Refugee Shabbat at
Friday, October 19 & 20
Friday, October 19
5:30 p.m. Appetizers
6:00 p.m. Service with Speaker Betre Getahun
Saturday, October 20
9:30 p.m. Shabbat Services
Beth Israel is marking National Refugee Shabbat on Friday night and Saturday. It is a moment for congregations, organizations, and individuals around the country to create a Shabbat experience dedicated to refugees. The parsha (Torah portion) for this shabbat is Lech Lecha, which describes the beginning of the experience of wandering in search of freedom for the Jewish people. This makes it a particularly meaningful opportunity to deepen our understanding of today’s global refugee crisis, connect with the Jewish movement for refugees, and celebrate our community’s achievements in working with refugees. Our special speaker on Friday night will be Betre Getahun, an Ethiopian journalist, human rights advocate, and a refugee. He fled Ethiopia after receiving several threats for his work. Betre will speak about his experiences as a refugee, and as a refugee case manager. At 5:30, preceding the service at 6:00 p.m., we will be providing appetizers prepared by the Social Action Committee. On Saturday Rabbi Nadav Caine will address the issue during his dvar torah.
Professor Jonathan Levine Presents: Environmental Responsibility at the Municipal Level
Sunday, October 21
Presentation by Professor Jonathan Levine. The United States’ withdrawal from the Paris climate-change accord represented a significant diminution of environmental responsibility at the federal level. Continuing to view themselves as morally bound by international commitments despite this abrogation, municipalities around the country are seeking to maintain progress towards environmental goals. With 60% of greenhouse gas emissions originating with transportation and residential and commercial buildings, municipal policy, particularly with regard to land-use planning, has a vital role to play. This talk will argue that municipalities’ decisions in this realm are among the most environmentally consequential actions they take, providing at least part of the answer to the question: “what can be accomplished locally?”
Family Service & Free Dinner
Friday, November 2
5:45 p.m. – Service
6:30 p.m. – Free Dinner
Join us for a Family-Themed Service. From 5:45 – 6:30 p.m., accompanied by camp-style guitar and singing, we’ll gather around a gigantic Shabbat table filled with candles, tsedakah boxes, and challot. We’ll gather in the glow of the candles, bless each other, sing the Shabbat prayers, and listen to a brief teaching about the meaning of family. Then we’ll sing Kiddush and enjoy a family-friendly dinner. There is no charge for the dinner. Family Service & Dinner (11/2/18) – Click here to signup online.
Alpha House Volunteers Needed
November 19 & 20
Help Beth Israel continue our great relationship with Alpha House! The Interfaith Hospitality Network at Alpha House partners with the community to provide shelter and support for children and families who are experiencing homelessness. Beth Israel has helped at Alpha House since it was established in 1992. Along with over thirty congregations, we provide meals and support at Alpha House.
Volunteers from Beth Israel are needed to: provide food for dinner, serve dinner, and stay overnight at the shelter. This new year, we can help those in need in our community. Join us!
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Kabbalat Shabbat Services
Fridays at 6:00 p.m.
Saturdays at 9:30 a.m.
Monday – Thursday
*service and minyan times are as listed above unless otherwise specified on the calendar
Monday – Thursday
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
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Celebrating Our Stories:
Jewish Life in Ann Arbor
Created in conjunction with the 2016 centennial celebration of Beth Israel Congregation in Ann Arbor, Michigan, this website highlights the history of Beth Israel and the greater Ann Arbor Jewish community. Using the stories we tell as a focus, the website presents audio recordings, photographs, and text that reflects our past, present, and future. Click here to go to the website.
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