Beth Shalom Synagogue
Message from the rabbi
Dear Beth Shalom friends,
Shalom! It is hard to believe but the holiday of Sukkot is soon coming to a close. Therefore I wanted to remind you of some important details to keep in mind over the next few days:
a. Sh’mini Atzeret morning service is scheduled for tomorrow, Monday, October 5th at 9:30 AM. Yizkor, the memorial service will be recited at approximately 11 AM.
b. Simchat Torah eve service & celebration is tomorrow night, Monday, October 5th . We will start with a Simcha dinner a 5:30 PM, the actual service and dancing is called for 6:30 PM.
Special incentives for Talmud Torah students & their families:
1) if any of the students wear a Talmud Torah T-shirts to Shul the student & their families can join us for a delicious dinner free of charge at 5:30 PM!
Just RSVP immediately to Helena@e-bethshalom.org and mention that you are a "TT family".
2) we will have a special Aliyah for the TT students Monday night (& Tuesday morning at 10:30 AM) will receive a blessing from Rabbi Kliel
All parents, grandparents & friends are invited to join us so spread the word!
c. Simchat Torah day service will take place this Tuesday, October 6th at 9:30 AM. It too will be a lot of fun.
As always, if you need to reach me please call or text at 780-860-9901. However, starting this evening at sundown until about an hour after sundown on Tuesday I will not be using the phone or email.
WELCOME TO BETH SHALOM SYNAGOGUE
Our Congregation of 300 families is a diverse community in age, gender and occupation. We are united both in our commitment to Conservative Judaism, and to being an active, participatory and egalitarian congregation where our members can and do make things happen.
Our synagogue is also a place in which anyone can come seeking answers. We are always open to questions. We believe that the path to Jewish observance is through education, community, and tolerance. We strive to provide all three. So, whether you are someone who is completely fluent in the rituals of Judaism, or someone who is a complete novice, or you are someone who is completely observant of Jewish laws and practices or someone who just needs a connection to your heritage, you will find a home at Beth Shalom.
Vision 2020 Comes to beth shalom
In July bulletin we announced that Beth Shalom had launched Vision 2020—its strategic planning process. Our congregation is 1 of 7 from North America that has been chosen by the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism (USCJ) this year to participate in a rigorous systematic process, leading to the preparation of a plan to guide the Board for the next five years. On an ongoing basis we receive assistance from our dedicated consultant, Jay Weiner, as well as other USCJ resources.
To date the Steering Committee has:
- created a Fact Book, which includes information about trends in who we serve, our membership, financial status of Beth Shalom, fundraising success, and participation in services and other synagogue activities/programs
- attended a training session with Bob Leventhal from USCJ to learn how we can use various pieces of information from our Fact Book and other background data to identify specific ‘focus areas’
- examined Beth Shalom’s strengths and identified new possibilities for the future
Beth Shalom is using a comprehensive survey, designed by USCJ, to collect important information from our members. Several other North American synagogues have used it to help them with their strategic plans.
The survey was initially launched in July. For those who may have missed it, the survey will be reopened between September 10th and 29th to give all of our members an opportunity to share their views about their Beth Shalom experience. It takes only 15 minutes to complete. All responses are anonymous.
We look forward to receiving your input.
James Mallet and Michael Goldstein
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