North Shore synagogues to 'stream' High Holiday services

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B'nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim in Deerfield is one of a number of congregations who are live streaming their High Holiday services. "We value community and this redefines what community can mean," says executive director Arlene Mayzel. (Courtesy B'nai Jehoshua Beth, Chime Costello)

Israel Emergency Campaign

Congregation BJBE to host Israeli artisan event

By Donald Liebenson, Special to the Tribune
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Congregation B'nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim is hosting an Israeli artisan event on Aug. 24.

Jewelry, Judaica and other crafted items by Israeli artists will be on sale between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the temple, 1201 Lake Cook Road in Deerfield.

The public is invited and all money will go to the artists, said Harold Schneider, chairman of the congregation's Israel committee.

Nine other area congregations are joining with BJBE to raise awareness of the event: Temple Chai and Beth Judea in Long Grove, Am Shalom and North Shore Congregation Israel in Glencoe, B'Chavana congregation, Temple Judea Mizpah in Skokie, Am Yisrael Congregation in Northfield, Lakeside Congregation in Highland Park and Congregation Beth Am in Buffalo Grove.

The artisan event was the inspiration of Jerusalem-based artist Ori Gabrielo, who has local ties with BJBE Rabbi Karyn Kedar as well as with Moriah Congregation in Deerfield, where he has participated in that congregation's annual Judaica fair.

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7.15.14 Rabbi Kedar on Fear

Dear friends,

I'm home. I will be speaking about Israel during our Friday night service at 6:30 pm, but wanted to share this with you in the meantime:


It’s an odd thing. The fear that sends your heart to race, your mind to cloud. But it’s not like that. We are not afraid. In that regard each of us is a warrior. Trained to suppress the fear that says, save yourself, run, hide, for the love of God save yourself. We do not run. We do not hide. We go about the day, a cup of coffee with friend, a final exam. Meetings at work continue, carpool, weddings, a run to the store to buy challah for Shabbat. And in these millions of ordinary moments, our ears listen, eyes search; if a siren would come now, no now, even now, where’s the best place to go? And a plan is made, just like you plan a dinner party, dividing


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