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Houston, Texas 77005 An adventure of the spirit
March 8, 2016 / Adar I 28, 5776 Volume 70 Number 12 From Rabbi Hayon
Spring Series of Welcome Events for
Rabbi Hayon Announced
I have just returned from spending a week with at the annual convention of the Central Conference of By the time this Temple Bulletin hits your email in- American Rabbis, the professional organization to box or mailbox, our Congregation will have launched which Emanu El's rabbis – and all Reform rabbis in North America and our affiliates around the world – a second series of Meet & Greet events with Rabbi Hayon, belong. This year, our convention was held in Israel, who is eager to meet you and engage in meaningful and the gathering gave me and all of my rabbinical conversation, worship, and study. To accomplish this, colleagues the chance to strengthen our relationship members of our Congregation who have not already with the Jewish state, to hear from the country's top had a chance to do so, can sign up for an opportunity experts in politics and diplomacy, and to have many to meet Rabbi Hayon in small informal gatherings.
moving experiences of prayer and study. I hope to These "Welcoming Events" will include refreshments, have many more opportunities to share what I learned time to schmooze and a brief text study and conversa- with you over the weeks ahead.
tion about Emanu El. Saturday evening events will include a Havdallah service.
This scheduled series includes a ‘family friendly' gathering which features activities for children and Meet & Greets in areas of town that were not part of the initial series (i.e. Memorial and Sugar Land). In addition, an invitation to a ‘New Member'-specific Meet & Greet was sent to all those who have joined our Congregation during the last fiscal year. These events are designed for groups of 35 or fewer individuals. All events are open to the congregation, but are limited in space. To sign-up for an event, follow the link on the Temple website, www.emanuelhouston.
org or by contacting the Temple at (713) 529-5771 or Rabbi Hayon pictured in the West Bank during a recent trip to Israel to emailing Jason Plotkin at [email protected]. attend the Central Conference of American Rabbis Convention. Hayon is the Vice President for Membership of the organization. Upon registering, address information will be shared.
continued on page 2 continued on page 3 Purim & Pasta . . and Star Wars!
Join Congregation Emanu El as we celebrate ‘Purim & Pasta' on Wednesday, March 23rd starting
with a 5:45 p.m. pasta dinner and continuing on at 6:30 p.m. with a Megillah reading and Emanu El's famous Purim Schpiel, which this year will feature Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Obi-Wan Kenobi and all your favorite Star Wars characters! The pasta dinner is $5 with payment accepted via EmanuElHouston.org or at the door. The dinner is free for those Helfman Religious Upper School students who have paid for dinners this school year. The Megillah reading and schpiel are free and open to the community and will be followed by a chance to nosh on some fantastic hamantashen!
continued from page 1 From Rabbi Hayon
One of the most interesting and engaging parts of the convention was our opportunity for an up-close 6:00 p.m., Monday through Thursday reappraisal of Reform Judaism in Israel today. Much Shabbat P'kudei, Exodus 38:21 – 40:38
has changed over the past decade. We have a great deal Friday, March 11th
to be proud of, but a number of challenges still face us 6:00 p.m., Kabbalat Shabbat, Proler Chapel as we move forward together.
It must be stated that Reform Judaism in Israel bears Saturday, March 12th
little resemblance to what it was a generation ago, when 10:30 a.m., Morning Service, Proler Chapel it was viewed (not incorrectly, by the way) by Israelis as having been imported by – and only appreciated by – Shabbat Vayikra, Leviticus 1:1-5:26
expat Americans seeking to replicate their home congre- Friday, March 18th
gational experiences. Now, however, Reform Judaism 6:00 p.m., Kabbalat Shabbat, Proler Chapel has become an authentically Israeli phenomenon: 6:00 p.m., Kabbalat Shabbat, Barish Sanctuary Reform synagogues dot the map of the entire country, B'not Mitzvah of Daisy Serebrin, daughter of
Lisa Brooks and Frank Serebrin & Dina Owers,
and there are now around 100 inspiring native-born daughter of Illa Owers Israeli Reform rabbis serving the movement, with about ten more being ordained each year. Most significantly, Saturday, March 19th
perhaps, today nearly a third of Israelis have a positive 10:30 a.m., Morning Service, Proler Chapel impression of Reform Judaism – thanks in large part 10:30 a.m., Morning Service, Barish Sanctuary to the work we have made to defend the rights of non- B'not Mitzvah of Daisy Serebrin & Dina Owers Orthodox Israelis to practice their faith outside the religious monopoly of the ultra-Orthodox movements Shabbat Tzav, Leviticus 6:1-8:36
and the national Chief Rabbinate.
