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Ride the "El" - Your Destination for Beth El News 7.26.17

07/26/2017 10:02:28 AM

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Esses Loss

07/21/2017 02:54:11 PM

Jul21

In sorrow we inform you of the passing of Daisy Polencia, sister of our longtime member Jacob Esses.

 

Funeral services and shiva are being 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

Shabbat Announcements ~ Friday, July 21, 2017

07/21/2017 12:57:13 PM

Jul21

MinchaMaariv 700pm, Goldberger Chapel Candle Lighting 804pm

Ride the "El" - Your Destination for Beth El News 7.19.17

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Shabbat Announcements for Friday, July 14

07/14/2017 10:35:45 AM

Jul14

Friday, July 14, 2017 ~ 20 Tammuz 5777
Mincha/Maariv 7:00pm, Goldberger Chapel
Candle Lighting 8:09pm

Saturday Morning, July 15


Parashat Pinchas: Numbers 25:10-30:1; pp. 918-936

Shabbat Pinchas

Haftarah: Jeremiah 1:1-2:3; pp. 968-971 
 

9:00am     Shabbat Morning Services

9:30am     Shabbat SPACE
10:15am   Pre-Service Oneg

10:45am   Family Kehillah Services (Goldberger Chapel)

10:45am   Torah for Tots (Levenson Chapel) 

12:30pm   Daf Shevui 
8:15pm     Mincha/Maariv
9:08pm     Havdalah

  

This week's Kiddush is sponsored by:

Beth El Synagogue Center

 

The following people are assisting this Shabbat: 

Marc Klee, President's Chair; Lauren Freeman-Bosworth, Vice President's Chair; Avi Einzig, Gabbai; Debbie Young and Erica Epstein, Ushers; Mark Silver, Greeter.

Minyan Times

Sunday      8:00am Shacharit; 6:40pm Mincha/Maariv
Monday      6:55am Shacharit; 6:40pm Mincha/Maariv
Tuesday     7:00am Shacharit; 6:40pm Mincha/Maariv
Wednesday 7:00am Shacharit; 6:40pm Mincha/Maariv
Thursday    6:55am Shacharit; 6:40pm Mincha/Maariv
Friday         7:00am Shacharit; 7:00pm Mincha/Maariv

 

CLICK HERE FOR ALL OUR UPCOMING PROGRAMS!

 

A Word of Torah

 

“God spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Command the Israelite people and say to them: Be punctilious in presenting to Me at stated times the offerings of food due Me, as offerings by fire of pleasing odor to Me.’” (Num. 28:1-2)

 

One of the more interesting characteristics of this week’s parasha, Pinchas, is its detailed description of the cultic calendar and all of the sacrifices that are performed on each holiday. For this reason, Pinchas becomes one of the most frequently read portions in the Torah. But despite this portion’s prominence, the rabbis find it theologically challenging that God would “need” sacrifices. “God doesn’t eat or drink”, they claim, “why then does God command the Israelites to make sacrifices?” Knowing this rabbinic difficulty, the renowned biblical scholar, Jacob Milgrom, teaches us how the sacrifices are not really about God at all, rather, they are actually about the people performing the sacrifice.

 

Commenting on the words ‘of pleasing odor’ Dr. Milgrom says, “When [this phrase] refers to God, it becomes an objective genitive--[taking on the meaning] the odor made to please Him. This divine pleasure is interpreted in the midrash as follows: ‘There is a pleasurable disposition before Him because He has given a command and His will has been done. So the expression is used when an (expensive) bull is offered, and also when a head of small cattle or a bird is offered, in order to teach the lesson that he who offers much and he who offers little is alike before God, for God neither eats nor drinks. When then does He say, ‘Sacrifice to me so that He will do your will?’ The Holy Blessed one said: ‘My children! It is not because I eat or drink that I told you to offer sacrifices, but on account of the aroma which should remind YOU that YOU must be sweet and pleasing to Me like a pleasing aroma.’

 

In other words, the reason God commands us to make sacrifices is not to sustain God, but to sustain our own neshamot. We need daily, weekly, and yearly reminders that holiness exists in the world or else we risk living a life devoid of greater meaning, connection, and purpose. According to the rabbis, cultivating a sense of deep spiritual gratitude, which is why we would offer sacrifices, gives us a taste of Godliness. The founder of chassidut, Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov, used to go from town to town inquiring about the welfare of its citizens, in order to see if they had a deep sense of gratitude. Depending on their answer he would know whether they were spiritually empty or not. If they would respond, “Baruch Hashem….Thank God we have enough”, he would know that they were still feeling connected to the Holy Blessed One. And if they didn’t, he would know that there was a lot of work left to do.

 

Maybe we ought to consider a few questions about our own spiritual lives: What are some ways that we can remember that we too are a part of something much greater than ourselves? How can we begin to cultivate a sense of deep gratitude? What are some ways of bringing holiness into our lives that feels both authentic to our beliefs and also practical? If we can begin to answer these questions then perhaps we can become a sweet and pleasing aroma to God.  

 

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Zach Sitkin

Mazal Tovs, Condolences, & Refuah Shleimah

MAZAL TOV TO:

 

Marsha and Tom Lustig and family on the marriage of their daughter Lindsay to Guy Levy, son of Maris Levy and Eli Levy.

 

Rosalie Cohen on the graduation of granddaughter Cathren Cohen (with honors) from New York University Law School, the graduation of grandson Grant Cohen from Northwestern University, the graduation of granddaughter Charlotte Cohen from Univesity of Southern California Film School, and the grandaughter Isabel Cohen on entering Yeshiva Medical School.

 

CONDOLENCES TO:

 

Alan Mazursky on the loss of his father, Leon Mazursky.

