINYAN MEETING, Sunday, June 4, 8:45am. As Beth El transitions to a three clergy model, the clergy team has been considering the impact on our daily minyan. Please join Rabbi Schuck and Cantor Aqua to discuss the evolving nature of the daily minyan. Everyone is invited; in particular, minyan regulars from the morning and evening minyanim. Light breakfast will be served. Please R.S.V.P. to rabbiadmin@bethelnr.org.

 

KALLAH: THE BETH EL RETREAT, Friday, June 9 to Sunday, June 11, at Camp Monroe. Join Rabbi Schuck and Rabbi Sitkin for a multi-generational community weekend, with activities for all ages. Sign up now! Visit bethelnr.org/kallah. $150/adult and teen; $60/child ages 2-15. Questions? Contact Talia Swartz Nagar at taliaswartz@gmail.com, or Jenny Longman at jruzow@gmail.com.

 

ISRAEL DAY PARADE, Sunday, June 4. Join Beth El and synagogues across Westchester as we join together to show our pride and support for Israel. Mark your calendar and sign up to march with us in New York City at www.bethelnr.org/parade. Details to follow.

 

SISTERHOOD OFFICER AND BOARD INSTALLATION, Tuesday, June 6, 7:00pm, followed by a reading of short plays by our own Kathy Kafer.

The Rabbi Melvin & Lenore Sirner Fund
for Jewish Inspiration Initiatives

SINGING AS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE

Music has deepened our ability to pray from the depths of our souls, sometimes with words and sometimes with melodies alone. This group will learn how singing can itself be a Jewish spiritual practice, and we will practice different techniques that help unleash the power of communal singing. Everyone is welcome. No prior knowledge required. Facilitated by Rabbi Schuck. Sunday, May 21, 9:30am-11:00am; Sunday, June 4, 7:00pm; Tuesday, June 20, 7:30pm

 

MINDFULNESS MEDITATION 7:00pm, Tuesdays, May 23, June 6, June 13

Practiced by Hasidic masters in the 18th Century, this type of meditation trains our capacity to pay attention by focusing on our own minds. As such, we feel more satisfied with each moment of our experience, learn to be more receptive to what is happening in our lives rather than resisting what has already occurred (or projecting what is not yet here), and we recognize how short and precious this life is. This form of meditation helps us feel less isolated, less caught in judgment and adversity, and more open to the mystery and majesty of this very life. We will be lead by Iris Cohen, an experienced meditation group leader. Though a commitment to all three sessions is recommended, drop-ins are welcome. There is no fee for this group. 

 

For information on these programs, e-mail RabbiAdmin@bethelnr.org, or call 914-235-2700, ext. 228.

Limmud Adult Learning Opportunities

ISRAELI DANCING, Sunday, May 21, 10:00am-11:00am, with Cantor Aqua. $10/class. Wear comfy clothes and sneakers. At Beth El. Questions? e-mail uaqua@bethelnr.org.

 

THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE JEWISH STATE AND THE ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT: 1948-1967, with Rabbi Molly Karp. Wednesday, May 24, 10:00am-12:15pm, in the Board Room. Drawing on the comprehensive collection of primary documents found in The Israeli-Arab Reader by Walter Laquer, this course will focus on political events and contemporary documents and literature during and following Israel’s Declaration of Independence in 1948, until the Six-Day War. Participants need to have their own electronic or print copy of the book. The voices of men and women of the time will be heard, with supplemental materials provided by the instructor. Additional dates: June 7, 14 and 21. Tuition may be pro-rated for individual sessions. With questions or to enroll, contact rabbimollykarp@gmail.com. To learn about Rabbi Karp, visit her website, www.rabbimollykarp.com.

 

JEWISH LIFE AND THOUGHT IN EASTERN EUROPE: Thursday, May 25, Rabbi Schuck will teach from 9:30am to 10:30am He will focus on Hasidic sources. We will then have a short coffee break from 10:30am to 10:45am. Dr. Diament will teach from 10:45am to 11:45am. She will focus on the primary sources of Jewish Enlightenment thinkers and writers. Donation for all sessions: Community members, $90; Beth El member discounted price, $60. Register at www.bethelnr.org/limmud. *June 8 is a double session with Dr. Carol Diament.

 

TIME CHANGE: TALMUD FROM THE INSIDE: A CLASS FOR THE INQUIRING MIND, Thursdays, 1:00pm-3:15pm (through June 8), with Rabbi Hojda. Text: Talmud Bava Kamma (presented in English translation). Initial discussion: Taking the law into one’s own hands. Someone cheated you. May you now cheat him, in order to ultimately get back what is yours? Together we will dig into the ancient, primary sources that our ancestors have learned for centuries, using their methods as well as those of modernity. We will follow through with practical, present-day examples. All levels welcome. Just bring a friendly disposition and an inquiring mind. Contact Rabbi Hojda, dhojda@gmail.com, or 845-304-8442. $35 per session. For information, contact Sam Berger at 914-494-6079 or sberger@bethelnr.org.

 

PARASHAT HASHAVUAH, Thursday, May 25, 1:30pm, with Rabbi Dorsch and Jack Gruenberg, in the Beth El Library.

 

LEARN HEBREW IN OUR ULPAN CLASSES Thursdays, with Miri Ben Avi. Our next class is Thursday, May 24, Beginners 6:30pm-7:30pm; Advanced learners, 8:00pm-9:00pm. Questions? Contact Miri at miriulpan@gmail.com, or 914-602-1503.

 

YIDDISH VINKL, Fridays, 1:00pm. Questions? Call Bea Freedman, 914-337-8645.


TALMUD DAF SHEVUI STUDY SESSION, every Shabbat, 12:30pm, in the Library. New participants welcome. We discuss a page (daf) of the Talmud. Download weekly portion at www.conservativeyeshiva.org/category/daf-shevui.
All classes are at Beth El unless otherwise indicated. For information, contact Rabbi Dorsch at jdorsch@bethelnr.org, or 914-235-2700, ext. 260. 

