May 17, 2017 - 21 Iyar 5777  |  Celebrating Shabbat Behar/Bechukotai
Shabbat Service Schedule

  May 19
  Kabbalat Panim - 5:30 pm
  Ruach Shabbat   6 :00 pm  

  May 20
  Morning Congregational        Shabbat  Service - 10:00 am

Wednesday, May 17
4:30 pm - Religious School - Grades 3-8

Thursday, May 18
11:00 am - Beyond Torah Study: The Book of Isaiah
12:00 pm - Torah Study - Bring your lunch!
5:30 pm - Judaism 101: Stereotypes and Misconceptions Jews and Christians Hold About Each Othe r

Friday, May 19
5:30 pm - Kabbalat Panim - a hospitality gathering

Saturday, May 20
10:00 am - Morning Congregational Shabbat Service - Minyan Service

Sunday, May 21
9:00 am - Last Day of Religious School - Grades PreK-6
9:00 am - Adult Torah Study - study this week's portion with our rabbis

Tuesday, May 22
9:30 am Al-Anon Meeting - open to all

Click here for full calendar of events

Mazel Tov...

Mollie Hughes and Andrew Levy on their engagement. 

David Stras on his nomination to the Eighth District Court of Appeals. 

Eric Bressler on being conferred Fellowship in the American College of Radiology.

Sheila & Bill Marver on the birth of their grandson, Griffin Lincoln Atlas.

Judy & Steve Witebsky on the birth of their grandson, Bodhi Shea Witebsky.

Joyce & Jeff Greene and Bill & Nanette Goldman on the birth of their granddaughter, Leora Jane Goldman.

Sincere Sympathy to our friends as we say Kaddish in memory of their loved ones during the sheloshim period.

Patti Baskin and family on the death of Patti's husband, Jevne Baskin. 

Nancy & Jay Charney and family and Evan & Trisha Niefeld and family on the death of Nancy's father and Evan's step-father, Alvin S. Badiner.

Kelly & Adam Weinblatt on the death of Kelly's grandmother, Esther Shafner.

Rita Divine and family on the death of Rita's husband, Harold Divine.

Sonya Salzer on the death of her husband, Dick Salzer.

Jill Levine and family on the death of Jill's father, Melvin Lebewitz.

Rick & Terry Kleinbaum, Nicki & Dan Murphy, Mark & Bonnie Kleinbaum, and their families on the death of Rick's mother and Nicki and Mark's grandmother, Rae Cooper.

Julie & Daniel Flynn and family on the death of Julie's father, Israel "Sonny" Mirviss.

Laurie Levin & James Brickwedde on the death of Laurie's cousin, Karen Leff.

Howard Sussman & Nancy Cohodes and family on the death of Howard's mother, Marilyn Blacker Sussman.

Timely information on arrangements for services is emailed to the congregation whenever possible.

Pick-Up Flowers
Thank you to those who purchased flowers for the annual Confirmation Fundraiser.  You can pick-up your flowers from Bet Shalom on Wednesday, May 17th, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm.  This is the optimal pick-up day to get your beautiful, fresh Gertens' flowers.  Otherwise you may pick up flowers on Sunday, May 21st, 8:30 am-12:00 pm.  Otherwise, feel free to stop in Thursday or Friday during business hours (9:00am - 5:00pm).

Volunteer Thank You
The Steering Committee of the Bet Shalom Caring Community would like to extend a huge Todah Rabah to all of our amazing volunteers! With your generous efforts, we have helped numerous families with meal deliveries, shiva baking and Bikur Cholim visits. You truly make this a Caring Community! Please join us at  5:30 pm on Friday, May 19th as we recognize our volunteers during the Kabbalat Panim and service.

Bet Shalom Emeriti Group
This month's discussion will be: "How Old Is Reform Judaism?" People often wonder about the different "streams" of Judaism. Many think that Reform Judaism is the newest, somehow a result of an evolution or devolution from an Orthodoxy that was the "original."  Not true. This and many other myths will be explored at our next Bet Shalom Emeriti group discussion on  June 7 at 9 AM  in the Jerusalem room.  Please RSVP to Henry Berman
or Rabbi Cohen

Bet Shalom Book Club
We look forward to seeing you on Sunday, June 25 at 10:00 am at Bet Shalom in the Jerusalem Room for the next Bet Shalom Book Club meeting. We will be discussing The Extra by A.B. Yehoshua, an Israeli novelist. Please RSVP to Steve Yussen at
Alzheimer's Support Group
A community  Alzheimer's support group meets the first Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm at Bet Shalom. The group is for caregivers and loved ones of those dealing with  Alzheimer's or dementia. If you have questions please call Ron Kelner, 612-868-7754.


