Hanukah Celebration

We will be celebrating Hanukah on Sunday December 25th at 5 pm. We will have latkes and menorahs as we celebrate both the solstice and the first national liberation movement. Please call Ellie Cherin at 831-4189 or me (Barry Swan) at 329-3305.

Nov. 13th study group on A Bintel Brief

Shalom.

The Beth Haskalah study group for November 13th will be on the advice column from the Forward, A Bintel Brief. This column features letters from immigrants and greenhorns asking advice on their new American lives.

A Bintel Brief was a very popular feature of the Forward, but more importantly, it had a unique part to play in the lives of Jewish immigrants to America.  New immigrants were faced with choices they never had faced in Europe.  Many American ways were so foreign and troubling to them, and these changes were especially severe as they saw the effect on their children.

A Bintel Brief was a way to ask your own heartfelt questions but also see what questions other immigrants were asking.  I can only image the over-the-fence, out-the-open-window conversations these letters generated.

A fascinating aspect for us in Society for Humanistic Judaism is the role that this column played in reflecting and forming new ideas.  This allowed the immigrants to reexamine their values and basic operating world views they had had in Europe.  This column helped many immigrants put aside the European traditional ghetto mentality and accept a new secular world with many new opportunities and values.

As usual it will be at the Summit at 7 pm.

Shalom, Barry Swan
madrikh, Beth Haskalah

First Sunday School class, Sept. 18, 2016

Beth Haskalah Sunday School September 18th, 10 am, the Summit

Forgiveness is the main focus of our first Sunday school class as we approach the High Holidays.
How do our children look at their actions and how they affect others? How do we react to things we shouldn’t have done? How do we react to things that others should not have done? How do our families handle these? How do your friends handle these?
How do we get things back to normal after someone has done something that has hurt another?

As Humanistic Jewish parents, we want our children to be caring about interactions with others. We also do not want them to be hurt by others. Our relationships with others are our primary focus. Our helping our children making good choices is the goal of our rearing them.
Our class will be directed towards helping our children make decisions about both their actions and what to do when their consequences had not been anticipated.

I hope the students will bring their own stories of wanting to be forgiven and accepting requests for forgiveness from others.
See you at 10 am, at the Summit, next Sunday.

BH Study Group 9/11/16

Cultural Jew Humanistic Jew Secular Jew
Social Jew Gustatory Jew non-theistic Jew

Beth Haskalah’s first study group will help us better understand what it is to be a Humanistic Jew. Like all first BH study groups we will get a explanation of what Humanistic Judaism is, including a opportunity to ask questions to get clarification. The difference at this study group will be helping you understand what your personal perspective on a Humanistic Jew is and what it mean for your view of the world.
Being a Humanistic Jew involves two parts: What does it mean to be a humanist? and What does it mean to be a Jew? Then we have to put this all together.

See you Sunday night at the Summit, at 7 pm.
Shalom, Barry

Paul Golin new SHJ Executive Director

Paul-Golin

The Society for Humanistic Judaism (SHJ), the congregational arm of the Secular Humanistic Judaism denominational movement, has hired Paul Golin as its new executive director. Paul joins the movement’s leadership team having previously served as associate executive director of Big Tent Judaism. He is a nationally known writer, speaker, advocate, and consultant on the most important issues facing the organized Jewish community today, including intermarriage, outreach, engagement, and inclusion.

2016 Vegan Seder

2016 Beth Haskalah-Rochester Area Vegan Society Seder Announcement

Saturday, April 23rd, 6 pm

Our seder for Pesach (Passover) this year will Saturday, April 23rd 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 Ellie Cherin 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 Ellie Cherin at echerin@frontiernet.net, or 585-271-2116

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.

Vegan Seder

2016 Beth Haskalah-Rochester Area Vegan Society Seder Announcement

Saturday, April 23rd, 6 pm

Our seder for Pesach (Passover) this year will Saturday, April 23rd 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 Ellie Cherin 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 Ellie Cherin at echerin@frontiernet.net, or 585-271-2116

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.

Shabbat Nov. 6

Shalom. I am happy to announce that we will celebrating the Shabbat on Friday, Nov. 6th, at 6:30 pm.
The Aries (141 Hollywood at Elmwood) have opened their home for us to for this celebration. We will have our traditional potluck dinner.

Email Miri Arie at ariemiri@gmail.com or call 585-857-9394 (there is a good likelihood you will leave a voice message) to say how many people will be coming and what you will bring.

If you have any additional questions, feel free to call me (329-3305) or email me.
Shalom, Barry

Barry SWAN
baswan@aol.com