Youth Community & Family Engagement

Tween Shabbat Experience Shabbat morning, June 3, 10:30-11:15am

Are you in grades 5-7? If so, come hang out with our clergy for a meaningful discussion during Shabbat morning services just for you! This is for tweens only, so parents-- enjoy Shabbat services with the rest of our community while your children have some special time with our clergy.

 

Shavuot Hang Out & USY Yom Sport, Shavuot afternoon, May 31, 5:30pm

Join teens and families for an evening of fun with outdoor games and competitions! More info coming soon.

 

For information or questions, contact Bekkah Gold at 914-235-2700, ext. 221, or rgold@bethelnr.org.

Community Events & Announcements 

HOORAY FOR THE HOLIDAYS AT SOLOMON SCHECHTER Join us on Friday, May 19, 2:00pm-2:45pm, as we celebrate Shavuot with song, stories, and crafts. For information and to R.S.V.P., contact Diana Schutt at 914-948-3111,, ext. 4370, or LSadmissions@schechterwestchester.org.

 

LEARNING TO SPEAK: A MIDRASHIC AND HASIDIC PORTRAIT OF THE BIBLICAL MOSES, Monday, May 22, 8:15pm, at Young Israel of New Rochelle, 1149 North Av. Dr. Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg will present this lecture, which is free and open to women and men, is part of a continuing series sponsored by the Women's Initiative for Jewish Studies. Drawing from her new book, Moses:  A Human Life, Dr. Zornberg will explore how Moses's initial sense of himself as "not a man of words" comes to a poignant consummation in the long speeches he makes to the people before he dies. An examination of Midrashic and Hasidic sources raises questions about the movement of desire - about transitions, transmissions and transferences. 

 

THE REUNIFICATION OF JERUSALEM FIFTY YEARS LATER: HISTORY, THEOLOGY, AND LITURGY," Monday, May 22, 8:00pm, at Young Israel of Scarsdale, 1313 Weaver Street, Scarsdale, NY 10583. Rabbi Dr. Jacob J Schachter, professor of Jewish History and Jewish Thought and Senior Scholar at the Center for the Jewish Future at Yeshiva University is our speaker. Festive reception in honor of Yom Yerushalayim to follow. 

 

ETHICS OF PRECISION MEDICINE: PERSPECTIVES FOR THE SENIOR COMMUNITY, presented by New Rochelle Cares AIP, Tuesday, May 23, 1:15pm. Dr. Teresa Delgade, chair of the Religious Sudies Department at Iona will lead this discussion, at Spellman Hall Faculty Reception Room, Iona College, 715 North Av, New Rochelle, 10801. Free and Open to the public 

 

CAREER CONNECT WORKSHOPS Please R.S.V.P. to CareerConnect@wjcs.com in advance. Unless noted, all workshops at WJCS, 845 North Broadway, North White Plains. The Career>Connect Program helps those dealing with employment instability. Questions? Contact Sylvia Davi (Monday, Wednesday, or Friday) at careerconnect@wjcs.com, or 914-761-0600, ext. 170. Programs available at WJCS are:

Jewish Mindfulness Meditation and Stress Reduction, Thursdays, 9:30am-10:45am, at Kol Ami, White Plains., Mondays at Temple Israel Center, White Plains. Contact Ruth Rosenblum for information at rrosenblum@wjcs.com.

Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Legal Questions at Career>Connect, Tuesday, May 23, 11:00am-12:30pm. Join attorney Sarah Rosenthal for a presentation on questions such as Can I work as a consultant if I am receiving unemployment benefits? How does severance affect my benefits? Is there a way to get creditors to stop calling? Do you have a resource to help deal with my credit card debt? Q & A following presentation.

 

BEING MINDFUL FOR JOY IN SCHOOL AND HARMONY AT HOME, featuring Dr. Shefali, Wednesday, May 24, at Crowne Plaza, 66 Hale Av, White Plains 10601. Sign-in, networking, and light refreshments at 6:00pm, followed by keynote at 6:30pm, and ,Q & A at 7:30pm. Free but space is limited. Register at FusionNewYorkParenting.com.

 

WJCS JEWISH SPIRITUAL HEALING CENTER  Click here to view their brochure. Questions? Contact Rabbi Pamela Wax at pwax@wjcs.com. All programs take place at WJCS, 845 N. Broadway, White Plains, unless otherwise noted. Pre-registration is required for all programs below. Call 914-761-0600, ext. 149. 

Moving forward after the Death of a Spouse: A Panel Discussion, Monday, June 12, 6:60pm-8:30pm. Suggested fee: $10. 

Elder Law, Elder Justice, Monday, June 19, 6:30pm-8:30pm. Join us for this informational evening about legal services for elders, aged 60+, including topics such as powers-of-attorney and revocation of powers of attorney, orders of protection, voluntary guardianship. and consumer fraud. Bring questions! Sponsored by the Elder Justice Unity of the Pace Women's Justice Center.

Minyan Times

Sunday      8:00am Shacharit; 8:00pm Mincha/Maariv
Monday      6:55am Shacharit; 8:00pm Mincha/Maariv
Tuesday     7:00am Shacharit; 8:00pm Mincha/Maariv
Wednesday 7:00am Shacharit; 8:00pm Mincha/Maariv
Thursday    6:55am Shacharit; 8:00pm Mincha/Maariv
Friday         7:00am Shacharit; 7:00pm Mincha/Maariv

 

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E-vents: Join us SATURDAY for a Contemplative Service at 10:45am!

05/17/2017 06:48:03 AM

May17

Contemplative Service 
May 20, 10:45am-12:00pm*

*PLEASE NOTE SPECIAL TIME

 

Rabbi Schuck will lead an informal service. All are welcome to join. This is time for yourself as we engage in mindful meditation, contemplative study, singing, and prayer.

 

May 17, 2017

Cheesecake Sale
Order by May 17!

Beth El Youth Community Annual Cheesecake Sale

Rich and decadent, you won't want to miss your chance to enjoy delicious cheesecake and support the Beth El Youth Community.  Cheesecakes will be available for pick up after Wednesday, May 24 just in time for Shavuot. Place your order by Wednesday May 17,  click here, or contact the Office of Youth and Family Engagement at ext. 247.