Background Check on Gun Sales
The Social Action Committee of Bet Shalom which has the issues of Domestic Violence and Gun Safety as one of our pillars of our Tikkun Olam work, is informing our congregants who are concerned about these areas to call their state congressional representative in support of Criminal Background Checks on all Gun Sales (HF 1669; SF 1261) and to voice opposition against Stand Your Ground Bill (HF 238; SF 292)  For more information please view  or on these two bills and others that address gun safety issues. 

Announcing Cranberry Ridge: Homes for Working Families in Plymouth
Bet Shalom, as part of Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative and the West Metro Initiative, announced anew housing initiative in Plymouth. Cranberry Ridge will be located on Hwy 55 near Old Rockford Road and will be home to approximately 45 working families. Most of the families who will live at Cranberry Ridge will ear between $16,000 and $45,000. Some Apartments will be set aside for families who have lost their homes and need assistance to get back on their feet financially. Interfaith Outreach staff will be onsite at Cranberry Ridge to support parents' efforts to have the best possible jobs, increase their income, and meet their children's education and other needs. Please read this FAQ for more information regarding the Cranberry Ridge building effort. Contact Stephen Ziff at for additional information and to stay in touch about important public meetings and other opportunities to show your support for Cranberry Ridge. Sign up here to become a Cranberry Ridge advocate. 

Twin Cities Jewish Book Series
Thi s event features Julie Tarney, parent, LGBTQ advocate, and author of the book
My Son Wears Heels.  Join us  on  Thursday, May 18 at 7:00 pm  at the the St. Paul JCC (1375 St. Paul Avenue). Author remarks and Q-&-A with a reception to follow. Advance tickets are $8 for St. Paul JCC members and $12 for nonmembers. Tickets sold day of are $12. Call the St. Paul JCC (651-698-0751) to reserve your tickets. Mention J-Pride to receive discounted JCC member price.

Twin Cities Jewish Chorale
Hallelujah: Song & Dance
Celebrate spring with music that expresses values and memories of Jewish people through traditional texts, folk songs, and Israeli dance. Twin Cities Jewish Chorale will perform this concert twice. The first performance is Sunday, June 4 at 3:00 pm at Bet Shalom Congregation. The second performance is Thursday, June 8 at 7:00 pm at Mount Zion Temple. Tickets are $15 for adults, and $10 for students/seniors (65+). Scholarship opportunities available. For questions or more information, contact

Renewing Life
Renewing Life empowers participants to live authentically, view illness and life challenges as opportunities for growth, and discover and create a personal healing path. This proven curriculum has a focus on learning how to live the best possible life in the midst of challenges. This program meets on Wednesdays from May 3 - June 8 from 6:00 - 8:30 pm at Shalom Campus (this is an update from prior information which indicated meetings would be held at JFCS). For more information click here or contact Betsy Michel at 612-251-3561. 

Early Modern Jewish History Class
From the Expulsion from Spain through the Enlightenment 1492-1789
Please refer to  this link for a comprehensive overview of these classes taught by Professor Arie Zmora. Classes run from  Sunday, June 4th through the end of July for 8 weeks (no classes the 4th of July weekend). Classes meet in St. Paul. Cost is $200 plus $40 for a folder with the weekly readings. To sign up, or for more information, please contact  Professor Zmora at 651-340-3544.

College Scholarship Opportunity
The Lifson, Bronsztein, and Shapira Scholarship is a scholarship opportunity that is awarded with a preference towards Jewish students and has assisted many outstanding students at the University of Minnesota. We want to continue to carry out the wishes of our scholarship donors by awarding funds to eligible candidates for the 2017-2018 academic year. Application information for the Lifson, Bronsztein, and Shapira Scholarships can be found on the  University of Minnesota website. Online applications must be submitted no later than  July 3, 2017. Please contact Nate Rosckes at (612) 624-2324 or

JFCS College Scholarship
Jewish Family and Children's Service of Minneapolis (JFCS) is currently taking applications for college scholarship funds for the 2017-18 academic year. The deadline for applications is May 31, 2017 Scholarships are available for applicants of all backgrounds and are based on both need and merit. Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to apply. We also have a dedicated fund for Jewish students who are attending college in Minnesota. The application is available on the JFCS website at , and can be submitted electronically via email. Please click on Our Services then Financial Assistance and you will find Academic Scholarships at the very top of the page.  For further information or questions about the college scholarship process, please contact Todd Sandler, Development Officer, at 952-542-4854 or