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Synagogue e-Highlights for the week of January 5, 2017

01/05/2017 06:06:07 PM




TBH-BE e-Highlights
January 5, 2017 . 7 Tevet 5777


Dear [first_name],

When a Conservative colleague of mine began performing interfaith marriages, blogs, discussion groups and local conversations were initiated among the members of the Rabbinical Assembly and beyond. This startling departure from Conservative practice
has raised this issue for heated debates and sober reflections. I had been asked by several people for my opinion regarding this matter. To be sure, the issues are complicated and the ramifications profound.

The sermon I delivered last Shabbat morning, Dec. 31, 2016, was my attempt to begin
this discussion for our community. I have tried to focus on what for me are the core issues. No doubt, as this issue is debated, layers of complexity will be uncovered and opinions will be formed. For now, I hope that the text of my sermon will provide a good place to begin.

In addition, I take this opportunity to remind you that we will have a special speaker this week at Shabbat services. Marina Furman, Director of the JNF Office in Philadelphia
(and member of our congregation) will speak about “Israel after the Fires”. The recent
fires were responsible for thousands of acres of damage to Israel’s forests and parks. Marina will fill us in on the extent of the damage, the work of replanting and the myriad
of other ways JNF is helping Israel. Marina is a dynamic and powerful speaker. I hope
you can join us.


Rabbi Cooper






Featured Events

Sisterhood Family Havdalah
Saturday, January 7

Men's Club Book Club
Monday, January 9

Food for Thought: How to Foster a Positive Body Image in Today's Culture 
Tuesday, Jan 10

Congregation Volunteering at JRA
Sunday, January 15

MLK Day of Service
Monday, January 16

Saturday, January 21

See Below for our New Adult Education Classes: iEngage 3.0 and Anti-Israel Media Bias.


Weekly Friday Services at 6:00pm
Weekly Shabbat Services at 9:30am

Friday, January 6

4:33 PM      Candle Lighting
6:00 PM      Kabbalat Shabbat Services, Holocaust Memorial Chapel

Saturday, January 7

8:45 AM       Mishnah Torah Study Group, Library
9:15 AM       Parashat Hashavuah: The Weekly Torah Portion with Rabbi Marc Israel, Coslov Auditorium
9:30 AM       Lay-Led Service coordinated by the Havurah, Holocaust Memorial Chapel
9:30 AM       Shabbat Services, Marina Furman, Director of the Philadelphia region of JNF will be
                    speaking  about the fires in Israel, Sanctuary
10:00 AM     Shabbat Babysitting, Room 102
11:00 AM     Youth Services - "Oreo Minyan" - for children in grades 1-5, Coslov Auditorium
11:00 AM     Tot Shabbat sponsored by Men's Club and Community Room

12:00 PM     Congregational Kiddush Lunch co-sponsored by Sisterhood, Roberta Sands and
                    Samuel Klausner in honor of the 80th Anniversary of his Bar Mitzvah;
                   Joel and Sharon Freedman, Len and Lauren Cohen, David and Jodie Rittenberg,
                   Jeff and Susan Schwartz, Jackie and Dale Danilewitz, Lori and Steve Dabrow,
                   Terry Katz, and Rob and Roberta Kitchenoff in honor of Marina Furman and the
                    Eastern Philadelphia JNF Board of Directors members and spouses

5:30 PM       Sisterhood Family Havdalah, Coslov Auditorium
6:15 PM       5th Grade Night at the Museum, offsite at National Jewish History Museum

Click here for a full weekly calendar


News from our Synagogue Family

Mazel Tov to:

Rebecca Rendell and James Lozada on the birth of a daughter Amelie Esther Lozada.
Erika and Josh Bauml on the birth of a son Jacob Bauml.
Rachel Spigler and William Trask on the birth of a daughter.

Condolences to:

Kelly Galfand on the loss of her stepfather, Eugene (Gene) Effron (z'l).
Terry Brucker on the loss of her mother, Natalie Rothstein (z"l).
Alan Kessler on the loss of his father, Alfred Kessler (z"l).
Judith Soslowsky on the loss of her father, Jay Morton Roberts (z'l).

Magic Moments

Shabbat Dinner
Friday, February 3

Saturday, February 4

Sunday  February 5
Adult Education Retreat 
February 17 - 19

Shul Night Live
Annual Gala

Saturday, February 25

Kosher Certified BBQ Judge Training Class: A Kansas City Barbeque Society sponsored event 
Sunday, June 4
10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Eastern European Trip
This June

Anti-Israel Media Bias
Sunday, January 8
Sunday, January 22

 iEngage 3.0
Sunday, January 8
Sunday, January 15


 "Book of Esther" with Emilie Passow
Feb 2, 9, 16, 23
7:30 PM


Garden Manager Needed

     The Garden Manager monitors and maintains the resources that sustain TBH-BE's new
Gan Kehillah, an organic communal garden. The Garden Manager is the point person who
assures that fresh produce from the garden is distributed to the programs at the synagogue
that feed the hungry and nourish our community.

Responsibilities include the following:

  • Create an annual garden plan in cooperation with the Gan Kehillah Committee.
  • Check plants, water and fertilize appropriately, based on season.
  • Monitor availability of produce ready for harvest.
  • Coordinate with the Shabbat Kidddush Coordinator, Cook for a Friend and Response
    to Hunger volunteers about produce available for use in programs and congregational events.
  • Monitor soil/compost resources on hand, and usability of garden structures and tools; notify Gan Kehillah Committee co-chairs about needs.
  • Notify Gan Kehillah co-chairs about needs for volunteers to assist with filling, planting
    or cleaning up beds.
  • Supervise volunteers who assist with filling, planting or cleaning up beds.

This is a year-round position, approximately 10 hours per week during growing season;
5 hours per week during winter. 
Stipend: $15 an hour, up to $7500 per year

Contact Ken Krivitzky if you are interested.

Shabbat School
Saturday, January 14
9:15 AM
ECC Parents Dodgeball
Saturday, January 21 
Night at the Museum
Saturday, January 7
Sold Out
Tue, December 10 2019 12 Kislev 5780