August 21, 2014
25 Av 5774
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Shabbat Re'eh

There shall be no needy among you--since the Lord your God will bless you in the land that the Lord your God is giving you as a hereditary portion--if only you heed the Lord your God and take care to keep all this Instruction that I enjoin upon you this day (Deuteronomy 15:4-5).

The line there shall be no needy among you is both predictive and prescriptive.

It indicates that there is plenty for all (if only it is allocated justly) and that there are systems that can ensure just allocation. However, the parashah goes on to emphasize that welfare systems must be coupled with compassion. A good system is not a substitute for a generous heart and open hands.

Alleviating Poverty

Parashat Re'eh outlines two systems by which poverty will be alleviated: remission of debt in the seventh year and the freeing of slaves. Both notions speak to ways in which poverty was perpetuated in biblical times, and to some degree, in modern life. Debt remains, in modern as in ancient times, both a vehicle for economic advancement and a potential trap.

In our society earning a decent living is often predicated on securing things beyond our immediate financial reach--education, transportation, and housing. We are encouraged to borrow to pay for both necessities and luxuries. Sometimes we have no recourse but to borrow in order to avoid homelessness, treat illness, or avoid utter destitution.


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May Their Memories Be For a Blessing 


8/22/2014 (26 Av)

Sarah Lewis

Ormond Sacks

8/24/2014 (28 Av)

Louis Jonah Lieberman

8/25/2014 (29 Av)

Judge Edward Avadenka

Max Friedman

Leonard Gaba

Robert Alan 


8/27/2014 (1 Elul)

Moshe Buncel

Louis Silverstein

8/28/2014 (2 Elul)

Robert Keila

8/29/2014 (3 Elul)

Louis Rose

Sam Toby

8/30/2014 (4 Elul)

Jack Harold Kaufman

8/31/2014 (5 Elul)

Lillian Katzman


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Shabbat Re'ehShabbat Table
Friday, August 22nd
 6 p.m. Chapel
Saturday, August 23rd
 9 a.m. Services, Sanctuary
10 a.m.  Supervised Youth Room, lower level
Linda Jacobson, president of B'nai Israel Synagogue 2010-2014, will be honored during Shabbat Morning Services.
Kiddush Lunch* is sponsored by the B'nai Israel Board of Directors in honor of Linda Jacobson. Kiddush Lunch is also sponsored by Rachel Jacobson and Joel Goldstein in honor of their 5th wedding anniversary.
*Kiddush Lunch is available through donations to the Kiddush Lunch Fund, the generosity of weekly sponsors, and volunteer efforts of our congregants and regular attendees. Please e-mail or call the synagogue office if you would like to sponsor a kiddush lunch. To sponsor as part of a "group," please e-mail Joanna Abramson or Mindy Shuback. You may also make a donation to the Kiddush Lunch Fund by clicking here.
SATURDAY NIGHT LEARNING, August 23, is at the home of
 Barbara and Irvin Kappy, 8 p.m.  please rsvp to  Barbara Kappy 

Next Shabbat, August 30th, Shabbat Shoftim, we will celebrate with Sydney Gordon and her family when she becomes a bat mitzvah.  Sydney is the daughter of Karen and Vernon Gordon and brother of Adam.  She is the granddaughter of Donna and Lawrence (z"l) Sklar, and Maxine (z"l) and Maurice (z"l) Gordon.

We will also celebrate the aufruf of Jordan Rosen and Anna Jackson.
Cookbook Recipes Needed!
We are collecting recipes for a future B'nai Israel Cookbook. Please send these to Linda Foster:

We also want to publish our Shabbat in the Park recipes on our Facebook page.  Please e-mail your Shabbat in the Park Recipes to the synagogue office:

Detroit Tigers
Tiger Baseball Game
moved to Sunday, September 14th
Bus leaves from the TKA/BI parking lot at 11:30 a.m. and returns to the synagogue following the game. Cost:  $30/person includes admission ticket, transportation and pizza.  Click here for reservation form.  Bus space limited to first 45 reservations.

Please order your additional tickets for family members prior to the deadline to allow time for processing.

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 20TH, 8:30 P.M. AT CONGREGATION SHAAREY ZEDEK.  Click here for flyer and complete information.
Upcoming Youth and Family Activities
Shabbat Youth Activities will resume in the fall.


RAMAH CANADA LOGOFall Events for Camp Ramah
September 7th
Camp Heremelin, 12:30 p.m. at the home of Doreen Hermelin
September 14th
Welcome Back from Camp Ramah
5-7 p.m., Adat Shalom Synagogue 
To stay current on all youth and family activities, contact Ilana Glazier to join the B'nai Israel Families Facebook Group.
Learning Opportunities
Adult Education
"Making Sense of the Machzor"
A 3-Part Series as part of SNL, Saturday Night Learning
Shabbat, September 6, 13, 20 - 6:30 pm
Prepare for the Yamim Noraim over Seudah Shlishit, as we wrap up the season's Saturday Night Learning sessions.  
Location TBD

"Reflections on the Siddur," with Dr. Mitch Parker
will return in the fall.

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Mazel Tov 
Happy Birthday!


 21 Stefani Chudnow

 21 Adam Gordon

 22 Maya Rosenberg

 23 Vernon Gordon

 25 Rabbi Jonathan Berger

 27 Noah Marcotte

 27 Cary Rosen

 27 Melvin Toby

 29 Edward Chudnow

      Jewish Wedding


 25 Jerry & Sharon Knoppow

 30 Roy & Robin Rosen

 31  Michael Karesh and Gayla Bassham

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Refuah Sh'leimah/Wishing a Speedy Recovery.  

Please e-mail Michael Golob or call the synagogue: 248-432-2729 to add a name to our communal mishebeirach list.   


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