JEWISH LIFE AND THOUGHT IN EASTERN EUROPE 
With Rabbi David Schuck 
& Dr. Carol Diament
Thursday, May 18, 9:30am

Rabbi David Schuck will teach from 9:30am to 10:30am He will focus on the primary sources of Hasidic thinkers. We will then have a short coffee break from 10:30am to 10:45am. Dr. Carol Diament will teach from 10:45am to 11:45am. She will focus on the primary sources of Jewish Enlightenment thinkers and writers. Upcoming classes May 25 and June 8*. Donation for all sessions: Community members, $90; Beth El member discounted price, $60. Register at www.bethelnr.org/limmud. *June 8 is a double session with Dr. Carol Diament.

 

Spring Film Festival
Thursday, May 18, 6:30pm

SPRING FILM FESTIVAL, "JEWISH CHARACTERS ON THE SIDE OF THE ANGELS," Designed as a dinner theater, each evening begins with a delicatessen dinner, followed by a formal introduction to the film a complete screening, and an always lively group discussion. Register at www.bethelnr.org/filmfestival.

Cafe Shabbat
Friday, May 19, 5:30pm-6:45pm

Join us once again for Cafe Shabbat, A Friday Happening for Young Families with Children Ages 6 and Under. Enjoy a musical Shabbat celebration led by Hazzan Ellen Miller Arad, followed by dinner for everyone, dessert and a snuggle story. Feel free to come in your pajamas! 

Register at www.bethelnr.org/cafeshabbat.

SINGING AS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE
Next Class:
 Sunday, May 21, 9:30am-11:00am

Facilitated by Rabbi Schuck. Music has deepened our ability to pray from the depths of our souls, sometimes with words and sometimes with melodies alone. This group will learn how singing can itself be a Jewish spiritual practice, and we will practice different techniques that help unleash the power of communal singing. Everyone is welcome to participate. No prior knowledge is required. 

Other dates: Sunday, June 4, 7:00pm; Tuesday, June 20., 7:30pm. 

Blood Drive ​​​​​​
Sunday, May 21

8:30am - 12:30pm, at Temple Israel of New Rochelle, 1000 Pinebrook Blvd., New Rochelle. Beth El's Men's Club is partnering once again with Temple Israel of New Rochelle to facilitate blood donations.

Register at www.bethelnr.org/blooddrive.

Walk-ins are also welcome.

Shavuot Services & Programs
Tikkun Leil Shavuot 
Tuesday, May 30

6:30pm Mincha/Maariv

7:00pm Dinner (Advanced registration requested at www.bethelnr.org/shavuot2017)

8:00pm - 11:00pm Learning sessions with Rabbi David Schuck, Rabbi Zach Sitkin, and Rabbi Josh Dorsch. 

 

Shavuot Hang Out
Wednesday, May 31, 5:30pm 

Advanced registration requested at www.bethelnr.org/fun.

$10/adult, $5/child (2-18 years old), under 2 free!

 

Join us for some fun & dinner outdoors. Enjoy a dairy dinner, wine, and cheesecake alongside some pick up games like soccer and basketball, Gaga, and a playground playdate. Bring a bat, glove... and play ball! All are welcome.

Get Fresh Produce
 RIGHT HERE AT BETH EL
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) 
The Season begins June 7, 2017!

NEW TO BETH EL! GET A DEAL ON FRESH LOCAL VEGGIES ALL SUMMER LONG!

 

Visit www.bethelnr.org/csa to sign up!

 

What’s a “CSA”?

A CSA is a group who cooperatively buy a share of a farm’s summer/fall produce.

 

Members get:

  • 24 weeks of fresh organic veggies &/or fruit for a fraction of the price in the stores 
  • To support a local farmer
  • To help the needy (extra weekly shares go to food pantries)

For more info text/call: 914-502-9272 or csawestchester@gmail.com

SAVE THE DATE 
Israel Day Parade
Sunday, June 4
REGISTER AT WWW.BETHELNR.ORG/PARADE

Kallah: The Beth El Retreat
Friday, June 9 - Sunday, June 11
Register at bethelnr.org/kallah.

Join Rabbi Schuck and Rabbi Sitkin for a special weekend experience. This is a multi-generational community weekend, with activities for all ages. Sign up now! Visit bethelnr.org/kallah. Questions? Contact Talia Swartz Nagar at taliaswartz@gmail.com, or Jenny Longman at jruzow@gmail.com.

Sign up now! Register at bethelnr.org/kallah

Memory Minyan
Friday, June 16, 6:00pm

For people with dementia, their family, and caregivers. This joyful Shabbat service is geared to people with dementia, their family, and caregivers. Sponsored by Beth El, Seivah, WJCS, and UJA-Federation New York Age Jewish Service Corps. Questions and R.S.V.P. to Julie Rockowitz at JRockowitz@bethelnr.org, or 914-235-2700, ext. 256

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Morris Loss

05/15/2017 03:21:24 PM

May15

In sorrow we inform you of the passing of Stephen R. Markowitz, beloved brother of our member Patricia Markowitz Morris.

 

Funeral and shiva will be held in Minnesota.

 

"May they be comforted among the mourners of Zion and Jerusalem."

 

Samuel E. Berger, President

 

Members of our community who have suffered the loss of a loved one have been comforted by the generosity of donations made in the memory of those they have lost.  If you would like to make a donation to Beth El Synagogue Center please click here.

 

Beth El Synagogue Center
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New Rochelle, NY 10804

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Shabbat Announcements for Friday, May 12

05/12/2017 10:34:53 AM

May12

Friday, May 12, 2017 ~ 16 Iyar 5777
Mincha/Maariv 7:00pm, Goldberger Chapel
Candle Lighting 7:45pm

Saturday Morning, May 13

Bat Mitzvah Tatia Goldberg

 

Parashat Emor
Leviticus 21:1-24:23, pp. 717-733

Haftarah: Ezekiel, 44:15-31, pp. 735-737

 

 

Birthday Shabbat

8:30am       Heroic Women in the Bible, with Rabbi Blumenfeld

9:00am     Shabbat Morning Services
9:30am     Shabbat SPACE
10:15am   Pre-Service Oneg
10:45am   Torah for Tots
10:45am   Family Kehillah Services  
12:30pm   Daf Shevui 
8:00pm     Mincha/Maariv
8:46pm     Havdalah

 


This week's Kiddush is sponsored by:

Nina Kleiman and Leon Goldberg in honor of the bat mitzvah of their daughter Tatia Goldberg.

