Friday Night Services, Tonight 9/11, at 7 PM. Join us for our weekly song-filled kaballat shabbat. Gabbai Bam will be giving the weekly Dvar Torah.

Saturday morning services are THIS Saturday September 12 at 9 am. We would like to thank Javis Howeth for sponsoring a truly delicious and special kidush, in memory of her father, Java Alonzo Howeth, of blessed memory.

And of course, Rosh Hashanah starts Sunday September 13 at 7 PM at Beth El. PLEASE READ :

High Holidays – All the Info You Need to Know
Rosh Hashanah is almost upon us. Here are all of the details and information you need to know and as always, if you have any questions, please let us know.
**Schedule. The High Holiday Schedule is posted on our web page www.bethelaustin.org/highholidays.
**Parking. Similar to years past, please reserve the places in the front of the building for the elderly and please note that parking should be only on the south side of Dominion Cove. Consider parking at Grace Church and take a short walk to the building.
**Seating. We anticipate a large crowd and are reserving places for the founding members. If you have a particular seat preference or would like seats reserved, please let us know. **Participating. We need people to help with English readings, ushers, and other items. If you would like to participate, please let us know.
**Costs. As always, there is not a specific charge for the High Holidays and we are not taking tickets, but please be sure to send in your dues. If you did not receive a dues statement or have any questions, please let us know.

Finally We wish everyone a Happy and Sweet New Year. May you all have a year of good health, peace and blessing.

 

A note from Arthur Gurney: I would like to thank everybody for their calls, emails, cards, visits, rides, meals and support over the last two weeks during and after my recent hospital stay. Everything was totally unexpected and appreciated. Simply put, I was blown away by it all. Todah rabah.– Arthur Gurney

As always, thank you to the kidish crew which this week included Javis, Mary, Sarah, Genevieve, Rachel, Barbara, Claudia, Michelle and Iris. PLEASE come Sunday morning at 10 am if you can help with last minute Rosh Hashana preparation, including very light yard work,setting tables and last minute kidush prep.

Please note that children are always welcome at Beth El. We will be having children’s story time and meaningful service and prayers with them and would like to thank Gabbai Bam for helping as well as Morah Mary and Morah Bev.

Cantor Ben Moshe’s Message
This week’s parshah, Nitzavim, is part of Moshe’s farewell oration to the People of Israel, in which he seeks to impart his last teachings before his death, and before the entry of the People of Israel into the Land of Israel. At the end of the third ‘aliyah, we read in Chapter 29, verse 28: “The hidden things are for HaShem our God, and the revealed things are for us and our descendants forever, to carry out all the words of this Teaching.” The hidden things are for God, and the revealed things are for us. Moshe is telling us, 3500 later, that there are things that we don’t know and don’t understand, and insofar as we are unable to learn and understand, we should trust that God does understand. At the same time, he tells us that there are things that we do in fact understand, and that there are actions which we must take in order to properly live our lives. We may not simply throw up our hands and refuse to work towards a better world, even when we cannot see how and when that will come about. In the words of Rabbi Tarphon, “It is not up to you to finish the job, but neither are you free to desist from it.” As we enter into the New Year of 5776, may we resolve to do those tasks which are revealed to us. Shabbat Shalom, ul’Shanah Tovah Nikkatev Unehatem, may we be written and sealed for a Good Year.Hazzan Yitzhak Ben-Moshe

Hebrew School off to a great start! Next class is September 20
This Sunday morning, the BERS started off the year on the right note. We welcomed several new students including Eli G., Sean, Mary and Tamar. Sunday was really a Funday with their morot Shiry, Bev and Anat! Huge thank you to Cantor Ben-Moshe for sounding the SHOFAR and teaching the kiddos all about the meaning of this ancient instrument and rituals around it. For more information, go to info@bethelaustin.org It’s not too late to join the fun.

SAVE THE DATE: Sunday November 15th, join Beth El in a special evening honoring our very own Chazzan, Cantor Ben-Moshe. More details to follow, but mark it in your calendars.

Rabbi Peter Tarlow’s Weekly Parasha: From the Center for Latino Jewish relations
This week’s parashah, called Nitzavim (Deuteronomy 29:9-30:20), is a perfect prelude to the upcoming High Holidays. It is also an exploration into what the Torah considers to be human nature and how we enjoy the gift of personal and collective empowerment. Once again, the title tells us a great deal. Nitzavim means: you (plural) are standing, or perhaps a better translation is as an interrogative: “Are you on a solid foundation? The portion commences as the end of Moses’ final great farewell speech to the nation. In it several unstated assumptions are found. Among these are: (1) Human beings are neither evil nor good by nature, they just are. We are all capable of doing great things and at times we all fail. Both success and failure are part of life and how we deal with both tells us a lot about the strength of our character. The text reminds us that in the end we can blame no one else but ourselves for what we do with our lives. (2) Change is hard. Moses makes it clear that while we must learn to live with change, that life is a verb; it is never static but always changing. We cannot stop change; it is part of life. Trusting in ourselves, in life, and in G’d, makes change exciting; demonstrating a lack of trust makes life full of fear. (3) There is a love relationship between G’d and His people. Because the central piece of G’d’s relationship is love, G’d grants individuals the opportunity of fixing errors and “returning to G’d”. We call that act of return “Teshuvah: meaning: Repentance, return, and turning one’s life around. ” Teshuvah occurs when we repair our relationships with our fellow human beings, and when we face ourselves and realize that complaining does no good, only our actions can change our lives. Nitzavim teaches that we are capable of erring. We also have the ability to seek renewal, to turn our lives around, to begin again. This change comes not by what we say, but rather by what we do.On Sunday (Sept 13) at sundown, we begin our yearly questioning:: “ re you ready for “ yeshivah” ? Will you be willing to make the positive changes in your life that will bring you happiness and make the world a better place?” Is your life filled with fears or do you have the faith to place you on a solid foundation during this New Year of 5776? My family and I wish each of you a year of happiness and health in. The New Year of 5775 be a year of positive changes in all of our lives.