Friday, March 25th
And these gains have been great: There is now (limited) 6:00 p.m., Teen Shabbat, Youth Lounge government funding for non-Orthodox synagogues, 6:00 p.m., Kabbalat Shabbat, Proler Chapel and we successfully petitioned the Supreme Court to Saturday, March 26th
allow Reform rabbis to use state-funded community 10:30 a.m., Morning Service, Proler Chapel mikva'ot (ritual baths) for use in our conversions. Most recently, it was announced that an agreement had Shabbat Sh'mini, Leviticus 9:1-11:47
been reached to create a space for non-Orthodox, Friday, April 1st
mixed-gender prayer at the southern edge of the 6:00 p.m., Tot Shabbat, Oshman Multi-Purpose Room Western Wall. While I personally feel that the specific 6:00 p.m., Kabbalat Shabbat, Proler Chapel terms of the deal are not worth celebrating (I plan to Artist-in-Residence David Sanders write more on this specific issue in the future), what is 6:00 p.m., Kabbalat Shabbat, Barish Sanctuary most important is the way the deal is to be implemented: Bar Mitzvah of Joel Schoenberg, son of Michelle
for the first time, Reform rabbis and members of the & Richard Schoenberg Israel Religious Action Center (our movement's social Saturday, April 2nd
justice arm in Israel) will be part of an official govern- 10:30 a.m., Morning Service, Proler Chapel ment task force related to Israeli religious practice.
10:30 a.m., Morning Service, Barish Sanctuary There are still many obstacles standing between Bar Mitzvah of Joel Schoenberg us and full acceptance of Reform Judaism in lsrael. Orthodox members of the Knesset and the leadership Reminder: All Friday night Shabbat services are video
of its ministries continue to insult Reform Jews (includ- streamed on EmanuElHouston.org. Saturday morning ing this past week, when a legislator went on the record services featuring a B'nai Mitzvah are also streamed. to call Reform Jews "mental patients") and the disparity of resources between Orthodox and non-Orthodox bodies remains dishearteningly wide. But our work goes on, and our successes continue to accrue. LIKE US ON
One of the most moving moments of this week's convention for me came during our visit to the Knesset. At the end of the testimonies delivered in our committee session, all of us – close to 400 Reform rabbis and other leaders of our movement's institutions – rose as one to sing "HaTikvah." We were all moved by the words of the Israeli National Anthem as we sang "Od lo avda tikvateinu" – "our hope is not yet lost." That spiritual Congregation Emanu El Bulletin (USPS 399‑430) is published semi‑monthly optimism remained with me for the entirety of my by Congregation Emanu El, 1500 Sunset, Houston, Texas 77005. Periodical time in Israel, and I am eager to share it with you as we paid at Houston, Texas. POSTMASTER: send address changes to Congregation Emanu El Bulletin, 1500 Sunset, Houston, Texas 77005.
continue our powerful spiritual work together.
continued from page 1 Spring Series of Welcome Events
OUR TEMPLE FAMILY
SCHEDULED WELCOMING EVENTS:
—————— IN THE COMMUNITY ——————
Bobbi and Vic Samuels were recognized with the
Wednesday, March 9th – 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., Hosted
Alice Graham Baker Award by Neighborhood Centers by Barbara & Mark Brookner (Bellaire) at their ‘Heart of Gold' Celebration. This award recog- nized the Samuels' lifetime of work and community Wednesday, March 30th – 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., Hosted
service that continues to impact the lives of countless by Phyllis & Steven Segal (West U) neighbors for generations to come.
