WEEKLY NEWS - July 20, 2021
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THIS OLD-NEW JEWISH HOLIDAY IS ALL ABOUT LOVE
FRIDAY EVENING, JULY 23, 7PM:
Featuring a Presentation by Michigan State Representative Mari Manoogian:
The State of Voter Suppression in Michigan
to
BARBARA & MARTY BURNSTEIN
for sponsoring this Shabbat!
Can't attend in person?
Join us for a live stream from YouTube.

to go to our channel where you'll find a link to this week's program.
PLEASE NOTE OUR COVID-19 VACCINE & SAFETY POLICY
July is "reopening month" with in-person services, classes, and regular office hours resuming. Here's what you need to know if you're attending!

1) Shabbat Programs & Other Public Gatherings
Attendees at Friday night Shabbat programs and all other in-person gatherings MUST BE FULLY VACCINATED (defined as two weeks past the final shot for their vaccine). Verbal confirmation is sufficient.

Those who are unable to be vaccinated - due solely to medical reasons - may contact the temple to make advance arrangements for socially distanced participation on Fridays or at other public gatherings; a mask and distanced seating area will be required: email office@birminghamtemple.com or call 248.477.1410.

2) Business Office Hours
When visiting the office for business reasons, we always recommend calling in advance: 248.477.1410. Please note that all unvaccinated individuals who visit the temple during office hours should make every effort to call in advance. They will be asked to wear a mask and observe social distancing.(email: office@birminghamtemple.com or call 248.477.1410)
"SCENE" AT OUR WELCOME BACK SHABBAT!
Last Friday we began in-person Shabbat celebrations. Here are just a few of the well over 100 members who joined us! (Photos courtesy of Jean Klarich.)
Reminder! With our new membership pledge model, members are invited to renew each summer!

Watch your mailbox for your renewal info!
AMERICAN HUMANIST ASSOCIATION
ONLINE CONFERENCE
Saturday-Sunday, July 24-25

The American Humanist Association will be celebrating 80 years of humanism on July 24-25, 2021! Join them virtually for two days of interactive sessions, thought-provoking and inspiring speakers, and opportunities to connect with fellow humanists and exhibitors. 

AHACON21 will bring together humanists from across the country to explore the most pressing questions facing our community, share effective practices to create change, and celebrate 80 years of humanist thought and action and the road ahead. This will be an anniversary party you won’t want to miss!
Featuring 2021 Humanist of the Year Presentation to Dr. Anthony Fauci!
COMING THIS FALL ...
BOOK CLUB EXPLORES...

"EINSTEIN ON POLITICS"
FACILITATED BY DR. FRAN SHOR

Our Book Club will convene in person in the fall!

Over an eight-week period, we'll explore the political writings and perspectives of Albert Einstein utilizing the text, "Einstein On Politics," a collection of his letters and public statements

We will discuss the range of issues that Einstein explored from war and peace, to his Jewish identity, antisemitism, and Zionism, to civil liberties and the need for world government.

You don't need to commit to all four sessions. Depending on your interest in designated discussions, you may pick and choose which to attend and then read the relevant portions of "Einstein on Politics."

WATCH FOR MORE DETAILS COMING SOON!
A deeper look at Jewish customs, traditions, and historical events ... from ancient times to today!

MONDAYS, NOON, IN-PERSON
(FULLY VACCINATED ONLY!)

OR ON ZOOM:

Current topic: The Concept of Sin in Judaism
NEXT SOCIAL JUSTICE COMMITTEE MEETING:
Friday, Aug. 20, 5:45-6:45pm (before services)
Please come to learn and share ideas. Lots to talk about! No obligation. Contact Audrey (audreypleasant@gmail.com) for the agenda and/or to suggest an item.  

Vaccination policy applies. Please see above.
BT'S "FREE LITTLE FOOD PANTRY"
BT has installed a "Free Little Food Pantry" for those in need. We will need donations of non-perishables to keep it filled.