 

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

JULY MONTHLY STATEMENTS WERE E-MAILED THIS WEEK with the new fees for 2017/18. Please be sure to check your mailbox and SPAM folder (just in case). Thank you! Any questions, contact Olivier Vogel at accounting@bethelnr.org.
 
OPPORTUNITY TO FULFILL THE MITZVAH OF READING TORAH If you wish to read in honor of your birthday, anniversary, or just to fulfill a mitzvah on any Shabbat, please contact Cantor Aqua at uaqua@bethelnr.org, or 914-235-2700, ext. 222. He will be happy to work with you or e-mail you a recording.
 

WANT AN HONOR ON THE HIGH HOLIDAYS? Please let us know. Send your name and contact number to lnewman@bethelnr.org.


SPOTS AVAILABLE IN OUR AWARD-WINNING NURSERY SCHOOL, now with an extended hours option! Register at www.bethelnr.org/nsregistration. Questions? Email director Ronnie Becher at nursery@bethelnr.org.
 
ISRAELI ART FESTIVAL AND SALE Save these dates . . . November 8-12. We will present an Israeli Art Festival and Sale with artwork from the Safrai Fine Art gallery. Three great events will take place, and art will be available for purchase all week. Interested in joining the committee? Contact marketing@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 BLOG Visit our brand new blog for stories, events, and everything in-between at www.bethelnr.org/blog. Have an interesting event coming up? A news tip? Want to be among the first members to be featured in a new "Three Questions with..." feature? Contact Jon Chattman at jchattman@bethelnr.org or 914-235-2700, ext. 239.

 

BETH EL SISTERHOOD BAUM JUDAICA GIFT SHOP Visit us for ALL your Judaica needs. New Shabbat merchandise! Open by appointment. Email 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.

 

FRESH PRODUCE AT BETH EL THROUGH CSA! 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. A portion of the proceeds go to Beth El. For information, text or call 914-502-9272, or csawestchester@gmail.com. Pick up at Beth El Wednesdays, 5- 8 p.m.

 

THE TZOFIM FRIENDSHIP CARAVAN is coming to Beth El on Wednesday, Aug. 2, at 7 p.m. Experience the spirit of Israel through song, dance and story by these amazing Israeli scouts. Free; registration at www.bethelnr.org/tzofim.  

 

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.

Upcoming Events at Beth El

SHABBAT SHABOOM Due to popular demand, we have added a session TODAY, Friday, July 14, 12:00  noon-12:45pm. As scheduled, we will also meet on Friday, July 21, at 12:00 noon. This program welcomes children 2 years old and younger with their parents and grandparents. Fun-filled musical sing-a-long and Shabbat celebration, and you will take home a scrumptious challah. No charge. R.S.V.P. to Julie Rockowitz at www.bethelnr.org/shabbatshaboom. Questions? Call Julie at 914-235-2700, ext. 256, or e-mail jrockowitz@bethelnr.org.

 

ISRAELI FILM SERIES continues on Monday, July 17, 7:30 p.m., with Vice Versa. The cost remains at $8 (payment at the door)/movie which includes popcorn. Mark your calendar! For a full list, visit www.bethelnr.org/summerfilm2017. No RSVP necessary. 

 

S.M.A.R.T.* GROUP (*Senior Mature Adults Retired Together) PROGRAMS SummerFEST ... Fun, Exercise, Swim, and Scholar Time, to be held again at Beth El on Tuesday, Aug. 15 and Wednesday, Aug. 16. Attend one or both days! (Note - there is no program Aug. 17.)  10 a.m.-4 p.m., $15/day including lunch, swimming, live music, lectures, an off-site trip, a barbecue, and more. 

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

 

ART EXHIBIT  "Oil and Water Mix Well', by Carole Graham and Norma Wasserman is open for viewing in the Beth El Museum until July 23.

 

CARD ROOM is on hiatus until Aug. 14.

Limmud Adult Learning Opportunities

ISRAELI DANCING, on Sunday, July 16, 10 - 11 a.m., with Cantor Aqua. $10/class. Wear comfy clothes and sneakers. At Beth El. Questions? E-mail uaqua@bethelnr.org


TALMUD DAF SHEVUI STUDY SESSION, every Shabbat, 12:30 p.m., 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.

Youth Community & Family Engagement

NEW TEEN LEARNING AND ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM will begin in September for all of our 8th-12th graders: We believe that formal education is one way to be engaged, though it is not the only way.  We also believe that we need to connect teens to Judaism in a way that is authentic to each of them as individuals and as whole people. We are happy to present an options-based model to our teen population, creating a menu of options for Jewish learning and engagement for ALL of our Beth El teens, including niche-specific opportunities and social engagement as well. In this way, we will be able to address the varied interests and schedules of our teens in a way that allows us to reach each of them personally.  Visit bethelnr.org/teens to learn more.

 

Attention 6th-12th graders! Don't miss METNY USY Encampment this summer!

Go to www.metnyusy.org for more info!

 

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

Community Events & Announcements 

CAREER CONNECT WORKSHOPS ("CAREER>CONNECT PROGRAM") 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 include: Jewish Mindfulness Meditation and Stress Reduction, Thursdays, 9:30 -10:45 a.m., at Kol Ami, White Plains; Mondays at Temple Israel Center, White Plains. For information email Ruth Rosenblum at rrosenblum@wjcs.com; LinkedIn for Beginner Users, Tuesday, July 18, 10:00am-11:45am, with presenter Marc W. Halpert. You must register; Mock Interview Intensive, Wednesday, July 19, 9:30am - 2:30(ish), with Naomi Koller and Jill Schreibman--bring a bag lunch, registration required; Networking: What it is and what it is not, Thursday, July 20, 12:00pm-1:45pm, with Adam J. Krim -- please register.