 

The following people are assisting this Shabbat: 

Steven Young, President's Chair; Barbara Cohen, Vice President's Chair;

Bobby Schmeidler, Gabbai; Shery Rosenstein and Stephanie Roth, Ushers; Abe Bartell and Dan Burton, Greeters.

A Word of Torah

This Sunday we will celebrate Lag Ba’Omer, the 33rd day of the Omer. Our Torah portion this week instructs us to count each and every day of the Omer, (the period of time between Passover and Shavuot,) but there is special significance given to the 33rd day.

 

While the Omer is traditionally observed as a period of mourning, the 33rd day is a celebration. One of the reasons we celebrate on Lag Ba’Omer is because it is the anniversary of the death of Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai, (Rashbi,) who authored the Zohar, Judaism foundational mystical work. According to Kabbalists, when Rashbi died, all of his teaching were set free, the secrets of the Zohar were released, and illuminated the world. All of this took place on Lag Ba’Omer.

 

While I would also like connect the celebration of Lag Ba’Omer to Rashbi, I want would like to propose an alternative explanation. According to the tradition, Lag Ba’Omer was also the day that a terrible plague that wiped out 24.000 of Rabbi Akiva’s students, came to an end. According to the Talmud, the plague was divine punishment because the students “did not treat one another with respect.” Despite being classmates, they would disagree with one another and fight with each other in ways that were at times offensive and disrespectful. When the plague was finally lifted, there were only five of Rabbi Akiva's students left, one of which was the Rashbi.

 

I would like to think that one of the reason’s the Rashbi was spared, was because, unlike his classmates, he valued treating others, even those he disagreed with, with respect. Celebrating the day of his death, is not not only honoring Rashbi’s life’s work, but the way he lived his life. Therefore, Lag Ba’Omer is a day that not only celebrates treating one another with respect and dignity, but also pushes us to think about the repercussions and ramifications if we do not.

 

However it is that we will be celebrating Lag Ba’Omer, it is my hope and prayer for all of us that we do so in a way that helps us honor the memory of Rashbi, and encourages us to be thoughtful and considerate of those around us, especially those with whom we may disagree.

 

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Josh Dorsch

 

Mazal Tovs, Condolences, & Refuah Shleimah

CONDOLENCES TO:

 

Nathan Rosenfeld on the loss of his father Meyer Rosenfeld.

 

Those marking a simcha, observing the loss of a loved one, or recovering from an illness have been delighted/comforted that their lifecycle event has inspired your generosity. If you would like to make a donation to Beth El in honor or in memory, please click here.

Beth El Synagogue Center Announcements

OUR ANNUAL CHEESECAKE SALE IS BACK! Rich and decadent, you won't want to miss your chance to enjoy delicious cheesecake and support the Beth El Youth Community. Place your order by Wednesday, May 17, at bethelnr.org/cheesecake. For assistance, contact the Office of Youth and Family Engagement at ext. 247. Cheesecakes will be available for pickup at Beth El's main office after Wednesday, May 24, just in time for Shavuot. 

 

EXHIBIT IN THE KANNER-KURZON MUSEUM, through May 28. The Mysterious Death of Tom Thomson, by Canadian author George A. Walker, is a graphic novel, told in a series of woodblock engravings. The narrative will unfold as you move from the left after entering the museum and move around the room to your right.

 

BETH EL DAY CAMP REGISTRATION STILL OPEN! Give your child a summer of fun. Register at www.bethelnr.org/daycamp. Questions? E-mail Julie Rockowitz, camp director, at JRockowitz@bethelnr.org.

 

SPOTS AVAILABLE IN OUR AWARD-WINNING NURSERY SCHOOL, now with an extended hours option! Register at www.bethelnr.org/nsregistration. Questions? E-mail director Ronnie Becher at nursery@bethelnr.org.

 

SHARE A SHABBAT MEAL Can you host someone at your Shabbat table or would you like to be hosted for Shabbat? Welcome Shabbat together! Please contact Rabbi Zach Sitkin at zsitkin@bethelnr.org or call 914-235-2700, ext. 338.

 

BETH EL SISTERHOOD BAUM JUDAICA GIFT SHOP Visit us for ALL your Judaica needs. New Shabbat merchandise! Open by appointment. E-mail GiftShop@bethelnr.org, or call Erica Epstein, 914-633-3161; Carole Graham, 914-576-6617; Ellen Hollander, 914-632-4658; Phoebe Gross, 914-725-8711.

 

SISTERHOOD SEEKS DONATION OF A MAH JONGG SET If you have a spare set, or wish to purchase one and donate it to Sisterhood, please contact Arlene Salman at aesalman@aol.com, or 914-235-2485.

 

FRESH PRODUCE AT BETH EL THROUGH CSA BEGINNING JUNE 7! We are participating in a Community Supported Agriculture Program. Buy a share of a farm's produce and get 24 weeks of fresh, organic vegetables and/or fruit, while supporting a local farmer. For information, text or call 914-502-9272, or csawestchester@gmail.com. Pick up at Beth El Wednesdays, 5:00pm-8:00pm.

 

WHEREVER WE STAND, WE STAND WITH ISRAEL  

Beth El's Israel Affairs Committee would like to share interesting and exciting news regarding the week's developments in business, culture, technology, agriculture, sports and the environment in Israel. Two links appear below; additional articles, are on our website at bethelnr.org/Israelnews.

1) A Culinary Renaissance in the Israeli Countryside

2)  Sanhedrin Trail to be Israel's First Interactive Hiking Path

Shavuot at Beth El

TIKKUN LEIL SHAVUOT, TUESDAY, MAY 30

6:30pm    Mincha/Maariv

7:00pm    Dinner, by advance reservation to www.bethelnr.org/Shavuot2017

8:00pm    Learning sessions with our rabbis

                Rabbis Schuck, Dorsch, and Sitkin will each teach a 45 minute class.

               (Same class at 8:00pm, 9:00pm, and 10:00pm so you can catch all 3!)

