What's Going On - March 2015 Print

Religious School

     Purim is this month and the Religious School will be baking dozens of Hamentachen in celebration.  Thank you to all the parent volunteers for helping!  Your students love hands on projects and enjoy having you there.
     Last month we had a nice visit from Stefani Rozen of Greene Family Camp.  The kids had lots of questions about summer camp and are enthusiastic about the idea of trying sleep away camp for the first time or, if they already attend sleep away camp, the great video Stefani showed made them excited to return this summer!  There are many opportunities for camp scholarships through various Jewish organizations as well as through CBI.  If interested, please inquire with Debbie in the Temple office or with me.  
     Hebrew school students will be preparing for another upcoming student-led Shabbat.  Stayed tuned for details.  And next month, Alachua Haskins, our ISJL Fellow will be joining us again for the weekend of April 24-26.  Please plan to attend our Family Shabbat that Friday night to give Alachua a warm welcome.  If you would like to host Alachua in your home, please let me know.  This is a great opportunity for her to get to know other congregants.

On March 1st, the JCC and CBI will be hosting a Purim party at 10:30 a.m. at the JCC in lieu of Religious School.  Please plan to attend this fun event!

Mark your calendars, we will only meet twice in March (March 8th and 29th) due to Spring Break.
 
Shalom!
Jana
Religious Education Classes

Hebrew School
9:15 am - 10:15 am

Sunday School
10:30am - 12:30pm

March 8, 29
Purim  Party March 1 @ JCC
No School March 15,22


Family Shabbat Dinner

Shalom Y'All,

February was a whirlwind in the Green household with my birthday, Nolan's birthday, and the celebration of Eli becoming a Bar Mitzvah.  Now that life is slowly getting back to normal, it's time to resume our Family Shabbat Dinners.  This month's Family Shabbat Dinner will take place on Friday, March 6th following 6 pm services and will have a Purim theme, so DON’T FORGET YOUR COSTUMES!!  As always, bring your appetite and a dessert to share.  

If you have some extra time to spare, I sure could use some extra help in the kitchen.  Give me a call or shoot me an email if you'd like to lend a hand.   

Until we break bread together again,

Leslie Green
Family Shabbat Dinner Coordinator

Men's Club

Hey, Congregation Beth Israel...
If Ladies can lunch and Sisters have a Hood, then shouldn’t the Men have a Club?
Introducing the all new Congregation Beth Israel
Men’s Club!
WHY?
Because every now and then, Jewish men should get together to:
have some fun, do some good, discover new friends, did we mention have some fun!

Our first gathering
Thursday, March 5th          7:00 to 9:00 pm

Brews & Jews…what could be better!

 B&Js Pizza—Staples near Saratoga location

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HOME FOR SEDER

2nd night sederat CBI
Saturday, April 4, 2015 @ 6pm
Adults $20   Children (6-12) $10
Non Member $25

Call CBI office to make a reservation by March 31st
Seating is Limited

RABBI ROSEMAN’S NEW BOOK HAS BEEN PUBLISHED

After fifty-three years of involvement with the Reform rabbinate and jobs ranging from academic dean to think-tank director to congregational rabbi, Rabbi Roseman decided to set out some of answers to perplexing questions in a systematic form.  His newest book is entitled Of Tribes and Tribulations.  In twelve essays (one for each biblical tribe), Rabbi Roseman addresses twelve difficult issues facing modern Jews and, in fact, thoughtful people of any faith.  He pulls no punches when he asks “What does it now mean to pray when God apparently did not answer the prayers of the inmates of Auschwitz?”  In discussions of our messianic hope, our concept of living in covenant with God, our relationship with the contemporary State of Israel and other issues, Rabbi Roseman is forthright and direct.  He asks whether Jews and Christians use historical knowledge and perspective in the same ways and whether America is different for Jews than any other place or society in which we have ever lived.  A challenging essay probes the question “When should one compromise and when should one take a firm stand on principle?”

The answers Rabbi Roseman offers are his.  They may not be yours, but the questions surely apply to us all.  He says that it is his hope that just asking the questions will provoke many people to think more deeply about their religious convictions and beliefs and come to responses that are authentic to each individual.

The books are available in the Sisterhood gift shop at Congregation Beth Israel.

FOUR TALKS SCHEDULED BY OUR RABBI EMERITUS

On four successive Sunday mornings, Rabbi Roseman will discuss various issues he raises in his new book.  These sessions will begin with light refreshments at 10:00 AM in the Grossman Auditorium with the formal session to start at 10:30.  The talks are open to all members of CBI and guests of any religious tradition without charge.  It is expected that they will conclude before noon.

        On April 12, Rabbi Roseman will speak about “Let Me Speak to You: God and Prayer.”

        The following week, April 19, he will discuss “Israel: People and/or Nation.”

        The topic for April 26 will be “We Were There, Too: Jewish History.”

         Finally, on May 3, the Rabbi will talk about “The Head and the Heart: Intellect and
         Emotion.”

Copies of his book, Of Tribes and Tribulations, will be available for purchase each Sunday morning, and Rabbi Roseman has indicated he will be delighted to dedicate and sign the books for your possession or as gifts.