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ANNUAL MEETING - CORRECTED DAY: Monday, May 8, 2017

04/21/2017 05:11:38 PM

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THE CONGREGATION AND THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES WILL PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT 8:00 PM, MONDAY MAY 8, 2017, has been set as the time and the Center Building the place of the regular annual meeting of the congregation, together with a meeting of the Board of Trustees. All members in good standing are eligible to attend and vote upon all matters duly coming before said meeting.

        7:00pm - Cocktail hour, with hors d'oeuvres

Click here to register for the cocktail hour.

                8:00pm - ANNUAL MEETING

                              AGENDA  

 

  • Minutes of December 19, 2016 Congregational Meeting
  • Good & Welfare
  • Committee/Affiliate Reports 
  • Koach Awards for 28 years of Membership
  • State of the Synagogue 
    • Samuel E. Berger, President 
  • Annual Elections
  • Recognition of Outgoing Board of Trustees Members & Officers
  • Financial Report
    • Joseph Wygoda, Treasurer 
  • ​​​​​​​Role of the Assistant Rabbi
    • ​​​​​​​David Schuck, Rabbi

 

Samuel E. Berger

President

 

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

914.235.2700 phone

914.235.2718 fax

www.bethelnr.org

ANNUAL MEETING - Wednesday, May 8, 2017

04/21/2017 04:44:17 PM

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THE CONGREGATION AND THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES WILL PLEASE TAKE NOTICE THAT 8:00 PM, WEDNESDAY MAY 8, 2017, has been set as the time and the Center Building the place of the regular annual meeting of the congregation, together with a meeting of the Board of Trustees. All members in good standing are eligible to attend and vote upon all matters duly coming before said meeting.

7:00pm - Cocktail hour, with hors d'oeuvres

Click here to register for the cocktail hour.

8:00pm - ANNUAL MEETING

AGENDA  

 

  • Minutes of December 19, 2016 Congregational Meeting
  • Good & Welfare
  • Committee/Affiliate Reports 
  • Koach Awards for 28 years of Membership
  • State of the Synagogue 
    • Samuel E. Berger, President 
  • Annual Elections
  • Recognition of Outgoing Board of Trustees Members & Officers
  • Financial Report
    • ​​​​​​​Joseph Wygoda, Treasurer 
  • ​​​​​​​Role of the Assistant Rabbi
    • ​​​​​​​David Schuck, Rabbi

 

Samuel E. Berger

President

 

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

914.235.2700 phone

914.235.2718 fax

www.bethelnr.org

Join us this Sunday!

04/21/2017 12:19:39 PM

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

Join us this Sunday!

Yom Hashoah Commemoration at Beth El 
with Artist Sara Aldouby
Sunday, April 23, 6:00pm 

Join us for a meaningful service where we will light 6 candles for Sara Aldouby will share with us her story. Afterwards all are welcome to view Aldouby's sculptures in the museum. Mincha/Maariv will take place at 7:30pm.

Upcoming May events!

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

Wednesday, May 3Balance with Tim

Wednesday, May 10: Golden Zumba with Laura

Wednesday, May 17: Balance and Flexibility with Judy

11:30am Current Events with Shari Baum, MSW

Wednesday, May 24: Chair Yoga with Nan

No charge.

 

Tuesday, May 9

10:00am

Coffee and schmooze with a newspaper.

10:30am 

Courageous Women and the Suffrage Movement:

 2017 marks the centennial of Women’s Suffrage in New York State. Why did women's voting rights take so long to come to fruition and why isn’t the US among the 70 nations that have elected or appointed a female as its head of State? A talk by Judge Walter Schwartz, a Trustee of the Westchester County Historical Society.

$5 per person*  

Salad and sandwiches to follow. 

 

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.

Shabbat Announcements for Friday, April 21

04/21/2017 11:40:24 AM

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Friday, April 21, 2017 ~ 25 Nisan 5777
Mincha/Maariv 7:00pm, Goldberger Chapel
Candle Lighting 7:23pm

Religious School Gan and Alef Erev Shabbat, 6:00pm

Saturday Morning, April 22

Bar Mitzvah: Adam Barrett

 

Parashat Shemini
Leviticus 9:1-11:47

Haftarah: II Samuel, 6:1-7:17 pp. 645-648

 

8:30am       A Modern Understanding of the Bible, with Rabbi Blumenfeld

9:00am     Shabbat Morning Services
9:30am     Shabbat SPACE

10:15am   Shabbat Discussion Group, with Jack Gruenberg
10:15am   Pre-Service Oneg
10:45am    Torah for Tots
10:45am    Family Kehillah Services  
12:30pm    Daf Shevui 

6:45pm      Seudah Shlishit for Empty Nesters, with Rabbi Sitkin
7:30pm      Mincha/Maariv
8:24pm      Havdalah

 


This week's Kiddush is sponsored by:

Jackie and Michael Barrett in honor of the bar mitzvah of their son Adam Barrett.


The following people are assisting this Shabbat: 

Marc Klee, President's Chair; Geralynn Reifer, Vice President's Chair; Steven Young, Gabbai; Rob Morris and Tracey Levy, Ushers; Marcia Assor and Nadine Jacobson, Greeters

A Word of Torah

“Now Aaron’s sons Nadav and Abihu each took his fire pan, put fire in it, and laid incense on it; and they offered before Hashem alien fire, which God had not enjoined upon them. And fire came forth from Hashem and consumed them; thus they died at the instance of Hashem.” (Lev. 10:1-2)

 

In this week’s parasha, Shemini, we learn an invaluable lesson about how NOT to respond to human suffering. This week the Torah tells the tragic story of the death of Aaron’s two eldest sons Nadav and Abihu. In a moment of zealousness, Nadav and Abihu bring an unsanctioned fire before God that ultimately consumes them. It’s not clear from the text whether they brought this “alien fire” purposefully or not, all we know is that they made a mistake and the consequences were dire. In an attempt to rationalize the narrative, the rabbis try to justify their deaths by blaming the victims. “It isn’t God’s fault,” they claim, rather, “Nadav and Abihu entered into the holy of holies, intoxicated, thus disrespecting their profession, their status amongst the people, and most importantly, God’s sanctity”. It seems as though the idea that God could act unjustly makes them uneasy. The only problem is, sometimes in life there are no answers to why bad things happen, they just do. And in those moments, what matters most is not why bad things happen, but rather how we respond to them.

