We invite all to participate in our numerous activities and opportunities listed below!
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Beth Sholom B'nai Israel Beth Sholom B'nai Israel for Life-Long Community and Learning 

Bi-Weekly Announcements: 2/21/13 through 3/8/13

 400 East Middle Turnpike, Manchester, CT    06040        860-643-9563   www.myshul.org


 Due to the threat of inclement weather Click Here for school cancellations or check Channel 3.
Activities and Opportunities
Services Times -- Join Us In Celebrating Shabbat and Our Special Activities
Under One Roof Campaign
Purim - Saturday, Feb. 23 Activities
BSBI Community Seder
Youth Activities - Upcoming Events
Purim, Sunday, Feb. 24 Activities
Ruach Shabbat
Digging Into Pesach
George and Lillian Sandals Dinner & Lecture
Brotherhood Corner - Comedy Night
Passover Food Guide
Mitzvah Day
Shabbat Luncheons - Volunteers Needed
Social Action News
Recipe - Lemon Poppy-Sead Cookies



Friday, February 22, 6:00 PM Kabbalat Shabbat evening service.  


Saturday, February 23 , 10:00 AM Shabbat service followed by a Kiddush social.


Saturday, February 23 7:00 PM Megillah Reading, costume party and Purim Shpiel.  


Friday, March 1, 6:00 PM
Ruach Shabbat service and 7:00 PM dinner. Services will be led by USY/High School. Following dinner we will have a guest speaker who will lead a discussion on Israel.   See details below.


Saturday, March 2, 10:00 AM Shabbat service followed by a Kiddush luncheon sponsored by Phyllis and Richard Levy in honor of their birthdays.


Friday, 8, 6:00 PM Kabbalat Shabbat evening service.  Come participate in our lively, upbeat service.  


Saturday, March 9, 10:00 AM Shabbat service followed by a Kiddush social.   


  "Under One Roof" Campaign


We are excited about the progress we are making but we still have approximately $64,600 left to go - WE ARE LOOKING FOR 100% PARTICIPATION SO PLEASE, PLEASE, KEEP THE PLEDGES COMING.


Received Pledges = 92        219 Members Left To Pledge


IF you have already pledged......THANK YOU

IF you have already pledged and paid......THANK YOU

IF you are thinking about your level of giving.....THANK YOU


The faster we collect our pledges, the faster we pay down our mortgage for the roof! 


IF everyone contributes a thoughtful gift we will reach our goal of $300,000! 



This Saturday, Feb. 23 - 7:00 pm - Purim Night


 Wear the MOST OUTRAGEOUS you can design and come have lots of FUN!               
  • Lively reading of Megilat Esther by BSBI students & adults
  • All are encouraged to dress up including themed family costumes
  • Costume parade - Prizes for best costumes-families & individuals
  • Hamentashen & other refreshments sponsored by Sisterhood
  • Purim shpiel: "The Megila According to Pooh"    Written, produced, & directed by Rima Riedel - Acting by BSBI adults & students   

BSBI Community Seder - Tuesday, March 26


Reserve your places ASAP

Our Seder, as in the past, can comfortably accommodate ONLY about 100 (not 150) participants. Reservations will close when all seats are filled.Don't miss this popular event.  Reserve your places NOW for an evening of great food, company and ruach at our joyous celebration of Passover. Click here to register 
Youth Activities - Wind Down from Winter - Wind Up to USY and KADIMA!!

March 1 -  Ruach Shabbat and dinner led by our USYers.  Special guest speaker from Israel. All of BSBI is invited - this is not just for the under 18 crowd.  For just $10 you get a spirited Shabbat service, a dinner cooked by our teen chefs (with a little help from Laurie Bayer), an interesting discussion about Israel Affairs and and evening of songs and Ruach.  Contact Laurie Bayer for info.

March 3 - Kadima Lunch, lounge and movie on site at BSBI, immediately following Sunday School.  You do not have to be a Kadima member - open to all in grades 5-8 at BSBI.  Contact Laurie Bayer for info.

March 10 - USY Regional Event of WHIRLYBALL...The most fun you will ever have!!!  If you are not yet a USY member, it's easy to join before March 10 so you can join in the fun.

March 23 - Kadima Regional Event - Overnight at the Rock Climbing Facility in Enfield.  Make Friends while Climbing the Walls!!  Contact Abe Bayer for info - abbayer@gmail.com

March 23 - LASERQUEST has been re-scheduled!!  You do not have to be a USY member for this.

Contact Laurie Bayer for more info and to join Kadima or USY.  It's easy and inexpensive to join and loads of fun once you do!!
Sunday, February 24th Purim Activities

Rabbi Leon Wind Religious School


Pre-k - 7th grades (parents and students)

11:15 am -12:00 Noon

          • Making Hamantashen
          • Decorating Hand Puppets 
          • Ice cream Sundae Bar
          • Making Mishloach Manot


Purim for Grown-ups

9:15 am - 10:15 am

      • Coffee
      • Hamantashen
      • Discussion with Rabbi Plavin


STORM CANCELLATIONS:  Due to the threat of inclement weather Click Here for school cancellations or check Channel 3.


xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Note: Unfortunately the Purim Carnival scheduled for 12:00 noon on Sunday will not be held.

