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Exciting EvEnts!Monthly Movie, LMazelTov and more!Page 13
cAMP giLAH Registration for Camp Gilah is here! Page 10
February 2013 Shevat/Adar 5773 Volume 28 No. 8
MitzvAH MontHAll February get involved with clean-up day, special collections and more! Page 9
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
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sisterHooD PresiDentsuZAnne RoBeRTs
ritual assistantAVRon sMoLenskY
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eCC aDmin. assistantGLAdYs MARTineZ
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Families enjoying a night of camping on Bet Shiras field with Cantor Kula,
as part of Mega shabbat!january 12, 2013.
F e b r u a r y 2 0 1 3
new World symphony at Bet shiraMarch 3, 2013 @ 4:00 P.M.
Mitzvah day at Bet shira CongregationMarch 3, 2013
Rock on shabbatMarch 8, 2013 @ 6:30 P.M.
CONTENTSCLERGYS CORNER4 rabbi brian schuldenfrei The Light of Rosh Hodesh5 Cantor mark H. Kula Devar TorahFRoM ouR PResidenT6 joseph H. serota: Transition
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
YouTh PRoGRAM12 Youth Calendar and events
PRoGRAMs/AduLT eduCATion13 Programs for all ages!
l ets PretenD to be amateur astrologists. the jewish calendar has a lunar orientation, meaning we mark time according to the phases of the moon.
With that in mind, which phase of the moon would
be best to celebrate Rosh Hodesh (the new month)?
most would suggest that it would be best to
celebrate Rosh Hodesh with the full moon, when
the sky is most bright and fi lled with light. Yet,
we celebrate Rosh Hodesh with the fi rst sighting
of new moon light, after a period of darkness in
our traditions preference for new light instead
of the most light is telling. While a full moon
radiates confi dence, a new crescent restores hope.
We have seen many dark hours, times when our
very existence has been threatened. Yet, despite
numerous attempts to extinguish our ame, the
light of our people remains lit. now, with the
ame of Judaism in our care, its light illuminates
a path of hope and possibility.
as a jewish people, we face challenges, in the world.
When those challenges seem insurmountable, we
can look up for that fi rst glimpse of new light on
Rosh Hodesh. as the bright sliver of the moon
adds light where there was darkness, its light
reminds us that in order to burn an eternal ame
(Ner Tamid), we need to celebrate new light.
rosh Hodesh for the month of adar begins on
sunday night, february 10. may the light of this
Rosh Hodesh be a light of hope and blessing.
to a good month Hodesh Tov!
The Light of Rosh Hodesh
Please join our Bet Shira family for a Progressive Dinner
Saturday, February 2, 2013This is a wonderful event to get to
know your fellow congregants!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
4 C L E R G Y S C O R N E RFrom The Pulpit: Rabbi Brian Schuldenfrei
From The Pulpit: Rabbi Brian Schuldenfrei
b et sHira Was packed for our recent town Hall meeting. We shared the survey results and discussed our future. it is a privilege to share my Devar torah.
We read the book of exodus this time of year, and we meet an off-the-beaten-path character thats fi tting for study tonight. Everybody knows moses and his great contributions to the jewish people earning him the title, moshe rabeinu, moses our Great teacher. another exodus character i identify with is nachshon ben aminadav, who took the fi rst step on the journey to Israelite freedom. Nachshon took the fi rst step into the Red Sea. He stood there with nothing but water as far as he could see. Did nachshon wait for the seas to part or did he take the leap of faith, trusting himself, trusting his people, and trusting his God? the midrash teaches nachshon took the fi rst step. A tattered people left Egyptian slavery setting out on a journey to freedom, so they were told, and then they hit the seas. slavery was behind them, freedom ahead of them, but a vast and stormy sea between the past and the future was before them. some wailed with despair. i can feel it. and the waters did not part. others sang a song of excitement and gratitude. You can feel it. (sing..mi Chamocha) Yet, what were they to do with a past from which they escaped, a status quo that was a no-mans-land, and an unknown future on the other side of the sea?..
nahshon was up to his nose in the water, as per the midrash, the sea parted. Nachshons fi rst step made a future happen. There is even a Yiddish phrase recalling this event nu, be a nachsonbe an initiator. We can admire nachshon ben aminadav.
the exodus story is the ultimate tale of transition and the pinnacle story of opportunity. it is a jewish story at the core of who we are and why we do what we do. it is ours to tell over and over and in fact imperative to integrate it into our beings and life styles. judaism is very clear that each of us is to see ourselves as personally experiencing this exodus. the exodus story is repeated throughout history as millions of immigrants passed through ellis island barely a century ago. it is the story of Cubans who have come ashore in south florida. it is the family story Holocaust survivors crossing the mediterranean to Palestine and eventually, israel.
the exodus story is in movies, the shema, the seder and our daily prayers. i wonder though, if our ancestors were respectful of each other or were they contentious? Were they civil despite living in desperate times and embarking into unknown territory? Did our ancestors hold hands partnering enabling the crossing of the split red sea in search for freedom and a better tomorrow? Were they scared, happy, anxious, or confi dent? Did they stroll in like lovers in a park? Did they march in like soldiers? Did they jump in like excited kids? Were there those who could not walk on their own, but needed assistance and a caring hand? How did they behave when crossing the sea? You and I can just feel both the trepidation and excitement of being on the edge. Descriptive words of this liberation legend are in the plural indicating cooperation in this signifi cant transition. neighbors and strangers assisted each other in gathering adults and children alike. How do we behave in our transitional moments? Collaboration plays a major role in successful transformative moments.
the israelites alliances had a distinctive characteristic though, that, we share as a community and must continue to embrace as we
step forward into bet shiras next stage. the commandment is: be civil! act with Derech eretz! throughout social and professional circles we are encouraging higher levels of civility. a Washington D.C. Civility task force proffers: Civility is claiming and caring for ones identity, needs and beliefs without degrading someone elses in the process. Civility is about more than merely being polite, although being polite is a great start. Civility is combining self-awareness and respect for others. Civility requires staying present even with those with whom we have deep-rooted disagreements. Civility seeks common ground as a starting point for dialogue when differences occur, while simultaneously recognizing that differences are enriching. Things change so quickly in life and career be it homes, jobs, and shifts in our intimate relationships. Civility is a gauge to keep us inline in the midst of so much change.
the talmuds insights on civility, Derech eretz go further teaching the words of bar Kappara and resh lakish: a person who is bad tempered achieves nothing but his bad temper. while a person who becomes angry--if he is a sage, his wisdom departs from him; if he is a prophet, his prophecy departs. the talmudic sages offer a profound insight about moses. When moses was angry the exodus was in peril. Civility will continue to be an important value of bet shira. our clasped hands enable us to experience a sense of unity as we progress forward as individuals and a community.
nachson stepped forward into deep waters and those who envisioned the blessing of a greater tomorrow and future, left egypt. bet shira sustains judaism and will re-imagine our structure. at the banks of the red sea, those who desired the status quo of enslavement lagged behind and never knew freedom of body and spirit. american synagogues that retain status quo structure and rigid paradigms have questionable futures. Our journey sharing jewish dreams will continue.
Personally, I just stood at the banks of the sea and I got a nudge into the sea and, i got married. it is the best nachshon step i have ever taken! thank you, Coreen. We all have transition moments and hopefully, placing our best foot forward. Challenging and exciting time