 

For example, immediately following Nadav and Abihu’s death, Moses attempts to offer comfort to his brother and says: “This is what God meant when He said: Through those near to Me I show Myself holy, And gain glory before all the people.” This implies that Aaron should actually be happy that his sons died because it’s through their deaths that God is ultimately glorified. Understandably Aaron reacts poorly to this. The Torah tells us that, “Aaron was silent” following Moses’ words. He was so taken aback by what Moses said that he had no other reaction than to grow silent. When reading this interaction between Moses and Aaron one might easily reply...really?!? Really, Moses? How could you say such a callous thing? Why aren’t you being more compassionate? We may be appalled by what Moses says, but in truth, many of us say things like this all the time. Many of us respond poorly when we are confronted by the deep pain another person feels. We may say something like,At least he went quickly...” or,At least you have your health…” or even, “Yeah, this is what I would do if I were you…”

 

Too often, we try to solve other people’s problems instead of truly confronting the pain they feel. And when we do that, the interaction becomes more about us than it does about them, which is precisely Moses’ mistake here. Instead of sitting with Aaron’s pain, perhaps telling him he’s sorry and offering a hug and some companionship, Moses tries to fix the situation by telling Aaron how he should feel. “Don’t be sad” he says, “This is really a good thing!” But we all know that no words could possibly take away the pain that Aaron feels. Perhaps, what Aaron might really need is a listening ear, some empathy, and maybe even a loving embrace. In the end, we will never know the answer to the question, "why do bad things happen?" But what we do know is that love and empathy can help the healing begin.

 

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Zach Sitkin

Mazal Tovs, Condolences, & Refuah Shleimah

MAZAL TOV TO:

 

Sheryl and Aaron Fleishaker on the engagement of their daughter Andrea to Jonathon Ravski, son of Karyn Rosenthal-Ravski and Dr. Norman Ravski.

 

Donald Fleishaker on the engagement of his granddaughter Andrea Fleishaker to Jonathon Ravski, son of Karyn Rosenthal-Ravski and Dr. Norman Ravski.

 

CONDOLENCES TO:

 

Martin Keltz, Teddy Keltz, and Elise Richman on the loss of their father, Harold Keltz, and to Julia Keltz on the loss of her grandfather.

 

Sharon Schoenholtz on the loss of her father, Harold Schoenholtz.

 

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.

S.E.E. ISRAEL, SUNDAY, MAY 7 
from 2:00pm*-6:00pm, at Beth El
(*doors open at 1:30pm)

Support * Educate * Engage This  multi-faceted program, presented by The Israel Affairs Committee, includes a series of panels, an Israel Forum and keynote speaker, as well as kosher Israeli food trucks and babysitting with kids activities. This is a fundraiser as well, since a small portion of the registration/donation will go to help defray costs, and the remainder will be split among the participating organizations. Also, the Israel Forum will be an opportunity for attendees to learn more about and support the participating organizations. Participating organizations (complete list in formation) cover a wide range of issues and services -- Israel Bonds, JNF (the Jewish National Fund), The Lone Soldier Center, FIDF (Friends of Israel Defense Forces), Israel Cancer Research Fund, United Hatzalah, Stand With Us, SPACA (Students and Parents Against Campus Anti-Semitism), Alexander Muss High School in Israel, Masorti, ARZA AJC, and JREC (Jewish Religious Equality Coalition). For details and to register, visit www.seeisraeltoday.com Questions? Contact Mark Seidenfeld at MSeidenfeld@scholastic.com.

Beth El Synagogue Center Announcements

MUSEUM EXHIBIT "FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT," BY SARA ALDOUBY 
This sculptress is the mother of Tali Aldouby-Schuck and the mother-in-law of Rabbi Schuck. Her sculptures address the Holocaust and recovery. This exhibit of stone sculptures will be in Beth El's museum until April 30. 

 

INCENTIVE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR RAMAH SLEEP AWAY CAMP AND USY SUMMER PROGRAMS AVAILABLE  Scholarships for both programs are intended to encourage youth to participate and are not based on financial need. For an application, contact Lauren Berger at LBerger422@aol.com (Submit your application by April 28). Note: Camp Ramah Scholarships are geared to families who have not had a child attend Camp Ramah sleep-away or who have attended for only one summer. 

 

SHALOM YISRAEL SEEKS HOST FAMILIES FOR TWO WEEKS BEGINNING APRIL 30 This is a group of Westchester-based volunteers that brings Israeli first responder care providers to our area for a visit. If you can help, contact Jay Rehr at jayre123@gmail.com.

 

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 or click here. For assistance, contact the Office of Youth and Family Engagement at ext. 247. Cheesecakes will be available for pickup after Wednesday, May 24, just in time for Shavuot. 

 

SHABBAT MEAL Can you host someone at your Shabbat table? Would you like to be hosted for Shabbat? 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. 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.

 

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. For more articles, visit bethelnr.org/Israelnews.

1) 150km of bike lanes to connect central cities

Upcoming Events at Beth El

ZUMBA, Sunday, April 23, 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.

 

YOM HASHOAH COMMEMORATION WITH ARTIST SARA ALDOUBY, Sunday, April 23, 6:00pm, at Beth El. Join us for a meaningful service where Holocaust survivors and/or their children will light 6 candles. Artist Sara Aldouby will tell her story and answer questions. Afterwards all are welcome to view Sara's sculptures in the museum. Mincha/Maariv will follow at 7:30pm.

 

POST-PASSOVER FOOD DRIVE, Monday, April 24 through Thursday, April 27. Beth El is joining with other Westchester synagogues to collect food for the Bronx Jewish Community Council. Please bring your leftover, unopened Pesah groceries and every day non-perishable food in bags or boxes to Beth El and place them in the large wooden box in the lobby (between the two sets of front doors. For more information, contact Barbara Engelson at ble229@aol.com, or 914-654-1068.

 

SISTERHOOD BAGELS & BOOKS, Monday, April 24, 9:30am. We will discuss Washing the Dead, by Michelle Brafman. Questions? Contact Arlene Salman at aesalman@aol.com.

 

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

Get Smart/Get Fit, Wednesday, April 26, 10:30am Chair Yoga with Nan. Wednesday, May 3, Balance with Tim (no charge).

Courageous Women and the Suffrage Movement, Tuesday, May 9. Coffee at 10:00am, Talk by Judge Walter Schwartz, 10:30am. $5 per person. Salad and sandwiches to follow.

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

 

SISTERHOOD PRESENTS AUTHOR MICHELLE BRAFMAN, Tuesday, April 25, 7:30pm, at Beth El. She will discuss her book, Washing the Dead, about the Jewish tradition of Tahara, whereby we honor the deceased by washing them before the funeral and burial. Her book is a novel, but it has the Tahara theme. Register at www.bethelnr.org/author. Note: On Monday, April 24, at 9:30am, Sisterhood Bagels & Books will discuss this book. 

