CONGREGATION ETZ CHAIM
TORAH Service 8:00 PM
Service Leader: Rabbi Noah Kitty
Hazzan: Jerry Berkowitz
Torah Leyner: Charlie Rube
Darshanit: Rabbi Noah Kitty
Friday, April 27, 2012 – 6 Iyyar, 5772
This week’s Torah portion:
Tazria/Metzora: Leviticus 12:1-15:33
Haftarah: 2 Kings 7:3-20
As the sun sinks and the colors of the day turn,
we offer a blessing for the twilight, for twilight is
neither day nor night, but in-between. We are
all twilight people. We can never be fully labeled or
defined. We are many identities and loves, many
genders and none. We are in between roles, at the
intersection of histories, or between place and
place. We are crisscrossed paths of memory and
destination, streaks of light swirled together.
We are neither day nor night. We are both, neither,
May the sacred in-between of this evening suspend
our certainties, soften our judgments, and widen
our vision. May this in-between light illuminate our
way to the God who transcends all categories and
definitions. May the in-between people who have
come to pray be lifted up into this twilight. We
cannot always define; we can always say a blessing.
Blessed are You, God of all, who brings on the
twilight. Siddur Sha’ar Zahav – p. 149
Sunday, May 20, 2012
at the Synagogue
It’s important for all members to attend this annual Congregational Meeting, at which we will vote for next year’s Board of Directors, and for our affiliation with another synagogue. Please plan to attend. Refreshments will be served.
Telling the Tale: Tuesday, May 1st, 7:30pm
Holocaust survivor and author
Jacques Weisel to speak
Jacques Weisel escaped to Casablanca with his family when the Nazis entered their Belgium homeland, only to be interred there. On Tuesday, May 1st he will speak of his life as a child, and how he was able to overcome the brutality with which he was treated to become a world-renowned motivational speaker and author. His most important message is not only that the Holocaust happened, but how he refused to allow it to define his future. The event is free and open to the public.
Tonight’s Oneg Shabbat is sponsored by David Yalen, in honor of all CEC volunteers, past and present. Volunteers are always needed and appreciated.
Sponsor an Oneg Shabbat – Please sponsor an Oneg Shabbat or donate to a synagogue sponsored Oneg Shabbat. Our Oneg Shabbat provides the socialization we all enjoy after Shabbat services. Your contribution, beginning at $100, will allow us to continue this practice. It’s easy! Either select an OPEN date in the red folder in the Guest Book or call the office at 954-564-9232. FULL, GROUP, OR PARTIAL SPONSORSHIPS ARE WELCOME!
Yahrzeits with Plaques – 04/27/12 - 05/03/12:
Julia Treger Kraisel Baker Sara Haratz
Meyer Schrager Walter Garbutt William Drucker
Yahrzeit Plaques are available for purchase. We invite you to take the opportunity to memorialize your loved ones in this loving and
traditional manner. We list the names from our plaques in this bulletin and in our weekly e-schmooze the Shabbat preceding the yahrzeit. Call the Etz Chaim office for details: 954-564-9232
Our Mission: To provide a nurturing environment for Gay and Lesbian Jews, inclusive of Bi-sexual, Transgender, and Heterosexuals in South Florida, We are dedicated to the spiritual, social, educational and emotional support that empowers and enhances the quality of members’ lives and the community as a whole.
The Board of Directors welcomes any member who wishes to address the Board. You must call the office at least two days prior to the meeting so your name can be put on the Agenda. Board Meetings will be the 2nd Tuesday of each month. The next is May 8, at 6:30pm, at the synagogue.
Bikkur Cholim: Our Bikkur Cholim committee wants to know when our members and friends are sick – either in hospital or at home – so we may call or visit. Please call the office and let us know.
Shiela T. Goldman 05/04/11
Eric Kreisler 05/29/11
Ruth Joan Tenzer 07/05/11
Edith Hirshhorn 07/08/11
Dorothy Belinsky 07/18/11
Sandra Pasternak 09/28/11
Paul (Gregory) Harris 12/31/11
Frieda Weisberg Greenberg 01/10/12
Hillard Shurdut 02/08/12
Felicia Mintzer 02/29/12
Melvin Singer 02/04/12
Toby R. Goldstein 03/07/12
Stephen Jerome 03/08/12
Jeph Epstein 03/31/12
Men’s Club: – Volunteers needed to serve on the Board! The Men’s Club can’t offer its current services and activities without willing Board members.
May 4: First Friday resumes!
Dinner at Zuckerello’s 6:15 PM
3017 East Commercial Boulevard, Ft Lauderdale 33308 Contact Ken at email@example.com
AIDS Walk 2012
Congregation Etz Chaim is again sponsoring a team in this year’s awareness and fundraising event. Visit the following link for more info, or contact Team Captain, Alex Rosenberg, for more details.
Interested in being a singer in a choir group at our Shabbat services? — Jerry will teach you all you need to know, so if you have an urge or talent to sing, just show up at the synagogue by 7 pm on Fridays.
Scrip Program is Here!
Here is the opportunity to support Etz Chaim at no additional cost to you. Joining the Scrip program provides additional funds to the Congregation, and all you need to do is sign up!
For more information contact Scrip Coordinator Alan Hait at 954-568-5585, or firstname.lastname@example.org.