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Bet Shira Congregation's 2013 April Bulletin.

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  • April 2013 Nissan/Iyar 5773 Volume 28 No. 10

    Israel Week at Bet Shira Congregation

    In Celebration of Israels 65th Birthday!April 11-19, 2013

    iShabbatjoin us for a special ishabbat during israel Week!

    details on back.

    SHabbat!join the shabbat festivities at shabbat by the Bay, jammies & jeans, plus more!Page 8

    aNNUaL MEEtiNGMark your calendars for our annual congregational Meeting.Page 6

    Celebration Schedule on Page 13

    Join us for cocktails, dinner, dancing, and live music all

    night at our

    Spring FlingSaturday, April 27, 2013

    More details on Page 13

  • Looking Back

    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


    Professional staff

    rabbiBrian schuLdenfrei

    rabbi emeritusdaVid h. auerBach

    Cantor Mark h. kuLa

    eXeCutiVe DireCtorLori soLoMon

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    eDuCation DireCtorMariLYn WoLfson

    YoutH DireCtoraLeX ZareMBa

    LaY LeadershiP

    PresiDentjosePh h. seroTa

    PresiDent-eleCtLori BLuM

    sisterHooD PresiDentsuZanne roBerTs

    suPPorT sTaff

    ritual assistantaVron sMoLenskY

    finanCe DireCtoraiLeen LafonT

    eXeCutiVe assistantdonna Leigh-Tucker

    member serViCes/bulletin BeckY chosed

    eCC assistant DireCtorarieL koBeTZ

    eCC aDmin. assistantgLadYs MarTineZ

    eCC Pta liaisonshirLeY WiLLiaMs

    jeC aDmin. assistantiLene freideL

    jeC students and children gathered outside the sanctuary celebrating emma feldmans bat mitzvah.

    mitzvah Day activities, march 3, 2013.

  • Looking forWard

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    CONTENTSCLERGYS CORNER4 rabbi brian schuldenfrei A Moment in Time5 Cantor mark H. Kula Israel is alive and well and may shalom prevailfroM our PresidenT6 joseph H. serota: Almost My Swan Song

    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 israel Week & spring fling!


    Last Day of J.E.C. - L

    ets Go!!!

    Bet shira goes to the baseball game!come kick off the summer and join us for a day of

    fun, sun and baseball!uM hurricanes Vs. st. johns red storm

    sunday, May 5, 2013 @ 1:00 Mark Light stadium

    Tickets can be purchased for $6 (link to discounted tickets at WiLL Be aucTioning off a chance To

    ThroW The firsT PiTch. sTaY Tuned

    annual congregational MeetingThe Twenty eighth annual Meeting of Bet shira congregation will be held Wednesday, May 29 at 7:30 P.M. in the arin stacey applebaum sanctuary

  • a feW Years aGo executives in the airline industry raced to individualize passengers in-fl ight entertainment. The executives reasoned that if they could more adequately entertain people during the fl ight perhaps people would not notice the lack of legroom and other discomforts. but now, just a few years later, the industry scantly pays attention to providing in-fl ight entertainment. Why? since the introduction of iPads and e-readers, people bring their own entertainment to the airport. this development makes me wonder which of our futuristic visions will in short time become tomorrows popular standard. and it also serves to remind us how quickly our world is changing.

    only a few years ago i went shopping for a Palm Pilot. remember those? the sales associate told me that the model i was about to purchase was more powerful than the computer that powered the apollo 13 a space ship that landed on the moon! now, that same Palm Pilot is more likely to be found in a museum than a home or offi ce.

    the modern world is constantly changing and it is happening very quickly. in his recently reprinted classic, joseph and His brothers, thomas mann observes that the clock seems to move faster now than it did in antiquity. He writes:

    six hundred years in those days, under that sky did not signify what they do to our history in the West; those expanses of time were more silent, more mute, more alike; time was less active.

