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What's New at BJBE - April 23

Dear Friends,

Please make every effort to join us this Sunday, April 29, 9:45 AM at BJBE for a special congregational meeting to discuss the future of our congregation. We stand today at a crossroads. Decisions have to be made. A group of dedicated volunteers has worked countless hours to come up with a financial model to answer your most frequently asked question: What do we have to do to get it done? Together we will chart a new course for the community we love so dearly. The time is now.

Additionally, in celebration of Yom Ha'atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) at Shabbat Services this Friday, April 27, 7:30 PM, we are honored to welcome Ori Shaham, who was the Senior Paramedic of Magen David Adom in the southern region of Israel, to speak to us about the challenges and developments in Israel today. He is a riveting speaker, and I know you will enjoy hearing from him.

Our Fourth Annual G'milut Chasadim trip to New Orleans this past weekend was a great success! Our participants, ranging from age 9 to over 70, lent our hearts and hands to help rebuild communities and lives. In addition, over the last few months, we collected games, toys, bicycles, sports equipment, building supplies, and gift cards to donate to our friends in New Orleans, and presented 135 boxes of items to communities in need. Many thanks to our planning team - Nancy Rooks, Donna Price, Laura Karman, Mike Goldberg, Daphna Ludwig, Jennie Cohen, and Holly Metzger - for making this such a profound and deeply moving experience for all involved. Watch the BJBE website for a special forthcoming section on our ongoing work in New Orleans.

Finally, please note that I will be composing this weekly email for the time being, so please send all email materials to me at bstoller@bjbe.org.

L'Shalom,

 

Rabbi Stoller

A message from Rabbi Kedar

Dear Congregants,

What's New at BJBE - April 16

Dear Friends,

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

Please note that Family Shabbat Services this Friday night, April 20, will begin at 6:00 PM, with a Matza Ball Soup Dinner beforehand at 5:15 PM. As is our practice on Family Shabbat Fridays, there will be no 7:30 PM service this Friday night.

By now you have all received the letter from our Acting President Terri Argentar inviting you to a special congregational meeting on Sunday April 29, 9:45 AM at BJBE, to discuss the capital campaign, the closing of Caruso, and the possibility of a congregational assessment. We have overcome challenges of this nature before and we are confident that, working together, we will do so again. Please make every effort to attend this meeting, and join us in charting a new way forward for our congregation.

Finally, please note that I will be composing this weekly email for the time being, so please send all email materials to me at bstoller@bjbe.org.

L'Shalom,

Rabbi Stoller

What's New at BJBE - April 9

Dear Friends,

I hope you all had wonderful seders over the weekend and that you are enjoying Pesach! Our BJBE community seder on Saturday night was very well attended and so much fun! On behalf of our community, I'd like to say thank you to Erika West and her family for organizing the beautiful seder, and to Steve and Shana Geffen for providing the amazing food. The whole evening was incredible!

We will have our Yizkor (Memorial)/Seventh Day Pesach services on Friday morning, April 13, at 9:30 AM. This is a beautiful tradition and a very powerful way to remember your loved ones.

Services will be followed by a special Torah Study session at 11:00 AM led by Rabbi Kedar.

We will be commemorating Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, at Friday night services this week, April 13, 7:30 PM.

Also, to all Hebrew school families, please note that there will be no Hebrew school on Tuesday April 10 or Thursday April 12.

Finally, please note that I will be composing this weekly email for the time being, so please send all email materials to me at bstoller@bjbe.org.


Moadim L'simchah (May this time of Pesach be for happiness),

Rabbi Stoller

What's New at BJBE - April 2

Dear Friends,

I know it's hard to believe, but Pesach is finally here! The first seder is this Friday evening, April 6. No one should be alone on the first night of Pesach, so if you are in need of a place to go for seder, please contact the temple office and we will help you find a family who will be delighted to host you. 

Please note the following change in our service schedule for this weekend!:There will be no Friday night, April 6 Shabbat service so that you can prepare for your seder and arrive at your destination on time. If you would like to say Kaddish for your loved ones this week, please know that you will have the opportunity to do so at our Wednesday morning minyan on April 4, 6:45-7:15 AM, our Wednesday evening minyan on April 4, 6:45-7:15 PM, and our Pesach morning Kol Shabbat service on Saturday, April 7 at 9:30 AM.

Everyone is invited to attend our Congregational Seder on Saturday evening, April 7. There is still room, so please make your reservations by Wednesday, April 4 so we will know to expect you!

Finally, please note that I will be composing this weekly email while Arlene gets her feet firmly on BJBE soil, so please send all email materials to me at bstoller@bjbe.org.

 

Chag Sameach,

 

Rabbi Stoller

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