 

KAFER PLAY Leaving Evelyn, will be performed in August at the East End Fringe Festival, Long Island's newest theater festival. Performances are at the historic Vail-Leavitt Music Hall in Riverhead, August 2-4. For tickets and information, go to www.eastendfringefest.com.

 

FAMILY MISSION TO ISRAEL The UJA-Federation Winter Family Mission to Israel is slated to take place Dec.21, 2017 - Jan.1, 2018. Travel to Israel with your children and grandchildren on a wonderful family-freindly trip. Tour the country and participate in a sunrise Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony on top of Masada. For more information, contact Susan Scharf Glick at glicks@ujafedny.org or call 914-385-2120. 

 

 

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Shabbat Announcements for Friday, July 7

07/07/2017 10:41:26 AM

Jul7

Friday, July 7, 2017 ~ 13 Tammuz 5777
Mincha/Maariv 7:00pm, Goldberger Chapel
Candle Lighting 8:13pm

Saturday Morning, July 8


Parashat Balak: Numbers 22:2-25:9; pp. 894-908

Shabbat Balak

Haftarah: Micah 5:6-6:8; pp. 915-917 


Bar Mitzvah Benjamin Levy 9:00am

 

We are pleased to welcome Chai House Visitors to Shabbat Services.

9:00am     Shabbat Morning Services

9:00am     Birthday Shabbat

9:30am     Shabbat SPACE
10:15am   Pre-Service Oneg

10:45am   Family Kehillah Services (Goldberger Chapel)

10:45am   Torah for Tots (Levenson Chapel) 

12:30pm   Daf Shevui 
8:30pm     Mincha/Maariv
9:11pm     Havdalah

 

This week's Kiddush is sponsored by:

 Tracey and Evan Levy in honor of the Bar Mitzvah of their son Benjamin as well as their 25th wedding anniversary. 

 

The following people are assisting this Shabbat: 

 Joe Wygoda, Vice President's Chair; Bobby Schmeidler, Gabbai; Shery Rosenstein and Donna Bartell, Ushers;
Elise Shepp and Howard Rosenstein
, Greeters.

 

Minyan Times

Sunday      8:00am Shacharit; 6:45pm Mincha/Maariv
Monday      6:55am Shacharit; 6:45pm Mincha/Maariv
Tuesday     7:00am Shacharit; 6:45pm Mincha/Maariv
Wednesday 7:00am Shacharit; 6:45pm Mincha/Maariv
Thursday    6:55am Shacharit; 6:45pm Mincha/Maariv
Friday         7:00am Shacharit; 7:00pm Mincha/Maariv

 

CLICK HERE FOR ALL OUR UPCOMING PROGRAMS!

 

A Word of Torah

Balak son of Zippor saw all that Israel had done to the Amorites. Moab (Balak) was alarmed because that people was so numerous. Moab dreaded the Israelites, and Moab said to the elders of Midian, ‘Now this horde will lick clean all that is about us as an ox licks up the grass of the field.’”  (Num. 22:2-4)

 

In recent weeks, the Jewish world has exploded with discord and division. Not only over issues of intermarriage but also over the rift between american Jews and Israel, especially regarding the recent freeze of the Western Wall agreement. Regardless of how we feel about any one particular issue, it seems to me that based on the rhetoric and vitriol within these debates, we are growing more and more polarized as a Jewish community by the day. And as I think about the nature of Judaism and the sacred act of debate that we hold dear, I can’t help but feel that we are straying. Our rabbis viewed debate as a pathway to truth. But even in their most heated moments our rabbis would still eat at one another’s table and they would marry their sons and daughters to the sons and daughters of the other. The current tension amongst world Jewry reminds me of the Israelites in the wilderness, searching for the promised land but always failing to find it. The question is, have we returned to Bamidbar?

 

The Maor Vashemesh, Rabbi Kalonymus Kalman Epstein relates a conversation he once overheard between his two rabbis, Rabbi Elimelech of Lizhinsk and his brother Reb Zusha of Anipoli discussing this week’s parasha, Balak: “I once heard Reb Zusha ask his brother: ‘brother, teach me how you perform all your various miracles, and wonders, and awe-inspiring deeds so that I too may perform them.’ Rebbe Elimelech of Lizhinsk responded to him, ‘here is the general principle of the matter, when the righteous join together and share love, affection, and admiration between them; through this all miracles, wonders, and awe-inspiring deeds become possible.’ Reb Zusha agreed with his teaching and said, ‘certainly this is the essence of everything.’ And in the time when Balak and Balaam happened upon Israel, they [the Israelites] were a complete community; love, affection, and admiration were between them. It was on this account that the two greatest kings of the Amorites, Og and Sihon, were defeated by their hands.”

 

According to the Maor VaShemesh, Balak feared Israel because there was peace, love, and admiration between them. That is to say, when Israel stands united together, they are incapable of being defeated. And as Reb Zusha agreed, “certainly this is the essence of everything.” What could be a more beautiful statement than this? Israel’s unbreakable unity, their unwavering brotherhood, put fear in Balak’s heart. When he saw them he realized, “they were too numerous for him.” This is a message that we Jews forget far too often. We are stronger together than we are divided. This is why when Jews deny the “Jewishness” of other Jews because of their decision to perform an intermarriage or when the leadership of a country, that I love deeply, denies my right to practice my form of Judaism in the holiest place in the world, I weep. We are better than this. Debate is good but only in so far as we debate for the sake of heaven. When we are unified, when we can see the humanity in each other, we will never be defeated. But when we can’t, it’s only a matter of time until we find ourselves back in the desert.  