8:45pm    Cheesecake will be served (also at 9:45pm and at 10:45pm)!

 

FIRST DAY OF SHAVUOT, WEDNESDAY MAY 31

9:00am   Morning Service in the Wiener Lounge

9:30am   Shabbat SPACE

10:45am Combined Kehillah Service

5:30pm   Shavuot Hang Out, by advance reservation to www.bethelnr.org/fun.  

               $10/adult, $5/children 2-18), under 2 free. Fun and dairy dinner outdoors.

6:45pm   Evening Minyan

9:10pm   Light candles after this time. 

 

SECOND DAY OF SHAVUOT, THURSDAY, JUNE 1

6:30am   Early morning service, with Yizkor

9:00am   Morning service, with Yizkor

9:30am   Shabbat SPACE

10:45am Combined Kehillah Service

8:15pm   Evening minyan, followed by a Shiur. Yom Tov concludes at 9:11pm

 

Upcoming Events at Beth El

ZUMBA, Sunday, May 14, 9:30am. $10/class. Join us for this fun and exciting way to get exercise. No R.S.V.P. needed. Questions? Contact Carrie Fox at cfox@aya.yale.edu.

 

CARD ROOM, 12:45pm. Mondays, Canasta; Tuesdays, Mah Jongg. Questions? Contact Arlene Salman at aesalman@aol.com, or 914-235-2485.

 

SISTERHOOD SPRING GALA, Tuesday, May 16, honoring Blanche Fried, longtime Sisterhood member. 6:00pm cocktails; dinner 7:00pm. By prior reservation only. 

 

S.M.A.R.T.* GROUP (*Senior Mature Adults Retired Together) PROGRAMS 

Get Smart/Get Fit, Wednesday, May 17, 10:30am-11:30am, Balance and Flexibility, with Judy. Free.

Current Events, with Shari Baum, MSW, May 17, 11:30am, following exercise. Free.

The Mosaic Storytelling Project, Tuesday, May 23. 10:00am, Coffee and schmooze with a newspaper. At 10:30am, meet and hear from Diana, who will share her personal journey as the mother of a transgender teenage daughter. Sandwich lunch to follow.

Questions? Contact Julie Rockowitz at 914-235-2700, ext. 256, or JRockowitz@bethelnr.org.  

 

SPRING FILM FESTIVAL, "JEWISH CHARACTERS ON THE SIDE OF THE ANGELS," presents City Hall on May 18, at 6:30pm, and concludes on Thursday, May 25 with The Front. Designed as a dinner theater, each evening begins with a delicatessen dinner, followed by a formal introduction to the film a complete screening, and an always lively group discussion. Cost per session: Member $25/Nonmember $28. Register at www.bethelnr.org/springfilm.

 

CAFE SHABBAT, Friday, May 19, 5:30pm-6:45pm. Geared to children ages 6 and under. Enjoy a musical Shabbat celebration, followed by dinner for everyone, dessert, and a snuggle story. Feel free to come in your pajamas! $20/adult, children free. Register at www.bethelnr.org/cafe.

 

SPRING BLOOD DRIVE, Sunday, May 21, 8:30am - 12:30pm, at Temple Israel of New Rochelle (in the Goldstein Cultural Center on the main floor), 1000 Pinebrook Blvd., New Rochelle. Beth El's Men's Club is partnering with TINR to facilitate blood donations and replenish the community blood supply. To schedule an appointment, click here.  Walk-ins are welcome. For information, call 914-235-1800. For questions about eligibility to donate due to travel outside the United States, medications, or medical conditions, click here.

 

SISTERHOOD BAGELS & BOOKS, Monday, May 22, 9:30am. We will discuss Saving Sophie, by Ronald H Balson. Join us for a lively discussion. Questions? contact Arlene Salman 914 235-2485 or aesalman@aol.com.

 

GERI SHATZ PRESENTS "ISRAEL: ENVISIONING THE FUTURE," Monday, May 22. Geri is the former president of the Bucks County Region JNF, and is currently coordinating visionary ventures in Israel through JNF. Join us for an inspiring look into the extraordinary potential for Israel's future. New Rochelle Hadassah, under the direction of Carole Curtis, is sponsoring this event at Beth El, beginning with a light lunch at 12:30pm and the program at 1:00pm. All are welcome. No charge.

 

MEMORIES-TO-GO, Monday, May 22, 1:30pm. Join Lynn Lowin for this writing class. An experienced and published author, Lynn will help you capture your memories of the twentieth century and write them down so they will be available for the next generation.

 

THE SOUNDS OF JERUSALEMcelebrating 50 years of unity, Wednesday, May 24; 6:45pm light, Israeli-style Kosher dinner; 7:30pm-9:00pm, program featuring MusicTalks, an Israeli band that combines music with engaging and interactive conversation. Free and open to the community. Beth El is a co-sponsor of this event, which will be hosted by Temple Israel of New Rochelle, 1000 Pinebrook Blvd.  R.S.V.P. requested-- click here.

 

KALLAH: THE BETH EL RETREAT, Friday, June 9 to Sunday, June 11, at Camp Monroe. Join Rabbi Schuck and Rabbi Sitkin for a multi-generational community weekend, with activities for all ages. Sign up now! Visit bethelnr.org/kallah. $150/adult and teen; $60/child ages 2-15. Questions? Contact Talia Swartz Nagar at taliaswartz@gmail.com, or Jenny Longman at jruzow@gmail.com.

 

ISRAEL DAY PARADE, Sunday, June 4. Join Beth El and synagogues across Westchester as we join together to show our pride and support for Israel. Mark your calendar and sign up to march with us in New York City at www.bethelnr.org/parade. Details to follow.

 

SISTERHOOD OFFICER AND BOARD INSTALLATION, Tuesday, June 6, 7:00pm, followed by a reading of short plays by our own Kathy Kafer.

The Rabbi Melvin & Lenore Sirner Fund
for Jewish Inspiration Initiatives

SINGING AS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE

Music has deepened our ability to pray from the depths of our souls, sometimes with words and sometimes with melodies alone. This group will learn how singing can itself be a Jewish spiritual practice, and we will practice different techniques that help unleash the power of communal singing. Everyone is welcome. No prior knowledge required. Facilitated by Rabbi Schuck. Next meeting: Sunday, May 21, 9:30am-11:00am. Additional dates are Sunday, June 4, 7:00pm; Tuesday, June 20, 7:30pm. 

