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SAVE THE DATE!

Join us for a very special weekend of music and reflection on September 15-16 with multi-instrumentalist musician, singer and composer Joey Weisenberg and Deborah Sacks Mintz, Singing Communities Consultant of Mechon Hadar's Rising Song Institute.

The events begin Friday evening Sept. 15 for nigun (song), dinner, and Kabbalat Shabbat. On Saturday morning, Sept. 16, Weisenberg, who is Creative Director of Mechon Hadar's Center for Jewish Communal Music, and Mintz will co-lead the morning services. Weisenberg will give the D'var Torah. Following Kiddush, the pair will lead a "Building Singing Communities" session. 

The weekend culminates Saturday evening with a deeply meaningful concert/kumzitz (group participation) with Weisenberg, Mintz and special guests from the Hadar Ensemble, followed by a musical selichot service led by Beth El Clergy. For more information, contact Abby Wise at awise@bethelnr.org.  To view Joey's YouTube channel, click here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDrd3iqySe5JVuZacjEmMWA.

Featured  News & Events

MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL It is time to renew your Beth El membership for the fiscal year

July 2017- June 2018. Click here to update your personal information and let us know your seating needs for this year's High Holidays by Monday, Aug. 28. This membership form has also been mailed to you. Only those who respond will receive tickets! If you have any questions, contact Linda Newman at  lnewman@bethelnr.org, or 914-235-2700, ext. 246.

BOOK OF REMEMBRANCE: This is a reminder that Beth El Synagogue Center’s Book of Remembrance will be issued for Yom Kippur and the other holidays when Yizkor is recited.

To list your loved ones in our memorial book, visit bethelnr.org/bor. The suggested donation is $36 per name.
 

BUILD A SUKKAH:  On Sunday, Oct. 1, you can have Beth El friends build a sukkah for you, in your yard! Who will build it? Beth El friends and clergy!  And when the holiday ends, they will come and take it down too!  The cost is $136. Limited supply remains. Visit www.bethelnr.org/sukkah to order. First-come, first-served. Supplies are limited.  If you are willing and interested in helping build the sukkot please let Rabbi Sitkin know. Have other questions? Contact Rabbi Sitkin at  zsitkin@bethelnr.org, or 914-235-2700, ext. 338.

Note: High Holiday updates will be made regularly to www.bethelnr.org/hh2017.


TODDLER TIME EXPANDS In response to demand for additional toddler programming, we have expanded our program to become Toddler Time Plus. Families may sign up for our Toddler Time program and then three additional classes. For more information, please visit bethelnr.org/toddlertime. And please note: there are still spots open for our Nursery School (Register at  www.bethelnr.org/nsregistration) Every Nursery School family now receives free membership to Beth El!  Questions? Email director Ronnie Becher at nursery@bethelnr.org.

 

ISRAELI WINE TASTING The time has almost arrived to raise a glass with us! The Israel Affairs Committee (IAC) will present Israel Uncorked on Thursday, Aug. 31 at 7 p.m. at Beth El. Celebrate Israeli wine making with 30 different wines to sample - all regions, varities, and price points will be represented. This event is free but you must register at bethelnr.org/israeliwine.  Wine provided by The Grape Exchange. 20% off listed price and free delivery on cases! Sales benefit Beth El and the Israeli economy. Credit cards, cash, and check accepted. Great for home and the upcoming holidays!  For more information, contact marketing@bethelnr.org.

BETH EL WELCOME We're so pleased to welcome Cantorial Intern Anna Silverman to Beth El!  Silverman is a fourth year student of the H. L. Miller Cantorial School of the Jewish Theological Seminary. She will join us for Shabbat once a month beginning September 1st.   Born and raised in Warsaw, she first learned from her mother that she was Jewish at the age of 27. Some 15 years later, she started pursuing Jewish culture as a member and soloist of the CLIL Jewish Choir in Warsaw. She received a shlichat tzibur certificate in August 2011 after receiving training by Cantor Mimi Scheffer from Berlin.  Please join us in welcoming her.  

SINGING AS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE Music has deepened our ability to pray from the depths of our souls, sometimes with words and sometimes with melodies alone. This group will learn how singing can itself be a Jewish spiritual practice, and we will practice different techniques that help unleash the power of communal singing. Everyone is welcome. No prior knowledge required. Facilitated by Rabbi Schuck and Jack Klebanow.  First session: Sept. 10, 2017 7:30 - 9 p.m.  For information on these programs, email RabbiAdmin@bethelnr.org , or call 914-235-2700, ext. 228.

OPEN BEIT MIDRASH Explore. Seek. Learn. Transform. This November, we are launching our Open Beit Midrash experience. This will be a free learning opportunity in a non-judgmental space in the hopes of finding answers to questions we didn’t even know we had. One night each week, Rabbi Schuck; Rabbi Ethan Linden, the executive director of Ramah Berkshires; and Rabbi Zach Sitkin will teach a class covering different areas of Jewish literature. On the last week of each month, a scholar will come and teach everyone something related to their field. Food and drinks provided. *We are looking for sponsors to cover costs for each of the 28 sessions in memory of loved ones. For more information, visit bethelnr.org/openbeit or contact Rabbi Sitkin at zsitkin@bethelnr.org.

Upcoming Events  & News

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SISTERHOOD: Bagels and Books returns Monday, Aug. 28 at 9:30 a.m. with Mr. Rosenblum Dreams in English by Natasha Solomons. Books are available at the New Rochelle Public Library - mention that you are a member of Beth El Sisterhood's Bagels & Books Group. Questions? Contact Arlene Salman at aesalman@aol.com or 914.235.2485.