 

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Zach Sitkin

Mazal Tovs, Condolences, & Refuah Shleimah

MAZAL TOV TO:

 

Benjamin Levy on his Bar Mitzvah! 

 

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

OPPORTUNITY TO FULFILL THE MITZVAH OF READING TORAH If you wish to read in honor of your birthday, anniversary, or just to fulfill a mitzvah on any Shabbat, please contact Cantor Aqua at uaqua@bethelnr.org, or 914-235-2700, ext. 222. He will be happy to work with you or e-mail you a recording.
 
WANT AN HONOR ON THE HIGH HOLIDAYS? Please let us know. Send your name and contact number to lnewman@bethelnr.org.

SPOTS AVAILABLE IN OUR AWARD-WINNING NURSERY SCHOOL, now with an extended hours option! Register at www.bethelnr.org/nsregistration. Questions? Email 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 BLOG Visit our brand new blog for stories, events, and everything in-between at www.bethelnr.org/blog. Have an interesting event coming up? A news tip? Want to be among the first members to be featured in a new "Three Questions with..." feature? Contact Jon Chattman at jchattman@bethelnr.org or 914-235-2700, ext. 239.

 

BETH EL SISTERHOOD BAUM JUDAICA GIFT SHOP Visit us for ALL your Judaica needs. New Shabbat merchandise! Open by appointment. Email 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.

 

FRESH PRODUCE AT BETH EL THROUGH CSA! 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. A portion of the proceeds go to Beth El. For information, text or call 914-502-9272, or csawestchester@gmail.com. Pick up at Beth El Wednesdays, 5- 8 p.m.

 

THE TZOFIM FRIENDSHIP CARAVAN is coming to Beth El on Wednesday, Aug. 2, at 7 p.m. Experience the spirit of Israel through song, dance and story by these amazing Israeli scouts. Free; registration at www.bethelnr.org/tzofim.

 

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.

Upcoming Events at Beth El

SHABBAT SHABOOM takes place on Friday, July 7, at noon, welcoming children 2 years old and younger with their parents and grandparents. Fun-filled musical sing-a-long and Shabbat celebration, and you will take home a scrumptious challah. No charge. R.S.V.P. to Julie Rockowitz at www.bethelnr.org/shabbatshaboom. Questions? Call Julie at 914-235-2700, ext. 256, or e-mail jrockowitz@bethelnr.org. Also on Friday, July 21.

 

ZUMBA, Sunday, July 9, 9 a.m. $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.  This will be the final Zumba class until the fall. 

 

ISRAELI FILM SERIES continues on Monday, July 17, 7:30 p.m., with Vice Versa. The cost remains at $8 (payment at the door)/movie which includes popcorn. Mark your calendar! For a full list, visit www.bethelnr.org/summerfilm2017. No RSVP necessary. 

 

S.M.A.R.T.* GROUP (*Senior Mature Adults Retired Together) PROGRAMS SummerFEST ... Fun, Exercise, Swim, and Scholar Time, to be held again at Beth El on Tuesday, Aug. 15 and Wednesday, Aug. 16. Attend one or both days! (Note - there is no program Aug. 17.)  10 a.m.-4 p.m., $15/day including lunch, swimming, live music, lectures, an off-site trip, a barbecue, and more. 

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

 

ART EXHIBIT "Oil and Water Mix Well', by Carole Graham and Norma Wasserman is open for viewing in the Beth El Museum until July 23rd.

 

CARD ROOM is on hiatus until Aug. 14.

Limmud Adult Learning Opportunities

ISRAELI DANCING, on Sunday, July 9, 10 - 11 a.m., with Cantor Aqua. $10/class. Wear comfy clothes and sneakers. At Beth El. Questions? e-mail uaqua@bethelnr.org


TALMUD DAF SHEVUI STUDY SESSION, every Shabbat, 12:30 p.m., 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.

Youth Community & Family Engagement

NEW TEEN LEARNING AND ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM will begin in September for all of our 8th-12th graders: We believe that formal education is one way to be engaged, though it is not the only way.  We also believe that we need to connect teens to Judaism in a way that is authentic to each of them as individuals and as whole people. We are happy to present an options-based model to our teen population, creating a menu of options for Jewish learning and engagement for ALL of our Beth El teens, including niche-specific opportunities and social engagement as well. In this way, we will be able to address the varied interests and schedules of our teens in a way that allows us to reach each of them personally.  Visit bethelnr.org/teens to learn more.

 

Attention 6th-12th graders! Don't miss METNY USY Encampment this summer!

Go to www.metnyusy.org for more info!

 

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

Community Events & Announcements 

CAREER CONNECT WORKSHOPS ("CAREER>CONNECT PROGRAM") 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 include: Jewish Mindfulness Meditation and Stress Reduction, Thursdays, 9:30 -10:45 a.m., at Kol Ami, White Plains; Mondays at Temple Israel Center, White Plains. For information email Ruth Rosenblum at rrosenblum@wjcs.com.

 

UNITED HEBREW "ART OF THE GARDEN" exhibit is currently open in their Lazarus Gallery, 391 Pelham Road, New Rochelle, NY 10805.

 

WINTER FAMILY MISSION TO ISRAEL The UJA-Federation Winter Family Mission to Israel is slated to take place Dec.21, 2017 - Jan.1, 2018. Travel to Israel with your children and grandchildren on a wonderful family-freindly trip. Tour the country and participate in a sunrise Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony on top of Masada. For more information, contact Susan Scharf Glick at glicks@ujafedny.org or call 914-385-2120. 

 

 

CLICK HERE FOR OUR NEW FEATURED EVENTS PAGE!

Follow us on . . . 

Beth El's Summer Israel Film Series Begins This Week!