Sunday, April 3rd – 3:00 – 5:00 p.m., Hosted by
Jessica Segal & Danny Miller (West U/Family Friendly) Evan Maxwell Lichman, son of Rachael & Barry
Wednesday, April 27th – 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., Hosted
Lichman; grandson of Carolyn Altman & Keith by Linda & David Barish (Memorial/Tanglewood) Solomon, Alan & Ronnie Lichman, Julie & Steve Thursday, April 28th – 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., Hosted by
Rachael & Barry Lichman (Heights) Aiden Reece Meyer, son of Geraldine Daumerie &
Wesley Mayer; grandson of Lynn Mayer & Ron Harris, Saturday, April 30th – 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Hosted by
Jacqueline & Michel Daumerie; great-grandson of Sue Baum and Kathy & Stephen Parven (Meyerland) Wednesday, May 11th – 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., Hosted by
Rebecca Ann Saban, daughter of Beth & Guillaume
Susan & Richard Speer (Sugar Land) Saban; granddaughter of Caroline & Edward Kuntz, Mr. & Mrs. Maixent Saban Thursday, May 12th – 7:00 – 9:00 p.m., Hosted by
Helen & Andy Spector (Tanglewood) Hazel Esther Tenenbaum, daughter of Lisa &
Alan Tenenbaum; granddaughter of Donna & Phillip Tenenbaum, Paula & Ben Schwartz Madeline Lexi Racusin, daughter of Amanda &
Philip Racusin; granddaughter of Jill & Barry Racusin, Linda & Gary Swindle; great-granddaughter of Marvin Marjorie Kamin, mother of Lulu Kamin; great-
grandmother of Leslie Winston Lauren Oeschel; sister of Louis Solomon; sister-in-law of Max Kamin Melvin Lewis, husband of Marion Lewis; father of
Arlene Lewis & John Banks, Brenda & Chuck Weiser; grandfather of Sean and Harold Weiser; brother-in-law of Betty Aronowitz and Estelle Jucker Food Truck Havdalah on Saturday,
Samuel Luks, husband of Emily Luks; father of
Joel Luks & Glenn Dubin, Samek Luks, Nicole Luks Clarfield & Lawrence Clarfield; grandfather of Evan, Join us for an inspiring yet short-and-sweet havdalah Max, Neely and Ash Clarfield service on Saturday, April 16th at 4:30 p.m.
followed by food, fun and socializing outside Congre- Esther Shelby, mother of Nancy & Alan Shelby,
gation Emanu El! This event is tentatively scheduled to Laura & Bruce Shelby and Susan Shelby; grandmother feature The Lunchbox Food Truck, as well as Mahalo of Madeline & Russell Shelby, Amanda Lee Shelby Munchies and a dessert truck called Custom Confections. Noble & Randall Noble, Riley Shelby and Jaron Shelby; There'll also be arts and crafts, ‘Minute to Win It' games great grandmother of Mila Shelby and Brayden Noble.
and some inflatables. Barbara Sklar, mother of Peggy Sklar, Patty Sklar
In addition, this will be your last chance to purchase & Sam Polsky, Mina & John Sklar, Pam & John raffle tickets for Helfman's annual raffle, see page 6 and Derbyshire; grandmother of David, Rachel and best of all, a winner will be announced! Come join us Benjamin Sklar, Jeffrey, Michael and Alex Derbyshire; in a fun atmosphere for the entire family! sister of Joanne & Marshall Nurenberg Second Night Seder Registration Now
Open; Reserve Your Spot Today!
Congregation Emanu El will host its 3rd Annual Brotherhood Hosting
Second Night Seder in Feld Hall on Saturday, April
Torah @ Sunrise with Rabbi Hayon
23rd at 6:00 p.m. For a second straight year, the
The Brotherhood is excited to announce Torah @ Sunrise. Seder will be catered by Canopy Restaurant. Come and join the men of Congregation Emanu El for Invitations for this event can be found on page 5 with breakfast as we have an opportunity to eat, schmooze payment accepted via the mail or on the Emanu El and study a little bit of text with Rabbi Oren Hayon on website. Please designate whether any member of your the subject, Fathers, Sons, Husbands and Brothers: What dinner party is Gluten-free or a Vegetarian so that we Jewish Text Says about Jewish Men and our Families. This can properly serve you.
series continues Tuesday, March 15th at 7:00 a.m.
New this year – the Seder can be an expensive
at Corner Bakery (2615 Southwest Fwy). Additional event to attend for members of our Congregation. To sessions will be held on Tuesdays, April 19th and
assist the clergy team in helping families and individuals May 17th – also at 7:00 a.m.
take part that may not be able to afford to otherwise or may be new to our community, guests will have an opportunity to submit a donation alongside registration. David Sanders Performs
If you are interested in making a contribution to this At Congregation Emanu El
effort so all are welcome at the Seder table or if you have any other questions regarding the Passover Seder, Cantor Perman is looking forward to welcoming a talented composer, please contact Jason Plotkin at (713) 535-6414.
musician, and friend to Congrega- tion Emanu El the weekend of April
David Sanders is a gifted professor
of sound technology and broadcasting Classic Connections
at Montclair State University in Mont- clair, New Jersey. He is also a musician at one of the most dynamic congregations in New York City called Rom'mu. David has composed some out- In your 50s or 60s? Wanting to take part in a social standing contemporary Jewish melodies including, Song group for people that is open to all regardless if you for Darfur, which was published in the URJ Social Action are single, married or partnered? Here's a glimpse of Songbook. David and vocalist Melissa Schaffer will be our guest musical artists in the Proler Chapel along with some fine musicians during 6:00 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat
Classic Connections Goes to the
services on Friday, April 1st. On Saturday, April
Second Night Seder – Saturday,
2nd at 8:00 p.m., David and Melissa will join with
April 23rd at 6:00 p.m.
