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What's New at BJBE - April 30

Dear Friends,

If you were unable to join us for yesterday's meeting about the future direction of our capital campaign, please join us for an additional presentation on Wednesday, May 10th at 7:30 PM. Your understanding and participation in our long-term strategy is critical to our success. We are also available to discuss any questions you may have regarding this effort. Please send your questions to president@bjbe.org, and someone will get back to you as soon as possible. We will also compile the questions received and send out a communication to the congregation with the answers.

Please join us for a Confirmation ceremony celebrating and honoring our tenth graders this Sunday, May 6 at 5:00 PM. All year, our students have been studying about Jewish identity, and at this ceremony, each student will stand before our community and say "I am a Jew because..." This is truly an occasion for our community to rejoice together.

Our second congregational trip to Joplin, MO this past weekend was a moving experience for everyone. Many thanks to our talented musicians Andy Dennen, Marcus Newman, and Gary Schaffel, who led us in prayer throughout the weekend, and whose passion for Jewish music inspired us and touched the lives of our friends in Joplin's Jewish community.

Speaking of BJBEers making an impact on people around the country, check out this article in today's Deerfield Patch about our recent trip to New Orleans, headlined "Local Children Bring Joy to New Orleans."

Finally, a construction note: weather permitting, the Deerfield Business Center roads will be resurfaced this Saturday, May 5. There will be access to BJBE with possible changing detours throughout the day.

L'Shalom,

Rabbi Stoller

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

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