07/03/2017 12:07:46 PM

Jul3

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

For more information, click here.


Shabbat Announcements for Friday, June 30

06/30/2017 10:36:40 AM

Jun30

Friday, June 30, 2017 ~ 6 Tammuz 5777
Mincha/Maariv 7:00pm, Goldberger Chapel
Candle Lighting 8:13pm

Saturday Morning, July 1 

 

Parashat Chukkat: Numbers 19:1-22:1; pp. 880-893

Shabbat Chukat

Haftarah: Judges 11:1-33; pp. 910-913 

 

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

10:15am   Pre-Service Oneg
12:30pm   Daf Shevui 
8:30pm     Mincha/Maariv
9:13pm     Havdalah

 

This week's Kiddush is sponsored by:

 Beth El Synagogue Center

 

The following people are assisting this Shabbat: 

David Lacher, President's Chair; Michael Wechsler, Gabbai; Bob Sussman and Jayne Peister, Ushers;
Dani Yairi, Greeter.

A Word of Torah

God spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying: This is the ritual (Hukkat) that God has commanded: Instruct the Israelite people to bring you a red cow without blemish, in which there is no defect and on which no yoke has been laid. You shall give it to Eleazar the priest. It shall be taken outside the camp and slaughtered in his presence. The cow shall be burned in his sight… and the priest shall take cedar wood, hyssop, and crimson stuff, and throw them into the fire consuming the cow… This shall be a permanent law for the Israelites and for the strangers who reside among you. He who touches the corpse of any human being shall be unclean for seven days.” (Num. 19:1-3; 11)

 

As a rabbi, I confront issues of death and dying frequently. Sometimes, that means sitting with a person and their loved ones in the hospital, holding their hands, while they wait to receive treatments for a terminal illness. Sometimes, it means giving someone a loving embrace, helping them mourn the loss of a parent, sibling,  partner, or even, God forbid, a child. And sometimes confronting death means sitting with someone who is in their final chapter of life, struggling to come to terms with the fact that the vast majority of their life is behind them. I often wonder when I am with people what we can do, if anything, that will help us grieve in healthy ways. As Jews, we look to our tradition to provide guidance for life’s greatest challenges, and there is perhaps no better text to help us understand the psychology behind death and dying more than this week’s portion.

 

Parashat Hukkat stands out from all others precisely because death is its central theme. It isn’t a coincidence that immediately following the ritual of the parah adumah, the red heifer that purifies every person who comes into contact with a corpse, that we find out both of Moses’ siblings pass away and that Moses will die before entering the Promised Land. First, Miriam dies which, according to tradition, leaves the Israelites without water in the desert. The rabbis teach us that God graces the Israelites with a miraculous source of water on account of Miriam’s greatness, and when she dies, that water source dries up. Frightened, the people complain to Moses that they have no water to drink and that they are thirsty; and in one, momentary lapse of judgement and anger Moses strikes the rock at Meribah instead of ordering it to produce water as God had commanded. The water flows but the damage is done. Because Moses disobeys God’s command, God forbids him from entering the Land of his forefathers, sentencing Moses to death before his life’s work comes to fruition. In the blink of an eye, Moses is reminded of his own mortality. And lastly, as if losing one’s sister and being told that you too shall die isn’t enough, the Torah tells us that Aaron, Moses’ brother and the High Priest of Israel, dies when the people reach the foot of Mount Hor. The people are so distraught by Aaron’s death, they stay on the mountain and mourn him for 30 days. In the span of one chapter both Miriam and Aaron die and Moses learns that he will never leave the wilderness.

 

This narrative is difficult, but what makes it so relevant to our lives is its insight into the human psyche. Moses’ error comes as a result of his grief. Despite the fact that Moses has performed this ritual once before, he fails now because he is disoriented. Moses is only half-listening. He knows what he should do, but he isn’t capable of fully comprehending God’s command. Moses now sees the world through a valence of sadness.  I imagine many of us can identify with the fog that looms over us when we lose someone we love. But the Torah understands that death is difficult. It knows this from the outset and it provides us with a ritual to help us do something physical, something tangible, to deal with our grief. The Torah understands that rituals can help bring the world back into focus after we experience trauma. When the people mourn Aaron’s death they weep for him for 30 days, collectively.  When we are touched by death, we too need to find ways to keep living. For death is the way of the world. Today, we may not slaughter the red heifer but we have other rituals that take its place. We light shiva and yartzheit candles and we say Kaddish; we sit low to the ground and we tear our garments. Rituals help us keep the memories of our loved ones alive in our hearts. Parashat Hukkat teaches us an invaluable lesson, which as Rabbi Jonathan Sacks so beautiful writes, is the fact that “we are embodied souls. We are flesh and blood. We grow old. We lose those we love. Outwardly we struggle to maintain our composure but inwardly we weep. Yet life goes on, and what we began, others will continue. But those we loved and lost live on in us, as we will live on in those we love. For love is as strong as death, and the good we do never dies.”

 

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Zach Sitkin

Mazal Tovs, Condolences, & Refuah Shleimah

MAZAL TOV TO:

 

Julie Rockowitz and her Beth El Day Camp staff on a great start to summer! 

 

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

PRIDE PARADE PICS: Members of Beth El were proud to be a part of the NYC Pride March on Sunday, June 25. Visit www.bethelnr.org/photo_gallery.php?album=4735 for a few highlights.
 
OPPORTUNITY TO FULFILL THE MITZVAH OF READING TORAH If you wish to read in honor of your birthday, anniversary, or just to fulfill a mitzvah on any Shabbat, please contact Cantor Aqua at uaqua@bethelnr.org, or 914-235-2700, ext. 222. He will be happy to work with you or e-mail you a recording.
 

