August 20, 20155 Elul 5775
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Member Tickets

Member tickets were mailed last week.  If you did not receive your packet, please contact the synagogue office.

Guest Tickets

Guest tickets which have already been ordered for High Holiday Services should arrive in the mail this week. Additional Ttkets may still be ordered through the synagogue office. For order form, please click here.  Please place order by August 31st to allow time for processing.



SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 5TH, Congregation Beth Shalom

9:30 Maariv and Havdallah

10 p.m. Movie:  The Walk  

11 p.m.  Selichot    Click here for downloadable flyer.

Rabbi Bradley Artson
 Justice, expressed in Parshat Shoftim, is one of the eternal religious obligations of Judaism.
Over the last several millennia, humanity has developed a large and growing body of profound writings, words that encapsulate the hopes, aspirations and potential of the human soul. Across the globe, religious traditions rightly exult in the majesty and depth of their sacred writings: the Bagavad-Gita, the Rig-Veda, the Dammapada, the Tao Te Ching, the Iliad, these are the spiritual heritage of humanity, a crowning glory of literary art and religious passion.
Reading these books constitutes an exposure to greatness. Yet there is something lacking in them all that the Hebrew Bible possesses in unique measure: a passion for justice for the poor, the weak, and the despised. Unlike the Buddhist ideal of a 'bodisatva' (an enlightened being) who is so pure that he can step over a beggar without remorse, Moses and Jeremiah consider justice and compassion to be the sine qua non of any true religiosity. One cannot claim to love God and not be passionate about justice. That is the primary Jewish contribution to the human spirit.
Yet there is a subtle Jewish assimilation afoot: because other 
May Their Memories Be For a Blessing 

8/21/2015 (6 Elul)

Franka Charlupski

8/23/2015 (8 Elul)

John Eby

8/24/2015 (9 Elul)

Reinald Freedman

8/26/2015 (11 Elul)

Ernest Gans

Arthur Markowitz

8/27/2015 (12 Elul)

Alex Kuhn

8/28/2015 (13 Elul)

Pearl Leah Naimark

8/30/2015 (15 Elul)

Rabbi Carl L. Manello

To make a donation to commemorate a yahrtzeit, please click here.  If you are a member of the synagogue and a yahrtzeit for your loved one is not on the list, please contact the synagogue office so we can update our records.

   Please click here if you wish to permanently memorialize a loved one by purchasing a yahrtzeit plaque.  

House Housing Needed for Shomer Shabbat couple October 16-17 who have a simcha at Temple Israel.  If you are able to assist, please contact Jeff: by clicking here.

Shabbat Shoftim
Friday, August 21st
Shabbat Table
6 p.m., Chapel
Saturday, August 22nd
9 a.m., Sanctuary
Kiddush Lunch is sponsored by the following families: Michael and Debbie Balkin, Sue and Sandy Birnholtz, Nancy Benchell-Eisman and Jeffrey Eisman, Joan and Steve Freedman, Bernice Handler, and Marla and David Weiss.
To help sustain Kiddush Lunch, please consider joining a Kiddush Lunch Bunch group. E-mail Mindy Shuback for more information.  
Donations to the Kiddush Lunch Fund can also be made online or mailed directly to the synagogue. 
SATURDAY NIGHT LEARNING AUGUST 22nd, 7:45 p.m., at the home of 
Israel:  The Road Less Traveled, March 21st-April 3rd,
led by Dr. Mitch Parker
Informational Meeting: Wednesday, September 8th, 8 p.m., at the home of Mitch and Cheryl Parker. Please rsvp to Mitch: if you plan to attend.
Formal youth activities will resume in the fall.
pj library
"PJ OUR WAY," a reading program for youth ages 9-11. 
A unique book club for parents and children which will meet 10/18, 11/15, 1/31, 2/28, and 5/1. Please e-mail Rabbi Robbins if you wish to receive further information about this program.

To stay current on all youth and family activities, contact Ilana Glazier to join the B'nai Israel Families Facebook Group.

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Sisterhood Corner
Tuesday, August 25, 7 p.m. 
Challah Baking and Demonstration
at the home of Nancy Benchell Eisman.  Bakers of all levels, from aspiring to expert, are invited to attend.  Please rsvp to Sandy Lada or Cheryl Berlin if you are able to attend.This event is limited to 30 people. There will be a $5.00 charge collected that evening. Everyone in attendance will be working with prepared challah dough, learning braiding techniques, and taking home recipes. 

Book Club
Next Book Club Meeting: Sunday, October 18th.
We will be discussing the book All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr.
Thank you to Lori Orel and Shelley Fenyes for organizing Book Club.  Your suggestions are welcome.

Mazel Tov 
Happy Birthday!

Birthday Cake


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


 20 Michael & Debbie Balkin

 25 Jerry & Sharon Knoppow

 30 Roy & Robin Rosen

 31 Michael Karesh & Gayla Bassham

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If your birthday or anniversary information is not listed, please email the synagogue so we can update our records.

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West Bloomfield, Michigan  48323