Cantor Perman in a musical performance featuring original melodies and a musical pastiche of familiar Please indicate on your registration for the Second songs that will touch the soul and leave you singing. Night Seder that you would like to sit with Classic That performance will include Havdallah. Finally, David and Melissa will be present in the Helfman Connections! We're arranging a table or tables for the Religious School on Sunday, April 3rd, sharing their
Seder so that our group can enjoy this special holiday musical talents with our young people.
David has shared his music at every congregation Cantor Perman has served over the past 19 years, as Shabbat Dinner
well as many more throughout the country. with Cantor Perman in
For more information, contact Cantor Perman at May – Friday, May 20th at 7:15 p.m.
[email protected] or (713) 529-5771, Join Classic Connections for a Shabbat dinner follow- Annual Meeting to Be Held Sunday,
ing a Kabbalat Shabbat service that features the Shabba- April 10th
tones. Our special guest is Cantor Perman, who will be presenting on ‘Jewish Broadway' after dinner and Our Congregation will come together on Sunday,
before dessert. The cost is $11 per person and your April 10th at 4:00 p.m. for our Annual Meeting in
spot can be reserved at www.EmanuElHouston.org or the Proler Chapel. The agenda for the meeting includes by sending a check to Congregation Emanu El, attn: the approval of the 2016-17 operating budget, in addition to an election of the Officers and Trustees.
Jason Plotkin, 1500 Sunset Blvd, Houston, Texas 77005. Information on the budget, the coming year's slate of For more information, contact Classic Connections at candidates for the Board of Trustees, babysitting and a post-meeting dinner will be shared in future communi- cations to all Congregants.
Rabbi Oren Hayon
Rabbi Pamela Silk
Cantor Mark Perman
An adventure of the spirit
for Congregation Emanu El's Second N ight Seder Saturday, April 23, 2016, 6:00 p.m.
Kindly RSVP By Thursday, April 14, 2016
Reserve your spot online at emanuelhouston.org or by returning the form below to: Congregation Emanu El, 1500 Sunset Blvd, Houston, Texas 77005 r Individual Seating Members: Adults ($35 each) Non-Members: Adults ($40 each) Number of children 10 & under ($18 each) r Family Table of 10 – $360 Name on Table _ Number of Tables r Dietary Information (please indicate the number in your party) Vegetarian Gluten-Free r In my absence or in addition to my reservation, I (we) would like to donate $ to allow our Seder to be accessible to those in need of financial assistance or are new to our community.
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Charlie Rothschild of WUPJ To Present
At March 11th Oneg Shabbat
Charlie Rothschild, Secretary of the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) will be visiting Emanu El for Shabbat services and making a presentation at the Oneg Shabbat on Friday, March
11th. Rothschild will be delivering
greetings from Congregations around the world and to thank Emanu El for its contributions Crowds Stream in for Record-Setting
to support Progressive & Reform Chicken Soup Cookoff
Judaism worldwide. The Oneg is sponsored by Meyer Menchen.
A record crowd streamed into the 13th Congregation Rothschild resides in Los Altos, Calif. where he is an Emanu El Chicken Soup Cookoff on Sunday, February active member of the North American Advisory Board 21st. The Cookoff was sponsored by the Congregation's for the World Union. In these roles, Rothschild helps Brotherhood Men's Club.
oversee the management and strategic direction of More than 40 restaurants took part in the event, the World Union as it expands Liberal and Progressive which raised over $10,000 for the Houston Food Bank Judaism throughout the world. He has visited and and Emergency Aid Coalition.
consulted with congregations in Europe, Israel, South Mark's won the "Traditional Soup" category with America and Australia. runner-ups Houston City Club and Ruggles Green. The Rothschild believes the best way to understand the top spot in the "International" competition went to amazing worldwide Progressive Movement is to visit Randalls' for their Afghan-inspired entry followed by local congregations whenever and wherever we travel H-Town Treats and Hungry's. The first place "Creative" internationally, as well as domestically.
soup was Oceannaire with South Shore Harbor Resort In addition to his duties with the WUPJ, Rothschild and The Grove rounding out the top three.
is also heavily involved in the Union for Reform Throughout the day, attendees had an opportunity Judaism (URJ), the congregational arm of the North to vote on the "People's Choice" Award. First-time American Reform Movement. He has been a board entrant Jonathan's The Rub ultimately won the crown.