WANT AN HONOR ON THE HIGH HOLIDAYS? Please let us know. Send your name and contact number to lnewman@bethelnr.org.


SPOTS AVAILABLE IN OUR AWARD-WINNING NURSERY SCHOOL, now with an extended hours option! Register at www.bethelnr.org/nsregistration. Questions? Email 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 BLOG Visit our brand new blog for stories, events, and everything in-between at www.bethelnr.org/blog. Have an interesting event coming up? A news tip? Want to be among the first members to be featured in a new "Three Questions with..." feature? Contact Jon Chattman at jchattman@bethelnr.org or 914-235-2700, ext. 239.

 

BETH EL SISTERHOOD BAUM JUDAICA GIFT SHOP Visit us for ALL your Judaica needs. New Shabbat merchandise! Open by appointment. Email 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.

 

FRESH PRODUCE AT BETH EL THROUGH CSA! 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. A portion of the proceeds go to Beth El. For information, text or call 914-502-9272, or csawestchester@gmail.com. Pick up at Beth El Wednesdays, 5- 8 p.m.

 

THE TZOFIM FRIENDSHIP CARAVAN is coming to Beth El on Wednesday, Aug. 2, at 7 p.m. Experience the spirit of Israel through song, dance and story by these amazing Israeli scouts. Free; registration at www.bethelnr.org/tzofim.  The Tzofim will need places to stay on Tuesday night, Aug. 1. Each year, members of our community open up their homes to these Israeli teenagers, getting the chance to know them even better. If you are able to house some of the Israeli Scouts for one night, please e-mail Abby Wise at awise@bethelnr.org.  

 

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.

Upcoming Events at Beth El

ISRAELI FILM FESTIVAL returns on Thursday, July 6, 7:30 p.m., with The Woman's Balcony. The film is a heart-warming comedy/drama about community, old traditions and values and the power of women to keep all of these together in the face of modern extremism.The cost remains at $8 (payment at the door)/movie which includes popcorn. Mark your calendar! For a full list, visit www.bethelnr.org/summerfilm2017. No RSVP necessary.

 

SHABBAT SHABOOM takes place on Friday, July 7, at noon, welcoming children 2 years old and younger with their parents and grandparents. Fun-filled musical sing-a-long and Shabbat celebration, and you will take home a scrumptious challah. No charge. R.S.V.P. to Julie Rockowitz at www.bethelnr.org/shabbatshaboom. Questions? Call Julie at 914-235-2700, ext. 256, or e-mail jrockowitz@bethelnr.org. Also on Friday, July 21.

 

ZUMBA, Sunday, July 9, 9 a.m. $10/class. * No Zumba on July 2 * 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.  This will be the final Zumba class until the fall. 

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

SummerFEST ... Fun, Exercise, Swim, and Scholar Time, to be held again at Beth El on Tuesday, Aug. 15 and Wednesday, Aug. 16. Attend one or both days! (Note - there is no program Aug. 17.)  10 a.m.-4 p.m., $15/day including lunch, swimming, live music, lectures, an off-site trip, a barbecue, and more. 

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

 

CARD ROOM is on hiatus until Aug. 14.

 

Limmud Adult Learning Opportunities

ISRAELI DANCING, resumes on Sunday, July 9, 10 - 11 a.m., with Cantor Aqua. $10/class. Wear comfy clothes and sneakers. At Beth El. Questions? e-mail uaqua@bethelnr.org


TALMUD DAF SHEVUI STUDY SESSION, every Shabbat, 12:30 p.m., 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.

Youth Community & Family Engagement

NEW TEEN LEARNING AND ENGAGEMENT PROGRAM will begin in September for all of our 8th-12th graders: We believe that formal education is one way to be engaged, though it is not the only way.  We also believe that we need to connect teens to Judaism in a way that is authentic to each of them as individuals and as whole people. We are happy to present an options-based model to our teen population, creating a menu of options for Jewish learning and engagement for ALL of our Beth El teens, including niche-specific opportunities and social engagement as well. In this way, we will be able to address the varied interests and schedules of our teens in a way that allows us to reach each of them personally.  Visit bethelnr.org/teens to learn more.

 

Attention 6th-12th graders! Don't miss METNY USY Encampment this summer!

Go to www.metnyusy.org for more info!

 

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 include: Jewish Mindfulness Meditation and Stress Reduction, Thursdays, 9:30 -10:45 a.m., at Kol Ami, White Plains; Mondays at Temple Israel Center, White Plains. For information email Ruth Rosenblum at rrosenblum@wjcs.com.

 

UNITED HEBREW "ART OF THE GARDEN" exhibit open in their Lazarus Gallery, 391 Pelham Road, New Rochelle, NY 10805.

 

CLICK HERE FOR OUR NEW FEATURED EVENTS PAGE!

Minyan Times

Sunday      8:00am Shacharit; 6:45pm Mincha/Maariv
Monday      6:55am Shacharit; 6:45pm Mincha/Maariv
Tuesday     8:00am Shacharit; 6:45pm Mincha/Maariv
Wednesday 7:00am Shacharit; 6:45pm Mincha/Maariv
Thursday    6:55am Shacharit; 6:45pm Mincha/Maariv
Friday         7:00am Shacharit; 7:00pm Mincha/Maariv

 

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Shabbat Announcements for Friday, June 23

06/23/2017 10:36:25 AM

Jun23

Friday, June 23, 2017 ~ 29 Sivan 5777

Kabbalat Pride Shabbat
Cocktails (on terrace) 6:00pm-7:00pm
Kabbalat Shabbat and Maariv (on terrace) 7:00pm-8:00pm
 Alyx Bernstein, Mosaic Storyteller (in Wiener Lounge) following services. Everyone is welcome.