 

MINDFULNESS MEDITATION (details on date and time are coming soon!)

Practiced by Hasidic masters in the 18th Century, this type of meditation trains our capacity to pay attention by focusing on our own minds. As such, we feel more satisfied with each moment of our experience, learn to be more receptive to what is happening in our lives rather than resisting what has already occurred or projecting what is not yet here, and we recognize how short and precious this life is. This form of meditation helps us feel less isolated, less caught in judgment and adversity, and more open to the mystery and majesty of this very life.

 

For information on these programs, e-mail RabbiAdmin@bethelnr.org, or call 914-235-2700, ext. 228.

Limmud Adult Learning Opportunities

ISRAELI DANCING, Sunday, May 14, 10:00am-11:00am, with Cantor Aqua. $10/class. Wear comfy clothes and sneakers. At Beth El. Questions? e-mail uaqua@bethelnr.org.

 

THE ESTABLISHMENT OF THE JEWISH STATE AND THE ARAB-ISRAELI CONFLICT: 1948-1967, with Rabbi Molly Karp. Wednesday, May 17, 10:00am-12:15pm, in the Board Room. Drawing on the comprehensive collection of primary documents found in The Israeli-Arab Reader by Walter Laquer, this course will focus on political events and contemporary documents and literature during and following Israel’s Declaration of Independence in 1948, until the Six-Day War. Participants need to have their own electronic or print copy of the book. The voices of men and women of the time will be heard, with supplemental materials provided by the instructor. Additional dates: May 24; June 7, 14 and 21. Tuition for the course is $350, and may be pro-rated for individual sessions. With questions or to enroll, contact rabbimollykarp@gmail.com. To learn about Rabbi Karp, visit her website, www.rabbimollykarp.com.

 

JEWISH LIFE AND THOUGHT IN EASTERN EUROPE: Thursday, May 18, Rabbi Schuck will teach from 9:30am to 10:30am He will focus on Hasidic sources. We will then have a short coffee break from 10:30am to 10:45am. Dr. Diament will teach from 10:45am to 11:45am. She will focus on the primary sources of Jewish Enlightenment thinkers and writers. Donation for all sessions: Community members, $90; Beth El member discounted price, $60. Register at www.bethelnr.org/limmud. *June 8 is a double session with Dr. Carol Diament.

 

TIME CHANGE: TALMUD FROM THE INSIDE: A CLASS FOR THE INQUIRING MIND, Thursdays, 1:00pm-3:15pm (through June 8), with Rabbi Hojda. Text: Talmud Bava Kamma (presented in English translation). Initial discussion: Taking the law into one’s own hands. Someone cheated you. May you now cheat him, in order to ultimately get back what is yours? Together we will dig into the ancient, primary sources that our ancestors have learned for centuries, using their methods as well as those of modernity. We will follow through with practical, present-day examples. All levels welcome. Just bring a friendly disposition and an inquiring mind. Contact Rabbi Hojda, dhojda@gmail.com, or 845-304-8442. $35 per session. For information, contact Sam Berger at 914-494-6079 or sberger@bethelnr.org.

 

PARASHAT HASHAVUAH, Thursday, May 18, 1:30pm, with Rabbi Dorsch and Jack Gruenberg, in the Beth El Library.

 

LEARN HEBREW IN OUR ULPAN CLASSES Thursdays, with Miri Ben Avi. Our next class is Thursday, May 18, Beginners 6:30pm-7:30pm; Advanced learners, 8:00pm-9:00pm. Questions? Contact Miri at miriulpan@gmail.com, or 914-602-1503.

 

YIDDISH VINKL, Fridays, 1:00pm. Questions? Call Bea Freedman, 914-337-8645.

 

NOTE NEW TIME: CONTEMPLATIVE SERVICE, Saturday, May 20, 10:45am-12:00noon. Join Rabbi Schuck as we learn how to pay better attention to living our lives with intention. Make time for yourself at our Contemplative Service, which is designed to slow the pace of our lives down in order to listen to what emerges from the silence. We will set aside time for mindfulness meditation, contemplative study, singing, and parayer, and focus our attention on opening our hearts and minds. Everyone is welcome. Dress as you would like, and bring an open mind. 


TALMUD DAF SHEVUI STUDY SESSION, every Shabbat, 12:30pm, in the Library. New participants welcome. We discuss a page (daf) of the Talmud. Download weekly portion at www.conservativeyeshiva.org/category/daf-shevui.
All classes are at Beth El unless otherwise indicated. For information, contact Rabbi Dorsch at jdorsch@bethelnr.org, or 914-235-2700, ext. 260. 

Youth Community & Family Engagement

Kadima (5th-7th grade) Shabbat Dinner Friday, May 19, 6:00-9:00pm

Celebrate Shabbat this spring at Rabbi Schuck's family home. Drop off is at Beth El at 6:00pm for services, and pick up is at 9:00pm from Rabbi Schuck's home. Parents are invited to join around 8:40pm for dessert and singing. Address provided upon R.S.V.P. to rgold@bethelnr.org.

 

Graduation Shabbat, Saturday, May 20 (during services)

Are you a graduating senior or finishing up your Religious School experience as a junior? Join us as we celebrate YOU on Shabbat morning. Know where you're going to college? Let Bekkah know! And, be sure to e-mail Bekkah at rgold@bethelnr.org if you'd like to participate in the service.

 

Tween Shabbat Experience Shabbat morning, June 3, 10:30-11:15am

Are you in grades 5-7? If so, come hang out with our clergy for a meaningful discussion during Shabbat morning services just for you! This is for tweens only, so parents-- enjoy Shabbat services with the rest of our community while your children have some special time with our clergy.

 

Shavuot Hang Out & USY Yom Sport, Shavuot afternoon, May 31, 5:30pm

Join teens and families for an evening of fun with outdoor games and competitions! More info coming soon.