member, an executive committee member, an officer Following the day of community and competition, and a key lay leader in the URJ for over 25 years in the restaurants all donated their remaining soup whichever community he was living. He has served which was picked up the next day by Second Servings as President of a small 25-family congregation of Houston, which was able to ‘rescue' enough soup near Toronto, Ontario, and more recently served as to feed 400 homeless individuals in the Houston President of one of the largest congregations in the San Francisco Bay Area, Congregation Beth Am. The bi-annual Chicken Soup Cookoff will return on
The visit from Rothschild is open to the community February 25, 2018 with hopes of raising even more
and the presentation will begin shortly after everyone monies for the Houston Food Bank and Emergency Aid has an opportunity to get a bite to eat at the Oneg.
Helfman Religious School News
How would you like to win the latest iPad Air 2 or an Apple Watch or a $50 Amazon gift card? Helfman's Religious School Community Committee is sponsoring a raffle to help update our tech- nology in the religious school classrooms. Using the latest and greatest equipment, such as projectors, iPads and computers not only helps our teachers present material better, but it makes learning fun! Tickets are $10 each or 6 for $50. Five chances to win. Grand Prize is iPad Air 2 128 GB worth $700. Additionally, two Apple Watches will be given away as 2nd & 3rd prize and two $50 Amazon gift cards will go to the lucky 4th & 5th place winners! Drawing will be held at the Food Truck Havdallah on Saturday, April 16th (need not be present to
win). Don't miss out on the opportunity to support our religious school! Please log on to emanuelhouston.org to purchase tickets or contact Gail Shapiro in the school at (713) 529-5771, ext. 261. The more tickets sold, the more technology can be put in the classrooms. Alternatively, if you would like to consider making a donation to purchase one of the many electronic devices needed, we welcome all donations. Please contact Gail Shapiro for list of items needed.
Thank you for your support! Sisterhood chefs Anne Joachim, Rita Wilkenfeld and Inez Taylor helped prepare a soup entry from the Sisterhood for the Chicken Soup Cookoff. Ron Nodler and Brotherhood President Lewis Kalmans led a group of volunteers that helped load restaurants into Feld Hall. Mark's American Cuisine won the ‘Traditional' Soup category at this year's Chicken Soup Cookoff. Sisterhood News & Happenings
Join Sisterhood's Culinary Adventure
Check your mailbox for your invitation and make your reservation for Sisterhood's annual fundraiser scheduled for Wednesday, April 13th. This year's event, A Jewish Foodies' Guide to the World, will feature Tina Wasserman,
an award-winning cookbook author and nationally recognized food columnist. In her cookbook, Entrée to Judaism, A Culinary Exploration of the Jewish Diaspora, Tina leads a culinary journey around the world and across the ages. A delicious luncheon, incorporating Tina's recipes, will follow her presentation. An over-the-top raffle will offer some spectacular prizes including a Lagos silver and turquoise necklace and ring from Loggins Jewelers with a retail value over $3,000.
It's not too late to become a Patron, which includes an invitation to a private reception with Tina and eligibility in a special drawing valued over $1,000. The winner will receive two nights at the luxurious Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans and dinner for two in the hotel's top-rated restaurant, The Grill Room. To register for yourself and your guests and to purchase raffle tickets, go to www.emanuelhouston.org and click on the Sisterhood Quick Link and then Sisterhood Fund Raiser or return your invitation response card with your check or credit card payment to: Congregation Emanu El Sisterhood, 1500 Sunset Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77005. We have numerous volunteer opportunities for any Sisterhood member interested in working on this very worthwhile event. We'd love to have you join the fun. Call the Sisterhood office at (713) 529-5771, ext. 233 or email We are collecting non-perishable, Kosher food and personal items for Houston's Jewish Family Service, which we will use to create our centerpieces for the event. Please drop your donations in the designated bin in the Temple's Rotunda, or send a check to help purchase these items to the Sisterhood office. Sisterhood began collecting food and toiletries in January, which will be distributed by the JFS to many who are in need in our community, whether it be for emergency disaster relief necessities or the senior clients of JFS. For any questions regarding the donation drives, contact Lisa Brooks, project chair at [email protected], or by calling the Sisterhood office. Your participation in these projects that will have such a positive impact for those in our community most in need is greatly appreciated. Thank you to all who have already donated and we look forward to dining with you! Next Sisterhood Book Review: Flowers in Blood by Gay Courter
Please join us on Thursday, April 14th at 12:30 p.m. as Ellen Grabois reviews Gay Courter's
Flowers in Blood. Beautiful Dinah Sassoon, daughter of an affluent opium trader who is a pillar of Calcutta's tightly-knit Jewish community, sees her privileged future destroyed when her mother is mysteriously murdered. This tragic event leaves Dinah dishonored and virtually unmarriageable . . until Edwin Salem, offering unconditional love, sparks her indomitable spirit and passionate ambition. Exotic and richly textured, Flowers in the Blood brings to life a nineteenth-century, Jewish community in India. All book reviews are open to the community and includes refreshment.