Mincha/Maariv 7:00pm, Goldberger Chapel
Candle Lighting 8:13pm

Saturday Morning, June 24

 

 

Parashat Korach

Shabbat Rosh Hodesh
Numbers 16:1-18:32, pp. 860-875

Numbers 28:9-15, pp. 930-931

Haftarah: Isaiah 66:1-24; 23, pp. 1220-1223

 

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, with Rabbi Schuck 
12:30pm   Daf Shevui 

8:30pm     Mincha/Maariv
9:13pm     Havdalah

 


This week's Kiddush is sponsored by:

Joyce and Michael Wechsler in honor of their fiftieth wedding anniversary.

 

The following people are assisting this Shabbat: 

Russell Fayer, President's Chair; Jayne Peister, Vice President's Chair;

Donna Levy, Gabbai; Michael Dorfman and David Silberstein, Ushers; Mark Silver and David Shechter, Greeters.

A Word of Torah

Now Korah, son of Izhar son of Kohath son of Levi, betook himself along with Dathan and Abiram sons of Eliab, and On son of Peleth--descendants of Reuben--to rise up against Moses, together with two hundred and fifty Israelites, chieftains of the community, chosen in the assembly, men of repute. They combined against Moses and Aaron and said to them, “You have gone too far! For all the community are holy, all of them, and the Lord is in their midst. Why then do you raise yourselves above the Lord’s congregation?” (Num. 16:1-3)

 

In parashat Korah we read what is perhaps one of the most morally difficult narratives in the Torah. The death of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram and all of their family members, following their failed rebellion against Moses, challenges the way we understand power, leadership, and equality. In today’s world, when we see community leaders or the heads of big organizations behaving in ways we think are inappropriate or misguided, we are generally encouraged to speak out against those behaviors. But the case of Korach’s supposed “rebellion” against Moses seems to imply that the inverse is true. Korah speaks out against a perceived injustice, namely, Moses’ and Aaron’s singular authority and rule, and instead of being celebrated for his moral fortitude he and all of his supporters, men of repute, were swallowed up by the earth. How could death be the Torah’s response to Korah questioning Moses’ behavior? It doesn’t seem like Korah’s actions actually warrant the reaction they receive. Korach merely speaks the truth as he sees it, and he may even be right: “You have gone too far!” he says, “For all the community are holy, all of them, and God is in their midst. Why then do you raise yourselves above God’s community?” From a contextual perspective, Korach doesn’t question Moses’ leadership capabilities as the rabbis might suggest, rather, he simply wonders why the rest of the community is denied equal access to God despite God’s promise to see each and every Israelite as holy.

 

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks even acknowledges that, “[Korach and his 250 men of repute] had a point. God had summoned the people to become ‘a kingdom of priests and a holy nation,’ that is, a kingdom every one of whose members was in some sense a priest, and a nation every one of whom was holy...these are radically egalitarian sentiments. Why then was there a hierarchy, with Moses as leader and Aaron as High Priest?” Thus the question becomes, if Korah was simply speaking truth to power, as Rabbi Sacks believes may be the case, why did he and his followers receive such a harsh punishment? What was his grave mistake?

 

Perhaps the fault isn’t in what Korah says, but rather, the way in which he says it. Korah and his followers, regardless of how right they might be in their question, approach Moses with reckless abandon. They don’t organize themselves in a manner that would give Moses a chance to address their concerns appropriately. They simply ambush him with accusations about inequality and unfair treatment. The Torah, albeit in a somewhat jarring way, teaches us here that process matters. We live in a results oriented society, which often neglects the healthy processes that should occur in order to create effective and lasting change. I can imagine many leaders who want to implement their visions so desperately that they act impulsively without taking the time to think through the appropriate ways of creating change; especially in a way that won’t alienate others or create a wake of destruction behind them. This is precisely what Korah and his followers do; there approach calls to mind an angry mob carrying pitchforks and torches chasing their perceived monster out of town. Who wouldn’t respond negatively when attacked in such a manner? The lesson for us to consider is how we may react in similar ways given the fact that we live in a world that demands results. In the world of email, where we feel compelled to respond to every perceived conflict or crisis with a sense of urgency, how do we create reminders to slow down and think things through. When we want to create change or fix something that we think is broken, whether that’s in shul, or work, or even in our homes, it’s always good to remember that process matters.

 

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Zach Sitkin

Mazal Tovs, Condolences, & Refuah Shleimah

MAZAL TOV TO:

 

Beth El Sisterhood on receiving an Award of Honor certificate for meeting their Torah Fund Goal set by the Women's League for Conservative Judaism.

 

Jen Vegh on being recognized by the Ruskay Institute, an organization that provides rising Jewish leaders with extensive professional development. 

 

CONDOLENCES TO:

 

Dr. Ruth Treiber on the loss of her mother, Lilly Kaplan.

 

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

OPPORTUNITY TO FULFILL THE MITZVAH OF READING TORAH If you wish to read in honor of your birthday, anniversary, or just to fulfill a mitzvah on any Shabbat, please contact Cantor Aqua at uaqua@bethelnr.org, or 914-235-2700, ext. 222. He will be happy to work with you or e-mail you a recording.
 
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.

 

FRESH PRODUCE AT BETH EL THROUGH CSA! 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. A portion of the proceeds go to Beth El. For information, text or call 914-502-9272, or csawestchester@gmail.com. Pick up at Beth El Wednesdays, 5:00pm-8:00pm.