 

KALLAH: THE BETH EL RETREAT, Friday, June 9 to Sunday, June 11, at Camp Monroe. Early bird pricing is available only until April 25. This is 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.

 

MEMORY MINYAN, Friday, April 28, 6:00pm. 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.

 

CAFE SHABBAT, Friday, April 28, 5:30pm-6:45pm. This event is geared to young families with children ages 6 and under. Enjoy a musical Shabbat celebration led by Lori Weber, followed by dinner for everyone, dessert, and a snuggle story. Feel free to come in your pajamas!. Register at www.bethelnr.org/cafeshabbat.

 

SISTERHOOD SHABBAT, Saturday, April 29. Sisterhood members will lead all parts of the service. Join us!

 

RABBI JOSH DORSCH AND AVI CARR-GLOTH TO BE HONORED, Sunday, April 30, 1:00pm, at the Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs' Annual Luncheon. This year's event will be held at Shaarei Tikvah, 46 Fox Meadow Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583. Business attire. NOTE: This event is sold out.

 

HADASSAH "LET'S DO LUNCH, Monday, May 1, 12:00noon. Join us for a chef-inspired luncheon and a musical presentation by Norma Wasserman. At the home of David and Carole Curtis. $36 donation to benefit Hadassah Hospital. R.S.V.P. to 914-235-9747.

 

KERUV "LET'S TALK ABOUT IT," Tuesday, May 2, 7:30pm. Rabbi Schuck will discuss the present and evolving position of the Conservative movement on intermarriage and how Beth El Synagogue Center fits in. Shari Baum L.M.S.W. will facilitate the program. R.S.V.P. to Elise Schepp at LCmoocow@aol.com.

 

SPRING FILM FESTIVAL, "JEWISH CHARACTERS ON THE SIDE OF THE ANGELS," opens with Trumbo on May 4, at 6:30pm, and continues for 3 consecutive Thursdays. 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/springfilm.

 

SISTERHOOD WINE, CHEESE, & EVENING BOOK CLUB, Thursday, May 4, 7:30pm-9:00pm. We will discuss The Marriage of Opposites, by Alice Hoffman. Free, no R.S.V.P. needed. Questions? Contact Erica Epstein at 914-391-6662, or Cynthia Glickman at 914-582-6297.

 

JOINT SPRING BLOOD DRIVE, Sunday, May 7, 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.

 

ANNUAL MEETING, Monday, May 8, beginning with Hors D'Oeuvres at 7:00pm. Join us to learn about the state of Beth El.

 

SISTERHOOD SPRING GALA, Tuesday, May 16. We are proud to honor Blanche Fried, longtime Sisterhood member. The evening begins at 6:00pm with cocktails. Couvert: $75. R.S.V.P. by May 1 to Carol Freedman, 2 Turner Drive, New Rochelle, NY 10804.

The Rabbi Melvin & Lenore Sirner Fund for Jewish Inspiration
New Initiatives, beginning with Three New Classes
(Class times are being worked out.)

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 to participate. No prior knowledge is required. Facilitated by Rabbi Schuck. First meeting: Sunday, April 30, 9:30am - 11:00am; Other dates: Thursday, May 11, 7:30pm-9:00pm; Sunday, May 21, 9:30am-11:00am; Sunday, June 4, 9:30am; Wednesday, June 14, 7:30pm; Tuesday, June 20., 7:30pm. 

 

MINDFULNESS MEDITATION (meets weekly)

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 livers 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. Dates to be determined.

 

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

Limmud Adult Learning Opportunities

ISRAELI DANCING, Sunday, April 23, 10:00am-11:00am, with Cantor Aqua. $10/class. Wear comfy clothes and sneakers. At Beth El. Questions? e-mail uaqua@bethelnr.org.

 

THE BIRTH OF THE JEWISH STATE, Wednesday, April 26, 10:00am, with Rabbi Molly Karp, in the Board Room.

 

TALMUD FROM THE INSIDE: A CLASS FOR THE INQUIRING MIND, Thursdays, 10:00am-12:15pm, 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, April 27, 1:30pm, with Rabbi Dorsch and Jack Gruenberg, in the Beth El Library.

 

HEBREW ULPAN Thursday, April 27, Beginners 6:30pm-7:30pm; Advanced learners, 8:00pm-9:00pm; with Miri Ben Avi. Questions? Contact Miri at miriulpan@gmail.com, or 914-602-1503.

 

A MODERN UNDERSTANDING OF THE BIBLE -- ITS HEROES, with Rabbi David L. Blumenfeld, Ph.D. (Near Estern Literature and Languages), 8:30am-9:30am. Our sessions will explore the lives of a number of heroes in the Bible. By applying up-to-date scholarship to the biblical text, a deeper understanding of who they really were will be achieved. All are welcome. April 29, Ezra the Scribe; May 13, Heroic Women in the Bible.

 

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

 

JEWISH LIFE AND THOUGHT IN EASTERN EUROPE: Rabbi David Schuck and Dr. Carol Diament are teaming up again this Spring to teach this 5 session course on Thursday mornings, from May 4 to June 8*. 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 to noon. 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.


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

Teen (7th-12th graders) Yom Ha'Shoah Program, Sunday, April 23, 12:00-1:00 pm,

Goldberger Chapel. Commemorate Yom Ha'Shoah by joining our longtime member, Jay Sommer as he shares stories from his life before, during and after the Holocaust. RSVPs to Bekkah recommended at rgold@bethelnr.org.

 

Emek USY Divisional Day and Elections, Sunday, April 23, 1:00-4:45pm, at Beth El Synagogue. Stay after the Yom Ha'Shoah program for divisional elections! Vote for peers who are qualified to lead our mighty Emek division in the upcoming school year. Click here for more info.

 

Like to sing? Like to compete? Any teens interested in participating in "The Voice" competition for Yom Ha'atzmaut? Contact Bekkah at ext. 221, or rgold@bethelnr.org for more details and join the Westchester community at the JCC of Mid-Westchester on Monday, May 1 to celebrate Israel. 

 

Save the Date: USY (8th-12th grade) Shabbat Dinner, Friday, May 5, at Bekkah's family home. Join teens for services and Carlos and Gabby's Shabbat dinner on Cinco de Mayo! Details to follow. RSVP to Bekkah at rgold@bethelnr.org.