 

For information or questions, contact Bekkah Gold at 914-235-2700, ext. 221, or rgold@bethelnr.org.

Community Events & Announcements 

CAREER CONNECT WORKSHOPS Please R.S.V.P. to CareerConnect@wjcs.com in advance. Unless noted, all workshops at WJCS, 845 North Broadway, North White Plains. The Career>Connect Program helps those dealing with employment instability. Questions? Contact Sylvia Davi (Monday, Wednesday, or Friday) at careerconnect@wjcs.com, or 914-761-0600, ext. 170. Programs available at WJCS are:

Jewish Mindfulness Meditation and Stress Reduction, Thursdays, 9:30am-10:45am, at Kol Ami, White Plains., Mondays at Temple Israel Center, White Plains. Contact Ruth Rosenblum for information at rrosenblum@wjcs.com.

Peak Performance Technique, Friday, May 12, 12:00pm-2:00pm, with presenter Steve Gottlieb. There is an art and science to altering one's state of mind at will, to perform at our best in the face of any challenging situation. You will learn tips on how to achieve greater levels of personal performance and confidence, and reduce overall stress.

LinkedIn for Beginners, Tuesday, May 16, 9:45am-11:45am. Learn how to re-evaluate how you portray yourself. With some guidance, you can show your personality and "brand" in the best light and utilize LinkedIn as a great business networking tool.

Answers to the Most Frequently Asked Legal Questions at Career>Connect, Tuesday, May 23, 11:00am-12:30pm. Join attorney Sarah Rosenthal for a presentation on questions such as Can I work as a consultant if I am receiving unemployment benefits? How does severance effect my benefits? Is there a way to get creditors to stop calling? Do you have a resource to help deal with my credit card debt? Q & A following presentation.

 

WJCS JEWISH SPIRITUAL HEALING CENTER  Click here to view their brochure. Questions? Contact Rabbi Pamela Wax at pwax@wjcs.com. All programs take place at WJCS, 845 N. Broadway, White Plains, unless otherwise noted. Pre-registration is required for all programs, three of which appear below. Call 914-761-0600, ext. 149. 

A Mindful Walk in the Woods, Thursday, May 18, 9:00am, Cranberry Lake. Enjoy this walk, prayerfully experiencing nature, silence, and chant.

Moving forward after the Death of a Spouse: A Panel Discussion, Monday, June 12, 6:60pm-8:30pm. Suggested fee: $10. 

Elder Law, Elder Justice, Monday, June 19, 6:30pm-8:30pm. Join us for this informational evening about legal services for elders, aged 60+, including topics such as powers-of-attorney and revocation of powers of attorney, orders of protection, voluntary guardianship. and consumer fraud. Bring questions! Sponsored by the Elder Justice Unity of the Pace Women's Justice Center.

 

THE ZIONIST DREAM AND THE JEWISH FUTURE Lectures at Young Israel of Scarsdale, 1313 Weaver Street, Scarsdale 10583; 8:00pm. Monday, May 15: Dr. Daniel Gordis on A Dream Reawakend: How the Early Zionists Spoke to the Depths of the Jewish Soul; and Monday, May 22: Rabbi Dr. Jacob J. Schacter on The Reunification of Jerusalem Fifty Years Later: History, Theology, and Liturgy. No fee.

 

"THE IMPACT OF ADHD ON THE FAMILY," Tuesday, May 16, 7:00pm-8:30pm, sponsored by Carmel Academy and Smart Kids With Learning Disabilities. This informative and relevant program features Dr. Ellen Littman, clinical psychologist and  internationally renowned expert on ADHD. The program will take place at Carmel Academy, 270 Lake Avenue, Greenwich, CT. The program is free, however kindly register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-impact-of-adhd-on-the-family-tickets-33972550814.

 

MEETING THE NEEDS OF A SEARCHING JEWISH WORLD IN THE 21st CENTURY, Thursday, May 18, 7:00pm. Join us for a parlor meeting and discussion with Rabbi Raphael Butler, president of the Afikim Foundation, at the home of Bernard Michael and Haina Just-Michael. For information and to RSVP, email justhaina@gmail.com.

 

HOORAY FOR THE HOLIDAYS AT SOLOMON SCHECHTER Join us on Friday, May 19, 2:00pm-2:45pm, as we celebrate Shavuot with song, stories, and crafts. For information and to R.S.V.P., contact Diana Schutt at 914-948-3111,, ext. 4370, or LSadmissions@schechterwestchester.org.

 

BEING MINDFUL FOR JOY IN SCHOOL AND HARMONY AT HOME, featuring Dr. Shefali, Wednesday, May 24, at Crowne Plaza, 66 Hale Av, White Plains 10601. Sign-in, networking, and light refreshments at 6:00pm, followed by keynote at 6:30pm, and ,Q & A at 7:30pm. Free but space is limited. Register at FusionNewYorkParenting.com.

 

Minyan Times

Sunday      8:00am Shacharit; 8:00pm Mincha/Maariv
Monday      6:55am Shacharit; 8:00pm Mincha/Maariv
Tuesday     7:00am Shacharit; 8:00pm Mincha/Maariv
Wednesday 7:00am Shacharit; 8:00pm Mincha/Maariv
Thursday    6:55am Shacharit; 8:00pm Mincha/Maariv
Friday        7:00am Shacharit; 7:00pm  Mincha/Maariv

 

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BETH EL DAY CAMP REGISTRATION 
IS STILL OPEN!

Join us for a fun Summer! 

Register at www.bethelnr.org/daycamp
Questions? Contact Julie Rockowitz at jrockowitz@bethelnr.org.  

BETH EL NURSERY SCHOOL REGISTRATION IS STILL OPEN! 

LEARN ABOUT NEW EXTENDED HOURS!
Register at www.bethelnr.org/nsregistration 
Questions? Contact Ronnie Becher at nursery@bethelnr.org.

