As most of us are getting back to our regular routine this week, some of our friends and neighbors are still in the midst of personal crisis. Please keep all those still on the journey of rebuilding in your thoughts and prayers this High Holy Day season.
SELICHOT 5778 - A SPECIAL EVENING TO PREPARE FOR THE HIGH HOLY DAYS
On Saturday, September 16 at 8:00pm, we will come together for our community observance of Selichot, the "kickoff" to the High Holy Day season. Selichot helps put us in the right mood as we approach Rosh Hashanah. At this time of year, we reflect upon the ideas of guilt and innocence, about right and wrong. So for our Selichot program, we are going to discuss the near sacrifice of Isaac, known as the AKEDAH.
We will examine the story and discuss, using the rabbinic interpretation of this complex and nuanced tale. As always, the evening will include a short Havdalah service, what promises to be a lively discussion, a lightnosh of yummy desserts! We will then conclude with the highlight of the evening - a short service during which we will change the Torah mantles to theirwhite adornments, symbolically ushering in the start of the High Holy Days.
Please join us for the special night!
5778 HIGH HOLY DAY SERVICE SCHEDULE click here to download - Please take note that our Kol Nidre service will begin at 7pm, Friday, September 29
There is still time to make your childcare reservations. Click here to download form
Right now, many in the Beth El community are anxiously awaiting the chance to return home, as parts of Missouri City, Sugar Land, and Richmond have been evacuated. The stability of the Brazos River and its levees is tenuous as we wait for it to crest. We hope and pray the damage from the ensuing flooding will not be extensive, but I know that we, as a community, will be prepared to pitch in and help each other through whatever comes.
As the sun shines, our losses are more evident and heartbreaking and your donation to the relief effort will help ease some worries and will be used entirely to help our families, friends, and neighbors. On behalf of Cantor Renee Waghalter, Temple Administrator Norma Gonzales and Temple President Yaffa Steubinger, we are very grateful for your prayers and assistance.
Rabbi Josh Lobel
Congregation Beth El is the center of Reform Judaism in Fort Bend County. Affiliated with the Union for Reform Judaism, Congregation Beth El strives to fulfill its mission of helping each member connect to what is important to them as Jews and as part of the global community. We seek to do this by offering engaging and spiritually-uplifting Shabbat and holiday services, a vibrant educational program for children and adults, and opportunities to perform acts of tikkun olam, repairing the world. Most importantly, Beth El provides a warm, welcoming, and inclusive environment for all our members, Jewish or non-Jewish, as we seek to create a close-knit community bonded together by the highest ideals of our faith.
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