WE NEED FOOD DONATIONS!

NO PASTA OR BEANS FOR NOW!

WE ESPECIALLY NEED:

  • PERSONAL CARE / HYGIENE
  • HAND SOAP
  • CLEANING PRODUCTS
  • CEREAL
  • SPICES
  • PAPER PRODUCTS

ALSO: canned tuna & chicken * proteins / grains * canned fruits & vegetables * soups / sauces / condiments * breakfast items * snacks

You're likely to find the pantry full, but please be aware that Items ARE being taken and then replenished from supplies kept inside the Temple building.

Contact Audrey (audreypleasant@gmail.com) for more details.
DONATION DRIVE FOR THE COMMUNITY HOUSING NETWORK
The CHN assists people in Southeast Michigan who are houseless, facing houselessness, low income, have disabilities or are otherwise vulnerable.

Below is the wish list of items urgently needed as well as a link to the Amazon site where items may be purchased on-line. To be part of this project, bring any of the items listed below to the Temple between now and the end of August and put them in or near the collection box in the lobby. If you want to donate but are unable to shop, let Audrey know audreypleasant@gmail.com; we can shop for you. 

Garbage bags - 13 Gallon Tall Kitchen Trash Bags / Cleaning Buckets / Mops 
Brooms with dust pans / Laundry Baskets - standard size with handles (used to build Welcome Home Baskets) / Hand Soap / Bleach / All Purpose Cleaner / Glass Cleaner / Bathroom/Shower Cleaner / Deodorant / Kitchen Sponges / Kitchen Utensils

Amazon Wish list link:
ACLU BAIL REFORM ADVOCACY UPDATE
Thursday, July 22, 6pm


The ACLU is sponsoring a summer of bail reform advocacy with the goal of having legislation passed by the end of 2021. Because of considerable pre-trial reform last year and with continued advocacy from constituents, it seems this can be achieved. 

Thursday’s meeting will be the first of an ongoing series over the summer that will provide the information, resources and support needed to be successful. Here is the agenda:

  • Overview of Expected Bail Reform Bills
  • Legislative Outreach Activities
  • Guidance on Communicating with Legislators
  • Q&A

For more information, contact Carolyn Lowe (carolynlowe21@gmail.com).
JOIN THE SOCIAL JUSTICE MAILING LIST!
Sign up for the Social Justice Committee email list for information about what's happening at BT and beyond. Meeting agenda and copy of the monthly report to the board is emailed to all list members. Send your request to audreypleasant@gmail.com.
IT'S SUMMER GARDENING TIME...
JOIN US!
SUNDAYS @ 9:30AM
All hands needed and appreciated!

Please bring any tools, especially hedge trimmers, saws, rakes, yard bags, plus gloves. We have lots of fun!

Please contact Sarah Markowitz, 1luciannn1@comcast.net or Cathy Radner, radner210@gmail.com, with any questions.
THIS OLD-NEW JEWISH HOLIDAY IS ALL ABOUT LOVE
This past Saturday night and Sunday, Jews in more traditional quarters observed the fast of Tisha B’Av (literally, the Ninth of Av). The fast and other mourning rituals commemorate a day of intense mourning for the destruction of Jerusalem’s First Temple (in 586 BCE) and Second Temple (in 70 CE). Throughout the years many of the nations that oppressed Jews became aware of its significance, exploiting it as a time to add suffering to our ancestors’ lives. One bleak example is the 1492 decree of expulsion from Spain which was timed to Tisha B’Av.

While there’s a good chance you know about this sad day, you’ve probably not heard about the ancient holiday – newly revived -- that arrives six days later. I use the word “holiday” advisably because there are no special rituals associated with it and most Jews have never heard about it. Nevertheless, the Fifteenth of Av, called in Hebrew “Tu B’Av,” bears great potential for revitalization because it’s the closest thing we have to an official Jewish day of romantic love!
If you’re a little dubious about the idea of an ancient Jewish holiday celebrating romantic love, you’re right to be. Like many cultures, for most of its history and in most places, Jews tended to promote arranged marriages. You’ve likely already remembered that the entire plot of “Fiddler on the Roof” centers on them. However, the musical also reminds us that people did long for a loving match and that many – like Tevye’s daughters – were drawn to the loves of their hearts. Even with their own arranged marriage, Goldie spends years of wondering if what she has is love, asking Tevye, “Do You Love Me?”

