A Message from Rav Natan

To my dear Etz Hayim family, I know we have all been thinking of Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas, and we are deeply relieved that this terrible situation has ended with no injury to the rabbi or synagogue members held hostage. I write to you because it is important that we support each other as a community at this very difficult time.

Book Club: Bread Givers

Sunday, February 27th, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM (online). Bread Givers is a 1925 novel by Jewish-American author Anzia Yezierska. This masterwork of American immigrant literature is set in the Lower East Side of Manhattan and tells the story of Sara Smolinsky, the youngest daughter of an Orthodox rabbi, who rebels against her father’s rigid conception of Jewish womanhood. Discussion led by Debbie Ann Doyle.

“Being Heard” with Nick May

Wednesday, February 23rd, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM (online). Nick May is a singer/songwriter, educator, songleader, and inclusion activist. He is also our CEH Religious School music teacher. His program, “Being Heard,” combines storytelling, singing and discussion to show the power of being inclusive. This program is presented in recognition of Jewish Disabilities and Inclusion Awareness Month (February 2022).

Another Promised Land?

Wednesday, February 9th, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM (online). Using rare archival materials from the collections in the Houston Jewish History Archive, this talk will highlight many of the core themes in Southern Jewish history — immigration, adaptation, socioeconomic mobility, and race relations — from a Texan perspective. Co-sponsored with the Haberman Institute for Jewish Studies.

A “Soul”-ful Weekend

Saturday, January 29th, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM (in-person). Join us to watch the Disney/Pixar movie Soul (rated PG) following a Havdalah ceremony. Trivia, music, prizes! The Oscar-nominated movie centers on Joe (voiced by Jamie Foxx), a middle school band teacher who longs to be a jazz musician and deals with themes of purpose and the meaning of life. Sunday, January 30th, 10:15 AM – 11:30 AM (in-person). Join us for a conversation about the themes in the Pixar movie Soul, a movie about finding your passion and the meaning of life. Moderated by Leslee Friedman.

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