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		                                    Welcome to Congregation Beth Israel		                                </span>

We like to say that Beth Israel feels like family. And we mean it. Here you’ll find an egalitarian, caring Jewish community that both cherishes tradition and is open to needs of a changing world — a supportive, sacred space where all are welcome, heard, and valued. Please take a look around to learn more . . .

Upcoming Events

WednesdayWed, 1 DecDecember, 2021

Author Talk: Jean Meltzer

Wednesday, Dec 1st 7:30p to 8:30pJoin Jean Meltzer, author of the romantic comedy novel The Matzah Ball, for reflections on writing, Hanukkah and more. Attendance can be in person or on Zoom. For those in person, there will be an opportunity to get your book signed (and an opportunity to purchase books). There is no charge for this program. It is a joint offering of the Jewish Community Center and BI.


FridayFri, 3 DecDecember, 2021

Tot Shabbat

Friday, Dec 3rd 5:15p to 5:45pAn all singing, all dancing, storytelling introduction to Shabbat geared towards families with children 7 and under. Join Rowan Mason for a joyful half hour of getting into the Shabbat mood. On Zoom, no preregistration required.


SaturdaySat, 4 DecDecember, 2021

Laugh Out Loud with Funny Man Bill Novak: A Hanukkah Fundraiser

Motzei Shabbat, Dec 4th 7:00p to 8:30pRaise money for Beth Israel and laugh while you do it! Bill Novak, author of Die Laughing and co-editor of The Big Book of Jewish Humor, will present right after Shabbat on Hanukkah this year. We'll join together for Havdalah and then Bill will entertain us all with Jewish jokes, old and new. Bill will be performing via Zoom and you can attend from the privacy of your own home or join us at shul for in person Havdalah and then a get together with wine and snacks as we watch the performance. Higher level donors also get signed copies of Bill Novak's books.


WednesdayWed, 8 DecDecember, 2021

Exploring Judaism, taught by Rabbi Fellman

Wednesday, Dec 8th 7:45p to 8:45pAn introduction to the Jewish religion taught by Rabbi Fellman.


SundaySun, 12 DecDecember, 2021

Sunday Morning Programs: See it My Way

Sunday, Dec 12th 9:00a to 11:30aLiz Myska is a local attorney specializing in elder law, and also an activist for Visually Impaired People (VIPs). Liz herself is a VIP. Born fully sighted, she was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa (RP) some years back and is now legally blind. Liz will talk about her initiatives aimed at getting sighted people and VIPs working together to improve everyone’s lives. We’ll open up the Zoom at 9:00 for schmoozing and discussion. If there are a lot of people joining at 9:00, we’ll divide into breakout rooms with a prompt, so we can all get to know someone new. If there are just a few early birds, it will be more freeform. Then at 9:30 we’ll have the presentation and a Q&A session to follow.


MondayMon, 13 DecDecember, 2021

Project Zug: Theology and Ethics after the Holocaust

Monday, Dec 13th 7:30p to 8:30pThe Holocaust was more than the greatest catastrophe in Jewish history. It is a watershed in human civilization. The event challenges the credibility of religions, in particular Judaism and Christianity, confronts the fundamental assumptions and self-understanding of modern civilization, and demands revisions in ethical norms and behaviors. One of the world's leading Holocaust theologians, Rabbi Yitz Greenberg, in decades of teaching and writing, has taken up the challenges of this conversation head-on. As he concludes, the Holocaust is far too big an event to assimilate into any prior version of Jewish theology. It requires new answers and new paradigms. In this course, we will explore Greenberg's revolutionary framework of covenant and what he sees as the core vision of Judaism in the modern world in order to begin thinking about these huge, terrifying, and challenging themes.


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Beth Israel Online

As we all do our part to stay safe and protect one another during the COVID-19 pandemic, access to our building is restricted, but BI is open! Daily morning and evening minyanim, educational programs, and other activities take place primarily online. Kabbalat Shabbat and Shabbat morning services take place in-person for members or pre-registered guests who are vaccinated, and on Zoom. Masks are required for entry to the building. Find our service schedule here.

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Learn how Beth Israel is operating during the pandemic.

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