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Please note that we have our regular and inspiring Friday night services at 7 p.m. tonight, Friday November 10.
Our lovely Shabbat morning services are this Shabbat, Saturday November 11 at 9 a.m. We will have the Torah service at around 9:45 a.m. and a special Veteran’s Day Dvar Torah given by Mike London of the Jewish War Veterans. We deeply honor and appreciate all our Veterans, many of whom are in our congregation. We will have a delicious kidish lunch immediately following services.
Sunday school for the BERS is at the regular time of 10 a.m.
Cantor Yitzhak Ben-Moshe Weekly Message:
This week’s parshah, Hayyei Sarah, begins with a detailing of the lifespan of our ancestress Sarah-“one hundred years, and twenty years and seven years”. The Sages notes this unusual phrasing and assigned meaning to it-“Sarah was as beautiful at one hundred years of age as at twenty, and as pure of spirit at twenty as at seven”. Sarah of course is the archetypal ancestress of our People-an example to emulate. While she was not perfect-as all humans are imperfect, no matter how great-we should certainly attempt to live up to the ideal which she set for us. Of course we cannot control our physical beauty, one way or another, but we can attempt to preserve the innocence and purity of youth. Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel wrote about preserving “radical amazement”-that quality of mind which is childlike (but not childish) in refusing to take what we experience for granted. May we, like Sarah, preserve our childlike innocence and sense of wonder. Shabbat Shalom.
Thank you – Toda Raba to all the wonderful folks who supported Beth El’s 36th Anniversary Celebration. We are deeply grateful to all who came, donated of their time and money, and helped make the evening so special. Here are just a few of the photos of this amazing evening, but more to follow. We are so grateful to our original founders who attended including Elaine Shapiro, Bobby and Phyllis Shapiro and the entire Shapiro family, Min Rice and family and Sol and Ruth Stavchansky and family. We were all deeply touched and inspired by the speeches given by Arie and Sol Stavchansky, Kevin Koeller, our current president Yosef Aguilar, Elaine Jacobs (and the gorgeous flowers and gift she presented) and our delightful m.c. Barry Mann. The Koellers especially would like to thank those generous and kind folks who also gave towards the sweet and deeply appreciated gift! They were touched beyond words. The decorating committee was unbelievable and made the place look spectacular. Thank you to Moshe Kass of Moshe K catering who provided a kosher dinner and Sara Kaye for her musical talents. The Silent auction was delightful and most importantly, the evening was an ongoing testament to the vision and commitment of the founders of Beth El. May our shul go from strength to strength and please continue to support Austin’s neighborhood shul, a place where people truly do chesed each and every day. Last but not least the Cantor and Shereen Russo Canadyfor their spiritual leadership of our congregation!
Check out the article in this month’s Jewish Outlook:
http://www.thejewishoutlook.com/…/congregation-beth-el-cele…

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Vayera 1gift basketsLight your candles by 6:23 and welcome in shabbat with Congregation Beth El, a place where everyone knows your name and greets you with smile!
Friday November 3- Friday Night Services will be at the regular time of 7:00 PM! We look forward to greeting you with a smile and a song.
Sunday school is at 10 AM this Sunday. We look forward to seeing the children.

This weekend! Beth El’s Double Chai Anniversary is THIS Sunday, November 5 at 6:15 PM. We have such a lovely celebration planned to honor our Beth El community and founders.

Cantor Ben-Moshe’s Weekly message:

Rabbi Hamma the son of Rabbi Hanina said: “What is the meaning of the verse ‘You shall follow Hashem your God’?Is it possible for a human to follow the Divine Presence? Is it not written: ‘For Hashem your God is a devouring fire’? Rather, this means to follow the attributes of the Holy Blessed One….The Holy Blessed One visited the sick as it is written: ‘And (God) appeared to (Avraham) at Elonei Mamre’-so too should you visit the sick.”
Rabbi Hamma teaches us that it is a mitzvah, a commandment, to visit the sick and derives the mitzvah from this week’s parshah, Vayyera. The Midrash deduces that one of the purposes of the visit of three angels to Avraham was to comfort him after his circumcision, which is discussed immediately prior. The Sages teach that visiting the sick reduces their suffering by 1/60, especially if the visit is from a friend or family member. Numerous opportunities exist to fulfill this mitzvah in our community-please let me know if you are willing and able. And if you or a loved one is ill, please inform me or a board member so that we may visit you. May all who are ill find healing of body and spirit. Shabbat Shalom.
Hazzan Yitzhak Ben-Moshe
Congregation Beth El’s 36th Double Chai Anniversary is THIS Sunday November 5th 2017 at 6:15 PM. We will have an elegant kosher dinner by Moshe K catering, awesome silent auction and entertainment. Thank you to the many amazing people who have given countless hours and love to help make this event possible!