Emanu El Young Professionals Heading to Houston Jewish Film Festival
Emanu El's Young Professionals are partnering with Get Cultured and the Houston Jewish Film Festival to participate in a screening of Atomic Falafel at Sundance Cinemas, 510 Texas Avenue on Thursday, March 10th at 7:30 p.m.
Purchases are $10 in advance and can be made online at http://www.brownpapertickets.
com/event/2500842. Space is limited to just 85 people with cash accepted at the door if space This hilarious satire has everything: intelligence and military personnel who sit around a sandbox planning war maneuvers while an assistant removes ever larger missiles from her purse; two teenaged girls, Israeli and Iranian, who spill their respective country's valuable secrets on Facebook while trying to prevent a nuclear crisis; and the hottest falafel truck operator in the Middle East. Young Professionals: Dinner After Dark
Join Emanu El's Young Professionals for ‘Dinner After Dark' on Friday, March 18th at 7:30 p.m. at GUAD,
2925 Southwest Freeway, following 6:00 p.m. Shabbat services at the Temple. Dinner After Dark is joining forces with Young Professionals to bring monthly programming for anyone in their 20s-30s-and-40s for an adults only night out. Open to singles and couples (but not kiddos!). Please RSVP to Kristina at [email protected] or (713) 529-5771, ext. 262.
Welcome Our Newest Members
We are pleased to welcome the newest members to our congregational family. Please be sure to introduce yourself to our newcomers as they become a part of our community. Laura and Etai Funk, daughters Sivan and Daisy
Emily and Graham Segal, daughters Devyn and Maeve
Gail and Jason Paul, son Heath
New members will be shared in the Temple Bulletin once a month. Know someone interested in becoming a part of our community? New to town? Or looking to find a way to connect with Emanu El? Contact Kristina Boshernitzan at (713) 529-5771, ext. 262 or [email protected]. Chai and Young Adult Members, questions about renewing your membership dues at standard rates? Wondering what dues abatements or Rabbi's Circle are? Contact Kristina to answer all your questions and more! (713) 529-5771, ext. 262 or [email protected] ACH Payment Coming, Effective May 1st
Congregation Emanu El is pleased to announce that effective May 1st, members can pay their Temple annual dues and fees through the use of ACH (Automated Clearing House) payments.
In contrast to a credit or debit card payments, there are no fees associated with ACH payments. The amount and frequency of each withdrawal or debit is determined by payee. ACH payments can be structured so that your account balance is paid off in equal monthly installments. Withdrawals can be made from either a checking or savings account. To take advantage of this new, secure payment method, please complete the ACH form that will be mailed in late April to all Congregants or you can get a jump on the transition to ACH by going to Congregation Seeks to Update Email Information for Members
Did you know the Congregation sends out an email on Wednesday mornings detailing the up- coming activities? That when a family requests, a death notice is sent to the Congregation? That the Emanu El Bulletin can be received via email? Or how about emails with special advisories in case inclement weather cancels a synagogue event? If you are missing out on these e-mails and want to add your information or make sure your infor- mation is current with the synagogue, contact Bethany Boucher at [email protected] or (713) 529-5771. We can update your email address! Help Us Remain Connected With Our College Students
Purim is almost here! The Sisterhood is preparing to send care packages to our Emanu El students away at college. If you would like to make sure we include your son or daughter (or you!), please send name(s), email address(es) and mailing address(es) to Alisha Klapholz: [email protected]. Updating your college students' information will also make sure they receive the Temple Bulletin and get invited to events on their campuses or in Houston specific to college students.
EMANU EL SCRAPBOOK
Coach Herman Boone Visits
Coach Herman Boone – the real life coach portrayed by Denzel Washington in the movie Remember the Titans – visited Emanu El in February as part of the Speaker Series. He's pictured above taking part in a ‘Question & Answer' with Rabbi Houston Rabbinic Association Hosts Tikkun Olam Project at Emanu El
The Houston Rabbinic Association rotates its meetings amongst the synagogues in the Houston area. In February, Emanu El hosted the meeting which also featured a Tikkun Olam project as the visiting Rabbis joined their colleagues from Emanu El to make over 250 sandwiches for Kids Meals.