Where did this Jewish day of hearts and flowers begin? Its roots are in the Talmudic tractate called Ta’anit (Fasts):

There were no happier times for the people of Israel than the Fifteenth of Av and [the end of] Yom Kippur, since on these days the daughters of Israel and Jerusalem go out dressed in white and dance in the vineyards. What were they saying? Young man, consider whom you choose!

Like many other Jewish commemorations, Tu B’Av takes place at the full moon. This may suggest its older origins as a fertility holiday. In any case, it’s been gaining in popularity even among non-matchmaking sorts of Jews.

As someone who never understood why our more popular love celebration comes in the depth of winter or why it’s named for a fictional saint, I like the idea of Tu B’Av. Also, it’s got a more homegrown vibe to it, since other than in Israel, it’s utterly uncommercialized. You’ve gotta like that in a day of love. I certainly don’t expect it to overtake St. V’s big to-do but it’s interesting to know that Jewish culture has its own day of love.

Tu B’Av takes place this year over Shabbat. We’ll make a little nod to it at our service this Friday night. Perhaps you’ll consider doing a little something for your own special someone, too! They certainly won’t see it coming.

Happy Tu B’Av!
ONLINE, IN-PERSON & BOTH!
In-person classes require full vaccination; see above

RABBI FALICK'S SATURDAY CLASS ("REBBE'S TISCH")
Join him for a historical look at Jewish texts throughout the ages.
Saturdays, 10am, Zoom Only

UNROLLING JUDAISM WITH RABBI FALICK
A deeper look at Jewish customs, traditions, and historical events ... from ancient times to today! See above for more information.
Mondays, Noon, Zoom & In-Person

JEWISH HISTORY CLASS WITH NATAN FUCHS
On summer hiatus - returns in the Fall

SOCRATES CAFE
2nd Tuesday of Each Month, 10:30am, Zoom Only
4th Tuesday of Each Month, 10:30am, In-Person Only

YOGA
Every Wednesday, 9:30am, In-Person Only
ZOOM REQUIRES A PASSWORD!
The password was sent under separate cover. Please contact rabbi@birminghamtemple.com if you need it.

ONLINE VIDEOS OF PROGRAMS & CLASSES
Visit LibrarySHJ.com and our YouTube page for videos of past services, classes, lectures, and more!
*REFUAH SHLEMA (SPEEDY RECOVERY)
Best Wishes for a Speedy Recovery to:

Evelyn Kreger, Joe Gadon, Julie Eliason, Karen Tremper Harris, Peter Schweitzer

Please inform us if you know that someone is ill or in need.
*THIS WEEK'S CARTOON
By Marilyn Rowens, ז״ל (of Blessed Memory)
*COMMUNITY SHARING
To Paula and Stanley Wolfe

Our Paula and Stanley Wolfe are moving to Tempe, Arizona! They have been members for at least 50 years. Stan was present when the first shovel was dug for our building. Paula has been on our Board, and both have been active in many committees and activities. Their two sons and daughter celebrated their B' Mitzvah at our congregation, and their daughter was married there, too. 

The Wolfes joined the congregation after moving back to Detroit because the philosophy was “just right." Their daughter and son-in-law have carried on the tradition of Humanistic Judaism as founding members of the Phoenix SHJ congregation Or Adam where Paula and Stanley will be joining them. Their daughter beautifully conducted High Holiday services for us when they did not have a rabbi. 

We wish them all the best and will deeply miss them! Good luck to Paula and Stan in their great adventure in Arizona.