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June 23, 2017
Candlelighting 8:15 pm
Weekly message from Rabbi Glanzberg-Krainin
Do you believe in miracles?

For those of us who had the privilege of attending this past Tuesday night's program, sponsored by Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia and hosted at Beth Sholom, on the phenomenal new book Miracles We Have Seen, the answer to that question has to be an unqualified "Yes!"

The program, based on a collection of essays gathered by Dr. Harley Rotbart, and featuring Dr. Rotbart and our own Dr. Harvey Guttmann who contributed an essay to the book, consisted of the narratives of a wide range of physicians who witnessed medical outcomes that could in no way be explained by rational phenomena. Stories included the man who survives falling 47 stories off a window washing platform in Midtown Manhattan; a woman who gives birth to a healthy baby after losing both of her fallopian tubes to ectopic pregnancies; and a 9 year-old boy who drowns and is lifeless after receiving CPR for close to two hours, but who somehow ends up walking out of the hospital three days later in perfect health.

What made the program truly memorable was that it did not limit itself only to the "success" stories-only to those who somehow managed to be cured against all the odds. Other stories included details of a woman who manages to show grace and resilience despite having constant medical procedures that would have embittered most of us; a grandmother who manages to stay alive until three weeks after her twin grandchildren become B'nai Mitzvah; and a woman whose son's malignant tumor miraculously disappears and who, in her gratitude, quits her high-paying job as a corporate executive to become the Executive Director of CURE, an organization that has raised millions of dollars for research into the cures for childhood cancer.

What we learned from participating in Tuesday night's program is that miracles involve our human capacity to experience refuat ha'nefesh v'refuat ha'guf-healing both of the spirit and the body. We do not always live in a world in which cures are found to every disease. But we do live in a world in which inexplicable things do sometimes occur; and the human capacity for resilience and grace in the face of long odds is truly inspiring.

May we be blessed with experiences of both kinds of miracles in our lives.

Shabbat Shalom
Friday, June 23
6 pm Pray and Play
6 pm - Kabbalat Shabbat-Come As You Are

Candle lighting before 8:15 pm
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Saturday, June 24
Book of Numbers dedicated by Dalck (z"l) & Rose (z"l) Feith in honor of their children
Second Aliyah dedicated by Linda & Leonard Abrams in honor of their children

9:15 am Pray and Play
9:15 am Shabbat Services.
Greeters: Val and Joe Lieberman
Torah Reading: by Eph Samit

12 pm - Extended Kiddush sponsored by Kristin, Michael and Andy Karp in honor of Shabbat
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8:05 pm - Minhah, Ma'ariv, Havdalah (Price Chapel)

Service Schedule - unless otherwise indicated below
Evenings in June
9:00 am
7:00 pm at BSC
7:20 am
7:00 pm at BSC
7:30 am
7:00 pm at BSC
7:30 am
7:00 pm at BSC
7:20 am
7:00 pm at BSC
7:30 am
6:00 pm at BSC
9:15 am
Sundown at BSC
Sunday to Thursday, June 25 to 29 at 7 pm - Evening Minyan at Beth Sholom led by Rebecca Landau
Friday, June 30 at 6 pm - Kabbalat Shabbat - Come As You Are
Saturday, July 1 at 9:15 am - Shabbat Services. Tenth Anniversary of the B'not Mitzvah of Sheila Berman and Louise Goldman. Guest Speaker is Doreen Shelow.

Questions? Julie Atchick at 215-887-1342 ext. 216 or click here
Sundays at 10 am - Hebrew Grammar with Marcia Garfinkle.
Thursday, June 22 at 8:30 am - Current Events Discussion Group with Bob Rubin

Are you interested in an opportunity to provide concrete actions of hesed (loving kindness) to people in our community when they most need it? Do you love to cook? Please email here or call 215-887-1342 ext. 109 to add your name to our Meal Train list to help cook meals for people in need.

CSWB Questions? Click here or 215.887.1342 ext. 109.

Wednesdays at 7:00 pm - Alone No More. Providing essential support for the family and friends of people living with drug addiction. Questions: Contact Steve here. See flyer here.  
Wednesday, July 19 at 6:30 pm - Caring for a Loved One with Alzheimer's or Dementia? Join us for a Caregiver Support Group. Meetings are also on 8/16, 9/27, 10/18, and 12/20).

Tuesday, June 27 from 7- 9 pm - Immigration Rights in 2017: Community Challenges and Opportunities. Moderated by Dr. Valerie Arkoosh, Chair of Montgomery County Commissioners. Speakers will include the following experts: Immigration attorneys Wendy Castor Hess, Esq.; Jack Herzig, Esq.; Zaid Hatoum, Esq.; Feige M. Grundman, Esq.; and Kelli Myers-Gottemoller, Bethany Christian Services of Greater Delaware Valley. Congregation Kol Ami, 8201 High School Road, Elkins Park. RSVP: here or here.
Sunday July 9 and Sunday August 6: JRA needs your help! Jewish Relief Organization Summer Distribution Dates. Packages can also be delivered the Monday and Tuesday after the distribution dates. The warehouse is at 10980 Dutton Road Philadelphia, PA 19154. Volunteers pack boxes and pick them up for distribution. Sunday distribution hours: 10 am-2 pm. For Beth Sholom weekday deliveries the Warehouse will be open from 9 am-5 pm. Questions:  610-660-0190.

