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Bet Shira Congregation June/July 2013 Bulletin

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  • Celebrate Bet Shiras 28th Anniversary!Monday, July 1, 2013 Details on Page 8

    June/July 2013 Sivan/Tamuz 5773 Volume 28 No. 12


    Join the Bet Shira Family!

    Details on Page 5

    JEC CloSIng CEREMonyCheck out photos from the JEC Closing Ceremony.Page 12

    JEC/yoUTH REUnIonCatch up with friends at a mid summer reunion!Details on Page 11

  • Looking BaCk

    Spring Fling, April 27, 2013

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    Professional staff

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    Please register for the new Jewish learning Center (JlC) noW!Classes begin August 25, 2013 at 9:00 A.M.

    Bet Shira Reads!We invite the congregation to read

    As A Driven Leaf, by Milton Steinberg, and join us for a review and discussion on

    Yom Kippur afternoon.

    J u n e / J u l y 2 0 1 3


    CONTENTSCLERGYS CORNER4 rabbi mark H. Kula Transformative Judaism at Bet Shira5 membership! FroM our PrESiDEnT6 Lori P. blum We will fly!

    SiSTErHooD7 suzanne roberts

    riTuaL8 religious services and Candle Lighting times

    SYnagoguE EVEnTS & nEWS9 tikkun Olam, mazel tovs, and News

    EDuCaTion10-11 bet shira: Perfect for the Young Ones in Your family

    PHoToS!12 jEC Closing Ceremonies

    PrograMS/aDuLT EDuCaTion13 melton Classes, Zumba, and more!


    offiCe CloseDPlease note the administrative offices will be closed Thursday, July 4 in observance of Independence Day.

    Morning Minyan will be at 9:30 A.M.

  • Crabbi Kula, and the popular rC Kula. as fond as i am of these titles, it is with tremendous happiness (and some relief) that i formally take on the title of rabbi, with the understanding that i transmit the traditions, teachings, and wisdom of our jewish people, while always continuing to study torah and to learn from you.

    the conferral of the title of rabbi follows the ancient practice of Semicha, the offi cial transmission of authority from teacher to student. semicha involves the symbolic resting of the teachers hands upon the student, which bestows the title of rabbi. semicha also confers upon the student the right to serve the jewish people, as well as the authority to give advice and judgment regarding interpretation of jewish law and matters of jewish life. accordingly, the practice of semicha traces a link of rabbinic authority back to moses and the seventy Elders. Each generation since has developed a meaningful judaism for its era.

    We at bet shira are aware that american synagogues are transforming. i believe that these changes will result in even more dynamic jewish communities. bet shira must be a leader in this transformation of twenty-fi rst century jewish life. together, we as a synagogue will build on the best elements of our past twenty-eight years while looking forward to new perspectives on relevant, authentic judaism. We will continue to support each other during diffi cult times. We will rejoice and sing exuberantly in good times. We will share our blessings with others and assure the paramount role of tikkun Olam, of upgrading our world. We will welcome all peoplecongregants and new friendsinto our jewish home. We will make music together, but it will be shir Chadash (a new song), where you and i will sing in harmony with another jewish voice. We will reaffi rm the work of the founders of Bet Shira and build on the dreams of the dreamers. We will collaborate and cooperate and transform ourselves again and again, in the spirit of the torah.

    rabbi mark H. Kula

    Transformative Judaism at Bet Shira

    Hebrew word of the month: AliyahGoing up to the torah to recite a

    blessing and to receive a blessing. aliyah also refers to moving to

    israel as a new immigrant. some even refer to aliyah as any journey

    to israel (the jewish homeland).

    s tOriEs Of PErsONaL transition abound in the torah. New names and titles often accompany such transformative biblical moments: abram becomes avraham; sarai becomes sarah; jacob becomes israel; Hadassah is renamed Esther; and joseph is called Zaphnat Paaneach. Moses acquires several names, each of which re ect a particular role that he plays in serving the jewish people. Perhaps his most important title is rabenu (moses, our teacher). instances of change and renewal in the both Torah and Talmud occur at all stages of life. For example, the talmud references rabbi akiva, a shepherd from the fi rst century C.E., who became a leading voice in forming the mishna, along with a new title: rosh Le-chachamim (Leader of the sages). Legend recalls that akiva transformed himself into a scholar at the age of forty, by devoting his life to Jewish learning. Such examples are abundant, reminding us that growth requires a willingness to change.