CARD ROOM The weekly Sisterhood Canasta group plays 12:45p.m. on Mondays while the Mah Jongg group plays on Tuesdays.  Beginners, as well as experienced players are always welcome. Contact Arlene Salman at aesalman@aol.com or 914.235.2485.
The Sisterhood is kicking off the 2017-2018 Torah Fund Campaign with a new message:

IT'S NOT JUST A PIN! Our Sisterhood is a member of the Women's League of Conservative Judaism. As the dedicated philanthropy of Women's League, Torah Fund's mission is to ensure Conservative Jewish education. Donate to this wonderful initiative - all increments are welcome. For donations of $180 or more, you'll receive a Torah Fund pin as a gift to you in recognition of your generous support. Questions? Contact Committee Co-Chairs Phoebe Gross ( phoebegross@aol.com/ 914.725.8711) or Susan Morris ( sgmorris@optonline.net/914.969.1591.) To watch a special video, click here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=994pCMHz61U.

EXHIBIT IN THE KANNER-KURZON MUSEUM Creation, a new exhibit inspired by the Book of Genesis, will be on display from Sept. 9 – Oct. 15. It is curated by H. David Stein, a retired surgeon and accomplished photographer, and Fred Spinowitz, a professional artist who produces paintings on religious/Judaica themes.  Both have curated exibitions at Beth El previously. An Artists’ Reception will be open to all on Sunday, Sept. 10 from 3-5 pm.

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.
 

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.

Limmud Adult Learning Opportunities

ISRAELI DANCING, usually held on Sundays 10 - 11 a.m., with Cantor Aqua will return next week. There is no class this Sunday. $10/class. Wear comfy clothes and sneakers. 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.

LEARN HEBREW IN OUR ULPAN CLASSES Beginning on Sept. 6, with Miri Ben Avi. Classes are for beginner, intermediate, and advanced learners. Beginners 6:30pm-7:30 p.m.; Intermediate: 7:30-8:30 p.m. - Advanced: 8:30-9:30 p.m. Questions? Contact Miri at  miriulpan@gmail.com or 914-602-1503.

ZUMBA Have you always wanted to try Zumba to see how you'd like it? Now is your chance! ZUMBA will resume on Sunday, Sept. 17 from 9:30-10:30am with a FREE trial class. For more information, please contact Carrie Fox at csfox99@gmail.com . 
All classes are at Beth El unless otherwise indicated.


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.

MESSAGE FROM THE COLLEGE-AGE COMMITTEE Do you have a child or grandchild that is in college or entering college? If so, then the College-Age Committee welcomes you to join us in our mission to keep our children connected to our synagogue, to Israel and to the greater Jewish community. The first and perhaps most important way that we, as parents, can go about this is to complete the online form for our college roster. This information provided enables us to send our children holiday packages, important synagogue emails, and publications that are pertinent to Jewish campus life. We strongly encourage all parents to contribute a voluntary fee of $36 ($54 for two or more children) to help defray the cost of the mailings, thus ensuring the continuation of high quality and meaningful gifts to our students. Even if you have signed your child up in the past , we need this done every year with your student's updated address. Visit www.bethelnr.org/college to sign up.

Our committee will send out its first mailing in celebration of the High Holidays. Please join us on Thursday, Sept. 14 at 7:30 P.M. in classroom 102 at Beth El to help prepare these packages. We are looking forward to another successful, fun-filled, productive, and rewarding year for all. If you have questions, comments, or ideas please email Co-Chairs Debra Ackerman at  Acker5family@gmail.com or Lori Schwartz at  oreomets13@yahoo.com.

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.

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 and Announcements and Community

---Beth NEW* BETH EL 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.

CAREER CONNECT WORKSHOPS ("CAREER>CONNECT PROGRAM") 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.
 


KOL RINAH, the Jewish Chorale of Westchester, is pleased and excited to announce its Open House for Interested Singers on Thursday, Sept. 7 at 7:15 p.m. at the Shames JCC on the Hudson, 371 S. Broadway, Tarrytown, NY. Kol Rinah sings an eclectic range of Jewish music from sacred to secular. They rehearse on Thursday evenings. For more information, contact kolrinahchorale@gmail.com or 914-243-9059.


'SMILE' WITH AMAZON Did you know when you make a purchase at  smile.amazon.com  that Beth El Synagogue Center will receive 0.5 percent of the value of your purchase as a donation directly from Amazon? It's easy! Simply log-in to the web address above, and on the "Select a charitable organization to start shopping" page, type Beth El Synagogue of New Rochelle. If you’ve already designated Beth El as your charity, THANK YOU! If not, please consider setting it up today. 
 
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. 

EXHIBIT IN THE KANNER-KURZON MUSEUM Creation, a new exhibit inspired by the Book of Genesis, will be on display from Sept. 9 – Oct. 15. It is curated by H. David Stein, a retired surgeon and accomplished photographer, and Fred Spinowitz, a professional artist who produces paintings on religious/Judaica themes.  Both have curated exibitions at Beth El previously. An Artists’ Reception will be open to all on Sunday, Sept. 10 from 3-5 pm.
 
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.
 


ISRAEL PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA SPECIAL OFFER The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra (IPO) will perform an all-Mozart program at Carnegie Hall on Oct. 25. As a special offer to Beth El, the American Friends of the IPO are offering group reservations (minimum of ten people) at a 10 percent discount. Prices per ticket range between $45 and $76.  For more information, contact 212-697-2949.
 
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.

Mon, October 23 2017 3 Cheshvan 5778