Shalom. The Beth Haskalah study group for January will be on Sunday, January 13th at 7 pm at Ellie’s. Please call me at 585-329-3305 for directions.
We will be looking at the complicated issue of George Soros. He was a penniless Holocaust survivor who became the amazing investor who “broke the Bank of England”, although he would rather have been a philosopher. He was also investing heavily in post-Soviet Europe, attempting to spread democracy there. His actions included founding a university in Hungary to support the free exchange of ideas. This was so controversial that the university has been expelled from Hungary.
To further complicate the perception of George Soros, the conservative right has decided to use him like previous generations used the Rothschild family. 21st century anti-semitism has been linked to another Jew, George Soros, as well as the concept of globalism.
See you on the 13th next year.
BETH HASKALAH Calendar 2018 – 2019 (5779)
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
————————————————————————————————–BH Board Meetings:
Sunday School Meeting TBA
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, email@example.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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
Please call Barry Swan (585-329-3305) if you have any questions.
BETH HASKALAH Calendar 2017 – 2018 (5778)
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
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
Dates and Locations TBA
BH Board Meetings:
Sunday School TBA
SHJ Role Model of the Year- Gene Wilder
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.