 

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

Community Events & Announcements 

CAREER CONNECT WORKSHOPS 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 (on a Monday, Wednesday, or Friday) at careerconnect@wjcs.com, or 914-761-0600, ext. 170. Other 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.

LinkedIn for Advanced Users, Tuesday, April 25, 10:00-11:45am, with presenter Marc W. Halpert. Limited to those who completed LinkedIn Intermediate.

Volunteering for Job Seekers, Wednesday, April 26, 2:00pm-3:30pm. Explore the benefits of volunteering during your job search and learn how to translate volunteer experience into a stronger resume and interview. Work in small groups with retired HR professionals to think through sample volunteer experiences and learn ways to talk and write about them that will capture the attention of potential employers. Facilitator: Katie Pfeifer.

 

WJCS JEWISH SPIRITUAL HEALING CENTER  Spring 2017 schedule: 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. Call 914-761-0600, ext. 149.

The Write Prescription: Telling Your Story to Move With and Beyond Illness
How can we use our writing to connect us to ourselves and others? In this supportive writing workshop, prompts will be given to explore our inner spiritual narrative—the one that includes illness as well as the larger scope of life. No previous writing experience is required. Open to patients, survivors, caregivers, and family members. Monday, April 24, 4:30-6:00pm. Suggested fee: $54.

A Mindful Walk in the Woods, Monday, April 24, 9:00am, Rockefeller Preserve; Thursday, May 18, 9:00am, Cranberry Lake.

Holding Ground through the Ups and Downs of Life, Monday, May 8, 6:00pm-8:00pm. 

 

ANNUAL WESTCHESTER COUNTY-WIDE YOM HASHOAH HOLOCAUST COMMEMORATION, Monday, April 24, 12:00pm-1:00pm, Keeping the Memory Alive: Generation to Generation, including the procession of Westchester's rescued Holocaust Torahs. Beth El Synagogue Center's rescued Torah will be in the procession. At the Garden of Remembrance, 148 Martine Ave., White Plains. For additional information, visit www.hhrecny.org, or e-mail info@hhrecny.org or call 914-696-0738. For this and other community Yom Hashoah events, contact the Westchester Jewish Council at www.wjcouncil.org/yom-hashoah, or info@wjcouncil.org, or call 914-328-7001.

 

THE HOLOCAUST & HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION CENTER and Iona College will sponsor the William H. Donat Shoah Commemoration with distinguished award winning lecturer, Andrew Nagorski. Mr. Nagorski will discuss “The Nazi Hunters.” He will talk about those who searched for and prosecuted Nazis at the Nuremberg and Dachau trials. Mr. Nagorski spent more than three decades as a foreign correspondent and editor for Newsweek. Both of his more recent books Hitlerland: American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Raise to Power (Simon & Schuster 2012) and The Nazi Hunters (Simon & Schuster 2016) have received critical acclaim.There will be a book signing opportunity and books will be available for purchase. This event will be held on April 26, 7:30 PM at Iona College’s Ryan Hall, 715 North Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10801. For more information, please contact Julie Scallero, 914-696-0738, or jscallero@hhrency.org.  https://hhrecny.z2systems.com/np/clients/hhrecny/event.jsp?event=18.

 

ISRAEL AT 69, Monday, May 1, 7:00pm-9:00pm, at the JCC of Mid-Westchester. Join us for a Yom Hazikaron Memorial Ceremony and Indipendence Day celebrations. Free and open to all, but R.S.V.P. to the JCC at 914-472-3300, or www.jccmw.org.

 

KIDS' KLOSET CHARITY DAY, Wednesday, May 3, at Bloomingdales in White Plains. This event begins with a Spring Fashion presentation and brunch at 11:00am, on the 3rd floor. Kids' Kloset will receive 10% of Blomingdale's sales. E-mail kidskloset@wjcs.com for details.

 

KOL RINAH SPRING INTO SONG, Sunday, May 7, 1:00pm, at the Shames JCC on the Hudson, 371 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591. For tickets and information, visit www.kolrinahchorale.org.

 

WESTCHESTER JEWISH HISTORY AND HERITAGE MONTH CELEBRATION, Monday, May 8, 6:00pm-7:00pm, at the Michaelian Office Building, 148 Martine Avenue, White Plains (8th fl). Honorees include Beth El's own Donald Fleishaker, who is also a WJC Honorary Board Member. UJA-Federation of New York will also be recognized on its 100th anniversary. Free and open to all. 

 

TRAVEL TO THE CANDADIAN ROCKIES with Hazzan Farid and Sheila Dardashti, from June 25 to July 4. A few spots remain available. Contact him at fdardashti@aol.com or 914-755-9933. (This trip is not sponsored by Beth El Synagogue Center).

 

Minyan Times

Sunday      8:00am Shacharit; 7:30pm Mincha/Maariv
Monday      6:55am Shacharit; 7:30pm Mincha/Maariv
Tuesday     7:00am Shacharit; 7:30pm Mincha/Maariv
Wednesday 7:00am Shacharit; 7:30pm Mincha/Maariv
Thursday    6:55am Shacharit; 7:30pm Mincha/Maariv
Friday        7:00am Shacharit; 7:00pm  Mincha/Maariv

 

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E-vents: Yom Hashoah Commemoration at Beth El with Artist Sara Aldouby this Sunday!

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April 20, 2017

Seudah Shlishit for Empty Nesters
Saturday, April 22, 6:45pm
 with Rabbi Zach Sitkin

We will schmooze and enjoy some wine and hors d'oeuvres, followed by Mincha at 7:30pm and a group discussion at 7:50pm.

Open to the whole community!

Yom Hashoah Commemoration at Beth El with Artist Sara Aldouby 
Sunday, April 23, 6:00pm

Join us for a meaningful service where we will light 6 candles for Sara Aldouby will share with us her story. Afterwards all are welcome to view Aldouby's sculptures in the museum. Mincha/Maariv will take place at 7:30pm.

Kallah: The Beth El Retreat
Early bird pricing until April 25 
Friday, June 9 - Sunday, June 11
Register at bethelnr.org/kallah.

This is 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.

Sign up now! Register at bethelnr.org/kallah

 Evening Author Presentation
by Michelle Brafman 
Tuesday, April 25

She will discuss her book, Washing the Dead, about the Jewish tradition of Tahara, whereby we honor the deceased by washing them before the funeral and burial. Her book is a novel, but it has the Tahara theme. Note: On Monday, April 24, at 9:30am, Sisterhood Bagels & Books will discuss this book.

Register at www.bethelnr.org/author

Memory Minyan
Friday, April 28

Friday, April 28 - Memory Minyan, 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.

