Shavua tov and chag sameach again!

Dear Congregation Beth Israel members and friends,

Shavua tov / a good week to all — and chag sameach, wishing you a joyous Shemini Atzeret! (What’s Shemini Atzeret? I’m so glad you asked! Read all about it, and about this morning’s services.) Join us this morning at 10am for Shemini Atzeret services with Yizkor.


In Israel, and for Reform Jews across the world, today is also Simchat Torah.  At 4:15 all are welcome to join our Community Hebrew School for our celebration of Simchat Torah. We’ll say a few prayers, read a bit from Torah, sing songs, parade the Torah around the building (weather permitting) or at least around the sanctuary, and celebrate the wonderful teachings that are our inheritance! The service will be geared toward our Hebrew school kids but all ages are welcome.


Here are some commentaries from the URJ on the Torah portions for Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah. And for those who would like to read more about these two holidays, here are posts from Velveteen Rabbi about Shemini Atzeret and about Simchat Torah.

Of course, this is also a week that will culminate in Shabbat.

return-to-shabbat Join us this coming Saturday morning for Shabbat morning services led by Rabbi Jarah Greenfield.  This week we’ll be reading from parashat Bereshit, the very beginning of the Torah. If you’d like to read some commentaries on this week’s Torah portion, here are a few:

Here’s a lovely d’var Torah on this week’s portion from my friend and colleague Rabbi David Markus: False Starts and the Art of Renewal. And here are commentaries from the URJ: Bereshit 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,

Rabbi Rachel

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