the electronic newsletter of Beth Miriam 
June 9, 2017
Mazal tov to Jacob Bosniak who will be called to the Torah on June 10 at 10AM.  Everyone is welcome to share this Shabbat with Jacob and his family.  Mazal tov, Jacob!
Days of Awe video project

Rabbi Stanway is working with one of our congregants who is a professional video producer.  This year we are producing 3-5 videos in mid-August around the theme of the Days of Awe for use on our YouTube channel.  We are looking for script writers for the following themes:

Taking advantage of all the worship opportunities of the High Holidays at TBM
What to expect in the new prayerbook
What to expect in the realm of music (this would feature the Cantor, of course)
Something about meaning of Yom Kippur
Membership at Beth Miriam and being a part of our community

Israel Trip 2017 now accepting all registrants
The TBM trip to Israel is planned and the itinerary and brochure are ready for download.  Everyone, members of the temple and those who are not (yet) members, are most welcome to register today.  Everyone is warmly invited to join us for this trip of a lifetime.
Now that the summer is upon us, Rabbi Stanway is thinking about Adult Education in the fall. He is working on several things in which you are invited to participate.

  • Theology: a new format for our Wednesday morning Theology class will utilize modern technology as we explore issues of God, Torah, and Israel using a new video presentation format created by the Hebrew Union College specifically for adult learners. The classes will explore the videos, use some of the worksheets and maybe even have an exercise or two before or after each session for further exploration at home. This is experimental but it promises to be a lot of fun and thought-provoking. We will meet in the library and use the new audio-visual space for our class.

  • Midrash: we will continue our exploration through Midrash Rabbah each Sunday there is Religious School. This past year, we explored from the Genesis stories at the beginning of the Torah and are now in the middle of the Noah story. This may not sound like a lot but we read each and every midrash and glean meaning from it pertinent to today’s thinking Jew. Of course, no Hebrew or Aramaic is needed as it is done in all English.

  • Shabbat Morning Torah Study: join us in early September as we delve into the portion-of-the-week using today’s and yesterday’s commentaries and our own personal reflections. Torah comes alive during these wonderful 1 hour or so Torah studies that begin on Saturdays at 11 am. Just enough time to wake up, have breakfast and zip over to the temple for some learning with tachlis.

Watch the temple calendar beginning in September when the classes begin to populate the calendar.

We are looking forward to having you learn with us and enriching the intellectual and spiritual side of your Jewish experience.