Cafe Shabbat
Friday, April 28, 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 Lori Weber, followed by dinner for everyone, dessert and a snuggle story. Feel free to come in your pajamas! 

Register at www.bethelnr.org/cafeshabbat.

Sisterhood Shabbat 
Saturday, April 29  

Join us for a special shabbat! 

JEWISH LIFE AND THOUGHT IN EASTERN EUROPE 
With Rabbi David Schuck 
& Dr. Carol Diament
Thursday, May 4, 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 4, 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 4, 6:30pm

SPRING FILM FESTIVAL, "JEWISH CHARACTERS ON THE SIDE OF THE ANGELS," opens with Trumbo on May 4, at 6:30pm, and continues for 3 consecutive Thursdays. 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.

SEE Israel
Sunday, May 7

Share the love of Israel through SUPPORT, EDUCATION, AND ENGAGEMENT. 

 

Join us for panel discussions, Israeli food, and an Israel Forum. More information at www.seeisraeltoday.com

 

Please like "SEE Israel" on facebook, at www.facebook.com/seeisraeltoday/, to get updates as they come in! 

Blood Drive ​​​​​​
Sunday, May 7

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.

Annual Meeting
Monday, May 8

Save the date! Agenda to follow.

Sisterhood Spring Gala
Tuesday, May 16

Beginning with Cocktails at 6:00pm, We are proud to honor Blanche Fried, longtime Sisterhood member. Couvert: $75. R.S.V.P. by May 1 to Carol Freedman, 2 Turner Drive, New Rochelle, NY 10804.

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.

Contemplative Service 
May 20, 8:30am*

*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.

 

SAVE THE DATE 
Israel Day Parade
Sunday, June 4


 

 

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Schoenholtz Loss

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In sorrow we inform you of the passing of Harold Schoenholtz, beloved father of our member Sharon (Lawrence Hanau) Schoenholtz.

 

The family held a private funeral service.

 

Shiva will be held at the Schoenholtz/Hanau home, 215 Seton Drive, New Rochelle 10804 according the following schedule:

Thursday, April 20 2:00-4:00pm; 7:00-9:00pm with minyan at 7:45pm

Friday, April 21 2:00-4:00pm

Sunday, April 23 and Monday, April 24 2:00-4:00pm; 7:00-9:00pm with minyan at 7:45pm

 

"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

Keltz/Richman/Seiden Loss

04/16/2017 05:21:01 PM

Apr16

In sorrow we inform you of the passing of Harold Keltz, beloved father of our members Teddy (Beth) Keltz, Elise (Barry) Richman, and Martin (Lynn) Keltz and grandfather of our member Julia (Zach Seiden) Keltz. 

 

The funeral will take place on Wednesday, April 19 at 10:00AM at Riverside Memorial Chapel on Broad Street in Mt. Vernon. Interment will follow at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Valhalla.

 

Shiva will be held at the home of Lida Keltz, 153 Devoe Avenue Yonkers, NY 10705 with visiting hours as follows:

 

Wednesday and Thursday, April 19 and 20 from 1:30-5:00PM  and 7:00-9:00PM with Minchah/Maariv services at 7:30PM

 

Saturday night, April 22 at 8:30-9:30PM and 

 

Sunday and Monday, April 24 and 25 from 1:30-5:00PM 

and 7:00 - 9:00PM with Minchah/Maariv services at 7:30 PM

 

"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, April 14

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Friday, April 14, 2017 ~ 18 Nisan 5777
Mincha/Maariv 7:00pm, Goldberger Chapel
Candle Lighting 7:16pm

Kulanu Shabbat Experience, 6:00pm
with Dan Burton and Ron Burton

Saturday Morning, April 15

 

Shabbat Hol HaMoed Pesach
Exodus 33:12-34:26, pp. 538-544

Numbers 28:19-25, p. 932

Haftarah: Ezekiel 37:1-14, pp. 1308-1309

 

9:00am      Shabbat Morning Services

9:30am      Contemplative Service
9:30am      Shabbat SPACE

10:00am     Teen Service for 6th-12th graders
10:15am     Pre-Service Oneg
10:45am     Torah for Tots
10:45am     Family Kehillah Services  
12:30pm    Daf Shevui 
7:15pm      Mincha/Maariv
8:17pm      Havdalah

 


This week's stand-up Kiddush is sponsored by Beth El Synagogue Center


The following people are assisting this Shabbat: 

 Russell Fayer, President's Chair; Jayne Peister, Vice President's Chair; Donna Levy, Gabbai; Amy O'Malley and Lynn Keltz, Ushers;Arlene Salman and Stephanie Roth, Greeters

A Word of Torah

This Shabbat, the one Shabbat that falls during the intermediary days of Passover, we will be reading from Shir HaShirim, The Song of Songs. Shir HaShirim is a rather unusual Biblical book. It is a graphic love poem and can make those of us who read it, especially in synagogue, somewhat uncomfortable. Yet every year, we read it on Passover and it is not entirely clear as to why.

 

One suggestion is that the poem has a lot of flowery imagery that has to do with the spring time. One of the many names for Passover is Hag HaAviv, the holiday of the spring time. Some of the holiday's symbols, like the parsley, point to the importance of spring and renewal with regards to our Passover celebration.

 

Another explanation for why we read Shir HaShirim on Passover has to do with the metaphorical understanding of the relationship between the lovers in the poem. Many traditional commentators have interpreted their complex relationship as a metaphor for the relationship between the Israelites and God. Therefore, it may be fitting to read Shir HaShirim on Passover because during the holiday we tell the story of the evolution and maturation of the relationship between God and the Israelites.

 

I would like to think the reason we read Shir HaShirim on Passover is a combination of both of these explanations. On Passover we tell the story of the Exodus from Egypt. It is a story about the Israelites and God beginning to build their complex relationship, one with ups and downs, but one which will last because it is based on love, and trust. And as we enter the spring and the time for renewal, and celebrate Passover by telling the story of the Exodus, it is my hope and prayer for all of us that we not just tell the story of the foundation and formation of the relationship between the Jewish people and God, but also consider new ways to recommit ourselves to that relationship.

 

Wishing everyone a Shabbat Shalom and Happy Passover. 

 

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Josh Dorsch

Mazal Tovs, Condolences, & Refuah Shleimah

CONDOLENCES TO:

 

Irwin Cohen on the loss of his mother, Sarah Cohen.

 

Vanessa Kerchner on the loss of her grandmother, Sarah Cohen.

 

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.