May 9, 2017

Torah on Tap
Tuesday, May 9, 8:00pm

MOVED TO NORTH END TAVERN, 1301 North Avenue across from Beth El. Torah on Tap tonight, last one with Rabbi Josh Dorsch! Questions and RSVP to Rabbi Josh Dorsch at jdorsch@bethelnr.org

JEWISH LIFE AND THOUGHT IN EASTERN EUROPE 
With Rabbi David Schuck 
& Dr. Carol Diament
Thursday, May 11, 9:30am

Rabbi David Schuck will teach from 9:30am to 10:30am He will focus on the primary sources of Hasidic thinkers. We will then have a short coffee break from 10:30am to 10:45am. Dr. Carol Diament will teach from 10:45am to 11:45am. She will focus on the primary sources of Jewish Enlightenment thinkers and writers. Class dates are Thursdays, May 11, 18, 25, and June 8*. Donation for all sessions: Community members, $90; Beth El member discounted price, $60. Register at www.bethelnr.org/limmud. *June 8 is a double session with Dr. Carol Diament.

 

Spring Film Festival
Thursday, May 11, 6:30pm

SPRING FILM FESTIVAL, "JEWISH CHARACTERS ON THE SIDE OF THE ANGELS," Designed as a dinner theater, each evening begins with a delicatessen dinner, followed by a formal introduction to the film a complete screening, and an always lively group discussion. Register at www.bethelnr.org/filmfestival.

Ladies Night Out
Thursday, May 11, 7:30pm

Join us for a fun night out at Lilly's (169 Mamaroneck Ave, White Plains, NY 10601).

Questions? Contact Hayley Morgenstern at hayley_Morgenstern@hotmail.com.

SINGING AS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE
Next Class:
Thursday, May 11, 7:30pm-9:00pm

Facilitated by Rabbi Schuck. Music has deepened our ability to pray from the depths of our souls, sometimes with words and sometimes with melodies alone. This group will learn how singing can itself be a Jewish spiritual practice, and we will practice different techniques that help unleash the power of communal singing. Everyone is welcome to participate. No prior knowledge is required. 

Other dates: Sunday, May 21, 9:30am-11:00am; Sunday, June 4, 7:00pm; Wednesday, June 14, 7:30pm; Tuesday, June 20., 7:30pm. 

Sisterhood Spring Gala
Tuesday, May 16

Beginning with Cocktails at 6:00pm, We are proud to honor Blanche Fried, longtime Sisterhood member. Couvert: $75. Still accepting reservations, please call the front office at 914-235-2700, ext. 223.

Cheesecake Sale
Order by May 17!

Beth El Youth Community Annual Cheesecake Sale

Rich and decadent, you won't want to miss your chance to enjoy delicious cheesecake and support the Beth El Youth Community.  Cheesecakes will be available for pick up after Wednesday, May 24 just in time for Shavuot. Place your order by Wednesday May 17,  click here, or contact the Office of Youth and Family Engagement at ext. 247.

Cafe Shabbat
Friday, May 19, 5:30pm-6:45pm

Join us once again for Cafe Shabbat, A Friday Happening for Young Families with Children Ages 6 and Under. Enjoy a musical Shabbat celebration led by Hazzan Ellen Miller Arad, followed by dinner for everyone, dessert and a snuggle story. Feel free to come in your pajamas! 

Register at www.bethelnr.org/cafeshabbat.

Contemplative Service 
May 20, 10:45am-12:00pm*

*PLEASE NOTE SPECIAL TIME

 

Rabbi Schuck will lead an informal service. All are welcome to join. This is time for yourself as we engage in mindful meditation, contemplative study, singing, and prayer.

 

Blood Drive ​​​​​​
Sunday, May 21

8:30am - 12:30pm, at Temple Israel of New Rochelle, 1000 Pinebrook Blvd., New Rochelle. Beth El's Men's Club is partnering once again with Temple Israel of New Rochelle to facilitate blood donations.

Register at www.bethelnr.org/blooddrive.

Walk-ins are also welcome.

Shavuot Services & Programs
Tikkun Leil Shavuot 
Tuesday, May 30

6:30pm Mincha/Maariv

7:00pm Dinner (Advanced registration requested at www.bethelnr.org/shavuot2017)

8:00pm - 11:00pm Learning sessions with Rabbi David Schuck, Rabbi Zach Sitkin, and Rabbi Josh Dorsch. 

 

Shavuot Hang Out
Wednesday, May 31, 5:30pm 

Advanced registration requested at www.bethelnr.org/fun.

$10/adult, $5/child (2-18 years old), under 2 free!

 

Join us for some fun & dinner outdoors. Enjoy a dairy dinner, wine, and cheesecake alongside some pick up games like soccer and basketball, Gaga, and a playground playdate. Bring a bat, glove... and play ball! All are welcome.

Get Fresh Produce
 RIGHT HERE AT BETH EL
Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) 
The Season begins June 7, 2017!

NEW TO BETH EL! GET A DEAL ON FRESH LOCAL VEGGIES ALL SUMMER LONG!

 

Visit www.bethelnr.org/csa to sign up!

 

What’s a “CSA”?

A CSA is a group who cooperatively buy a share of a farm’s summer/fall produce.

 

Members get:

  • 24 weeks of fresh organic veggies &/or fruit for a fraction of the price in the stores 
  • To support a local farmer
  • To help the needy (extra weekly shares go to food pantries)

For more info text/call: 914-502-9272 or csawestchester@gmail.com

SAVE THE DATE 
Israel Day Parade
Sunday, June 4
REGISTER AT WWW.BETHELNR.ORG/PARADE

Kallah: The Beth El Retreat
Friday, June 9 - Sunday, June 11
Register at bethelnr.org/kallah.

Join Rabbi Schuck and Rabbi Sitkin for a special weekend experience. This is a multi-generational community weekend, with activities for all ages. Sign up now! Visit bethelnr.org/kallah. Questions? Contact Talia Swartz Nagar at taliaswartz@gmail.com, or Jenny Longman at jruzow@gmail.com.

Sign up now! Register at bethelnr.org/kallah

Memory Minyan
Friday, June 16, 6:00pm

For people with dementia, their family, and caregivers. This joyful Shabbat service is geared to people with dementia, their family, and caregivers. Sponsored by Beth El, Seivah, WJCS, and UJA-Federation New York Age Jewish Service Corps. Questions and R.S.V.P. to Julie Rockowitz at JRockowitz@bethelnr.org, or 914-235-2700, ext. 256

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