Congregation Beth Israel Weekly News & Updates

May 1, 2024 | 23 Nisan 5784

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Schedule of Events

May 1 - May 8

Wednesday, May 1 at 4:00 pm

Exploring Judaism

Thursday, May 2 at 10:00 am

Book Club

Thursday, May 2 at Noon

Israel Discussion Group

Friday, May 3 at 6:00 pm

School Led Shabbat Service

Saturday, May 4 at 9:00 am

Torah Study

Saturday, May 4 at 10:30 am

Beth Israel Shabbat Service

Sunday, May 5 at 9:00 / 10:00 am

Hebrew School / Joint Religious School

Sunday, May 5 at 7:00 pm

Yom HaShoah at St. Ambrose

Wednesday, May 8 at 7:00 pm

An evening with Comedian Joel Chasnoff

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Rabbi's Message

Blessings for shalom to you all. Shalom has been hard to come by for me this week, as I watch with growing dismay the growing antisemitism on so many campuses across the country. This Sunday evening we commemorate Yom HaShoah, and I cannot help feeling that our obligation to remember must now, more than ever, translate into an obligation to resist antisemitism wherever it raises its head.


There could not be a more important time to be together with your Jewish community than today. Fortunately, there is much planned for you!


  • Shabbat this week contains the special treat of Friday evening services at 6 PM featuring our school children, who will inspire you and give you hope for our future.
  • Saturday brings the comfort of our regular Shabbat schedule.
  • Sunday evening please join us at St. Ambrose University for our community Yom HaShoah observance.
  • Next Wednesday we come back together at Beit Shalom to encounter Israeli-American comedian Joel Chasnoff, who will speak with us about Israel today in stories both funny and serious. Please RSVP, as dessert will be served


I hope to see you often over the next week! 


Rabbi Linda

Yom HaShoah - May 5


Exploring Judaism

Wednesday, May 1 at 4:00 pm

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 823 4212 8408

Passcode: 595704

Israel Discussion Group

Thursday, May 2 at 12:00 pm

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Meeting ID: 837 6550 5016

Passcode: 059487

School Led Shabbat Service

Friday, May 3 at 6:00 pm

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Meeting ID: 874 2200 6420

Passcode: 712544

Torah Study

Saturday, May 4 at 9:00 am

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 889 2961 2384

Passcode: 067318

Beth Israel Shabbat Service

Saturday, May 4 at 10:30 am

Join YouTube

Sisterhood Book Club

The Sisterhood book club will meet tomorrow, May 2nd at 10:00 a.m

The book of discussion is ”The Fixer” by Bernard Malamud.

Beth Israel Gift Bar SALE


Looking for a one-stop-shop for all your Judaic needs? Look no further than the Beth Israel Gift Bar! Our shelves are stocked with a wide variety of items including cards, jewelry, toys, candles, Chanukah and Passover items, and more. Whether you're looking for a special gift or something for yourself, our selection is sure to have something that catches your eye. Please call the office for an appointment.

Happy Birthday!

May Birthdays

Katie Franks - 05/01

Margalit Selmon - 05/03

Lorrie Blumberg - 05/04

Scott Selmon - 05/09

Ellen Wolfe - 05/20

Debbie Vesole - 05/22

Judy Belfer - 05/30

Mazel Tov!

May Anniversaries

Kristine & Justin Teilte


Sharon & David Ginsburg


Reggie & Jeff Goldstein


Shari & Conrad Baker


Randi & Gary Segal


"Refuah Shleimah"

Get Well Soon

Shari Baker

Mark Gumbiner

Gary Segal

Phillip Rotman

Esther Weiner

Mary Jane Andich

Stuart Leman

Juanita Summers

Florence Lipsman

Jeff Goldstein

Noel Meller

Rabbi Linda Bertenthal

Hank Farber

Miriam bat Shendel

David Kushner

Rabbi Rebecca Kushner

Sue Leman

Amina al-Hassouni

Upcoming Events

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Yom HaShoah - May 5
Secret Heroes - May 6
Joel Chasnoff - May 8
New Member Dinner - May 10
Nosh & Mingle - May 15

Save the Date

Tuesday, June 18

Annual Open Board Meeting

Please Be Reminded

We offer cards for every occasion such as birthdays, anniversaries, condolences, birth of a child, or any occasion. Cards are available for a small $5.00 fee. Please call Ryan at the Center office and he will gladly send out your cards.