Passover 2017 Later Days

Sunday, April 16

Early Mincha/Maariv 6:30pm

Candle Lighting 7:19pm

 

Monday, April 17

Shaharit  9:00am

Stand-up Kiddush following services

Mincha/Maariv and Shiur 7:15pm

Candle Lighting after 8:20pm

 

Tuesday, April 18

Hashkamah Minyan (early Shaharit) 6:30am

Regular Shaharit        9:00am

Sit down Kiddush lunch (Kosher-for-Passover) following services

Mincha and Shiur       7:15pm

Maariv/Yom Tov Ends 8:20pm

 

Rabbi Schuck will arrange a post-Pesah hametz "buy-back" on Tuesday, April 18th, at 9:00pm. Do not use or unpack your hametz before that time. Rabbi Schuck will tweet when it is bought back (@DavidAriSchuck).

 

S.E.E. ISRAEL, SUNDAY, MAY 7 
from 2:00pm*-6:00pm, at Beth El
(*doors open at 1:30pm)

Support * Educate * Engage This  multi-faceted program, presented by The Israel Affairs Committee, includes a series of panels, an Israel Forum and keynote speaker, as well as kosher Israeli food trucks and babysitting with kids activities. This is a fundraiser as well, since a small portion of the registration/donation will go to help defray costs, and the remainder will be split among the participating organizations. Also, the Israel Forum will be an opportunity for attendees to learn more about and support the participating organizations. Participating organizations (complete list in formation) cover a wide range of issues and services -- Israel Bonds, JNF (the Jewish National Fund), The Lone Soldier Center, FIDF (Friends of Israel Defense Forces), Israel Cancer Research Fund, United Hatzalah, Stand With Us, SPACA (Students and Parents Against Campus Anti-Semitism), Alexander Muss High School in Israel, Masorti, ARZA AJC, and JREC (Jewish Religious Equality Coalition). For details and to register, visitwww.seeisraeltoday.com Questions? Contact Mark Seidenfeld at MSeidenfeld@scholastic.com.

Beth El Synagogue Center Announcements

Israel treats thousands of war-wounded Syrians 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/israel-treats-thousands-of-war-wounded-syrians/2017/04/08/7664a6b4-1c29-11e7-8598-9a99da559f9e_story.html?utm_campaign=buffer&utm_content=buffer0cc6a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_term=.5b942c4c398a

 

 

Israeli firm to provide drinking water - from the air - for India and Vietnam

http://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-firm-to-provide-drinking-water-from-the-air-for-india-and-vietnam/

 

MUSEUM EXHIBIT "FROM DARKNESS TO LIGHT," BY SARA ALDOUBY 
This sculptress is the mother of Tali Aldouby-Schuck and the mother-in-law of Rabbi Schuck. Her sculptures address the Holocaust and recovery. This exhibit of stone sculptures will be in Beth El's museum until April 30. 

 

INCENTIVE SCHOLARSHIPS FOR RAMAH SLEEP AWAY CAMP AND USY SUMMER PROGRAMS AVAILABLE  Scholarships for both programs are intended to encourage youth to participate and are not based on financial need. For an application, contact Lauren Berger at LBerger422@aol.com (Submit your application by April 28). Note: Camp Ramah Scholarships are geared to families who have not had a child attend Camp Ramah sleep-away or who have attended for only one summer. 

 

SHALOM YISRAEL SEEKS HOST FAMILIES FOR TWO WEEKS BEGINNING APRIL 30 This is a group of Westchester-based volunteers that brings Israeli first responder care providers to our area for a visit. If you can help, contact Jay Rehr at jayre123@gmail.com.

 

BLOOD AND PLATELET DONORS SOUGHT for long-time Beth El member Mitch Kaphan. All designated donations must be made in the Blood Donor Room of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Visit www.mskcc.org/blooddonations for complete information about donor eligibility and the donation process for blood or platelets. Appointments are necessary - All blood types are acceptable. For answers to questions and to schedule an appointment that is convenient for you please Contact Joe Licata, 212-639-8177, Manager, Blood Donor Program, licataj@mskcc.org. Contact the Blood Donor Room at 212-639-7648, 1250 First Ave. (betw. 67th/68th St) NYC, Schwartz Building lobby. Open every day. Donating whole blood takes approximately 1 hour. Donating platelets takes about 2 ½ hours. FREE Donor Parking available at the Somerset Parking Garage, 1365 York Ave., entrance on 72nd Street, N.W.corner.

 

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

 

JOIN RABBI SCHUCK ON A TRIP TO ISRAEL, July 26 - August 6, 2017. The trip includes 9 nights' accommodation, 8 days of touring in a luxury, air-conditioned bus with an English speaking tour educator, all site entrance fees, many meals, and portage at the airport and hotels. For a full itinerary and to register, click here Our trip itinerary can be found at www.daattravel.com/Beth-El-Synagogue-Center-The-People-of-Israel.aspx.

 

BETH EL SISTERHOOD BAUM JUDAICA GIFT SHOP Visit us for ALL your Judaica needs. 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.

 

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. For more, visit bethelnr.org/Israelnews.

1) Israel treats thousands of war-wounded Syrians 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/israel-treats-thousands-of-war-wounded-syrians/2017/04/08/7664a6b4-1c29-11e7-8598-9a99da559f9e_story.html?utm_campaign=buffer&utm_content=buffer0cc6a&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_term=.5b942c4c398a

2)  Israeli firm to provide drinking water - from the air - for India and Vietnam

http://www.timesofisrael.com/israeli-firm-to-provide-drinking-water-from-the-air-for-india-and-vietnam/

 

Upcoming Events at Beth El

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

Wednesday, April 19, 10:30am Balance and flexibility, with Judy (no charge). At 11:30am, join us for a current events discussion with Shari Baum, M.S.W. Questions? Contact Julie Rockowitz at 914-235-2700, ext. 256, or JRockowitz@bethelnr.org.  

 

SEUDAH SHLISHIT FOR EMPTY NESTERS, Saturday, April 22, 6:45pm-8:15pm, with Rabbi Zach Sitkin. We will schmooze and enjoy some wine and hors d'oeuvres, followed by Mincha at 7:30pm and a group discussion at 7:50pm. 

 

ZUMBA, Sunday, April 23, 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.

 

YOM HASHOAH COMMEMORATION WITH ARTIST SARA ALDOUBY, Sunday, April 23, 6:00pm, at Beth El. Join us for a meaningful service where Holocaust survivors and/or their children will light 6 candles. Artist Sara Aldouby will tell her story. Afterwards all are welcome to view Aldouby's sculptures in the museum. Maariv will be at 7:00pm.