    We do not live under a quiet sky; in our world, time is overly activethe world is quickly changing. While we need to keep pace, let us not rush too far ahead. We claim that time is sacred. let us live up to that claim. as the world speeds up, we can slow down. let us learn to spend less time looking ahead and worrying about tomorrow while missing the here and now. let us learn to slow down and rejoice in the present, even if it means falling a bit behind with Palm Pilots and iPads (arent those outdated already?).

    A Moment in Time

    our annual Shabbat by the bay will take place friday april 19, 2013 at 6:30 P.m. follow in the tradition of the ancient mystics and welcome shabbat outdoors. our popular shabbat on the bay service will take place at matheson Hammock Park and is open to the entire community. this year everyone is invited to

    bring a non-meat dinner picnic to enjoy! We will supply the cookies!

    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

  • W e are all celebrating israels 65th independence Day. al Hanisim is a prayer recognizing miracles and for over a thousand years it has been in our prayer book refl ecting the miracles of Hanukkah and Purim. for a generation now, we are blessed to include another al Hanisim for the miracle of the modern state of israel.

    People who were alive in 1948 emphatically declare what a miracle it is that we have israel. i recall being 9-years-old landing in israel with my brothers and parents. It was the fi rst time I had ever been on a plane and we were moving to israel, making aliyah. as a Hebrew school student, i was memorizing israels national anthem, Hatikvah (the hope) and upon landing it was played over the planes speakers. i will never forget seeing people cry with happiness at the gut felt realization that they were part of a miracle. today, we are part of the miracle of israel. israel is alive and well and now we need for shalom to prevail.

    at some point during this years israel independence day, the 6th day of the Hebrew month of iyar corresponding to april 16, pause, think about israel and read al Hanisim reprinted below.

    We thank you for the miracles in our lives, for the heroism, for the triumphs, and for the miraculous deliverance of our ancestors in other days, and today in our time. In the days when your children were returning to their borders, at the time a people were revived in its land as in days of old and the gates to the land of our ancestors were closed to those in need of safe haven. Enemies within the land together with seven neighboring nations sought to destroy Your people. You, in Your great Mercy stood by them in time of trouble, defended them and vindicated them. You gave them the courage to meet their foes, to open the gates to those seeking refuge, and to free the land of its armed invaders and to build a nation. You

    delivered the many into the hands of the few, the guilty into to the hands of the innocent. You have wrought great victories and miraculous deliverance for Your people Israel to this day, revealing Your glory and Your holiness to all the world. For all these blessings we shall ever praise and exalt You.

    may israel be safe for all people and be a land and region filled with shalom. amen.

    Combine al Hanisim with a positive thought of israel, with the purchase of an israeli product, or with a virtual visit by linking to an israeli website. of course, please participate in our week-long bet shira celebration of israel, april 11-19, israel today and everyday.

    With al Hanisim, we recognize israel being 65 as a remarkable moment in the journey of the modern world and a true miracle for the jewish community.

    Israel is Alive and Well and May Shalom Prevail

    on monday, april 8, 2013 from 7:00-9:00 P.m. please join us for a premiere performance of Yours Truly, Anne an opera based on the life of anne frank. in commemoration of Yom Hashoah - Holocaust remembrance Day, we are honored to offer this program at bet shira. this performance is open to the entire community. Yours Truly, Anne is the story of a teenage girl trying to fi nd her own voice, but is also the story of how the world was thrown into the most horrifi c war that ultimately saw 60 million people dead of which 6 million were jew and a million were jewish children. this opera is dedicated to their memories.

    A p r i l 2 0 1 3

    5The Voice of Bet shira:Cantor Mark H. Kula


    Wednesday, april 17, 2013 at noonspeaker: Marsha cohen

    Topic: israel insightsclass is $10 and includes lunchrsVP by Monday, March 15 to


    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 T

    Almost My Swan Song

    Joseph H.

    annual Congregational Meeting Notice

    Pursuant to the by-laws of bet shira Congregation inc., notice is hereby given that the twenty eighth annual meeting of bet shira Congregation will be held

    Wednesday, may 29 at 7:30 pm in the arin stacey applebaum sanctuary at

    7500 sW 120th street.

    Although this is not my last column (I have one more), I thought that Id use this opportunity to refl