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two jews, three opinions: board committee opportunity 

09/11/2023 05:32:48 PM

Sep11

"To be Jewish is to ask questions," wrote Edgar Bronfman, former president of the World Jewish Congress. Another saying is, “ask two Jews, you'll get three opinions." Asking questions, having respectful discussions and debate, and holding diverse opinions are central to who we are as Jews and to our Jewish tradition. 

In this tradition and consistent with our Temple Beth Shalom values, we call for members who are...Read more...

Creating a Culture of Philanthropy

08/15/2021 07:57:40 PM

Aug15

Steve Fintel

I’m writing this in the evening following our Culture of Philanthropy workshop and wanted to share my thoughts about the program and process.

For those of you that had a chance to attend our annual meeting this past June, I discussed that for this fiscal year, we were going to lean in to adding services (adding a full time rabbi, adding an ordained cantor, education coordinator, funding a part time social justice coordinator and an...Read more...

Masks for the Holidays

07/09/2021 04:36:59 PM

Jul9

Steve Fintel

Popular legend has it that King Christian X of Denmark ordered all Danish citizens to wear yellow stars in support of their Jewish countrymen during the German occupation of Denmark. This act had a great equalizing effect: without a marking that differentiated Jews from non-Jews, the German occupiers had no simple way of uniquely identifying people by their faith or beliefs and all were treated equally.

As we look ahead towards...Read more...

A New Rabbi

05/04/2021 10:51:39 AM

May4

Steve Fintel

I'm sure I'm not the first one telling you this, but we have a new rabbi at Temple Beth Shalom. At a special congregation meeting on April 21, the 157 members in attendance voted by overwhelming majority to approve Rabbi Eleanor Steinman's three year contract to serve as our rabbi. Unfortunately, we couldn't punctuate this moment with the applause Rabbi Steinman deserves. 

At Erev Shabbat services April 30, we got...Read more...

An ordinary event is remarkable

04/05/2021 01:34:21 PM

Apr5

Steve Fintel

I attended a remarkable event this past weekend. It really should have been pretty ordinary, but it wasn't. Temple Beth Shalom had an outdoor event to celebrate the (near) end of Passover. Scheduled to occur late on a Saturday afternoon, we threw in a Havadalah observance as well (a Jewish two-fer if you will). 

Even the weather was ordinary. It wasn't one of our stunning central Texas spring days. Instead it was overcast and in...Read more...

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