 

THE TZOFIM FRIENDSHIP CARAVAN is coming to Beth El on Wednesday, August 2, at 7:00pm. Experience the spirit of Israel through song, dance and story by these amazing Israeli scouts. Free; registration at www.bethelnr.org/tzofim.  The Tzofim will need places to stay on Tuesday night, August 1. Each year, members of our community open up their homes to these Israeli teenagers, getting the chance to know them even better. If you are able to house some of the Israeli Scouts for one night, please e-mail Abby Wise at awise@bethelnr.org.  

 

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.

Upcoming Events at Beth El

CONTEMPLATIVE SERVICE, Saturday, June 24, 10:45am, with Rabbi Schuck. How can we pay better attention to living our lives with intention? Make time for yourself at our 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 prayer, and focus our attention on opening our hearts and minds. Everyone is welcome. Dress as you would like, and bring an open mind. Please arrive a few minutes early to minimize interruptions.

 

ZUMBA, Sunday, June 25, 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.  

 

GAY PRIDE PARADE, Sunday, June 25, Beth El will march with Mosaic of Westchester and Congregation Beit Simchat Torah, New York City's historic LGBTQ synagogue, at 11:00am. Meet at 41st Street, between Park and Madison (Group 9). Everyone is welcome! Please R.S.V.P. to Elise Richman at ElisekRichman@gmail.com, or Nina Luban at nina.luban@gmail.com, so we have an idea of how many to expect. T-shirts will be handed out, and we will march with the Beth El banner. Mosaic has also invited us to join them for a free community brunch, 9:30am-10:45am at WeWork Times Square (1460 Broadway, New York 10036). 

 

ARTISTS' RECEPTION IN KANNER-KURZON MUSEUM, Sunday, June 25, 2:00p,-4:30pm. Meet artists (and Beth El members) Norma Wasserman and Carole Graham who will display their Chinese watercolor and oil paintings, respectively. All are invited.

 

CARD ROOM is on hiatus until August 14.

 

ISRAELI FILM FESTIVAL RETURNS on Thursday, July 6, 7:30pm, we will see "The Woman's Balcony." The cost remains at $8/movie which includes popcorn. Mark your calendar! Details to follow.

 

SHABBAT SHABOOM, Friday,July 7, 12:00noon, welcoming children 2 years old and younger with their parents and grandparents. Fun-filled musical sing-a-long and Shabbat celebration, and you will take home a scrumptious challah. No charge. R.S.V.P. to Julie Rockowitz at www.bethelnr.org/shabbatshaboom. Questions? Call Julie at 914-235-2700, ext. 256, or e-mail jrockowitz@bethelnr.org. Also on Friday, July 21.

 

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

SummerFEST ... Fun, Exercise, Swim, and Scholar Time, to be held again at Beth El on Tuesday, August 15; Wednesday, August 16; and Thursday, August 17. Attend for one, two, or three days! 10:00am-4:00pm, $15/day including lunch, swimming, live music, lectures, an off-site trip, a barbecue, and more. 

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

Limmud Adult Learning Opportunities

ISRAELI DANCING, resumes on Sunday, July 9, 10:00am-11:00am, with Cantor Aqua. $10/class. Wear comfy clothes and sneakers. At Beth El. Questions? e-mail uaqua@bethelnr.org

 

LEARN HEBREW IN OUR ULPAN CLASSES Thursdays, with Miri Ben Avi. Thursday, June 29, Beginners 6:30pm-7:30pm; Advanced learners, 8:00pm-9:00pm. Questions? Contact Miri at miriulpan@gmail.com, or 914-602-1503.


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.

Youth Community & Family Engagement

Our New Teen Learning and Engagement Program begins in September for all of our 8th-12th graders: We believe that formal education is one way to be engaged, though it is not the only way.  We also believe that we need to connect teens to Judaism in a way that is authentic to each of them as individuals and as whole people. We are happy to present an options-based model to our teen population, creating a menu of options for Jewish learning and engagement for ALL of our Beth El teens, including niche-specific opportunities and social engagement as well. In this way, we will be able to address the varied interests and schedules of our teens in a way that allows us to reach each of them personally.  Visit bethelnr.org/teens to learn more.

 

Attention 6th-12th graders! Don't miss METNY USY Encampment this summer!

Go to www.metnyusy.org for more info!

 

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. For information email Ruth Rosenblum at rrosenblum@wjcs.com.

 

UNITED HEBREW "ART OF THE GARDEN" exhibit open in their Lazarus Gallery, 391 Pelham Road, New Rochelle, NY 10805.

Minyan Times

Sunday      8:00am Shacharit; 8:15pm Mincha/Maariv
Monday      6:55am Shacharit; 8:15pm Mincha/Maariv
Tuesday     7:00am Shacharit; 8:15pm Mincha/Maariv
Wednesday 7:00am Shacharit; 8:15pm Mincha/Maariv
Thursday    6:55am Shacharit; 8:15pm Mincha/Maariv
Friday         7:00am Shacharit; 7:00pm Mincha/Maariv

 

CLICK HERE FOR ALL OUR UPCOMING PROGRAMS!

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Treiber Loss: Update - Funeral Time Change

06/21/2017 08:55:34 PM

Jun21

In sorrow we inform you of the passing of Lilly Kaplan, beloved mother of our member Dr. Ruth Kaplan (Dr. Eric) Treiber.

 

The funeral will be held at Beth El Synagogue Center, Friday, June 23, 2017 at 10:45 am. Burial will follow at New Montifiore Cemetery, 180 Wellwood Ave, West Babylon, NY 11704.

 

Shiva will be held at the home of Ruth's sister, Harriet Kaplan Suvall (Marc Suvall) 51 Starr Terrace, New Rochelle, NY according to the following schedule:

 

Friday June 23 following burial - 4:30 pm continuing on

Sunday, June 25 through Tuesday June 27: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm with minyan 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

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