18 February 2017
22 Shevat 5777
Yitro
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Friday
5:57 PM Shabbat Starts (60 min)
7:30 PM Kabbalat Shabbat  Service with Joyful Noise A Cappella (note service time change this week due to the congregational dinner)

Saturday
Babysitting (Room 1) 
9:30 AM Shabbat Service
10:30 AM Junior Congregation (MPR) 
7:16 PM Shabbat Ends

Weekly Minyans
Sundays, 9AM 
Mondays, 6:45 AM, followed by breakfast & The Talmud with Rabbi Zelony. 
The Talmud is the foundational text upon which all modern forms of Judaism stand. Come explore, spar with, and make meaning of this sacred book. Open to all learners. Hebrew text is provided but class discussions will be based on English translation. Every Monday after minyan (time will vary on holidays).
UPCOMING EVENTS
(Ongoing classes are listed below in their own section)
FEBRUARY IS JEWISH DISABILITIES AWARENESS AND INCLUSION MONTH
18 February, 9:30 AM (Sanctuary)
Join us at Shabbat services when Rabbi Zelony will talk about helping those with disabilities and when many of our members involved in, and supportive of, the Inclusion Initiative will accept aliyot and other honors as we observe this special month.

JOINT BREAKFAST PROGRAM (SISTERHOOD & MEN'S CLUB)
19 February, Sunday, 9:30 AM (Oneg) 
Dallas' two leading film critics, Stephen Becker of KERA and Chris Vognar of The Dallas Morning News, will join us to chat about movies, the Oscar race, and all things cinematic. Serving Men's Club lox and bagels and Sisterhood's fabulous desserts. $7 members, $10 non-members, and $5 students.

THE FAREWELL PARTY (Film Program) 
19 February, Sunday, 7PM (MPR) 
RSVP to Dr. Lazar / 972.979.2779
Join us for a poignant and humorous film about life in an Israeli nursing home that deals with end of life decisions followed by discussion. Dr. Myron Lazar, PH.D., Psychoanalyst and Clinical Psychologist will moderate. Discussants will include Mary Turner, PH.D., expert in treating geriatric patients with chronic illness and life issues and Paul Chavetz, PH.D., who works with aging adults struggling with difficult transitions.

LADIES WHO LUNCH 
21 February, Tuesday, 12:30 PM (Offsite) 
Contact Carol Taper
Go Dutch and nosh with the ladies at a different spot around town each month. Must RSVP for location. Selected locations offer dairy and fish options. Sponsored by Sisterhood.

TEXAS HOLD'EM POKER 
21 February, Tuesday, 7PM (Oneg) 
Come for a night of fun and friendship. $20 members and $25 non-members.

DOING JEWISH: ALIYAH TO TORAH 
21 February, Tuesday, 7:30 PM (RSVP for location) 
RSVP to Heather Venable
Not everyone is comfortable with the mitzvah of Aliyah. We worry about kissing the tzitzit at the right time, stumbling over the Hebrew, and knowing when to move to the other side of the table. Yet all adult Jews have the privilege and obligation to lead the community in this way. Come learn more about this mitzvah and gain confidence in performing it!

KNITTING CIRCLE 
22 February, Wednesday, 7PM 
Contact Kimber Miller
NOW MEETS TWICE A MONTH! Experienced knitters and beginners welcome. Bring your current project and questions, or work on items to donate! Join us if you can and invite others who may be interested. Please check in at the Member Lounge.

LOST IN AMERICA 
(A Charity Fundraiser benefiting City House & MDHA Dallas)
When: 22 February, Wednesday, 7:30 PM 
What: Lost in America ( Click here to read a full description)
Who: Rotimi Rainwater, the film's director and producer, will be in attendance, and there will be post-screening meet and greet and photo opportunities. 
Congregation Beth Torah is invited to an exclusive fundraising and awareness event to see a phenomenal documentary, that promises to take film festivals, this year, by storm, as well as inspire you to act on behalf of homeless youth.  Your ticket price is a tax deductible donation, and proceeds will benefit homeless youth in Dallas and Collin Counties. As Senator Patrick Leahy, a champion of homeless youth in Congress, says, "To make change, the public needs to know not just numbers, but faces and stories behind those numbers. 'Lost In America' is doing just that." This film is not for the faint of heart. It is real. It is raw. It inspires. And, YOU need to see it.

THE CONVERSATION PROJECT 
23 February, Thursday, 7PM (RSVP for location) 
RSVP to Zelene Lovitt
We all know that conversations are not easy when it comes to end of life issues. Most of us also know how easy it is to avoid these issues. "Parents are reluctant to "worry" their adult children; children are reluctant to bring up dying with their elderly parents. We like to say "it's too soon," when we know it's always too soon until it's too late." Join Peggy Papert as she leads a discussion to help us prepare for these critical conversations.

ISRAELI SOLDIERS' TOUR 
25 February, Saturday, following services (Oneg) 
Contact Evelyn Utay
Join us for an Israeli Kiddush luncheon and hear the stories of two inspiring young Israelites-their struggles, their successes, their military service, and their hopes and dreams. Ask the tough questions, and learn what it is actually like to live in a country that is the subject of so much discussion in the media and on campus.

THE MIDDLE 
25 February, Saturday *Offsite 
For the time of this gathering taking place at Jeanette & Sandy Dorf's home, contact Gloria or Phil Stayman. 