Helfman Religious School's
Upper School Meets
Our Religious School headed to ReelAbilities Houston to see a film entitled Henry O and met the film's namesake Enrique "Henry" Oliu. The film was about Enrique being blind since birth, but that didn't stop him from making his major league baseball dream come true – being a color commentator for Florida's Tampa Bay Rays.
We appreciate the thoughtfulness of those who remember and honor their friends and loved ones through their generous contributions. ABLON FUND FOR THE
Gayle Schnurr's Birthday
Elyssa Schnurr's Birthday
Jan Pasternak & Reneé Tappe Ruby Sondock's Induction as a
Texas Legal Legend
Susan & Dr. Ed Septimus The Speedy Recovery of
FREDELL LACK EICHHORN
RABBI KAHN SOCIAL JUSTICE
DEBBIE JOY MARGOLIS
CANTORS MUSIC FUND
GLIGOR SPECIAL FUND
Gladys Schnurr's Birthday
The Speedy Recovery of
The Speedy Recovery of
Dolores Wilkenfeld The Bat Mitzvah of Nicole Sax
Cyndy Freeman Sax Susan & Dr. Ed Septimus DOLORES & BUDDY WILKENFELD In Memory of
Henia & Ben Friedberger
Gloria & Ben Tobor The Birth of Evan Lichman
Dolores Wilkenfeld HAROLD REINGOLD
RABBI ROY WALTER LEGACY
RELIGIOUS SCHOOL FUND
FUND FOR CREATIVE &
EDWARD WAYNE HUNGER FUND In Memory of
RIVA BURSTEN CARING
Jeanette & Philip Getz Sue Ann & Ed Bersin Rabbi Roy Walter
Pauline & Alfred Meyerson Sara Astrich's Retirement
JASON & DAVID MARCUS
Aaron Feldstein &
Pat & Aaron Fradkin PLAYSPACE FUND
Rici & Harold Miller Leslie & Mark Kaufman Ruby Sondock's
Induction as a Texas
Mack Michael Martin
FARB COMMUNITY SERVICE
& Selma Bradspies
Eileen Cersonsky Rici & Harold Miller Pat & Aaron Fradkin Ruby Sondock's Induction as a
Yetta Lee Green RABBIS' GOOD WORKS FUND
SOL & HELEN LAUFMAN, BILL
Texas Legal Legend
LAUFMAN, SHIRLEY LAUFMAN
Sylvia & Aubrey Farb Rose Sandler & Shelley Sandler Becky Proler & Gretchen GETZ COLLEGE FUND
The Best Music Teacher –
Gladys Schnurr's Birthday
Rabbi Samantha Kahn
Jeanette & Philip Getz Benjamin Krizeman Sam Feldt
Rabbi Pamela Silk
Dianne & Ellis Tudzin Sylvia & Aubrey Farb Gay Yellen & Donald Reiser The Speedy Recovery of
Dolores Wilkenfeld Emily & Albert Stein Marcia Shainock
Hana Freeman Pomerantz
Sheila & Jerry Kaplan TEMPLE FUND
Cyndy Freeman Sax Gay Yellen & Donald Reiser A Donation
Karen & Jeff Basen-Engquist FARB TZEDAKAH CANS
JEAN & JULIAN GOLDBERG
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Sheila & Jerry Kaplan Bernice Feld's Birthday
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Barbara & Raymond Kalmans Mr. & Mrs. Kurt Berk The Birth of Carol & Larry
Judy & Allan Lazor Samuel Luks
Fradkin's Great Grandchild
Gail & Lawrence Levinson Barbara Shair
Sara Speer Selber Gloria Pepper & Bernard Katz Becky Proler & Gretchen Jerry Robinson
The Speedy Recovery of
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JULIA KAPLAN RELIGIOUS
Punkin & Walter Hecht June & Julian Silverblatt SCHOOL ENRICHMENT FUND
Rita Blumenfeld Margie Kamin
Joy & Joe Kaplan Harry Halpin
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Reid & Madeline Taibel
KAGAN RUDY CHAPEL
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Claudia & Joel Selzer Beverly & Howard Robinson Barbara Sklar
Rose & Aaron Lewis
Lawrence Kagan's Birthday
Claudia & Joel Selzer Sylvia & Morris Lichtenstein
Punkin & Walter Hecht Mr. & Mrs. Gary S. Glesby Marion & Melvin Lewis Anita & Morton Seline RICKY SCHNURR CAMPERSHIP
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LILLIAN PASTERNAK MITZVAH In Honor of
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Becky & Joe Williams Schnurr's Birthdays
Doris Solomon & Yale
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Congregation Emanu El
Helfman High School Graduation on
Phone: (713) 529-5771 Fax: (713) 529-0703 Friday, April 29th
The whole Congregation and community is invited to take part as our Helfman Religious School class of seniors celebrates Associate Rabbi . . . . . . Pamela B. Silk graduation during Kabbalat Shabbat services on Friday, April
Assistant Rabbi . . . . . Samantha O. Kahn 29th at 6:00 p.m. in the Barish Sanctuary.