 

POST-PASSOVER FOOD DRIVE, Monday, April 24 through Thursday, April 27. Beth El is joining with other Westchester synagogues to collect food for the Bronx Jewish Community Council. Please bring your leftover, unopened Pesah groceries and every day non-perishable food in bags or boxes to Beth El and place them in the large wooden box in the lobby (between the two sets of front doors. For more information, contact Barbara Engelson at ble229@aol.com, or 914-654-1068.

 

KALLAH: THE BETH EL RETREAT will take place from June 9 to 11 at Camp Monroe. This is a multi-generational community weekend, with activities for all ages. Sign up now! Early bird pricing is available only until April 25. 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.

 

SISTERHOOD BAGELS & BOOKS, Monday, April 24, 9:30am. We will discuss Washing the Dead, by Michelle Brafman. Questions? Contact Arlene Salman at aesalman@aol.com.

 

SISTERHOOD PRESENTS AUTHOR MICHELLE BRAFMAN, Tuesday, April 25, 7:30pm, at Beth El. She will discuss her book, Washing the Dead, about the Jewish tradition of Tahara, whereby we honor the deceased by washing them before the funeral and burial. Her book is a novel, but it has the Tahara theme. Note: On Monday, April 24, at 9:30am, Sisterhood Bagels & Books will discuss this book.

 

MEMORY MINYAN, Friday, April 28, 6:00pm. 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.

 

SISTERHOOD SHABBAT, Saturday, April 29. Want a part? Contact Vicki Fisher at vkfisher@gmail.com.

 

RABBI JOSH DORSCH AND AVI CARR-GLOTH TO BE HONORED, Sunday, April 30, 1:00pm, at the Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs' Annual Luncheon. This year's event will be held at Shaarei Tikvah, 46 Fox Meadow Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583. $75/adult; $65/child. Business attire. Visit www.hvrfjmc.org to buy tickets (deadline April 23) and/or take an ad (deadline April 15).

 

HADASSAH "LET'S DO LUNCH," Monday, May 1, 12:00noon. Join us for a chef-inspired luncheon and a musical presentation by Norma Wasserman. At the home of David and Carole Curtis. $36 donation to benefit Hadassah Hospital. R.S.V.P. to 914-235-9747.

 

KERUV "LET'S TAK ABOUT IT," Tuesday, May 2, 7:30pm. Rabbi Schuck will discuss the present and evolving position of the Conservative movement on intermarriage and how Beth El Synagogue Center fits in. Shari Baum L.M.S.W. will facilitate the program. R.S.V.P. to Elise Schepp at LCmoocow@aol.com.

 

SPRING FILM FESTIVAL, "JEWISH CHARACTERS ON THE SIDE OF THE ANGELS," opens with Trumbo on May 4, at 6:30pm, and continues for 3 consecutive Thursdays. 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/springfilm.

 

SISTERHOOD WINE, CHEESE, & EVENING BOOK CLUB, Thursday, May 4, 7:30pm-9:00pm. We will discuss The Marriage of Opposites, by Alice Hoffman. Free, no R.S.V.P. needed. Questions? Contact Erica Epstein at 914-391-6662, or Cynthia Glickman at 914-582-6297.

 

JOINT SPRING BLOOD DRIVE, Sunday, May 7, 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.

 

SISTERHOOD GALA, Tuesday, May 16, beginning with Cocktails at 6:00pm, We are proud to honor Blanche Fried, longtime Sisterhood member. Couvert: $75. R.S.V.P. by May 1 to Carol Freedman, 2 Turner Drive, New Rochelle, NY 10804.

The Rabbi Melvin & Lenore Sirner Fund for Jewish Inspiration
New Initiatives, beginning with Three New Classes
(Class times are being worked out.)

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 to participate. No prior knowledge is required. Facilitated by Rabbi Schuck. First meeting: Sunday, April 30, 9:30am - 11:00am; Other dates: Thursday, May 11, 7:30pm-9:00pm; Sunday, May 21, 9:30am-11:00am; Sunday, June 4, 9:30am; Wednesday, June 14, 7:30pm; Tuesday, June 20., 7:30pm. 

 

WISE AGING

Developed by the Institute for Jewish Spirituality (IJS), this provides new resources and support to live our later years with spirt, resilience, and wisdom. Topics include exploring this stage of life; becoming one's authentic self; a life review, relationship to one's body; revitalizing and nourishing healthy relationships; practicing forgiveness; learning to live with loss, change, and death; cultivating wisdom; and leaving a legacy. Facilitated by Laura Ingber Rotter. Space limited. Dates: April 24, May 8, 15, 22; June 5, 12, 19, 26. Time: 3:00pm-4:30pm.

 

MINDFULNESS MEDITATION (meets weekly)

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 livers 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.. Dates to be determined.

Limmud Adult Learning Opportunities

THE BIRTH OF THE JEWISH STATE, Wednesday, April 19, 10:00am, with Rabbi Molly Karp, in the Board Room.

 

ISRAELI DANCING, Sunday, April 23, 10:00am-11:00am, with Cantor Aqua. $10/class. Wear comfy clothes and sneakers. At Beth El. Questions? e-mail uaqua@bethelnr.org.

 

TALMUD FROM THE INSIDE: A CLASS FOR THE INQUIRING MIND, Thursdays, 10:00am-12:15pm, 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, April 20, 1:30pm, with Rabbi Dorsch and Jack Gruenberg, in the Beth El Library.

 

HEBREW ULPAN Thursday, April 20, Beginners 6:30pm-7:30pm; Advanced learners, 8:00pm-9:00pm; with Miri Ben Avi. Questions? Contact Miri at miriulpan@gmail.com, or 914-602-1503.

 

A MODERN UNDERSTANDING OF THE BIBLE -- ITS HEROES, with Rabbi David L. Blumenfeld, Ph.D. (Near Estern Literature and Languages), 8:30am-9:30am. Our sessions will explore the lives of a number of heroes in the Bible. By applying up-to-date scholarship to the biblical text, a deeper understanding of who they really were will be achieved. All are welcome. April 22, Elijah the Prophet; April 29, Ezra the Scribe; May 13, Heroic Women in the Bible.

 

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

 

JEWISH LIFE AND THOUGHT IN EASTERN EUROPE: 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 4, 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.


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

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

Community Events & Announcements 

CAREER CONNECT WORKSHOPS 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 (on a Monday, Wednesday, or Friday) at careerconnect@wjcs.com, or 914-761-0600, ext. 170. Other 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.

CAREER CONNECT WORKSHOPS 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 (on a Monday, Wednesday, or Friday) at careerconnect@wjcs.com, or 914-761-0600, ext. 170. Other 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.