PARENTS AS PARTNERS TOWN HALL MEETING
26 February, Sunday, 9:30 AM (Oneg)
Contact to Cyd Friedman 
As parents and as partners in our community, we together build and grow the programs of Beth Torah. Please come prepared with your ideas and thoughts, all in the spirit of generating positive dialogue as we work together in understanding what is best for our Youth and Congregational Learning Center programs. As a bonus, all Town Hall Meeting attendees will be eligible for a ONE-TIME raffle to win $100 to be applied to an upcoming Gareen/Kadima/USY Youth convention.

USY AND KADIMA HAMENTASCHEN MAKING 
26 February, Sunday, 12-1:30 PM (Youth Lounge) 
Calling all USYers and Kadimaniks!  Come hang out in the youth lounge and make some hamantashen to prepare for Purim! There will be a lot of yummy options for unique hamantashen fillings, along with a few traditional ones. Please RSVP so we are sure to have enough dough. 

SISTERHOOD TORAH FUND BRUNCH 
26 February, Sunday, Noon *Offsite 
Contact Esther Cohen
Join us for our annual brunch in support of The Torah Fund Campaign of Women's League for Conservative Judaism, the dedicated philanthropy of Women's League, its members, and its affiliated sisterhoods in Conservative congregations across North America. This year's honoree is Stacey Clark.

BOARD MEETING 
27 February, Monday, 7:30 PM (Oneg) 
Contact Lisa Miller
Monthly board meetings are open to all CBT members with Minyan starting at 7:15 PM.

FESTIVE FIRST FRIDAY SERVICE 
3 March, Friday, 8PM 
Join us for this special monthly service celebrating upcoming birthdays and anniversaries.

SISTERHOOD PURIM BAG ASSEMBLY & DELIVERY 
4 March, Saturday, 7:30 PM (Oneg) 
5 March, Sunday, 9:30 AM (Oneg) 
Come help assemble and/or deliver the Purim bags. We need lots of hands to make this happen. Great opportunity to earn mitzvah, honors society, and Scouts volunteer hours so bring those teens. Click here to sign up for assembly. Click here to sign up for delivery. Want to help bake hamantashen? Click here to sign up!
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ANNOUNCEMENTS
SHELDON FISHER MEN'S CLUB SHABBAT
Sheldon Fisher Men's Club Shabbat is coming up and Men's Club wants all of its members to participate. There are English or Hebrew opportunities to participate in. Please contact Phil Stayman to be included in the services as we honor our Men's Club and its contributions to Beth Torah.

LOOKING FOR MEGILLAH READERS
We need readers for Purim services March 11 (evening) and March 12 (morning). If you'd like to read this year, contact Lou Kaiser at 972.234.1542 x230.

KAREN LEYNOR MITZVAH DAY 
Join with your CBT family in supporting our community on Karen Leynor Mitzvah Day. Mark your calendar for April 30 and look for more information to come on the many volunteer opportunities. Interested in leading a project or just have questions about it? Contact Beth Mond.

WALKERS WANTED 
The rabbi is looking for volunteers to escort her to and from the synagogue on Friday nights. If you would like to be included in the rotation, please email her secretary, Heather, at rabsec@congregationbethtorah.org.
ONGOING CLASSES
INTRO TO JUDAISM: ON ONE FOOT 
21, 28 February, Tuesday, 6:30 PM (Library) 
Contact Beri Schwitzer
This course covers the sweep of more than 3,000 years of history, encounters texts and teachers both ancient and contemporary, and most importantly, gives you the opportunity to reflect on your place in the narrative of the Jewish people. 

JEWISH SPIRITUALITY 
19, 26 February, Sunday, 8AM (Room 11) 
Contact Rabbi Zelony
The Mystical Tradition and How it Speaks to Our Everyday Lives. Come explore essays of the Chassidic masters and modern scholars to understand what Judaism has to say about God, inner transformation, spiritual practice, compassion, healing, tshuva, halacha, and mitzvot.

JEWISH & CHRISTIAN STUDY 
6 March, Monday, Noon (Oneg) 
Contact Earl Bills
A unique interfaith study group of Jews and Christians. We are learning about each other as we study primary source texts (Bible, Mishnah) together. We are currently looking at the development of early Christianity.  
Quick Links
MEMBER'S LOUNGE TEMPORARY CLOSURE
CBT is temporarily leasing our Education wing to a UTD group utilizing classrooms on both floors. While their classes are in session, Monday to Friday, 8AM to 5PM, the Member's Lounge on the first floor will be closed. For any questions or concerns, please reach out to Cyd Friedman at president@congregationbethtorah.org.

TOT SHABBAT
2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month at 11AM (MPR)
Bring your tot and enjoy singing, dancing, storytelling and a snack. It's a fun-filled ritual to educate, entertain, enthrall, and envelop our youngest members. For questions, contact Tot-Shabbat@congregationbethtorah.org .

GIVE US YOUR HP, YOUR CANON, YOUR EMPTY INK CARTRIDGES YEARNING TO BE RECYCLED... 
Our Congregational Learning Center (CLC) is collecting empty ink cartridges as a fundraiser. Collection boxes are located outside of the CLC office and in the front lobby. Cartridges should be in a Ziploc bag when dropped off.

ISRAELI DANCING
(Usually) Every Wednesday (MPR)
All dancers welcome! Free for members. $5 for non-members. 7:30 PM to 8:15 PM beginners and 8:30 to 10:30 PM for advanced. Check our calendar at http://cbt.news/cbt-calendar to confirm weekly classes. For questions, contact Linda Kahalnik at rikudchik@gmail.com .
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