Did you know that Beth Sholom has a Mitzvah Garden? Each year volunteers plant vegetables and herbs to give out at our pantry, and flowers for the community and to bring to people who are ill. We are ready to begin planting and we need your help! Shorter and longer volunteer opportunities available.  No experience necessary. Questions? Contact Alan Rothman here.
Find the perfect hostess gift and delicious wines at our Beth Sholom Gift Shop - gorgeous gifts for every occasion - or click here to shop  on line.  Giant Supermarket gift cards are also available at the Gift Shop : They can be used just like money and still count toward gas and percent points on your store receipt. Available in $25 and $50 cards. Click here for more information.

Summer Gift Shop Hours:
Sunday and Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 3 pm to 7 pm
Wednesday and Thursday: 9:30 am to 4 pm
Friday: 9:30 am to 1 pm
Monday, June 26 - Israeli Dancing at Beth Sholom. Free and open to all Beth Sholom members and guests. Beginners 7:15 pm; Intermediate 8:30 pm; Open dancing 9:00 pm to 11:00 pm. Questions: contact Julie Atchick at 215-887-1342 ext. 216 or click here
Friday, July 21 at 7 pm - Shabbat at the Shore in Margate, NJ. Click here for more information.
Saturday, July 22 at 8:30 am - Yoga on the beach (at Cedar Grove) sponsored by the Center for Spiritual Well-being. Free, but please RSVP: here or 215-887-1342 x 109.

Fall Registration for JQuest Byachad. If you have not yet registered for JQuest in the fall, it is not too late! Have a friend who might be interested in attending JQuest this fall? Refer-a-friend to us and save $50 on next year's tuition when they register! Email Sarah here to let us know your friend's information so we can reach out. See below for registration links.

Kehillah Sunday Soccer for Pre K-8th grade families - Eleven Sundays: September 10 - November 19. Pre-K: 11 am to noon All others: 1 pm or later. Mandell Campus: 7601 Old York Road, Elkins Park 19027. Register here. Discounted Registration ends July 31, 2017. Questions: Email Ruth here or call 215-588-6847. Need-based scholarships available

Early Learning PTO is beginning a Cook Book project. They are looking to collect as many recipes as they can. Please help us by completing the form here. Please click here for more
information. Once completed, the cookbooks will be available for sale.

JQuest B'Yachad registration is open for the 2017-18 school year!
New students, click here
Returning students, click here 

Weekly message from the Executive Director

Soon, hopefully July 1st, you will see the the launch of a new Beth Sholom website that gives members the ability to log on and manage their own accounts and make timely demographic changes to their portion of our Congregational database. Our new system, hosted by Shulcloud, is managed by a company providing similar service to over 600 shuls. 

Next month, you will notice revised statements that are more easily understood. Our new system will make it possible for you choose how you want Beth Sholom to communicate with you. You will be able to choose to have statements, newsletters, and contribution acknowledgements e-mailed to you rather than sent through the Post Office. You will even be able to make payments online using your credit card. Watch for information on the launch of this new system and for instructions on how to log on to see your account.

Shabbat Shalom,

Harvey Friedrich

PS: Shore people - Mark your calendars. Shabbat at the Shore has been set for Friday, July 21st. Watch here for more information.

PPS: Our Mitzvah Garden needs help to make it through the summer. Have some time on your hands and a green thunb? Drop me a note for more info. 
* Joshua & Bryna Landes and Sora Landes on the Bar Mitzvah of their son and grandson, Daniel Landes; and the graduation of their daughter and granddaughter, Arielle Landes from SAR High School
* Steven Pearlman on being named the Norman H. Abrahamson Award Honoree by the Men's Club
* Donna and Ira Spector on the graduation of their daughter Ilana Spector, from Emory University with an MBA in business.
* Toni Levi Goldrich on the birth of her first grandchild, Zev Haim Barlaz, son of Marissa and Eitan Barlaz
* Special Birthdays: Yvonne M. Blackwell, Stuart Leibowitz, Joyce Podietz, Daniel Shmilovich
* Special Anniversaries: Jason & Haley Hellmann (5th); Marc & Patricia Landsberg (45th); Neil & Fern Mittin (40th); Pace & Mary Lou Reich (60th); Alan & Paula Rothman (45th); Eric & Janet Wischnia (35th)

A prayer for recovery will be recited on behalf of:
Mark Kay, Fannie Kessler, Bill Loy, Sheldon Meshon, Joan and Sheldon Plam, Hannah Leah bat Sarah

If you are ill, or know of a congregant who is ill or in a nursing home, please contact Stacey Salsman 215-887-1342 ext 109 or click here so that a clergy member may call or visit. 
 Click here for this week's yahrzeits.
המקום ינחם אתכם בתוך שאר אבלי ציון וירושלים
May God comfort you together with all the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem

יהי זכרונם לברכה
May Their Memory Be For A Blessing  
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