Fall 2018 Beth Haskalah Study Group

Beth Haskalah’s study group meets the second Sunday evening of the month.  Since the second Sunday in September is Rosh Hashanah, our first meeting will be Sunday, October 14th.  All the details will be forthcoming.
One change in our study group will be for November when we will combine out study group with a Shabbat dinner.  Our discussion will be about the recent events in Israel from the  “Israel as a Jewish nation” announcement, Gaza and the world’s response, Netanyahu’s legal problems, the effect of the Syrian war, African refugees, the Orthodox communities’ effect of both legal and everyday issues, and others.   More information will be available soon.
Please call  if you have any question (585-329-3305 or baswan@aol.com).
Shalom, Barry Swan, madrikh

Beth Haskalah Calendar 2018-2019 (5779)

 

BETH HASKALAH Calendar 2018 – 2019 (5779)

__________________________When__________________________Where

Rosh Hashanah  Sun., Sept. 9,     5 pm Goldstein’s home

Yom Kippur   Wed., Sept. 19, 6 pm “Break the Fast”. Cherin home

Sukkot     Sunday, Sept. 23, 10 am build sukkah      location TBA
.                                               11 am pot luck lunch

Hanukah      Friday,  Dec. 7, 6 pm Ellie Cherin home

Tu B’shevat Seder    Sunday, Jan. 20      in Sunday School

Purim                  Sunday, March (21th) in Sunday School

Passover               Sunday, Apr. 21, 6 pm Brighton Town Park


Fall:             Friday, November 16th, 6 pm Ellie Cherin’s
Spring:
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Sunday School Meeting TBA

Humanistic High Holiday Services

Humanistic High Holiday Services

Even though the surplus of heat and humidity do not even hint that autumn is coming, the calendar tells us the Jewish New Year is on its way.

As Humanist Jews, we can use this time to review the last year. We can review the good things we have done and plan how we will make this next year even better. We can also assess what we did this year which we should not have done and what we should have done which we did not.

The Jewish High Holidays for 5779 are:

Rosh Hashanah on Sunday, September 9th at 5 pm.
Yom Kippur “Break the Fast” on Wednesday, September 19th.

For Rosh Hashanah, we will have our
service starting at 5 pm, to be followed
by our potluck. To err is
We will celebrate Yom Kippur with a short human, “Breaking the Fast” service at 6 pm To forgive, before breaking our fast. human. Call me (585-329-3305)
if you have any questions.

Please contact me (Barry Swan 585-329-3305, baswan@aol.com) to get more information including driving directions. Please also let me know how many people will attend and what you will bring to the potluck. [If you need help deciding what to bring to the vegan potluck, Ellie may be able to help you. (585-271-2116)]

Looking forward to seeing you.

Shalom, Barry Swan, madrikh, Beth Haskalah

2018-2019 Calendar coming soon

Our calendar of events is being planned for this coming year. Our holiday celebrations including High Holidays, Hanukah, and our vegan seder will be announced soon.
Our monthly adult study group topics including a discussion of our Society of Humanistic Judaism’s humanist role model of the year will help us define how to live both a Jewish and a humanistic life with integrity.
Our Sukkoth celebrations and Tu B’Shevet seders help our children embrace their identity.
More information will be included on this website.
Shalom, Barry Swan, madrikh

2018 Beth Haskalah Vegan Seder

 

Subject: Vegan Seder, Saturday, March 31st

2018 Beth Haskalah-Rochester Area Vegan Society Seder Announcement

Saturday, March 31st, 6 pm

Our seder for Pesach (Passover) this year will Saturday, March 31st at the Brighton Town Park Lodge, 777 Westfall Road (just east of the Islamic Center/ mosque on Westfall Road).*
Our seder will be a joint seder with the Rochester Area Vegan Society.   All foods will be vegan.  Please share with Barry Swan what you will be bringing when you RSVP.

For non-members of Beth Haskalah or the Rochester Area Vegan Society:

—Please bring a vegan dish to pass that satisfies the special Passover seder rules, so: no meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy products, gelatin or honey, and

no wheat products (no wheat pasta, bread, crackers, or cookies), except for matzoh and matzoh meal (but no egg matzoh!)

—Please pay a $5 guest fee

—Please RSVP to Barry Swan baswan@aol.com, 585-329-3305

FOR EVERYONE:  Please confirm you are coming, how many people you will be bringing, and what you will bring to the seder to share.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

Other questions may be directed to me, Barry Swan (329-3305) Thank you.

*The Brighton Town Park Lodge (Carmen Clark Lodge) is located on the south side of Westfall Road between East Henrietta Road (15A) to the west and S. Clinton Rd. to the east. Look for “Brighton Town Park” sign. The driveway leading to the Lodge is called “Haudenosaunee Trail.” The lodge is a log-cabin type building set in a park with playground equipment and an outdoor pavilion. No alcohol is allowed in the Brighton Town Park Lodge.