    In the twenty-fi rst century, Talmudic-style transformations can be personal or professional, such as a decision to a start a business, to embark on a new marriage, to go back to school, to complete a degree, to start a family, to dedicate oneself to tikkun Olam, or to take on a new job, with a new title. for me, the past year has brought transformation in both my personal and professional life: i embraced a new level of commitment in love by getting married; i achieved rabbinic ordination; and i earned your vote to be appointed as rabbi of bet shira. this most recent transitionbetween serving as Cantor and as rabbi of bet shirameans more than just the conferring of a new title. thirty years of Cantorial experience will inform my rabbinate, along with twenty-four years of working and praying with bet shira congregants, three years of rabbinical school, and a lifetime of interest in judaism and in serving the jewish community. i am humbled by the responsibility, grateful for your support, and thankful to God to have the opportunity to serve as rabbi of bet shira Congregation.

    the question of a suitable transitional title has come to the forefront during the shift in my role from Cantor to rabbi, producing such hybrid suggestions as rantor Kula,

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    4 C L E R G Y S C O R N E R

    The Voice of Bet Shira:rabbi Mark H.

    The Voice of Bet Shira:rabbi Mark H. Kula

  • Bet Shira Members are Special!

    Membership packets and renewals are in the mail. You are welcome to come to the synagogue office if you need assistance filling out the paperwork or have questions. Please call us at the synagogue: 305-238-2601. We welcome

    back our current members as well as new members!

    Join us!

    Be a part of the Bet Shira Family!

    Come and Join Us this sUmmer! We are busy planning for the future and everyone is invited to be a part of our Bet shira endeavors. Come by over the summer, our doors are open with minyan everyday, cool shabbat services, great kiddush snacks, classes, camp, blessings for healing and shehecheyanus

    celebrating our personal milestones. Lets do this together crafting Bet shira for ourselves and for others.

    J u n e / J u l y 2 0 1 3

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  • B E T S H I R A C O N G R E G AT I O N w w w . b e t s h i r a . o r g

    6 F R O M O U R P R E S I D E N TMEETIngS

    august 21, 20137:30-9:30 P.m.Board of Directors MeetingAll are welcome!

    We Will Fly!

    lori P.

    lori P.

    the word transition means the process or period of changing from one state or condition to another. any transition is diffi cult. Often, we are either holding on to what was, or anxious and concerned about what is to come. in all cases, transitions require adaptation and change. some transitions happen quickly, and some can take long periods of time, even months or years. bet shira is in a period of transition. We have a new president, a new Executive Committee and a new Board. We have a new Rabbi, even though he is our much beloved Cantor Kula. We are engaged in a process to look anew at our educational programs for children and teens, fi nding ways to further invigorate and refurbish them. We are very much in transition.

    Consider the caterpillar. In its journey to become a beautiful butter y, it makes several changes. It sheds its skin, sometimes more than once. It forms a new exterior, the chrysalis. It eventually breaks free of this chrysalis, but its wings are wet and bunched. Ultimately, it spreads its wings and ies

    i recently attended a workshop for synagogue presidents, offered by united synagogue. it was inspiring and stimulating. While we hear many dire statistics about synagogues and churches, and particularly about Conservative synagogues, usCj is choosing to focus on what we do well, and help us do it even better. Our rabbi has the same attitude. He, along with our leadership, is determined that bet shira will be a thriving, vibrant congregation well into the future, serving our congregants with ruach and kavanah. He is determined that we will spread our wings and y.

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