Friday, Mar. 1 - 6 pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service Lead by Our Spirit-Filled USY Teens
Join us for a service full of Ruach and followed by a wonderful Shabbat dinner. Following dinner we will have a wonderful presentation and conversation with our special guest, Algom Ben-Horin, the Jewish Agency Israel Fellow at UConn Hillel. To sign up for the dinner click here for RSVP form and for additional information. Questions? Call Laurie Bayer at 860-432-9992 or email her by clicking here.

Tuesday, Mar. 12 - 6:00 pm  George and Lillian Sandals Memorial  Dinner & Lecture

 Our guest speaker will be Dr. Jeffrey Shoulson.  His topic "Prayer for the Government: Jews and Citizenship" explores the fact that it is only in the last century that Jews have enjoyed genuinely equal access to the political institutions of some of the countries in which they live.   


Do plan on joining us for this most interesting evening!  Please RSVP as soon as possible. We look forward to seeing you there.

Click here to register 


Brotherhood Corner - SAVE THE DATE!!


BSBI Brotherhood Comedy Night  

Sunday, March 17 - Show Starts at 7 PM


Starring Steve Shaffer, Comedian and Brian Miller, Comedian and Magician


$25 in advance $30 at the door includes light refreshments


Click here to register


Tickets may be obtained in the BSBI office.


The 2013 Passover Food Guide is now available from the Rabbinical Assembly.

Click Here to View and print out.

Mark Your Calendars -  Sunday May 19th!

It's never too early to start thinking about Mitzvah Day. Please start collecting toiletries that will be distributed to local shelters. A box will be in the coat room for drop off.

More information to follow.

 Thank you for your continued support.

Susan Rubin                              

Shabbat Luncheons - Volunteers Needed 


We are looking for members who would be willing to sign up for just one Friday a month to pick up food at Crown in West Hartford for our Shabbat luncheons. We also need a couple people who could fill in if the assigned person is unavailable. To volunteer for this community Mitzvah please contact Stacey Poutre at 860-645-1575 or 860-729-5136. 


If you would like to celebrate your lifecycle event with our community by sponsoring a luncheon or oneg email Fred Fox by clicking here, or call him at 860-643-9563 ext. 104.


Individual donations to the luncheon fund are needed and are always appreciated.


Going Shopping? Before You Shop Get Your Gift Cards from BSBI.



We need you! Please Sign Up NOW! This program helps support our synagogue and Hadassah.


We have gift cards for Stop & Shop, ShopRite, Highland, Big Y, Crown and CVS 


Click here to place a new order or just stop by the BSBI office.  


And Remember - Gift cards can be used for Groceries, Gas, and Prescriptions. 

To All Weekday Service Attendees 

Reminder - Our evening weekday services begin at 7:30 PM. Please remember to use the Sign-In Book just outside the Chapel when you attend. We would like to give you recognition for your participation and for serving your community.  


For Newcomers - Please use our sign-in book to provide us with your email or phone number so we can personally welcome you to our community and provide answers to any questions you may have about us. 

Social Action News:
Last chance to clear your house of loose change - the Pennies for Fuel Drive ends next week.

First chance to look around your house for the Hametz Food Drive which runs from March 10-20.

Toiletries and more toiletries - start collecting them for Mitzvah Day - 3 short months away!

Laurie Bayer

Announcement Notice:

All material being submitted for inclusion in our Announcements should be sent to Saundra Roethel at tbsadmin@sbcglobal.net no later than Tuesday, 5 PM. Events submitted by other organizations, or taking place elsewhere, must be accompanied by a link (for click through purposes). Note: We generally begin publishing materials for an event 1 month prior to the event date. 

Recipes of the Month - Lemon Poppy-Seed Cookies from: www.marthastewart.com

Lemon lovers, rejoice -- these crisp, delicate cookies are made with lots of juice and zest for a delightful tang; poppy seeds add crunch.
Martha Stewart Living, August Summer 2004
  • Yield Makes about 30
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons freshly grated lemon zest (2 to 3 lemons)
  • 8 ounces (2 sticks) unsalted butter (use margarine to make the cookies parve)
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds, plus more for sprinkling
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bring lemon juice to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium heat; cook until reduced by half. Add 1 stick butter; stir until melted.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt. Cream remaining stick butter and 1 cup sugar on medium speed in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Mix in egg and lemon butter. Mix until pale, about 3 minutes. Mix in vanilla and 2 teaspoons zest. Mix in flour mixture and poppy seeds.
  3. Stir together remaining 1/2 cup sugar and 1 1/2 teaspoons zest. Roll spoonfuls of dough into 1 1/2-inch balls; roll them in sugar mixture. Place 2 inches apart on baking sheets. Press each with the flat end of a glass dipped in sugar mixture until 1/4 inch thick. Sprinkle with seeds.
  4. Bake until just browned around bottom edges, 10 to 11 minutes. Transfer to wire racks; let cool completely. Store in an airtight container up to 1 week.