Dear Congregation Beth Israel members and friends,
Shavua tov / a good week to all! This coming Shabbat is a First Friday, so join us at 6pm on Friday night for a vegetarian / dairy potluck dinner followed by Kabbalat Shabbat services led by Rabbi Rachel. Please RSVP to the office (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the potluck so we know how many places to set at the table.
In previous weeks we’ve used excerpts from Rabbi Marcia Prager’s Siddur for Erev Shabbat to augment our regular prayerbook; this week we’ll be using her siddur in its entirety, thanks to our Spiritual Life committee! Her siddur is characterized by creativity, translations that are attentive both to the meaning of the original and the poetry of the English, and an emphasis on opening our hearts and spirits to the unique gifts of Shabbat.
Join us also at 9:30am on Saturday morning for Shabbat morning services led by Rabbi Pam Wax, followed by Torah study.
If you’d like to read some commentaries on this week’s Torah portion, Shlach-Lecha, some links follow:
- 2006: Little picture, big picture
- 2007: Compassion and fear
- 2008: Larger Than Life [Torah poem]
- 2013: Choose the milk and honey
- 2013: The scouts, growth, safety, and risk
And here’s the URJ’s compilation of commentaries on this week’s Torah portion: Shlach Lecha at the URJ.
Many thanks to our shamashim, the members who host our Shabbat services each week. If you would like to join that group, please contact the office.
Blessings to all,