Thank you to our generous silent auction sponsors:
HEB Far West
Congregation Agudas Achim Sisterhood Judaica Shop (please note that CAA gift store will donate 10% of any purchase made at the gift store to Congregation Beth El if you designate us as the recipient).
Alamo Draft House
Amy’s Ice Cream
Austin Yoga Tree – Jonathan and Edith Troen
Congregation Beth Israel Sisterhood Judaica Shop
Biderman’s Deli
Black Walnut Cafe
Blue Baker
Cap City Comedy Club
Chuy’s
Doubletree Hotel Northwest Arboretum
Esther’s Follies
Galaxy Cafe
Glow Spa & Wax House
JCC Fitness Center
Jorge Eduardo Salon
Koren Talmud set
Kriser’s Natural Pet Store
Massage Harmony
Mother’s Cafe
Nelo’s Cycle
P. Terry’s
Petticoat Fair
Phydeaux & Friends
Ready to Run
Rocket Electric Bikes
Smudge Studio
Starbuck’s
Sushi Zushi
The Moviehouse & Eatery
Trader Joe’s
YCN Media Group – Yifat Cohen Media Group
Noa Noa Design Solutions
Anita Lavie therapy
Amos Therapy
Jacob Gilboa – King Solomon glassware
Crafts by Sandy Massman
Yeti cooler valued at $300
Framed Beatles poster from 1964 US Tour
Beth El Men’s Club Inaugural meeting is Sunday December 3 at 5 PM! Several exciting events are planned.
PLEASE don’t miss.
Texas Liberator Project Ceremony
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Texas State Capitol
Senate Chamber
Austin, Texas
Time: 1:30 PM-3:30 PM*
*A private lunch for liberators will take place earlier.
Please join us as we honor the Texas Liberators of Nazi Concentration & Death Camps of the Second World War.
Please RSVP at the following link:
http://thgc.texas.gov/about/thgc-liberator-ceremony

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Friday 27th of October – Friday Night Services will be at the regular time of 7:00 PM! We look forward to greeting you with a smile and a song.
Shabbat morning services are THIS Saturday October 28 at 9 AM, with the Torah service at 9:45 AM.
Children’s services are at 10:30 AM.
The kidish lunch is generously sponsored by Gabbai Bam Rubinstein in memory of his beloved late mother.
Sunday school is at 10 AM this Sunday. We look forward to seeing the children.
Only one week away! Beth El’s Double Chai Anniversary is Sunday November 5th at 6:15 PM. We have such a lovely celebration planned to honor our Beth El community and founders.
Shabbat candle lighting times in Austin are 6:30 PM and havdallah on Saturday night is 7:23 PM.
Cantor Ben-Moshe’s Weekly message:
This Shabbat, Shabbat Lekh L’kha, is a special Shabbat in Israel. On this day, new immigrants to Israel are honored as we remember the first immigrants to the Land of Israel, Avram and Sarai (Avraham and Sarah). Ever since they were given the charge to leave Haran and go to the Land then called Canaan, we have always looked to there as our home, both physically and spiritually. Even though we may make good lives for ourselves in some of the lands of our Dispersion, especially this one, Israel is always home. May the day soon come when all the Exiles are gathered, and when all of our People who wish to live in the Land first settled by Avraham and Sarah may do so in peace. Shabbat Shalom.
Hazzan Yitzhak Ben-Moshe
Sunday school this week is at 10 AM. We look forward to seeing our BERS.
This time a huge Toda Raba to Mashgiach Reuben from the kosher HEB who as well as a mashgiach is a Biologist by training and made the class on Kashrut so interesting and relevant.
Congregation Beth El’s 36th Double Chai Anniversary is Sunday November 5th 2017 at 6:15 PM. We will have an elegant kosher dinner, silent auction and entertainment. Send in your RSVP as soon as you can as now we only have a couple of spots left.
HUGE THANK YOU Shiry Turjeman FOR OPENING HER HOME AND HEART TO US ALL AT THE SISTERHOOD. We had such an amazing evening watching The Women’s Balcony last week. Have you started your book yet for the next sisterhood meeting?
Beth El Men’s Club Inaugural meeting is Sunday December 3 at 5 PM! Several exciting events are planned.
PLEASE don’t miss.
BETH EL – WHERE EVERYONE KNOWS YOUR NAME!
Beth El is a completely DIY Shul. All events — from services and celebrations to learnings and lunches — happen because this incredible community steps up and contributes skills, time, ideas, and funds. Thank you to those who are involved – there’s something for everyone at your special shul, so please be involved.
Do you have a special Occasion? Kiddush sponsorships are available.

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Friday 20th of October – Friday Night Services will be at the regular time of 7:00 PM and we’ll save a seat for you! Come sing your heart out.

Shabbat morning services are a week away Saturday October 28. They are generously sponsored by Gabbai Bam Rubinstein.

Sisterhood Movie Night at Shiry Turjeman’s house this Saturday night, October 21st. Please let us know if you’d like to come and if we can give you a ride.

And the party of the year! Beth El’s Double Chai Anniversary is Sunday November 5th at 6:15 PM. We have such a lovely celebration planned. Please let us know if you would like to attend. See below for details.

Cantor Ben-Moshe’s Weekly message:

This week we read Parshat Noah, which deals with the Great Flood and its aftermath, ending with the birth of Avram, who would become Abraham, the ancestor of the Jewish and the Arab peoples, and the spiritual ancestor of Christianity and Islam as well. Pirkei Avot teaches that there were ten generations from Adam to Noah-which proves God’s patience, as each generation was worse than the previous one, until God brought the Flood and started over with Noah. There were also ten generations between Noah and Avram, which again shows God’s patience in waiting for ten generations until establishing a covenant with Avram. May we in our generation prove to be worthy descendants of Avram/Abraham and Sarai/Sarah, and may we like them bring blessing to the world. Shabbat Shalom.

Hazzan Yitzhak Ben-Moshe

Congregation Beth El : Sisterhood Event

Come join us for an evening of fun, laughs, and friendship in the home of Shiry Turjeman!
Bring an appetizer, bottle of wine, or dessert to share for our casual get together and movie night.

When: Saturday, October 21 at 7:30pm (movie to start at 8)

Where: Home of Shiry Turjeman
(You will be given the address when you RSVP.)

Attire: Come in comfy shorts, pjs, work-out wear. Bring a pillow, blanket if you’d like.

RSVP: Please RSVP to Shereen Ben-Moshe at Shereen@homewyrks.com. Let me know what you would like to bring. We will need: cheese, wine, appetizers, desserts, fruit, paper plates, napkins, cups.