Boolean Search for the Job Seeker, Wednesday, April 19, 12:00pm-1:30pm. Struggling to find your perfect position? Use filtering/ keyword searching to find the right one! Presenter: Naomi Koller, MBA

LinkedIn for Advanced Users, Tuesday, April 25, 10:00-11:45am, with presenter Marc W. Halpert. Limited to those who completed LinkedIn Intermediate.

Volunteering for Job Seekers, Wednesday, April 26, 2:00pm-3:30pm. Explore the benefits of volunteering during your job search and learn how to translate volunteer experience into a stronger resume and interview. Work in small groups with retired HR professionals to think through sample volunteer experiences and learn ways to talk and write about them that will capture the attention of potential employers. Facilitator: Katie Pfeifer.

 

WJCS JEWISH SPIRITUAL HEALING CENTER  Spring 2017 schedule: 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. Call 914-761-0600, ext. 149.

The Write Prescription: Telling Your Story to Move With and Beyond Illness
How can we use our writing to connect us to ourselves and others? In this supportive writing workshop, prompts will be given to explore our inner spiritual narrative—the one that includes illness as well as the larger scope of life. No previous writing experience is required. Open to patients, survivors, caregivers, and family members. Mondays--April 3, 24, 4:30-6:00pm. Suggested fee: $54.

A Mindful Walk in the Woods, Monday, April 24, 9:00am, Rockefeller Preserve; Thursday, May 18, 9:00am, Cranberry Lake.

 

ANNUAL WESTCHESTER COUNTY-WIDE YOM HASHOAH HOLOCAUST COMMEMORATION, Monday, April 24, 12:00pm-1:00pm, Keeping the Memory Alive: Generation to Generation, including the procession of Westchester's rescued Holocaust Torahs. Beth El Synagogue is participating in this program. At the Garden of Remembrance, 148 Martine Ave., White Plains. For additional information, visit www.hhrecny.org, or e-mail info@hhrecny.org or call 914-696-0738. For this and other community Yom Hashoah events, contact the Westchester Jewish Council at www.wjcouncil.org/yom-hashoah, or info@wjcouncil.org, or call 914-328-7001.

 

THE HOLOCAUST & HUMAN RIGHTS EDUCATION CENTER and Iona College will sponsor the William H. Donat Shoah Commemoration with distinguished award winning lecturer, Andrew Nagorski. Mr. Nagorski will discuss “The Nazi Hunters.” He will talk about those who searched for and prosecuted Nazis at the Nuremberg and Dachau trials. Mr. Nagorski spent more than three decades as a foreign correspondent and editor for Newsweek. Both of his more recent books Hitlerland: American Eyewitnesses to the Nazi Raise to Power (Simon & Schuster 2012) and The Nazi Hunters (Simon & Schuster 2016) have received critical acclaim.There will be a book signing opportunity and books will be available for purchase. This event will be held on April 26, 7:30 PM at Iona College’s Ryan Hall, 715 North Avenue, New Rochelle, NY 10801. For more information, please contact Julie Scallero, 914-696-0738, or jscallero@hhrency.org.  https://hhrecny.z2systems.com/np/clients/hhrecny/event.jsp?event=18.

 

ISRAEL AT 69, Monday, May 1, 7:00pm-9:00pm, at the JCC of Mid-Westchester. Join us for a Yom Hazikaron Memorial Ceremony and Indipendence Day celebrations. Free and open to all, but R.S.V.P. to the JCC at 914-472-3300, or www.jccmw.org.

 

KOL RINAH SPRING INTO SONG, Sunday, May 7, 1:00pm, at the Shames JCC on the Hudson, 371 South Broadway, Tarrytown, NY 10591. For tickets and information, visit www.kolrinahchorale.org.

 

TRAVEL TO THE CANDADIAN ROCKIES with Hazzan Farid and Sheila Dardashti, from June 25 to July 4. A few spots remain available. Contact him at fdardashti@aol.com or 914-755-9933. (This trip is not sponsored by Beth El Synagogue Center).

 

Minyan Times

Sunday      8:00am Shacharit; 6:30pm  Mincha/Maariv
Monday      9:00am Shacharit; 7:15pm  Mincha/Maariv
Tuesday     6:30am Hashkamah Minyan with Yizkor

                 9:00am Shacharit with Yizkor 

                 7:15pm Mincha and Shiur; 8:20pm Maariv
Wednesday 7:00am Shacharit; 7:15pm Mincha/Maariv
Thursday    6:55am Shacharit; 7:15pm Mincha/Maariv
Friday        7:00am Shacharit; 7:00pm  Mincha/Maariv

 

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Check out this new Beth El program, Wise Aging!

04/13/2017 10:02:26 AM

Apr13

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

WISE AGING 

WITH LAURA INGBER ROTTER 

Developed by the Institute for Jewish Spirituality (IJS),
provides new resources and support to live our later years with spirit, resilience, and wisdom. Participants are guided through reflective work that enables them to come to new understandings about their lives and their values.

TOPICS INCLUDE
exploring this stage of life; becoming one’s authentic self; a life review; relationship to one’s body; revitalizing and nourishing healthy relationships; practicing forgiveness; learning to live with loss, change, and death; cultivating wisdom; and leaving a legacy. 

 

DATES

April 24, May 8, May 15, May 22, June 5, June 12, June 19, June 26 


 TIME 

3:00pm-4:30pm

 

REGISTER (limited spots available)  

www.bethelnr.org/form/wiseaging

 

ABOUT LAURA I. ROTTER

I am Laura I. Rotter, CFA, MBA and founder of True Abundance Advisors, a

fiduciary, fee-only financial planning firm. After many years successfully managing

money for institutional investors, I found myself bored and uninspired. I questioned

whether my profession aligned with my values. I realized I needed to do the work of

clarifying my priorities and aspirations, financial and otherwise. After completing a

yoga teacher training and establishing a daily meditation practice, my mindset

changed from “I must use my life to make money” to “I can use my money to make a

life.” This shift initiated a wealth of abundance in my own life. I completed a CFP

board approved financial planning program and established True Abundance

Advisors to share these lessons with others.

Cohen/Kerchner Loss

04/08/2017 10:56:19 PM

Apr8

In sorrow we inform you of the passing of Sarah Cohen, beloved mother of Irwin Cohen and beloved grandmother of Vanessa (Adam) Kerchner and Marisa (Michael) Goldberg. 

 

Funeral services and shiva will be held in Florida.

 

"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

Sun, 23 April 2017 27 Nisan 5777