Barry SWAN
baswan@aol.com

March 31, 2018 Beth Haskalah Vegan Seder

2018 Beth Haskalah-Rochester Area Vegan Society Seder Announcement
Saturday, March 31st, 6 pm
Our seder for Pesach (Passover) this year will Saturday, March 31st at the Brighton Town Park Lodge, 777 Westfall Road (just east of the Islamic Center/ mosque on Westfall Road).*
Our seder will be a joint seder with the Rochester Area Vegan Society.   All foods will be vegan.  Please share with Barry Swan what you will be bringing when you RSVP.
For non-members of Beth Haskalah (Rochester Society for Humanistic Judaism) or the Rochester Area Vegan Society:
—Please bring a vegan dish to pass that satisfies the special Passover seder rules, so: no meat, poultry, fish, eggs, dairy products, gelatin or honey, and
  no wheat products (no wheat pasta, bread, crackers, or cookies), except for matzoh and matzoh meal (but no egg matzoh!)
—Please pay a $5 guest fee
—Please RSVP to Barry Swan, baswan@aol.com, 585-329-3305
FOR EVERYONE:  Please confirm you are coming, how many people you will be bringing, and what you will bring to the seder to share.
Looking forward to seeing you there.
Other questions may be directed to me, Barry Swan (585-329-3305) Thank you.
*The Brighton Town Park Lodge (Carmen Clark Lodge) is located on the south side of Westfall Road between East Henrietta Road (15A) to the west and S. Clinton Rd. to the east. Look for “Brighton Town Park” sign. The driveway leading to the Lodge is called “Haudenosaunee Trail.” The lodge is a log-cabin type building set in a park with playground equipment and an outdoor pavilion. No alcohol is allowed in the Brighton Town Park Lodge.

 

Barry SWAN, madrikh, Beth Haskalah, Rochester Society for Humanistic Judaism
baswan@aol.com

Beth Haskalah 2017-2018 Calendar

Please call Barry Swan (585-329-3305) if you have any questions.
BETH HASKALAH Calendar 2017 – 2018 (5778)

__________________________When__________________________Where___

Rosh Hashanah  Wednesday.,   Sept. 20, 6 pm. Cherin’s

Yom Kippur        Saturday. Sept. 30 6 pm “Break the Fast”        Goldstein’s

Sukkot                 Sunday, Oct. 8,   10 am (Sunday School?)      Arie’s
11 am  potluck lunch.
Hanukah               Sat., Dec. 13-20, 6 pm Ellie’s

Tu B’shevat            Sunday, Jan. 31,      in Sunday School

Purim                  Sun. March 1st in Sunday School

Passover              Sat.   Apr. 20, 6 pm Brighton Town Park

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Study Groups                  2nd Sundays                       The  Summit  7 pm
9/10, 10/8, 11/12, 12/10, 1/14, 2/11, 3/11, 4/8, 5/13, 6/10
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Shabbat  Celebrations:
Dates and Locations TBA
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BH Board Meetings:
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Sunday School TBA

SHJ Role Model of the Year- Gene Wilder

Sunday, April 9th Study Group- Trump and Jews

Shalom. Our April study group will a discussion of the current administration and their relationship with Jews. It will be Sunday, April 9th at 7 pm at the Summit.

There seems to be an increased interaction of Trump and Jews. Some of his appointments come with anti-Semitic baggage. Some are Jews with Wall Street or other baggage. There are Jews in his family, some of whom are in his administration. There are some of his supporters who have taken his pronouncements to be an encouragement to hype up anti-Semitic activities on their own. Then there is the complicated relationship with Netanyahu and Israel.

Which of these are a sign of trouble? Which are just “business as usual” and opponents are being too critical?

Please feel free to bring articles or other examples on this controversial and sensitive topic.

See you on April 9th.

Shalom, Barry

March 12 study group

Shalom.

On Sunday, March 12th, at 7 pm at the Summit, Beth Haskalah’s study group will investigate how the new American presidency will affect one of the central doctrines on which our government is based. We will investigate the concept of the separation of church and state.

Our discussion will be led by Dr. Robert Goldstein who is the president of the Rochester chapter of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. He is also a representative for our local group at the annual national American United meetings.

If you see articles etc. on this topic, please bring them to this session.

Hope to see you there.
Remember that this is also the day to reset your clock for daylight savings time.

Shalom, Barry Swan
madrikh, Beth Haskalah
baswab@aol.com
585-329-3305

Study Group on Ahmadiyya Islam- Sunday, 2/12

Shalom.  The Beth Haskalah study group (TWO WEEKS FROM NOW) at the Summit, on Sunday, February, 12th  7 pm, will bring us two special guests. My friend, Mubarak Bashir, the Director of Faith Outreach for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and its imam, Imam Hamid Malik, will join us.   From them, we will learn the basics of Islam and its place in the world.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a unique part of the Muslim community (pacifistic, for the separation of church and state, and for interfaith cooperation) and we will appreciate its special place within this world.  But recent events have changed some of the dialogue Americans are having.  I hope we will learn about Islam and understand the way the Ahmadiyya community expresses its devotion to Islam.  But I also  hope we will be able to discuss some way to react to the tragic situation that has been perpetrated upon all of us.

Hope to see you there,,
Shalom, Barry Swan
madrikh, Beth Haskalah