Hello Friends,
I hope everyone had a festive December and is doing well in 2019. Wasn’t our Chanukah party fun? We had more raffle prizes than ever, the best latkes, great desserts, wonderful music…I could go on and on. The Family Fun Chanukah party is really one of our best events. Thank you so much to everyone who helped!
Now that we are in a new year, we find ourselves getting ready for more activity. Rabbi Norry returns Friday through Sunday, Jan. 25-Jan. 27. That Friday night will be a busy one with Family Shabbat (also known as Tot Shabbat) at 6 p.m. This is primarily for young children, but everyone is invited. We will then have our dairy potluck at 6:30 p.m. Please bring a dish or dessert to make this a wonderful meal. Our traditional Shabbat services will start around 7:30 p.m.
After all the ruach (spirit) of Shabbat, we will get serious. You remember that at the end of October there was a horrible massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. Since that time (and even beforehand), our board has been discussing security at the synagogue. We’re upping our measures in a number of ways.
At the general membership meeting on Sunday, Jan. 27, we will share some of our updated security measures with you. We will also talk about upcoming events.
The meeting starts at 11 a.m., and, as always, we will provide a small meal. The meeting is open to all Congregation Beth Israel members. If you are not yet a member, but are interested in joining our congregation, take a moment to reach out to me (or email the synagogue).
I look forward to seeing you during Rabbi Norry’s visit and at the general membership meeting. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Shalom, Lori Beth

P.S. Rabbi Norry will be available at the synagogue all day Saturday, Jan. 26. Why not stop by and say hello?