Rabbi Emeritus . . . . . . . Roy A. WalterCantor . . . . . . . . Mark J. PermanExecutive Director . . . . Steven FriedmanProgram Director . . . . . . Jason PlotkinReligious School Director . . Marna MeyerEarly Childhood Director . . . . Paula Katz President . . . . . . . Rebecca LunstrothSenior Vice President . . Jeff Basen‑EngquistVice President . . . . . . . . Stuart GaylorVice President . . . . . . Rodney RothVice President . . . . . . . Gail StalarowVice President . . . . . . . Rachael ToborTreasurer . . . . . . . . Richard SchechterSecretary . . . . . . . . Elyse KalmansHonorary President . . . . . . Garey MarksBrotherhood President . . . . Lewis KalmansSisterhood President . . . . Diane Puschett Follow Emanu El on Facebook
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Women's Health West Policy and Law Reform Scan This scan is provided to inform the WHW strategic planning process. It outlines key policy documents, legislative reforms and the external policy environment that relate to women's health, safety and wellbeing. © Women's Health West International Context International Gender Equality In November 2015, the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) held a 16-day international conference in Istanbul to end men's violence against women. Official representatives from more than 40 countries vowed to take a zero tolerance approach and immediate action to end the global epidemic of violence against women. They agreed to greater investment in gender equality, to share data on violence against women and to strengthen existing laws to protect women. The conference was held 20 years after the landmark Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, which was adopted by 189 countries in 1995 and set the most progressive agenda for advancing women's rights. Since the conference, the Executive Directors of UN Women and UNFPA launched the Essential Services Package, a toolkit of guidelines, services and best practice to support women and girls subjected to violence. This resource can be found here: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau selects a 50-50 cabinet (2015) In November newly elected Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced his cabinet which for the first time in Canadian history is made up of 15 men and 15 women. When asked at a press conference why he chose a gender balanced cabinet, the self-declared feminist's answer was brief: "Because it's 2015". The new gender division comes on top of existing cabinet-making criteria for regional, linguistic and ethnic representation, including the practice of selecting at least one minister from each of the country's 10 provinces. Trudeau's cabinet also includes a former Afghanistan refugee as the minister of democratic institutions, a para-Olympic swimmer from Vancouver in the sports ministry and an Aboriginal lawyer as minister of justice and attorney general. More details about Trudeau's cabinet can be found her Nepal's first female Prime Minister (2015) Nepal has elected a long-time women's rights campaigner as the country's first female president, as the Himalayan nation pushes for more gender equity in politics and civic life. Bidhya Devi Bhandari, the 54-year-old deputy leader of Nepal's Communist Party of Nepal Unified Marxist-Leninist, had lobbied actively for the new constitution to require that either the president or vice-president be a woman. Bidhya Devi Bhandari said her election by the Parliament marked a first step towards assuring these constitutional guarantees of equality are fulfilled. The constitution now requires that one-third of the country's legislators be women, and that women be included in all government committees. Bidhya Devi Bhandari has also promised to actively champion the rights of minority groups and women in Nepal. Global Ambassador for Women and Girls Former Democrats leader Natasha Stott Despoja has been appointed to this position by Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop. This follows her appointment as founding chair of the Foundation to prevent Violence against Women and their Children. The minister sees ‘one of the best ways to achieve peace and security and…achieve stronger communities and societies is to empower the women and the girls in your populations'. Further information can be found at: Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations (2013) Australia is currently participating in the final stages of negotiations for the Trans Pacific Partnership; an agreement to regulate free trade in the Asia-Pacific region. While the details of the agreement are yet to be released, a draft of the intellectual property chapter was leaked in November 2013. United States draft proposals for expanded patent protection have led many academics and public health professions to question what the agreement might mean for timely access to affordable medicines. In response, a motion was passed in the senate calling for early release of the draft text and greater public scrutiny of the agreement. The following areas of concern were raised in the letter presented to the federal Minister for Health by 44 prominent academics in public health and health sciences: