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News from the CBS Israel Advocacy Committee

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 4:11pm -- Community
Congress is set to vote in mid-September on the Iran nuclear agreement. The outcome of this vote is important to the security of the Western World, the Middle East in general and Israel in particular. The Israel Advocacy Committee has unanimously agreed that the agreement does not achieve the purpose for which it was intended, to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear weapon state. Further, it will provide substantial resources for Iran’s aggressive activities, many of them directed against Israel. The committee urges fellow congregants, no matter what their views, to be informed and be heard on this important matter.

Kehillah High

Tue, 08/18/2015 - 2:14pm -- Community
In its first year, Kehillah High is a multi-denominational partnership that includes Congregation Beth Israel, Congregation Beth Yeshurun, and Congregation Brith Shalom. Enrollment is also available to any Jewish teen whose affiliated synagogue does not have a formal teen educational program, and to any teen whose family is not affiliated with a synagogue.

Israel Advocacy Committee

Thu, 05/07/2015 - 11:04am -- Community

Congregation Brith Shalom – Israel Advocacy Committee

There are over 6 million Jews each in Israel and North America and together they make up about
90% of world Jewry. These two great Jewish communities are dependent upon each other for
their continued vitality. In addition, the communities of North American and Israel provide much
needed material, spiritual and cultural support to other communities throughout the world.     

Thank you

Thu, 01/29/2015 - 1:24pm -- Community

Shalom all, 

Last shabbat, the community celebrated my and Vicki’s, 10th year anniversary with Brith Shalom. The love from the community was palpable. The volunteers were incredible. The staff rallied. I feel so blessed to:

ReelAbilities: Houston Disabilities Film Festival

Wed, 01/07/2015 - 12:14pm -- Community

Congregation Brith Shalom is partnering with the Inclusion Committees from other Houston area synagogues in encouraging members to attend the Wednesday evening of the festival (Feb. 11, 7:00 pm; free, registration required) at the ERJCC, which will feature a moving and thought provoking documentary, “A Whole Lott More”: From the moment Kevin types (with difficulty), “I want to earn my way in the world”, we feel the passion behind his words.

A Clarification of the Interim Plan for New Clergy

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 2:18pm -- Community

A while back, Rabbi Teller and I sent letters to the Congregation describing the interim Board plan as Cantor Rhodes¹ contract comes to a close. Cantor Rhodes informed us that he is exercising his right to end his role as Cantor for Brith Shalom.  A strategic plan was developed to ensure a quality congregational experience for our members, with an eye toward carefully evaluating our needs for the future.

Celebrate the Rabbi’s 10th anniversary and Help Your Brith Shalom Community

Wed, 12/10/2014 - 2:10pm -- Community

Mark your calendars now. On the Shabbat of January 24, 2015 we will honor and celebrate Rabbi Ranon and Vicki Teller’s 10 years at Congregation Brith Shalom.  In that time they have helped make Brith Shalom a more spiritual, learned and supportive community.  Both the Rabbi and Vicki have contributed and touched our lives in so many different ways.

Mitzvah Day

Tue, 11/25/2014 - 9:54am -- Community

Mitzvah day was a success! Thank you to our committee, site captains, sites and volunteers!!

We did an amazing job helping our community!

Brith Shalom Proud

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 3:30pm -- Community

I am very proud of Brith Shalom.  At a Board meeting in June your Birth Shalom Board affirmed a project suggested by the CBS Enhancement committee.  For those of you who may not be familiar with the Enhancement committee it is composed of individuals who have been working tirelessly and for a long time to enhance the physical image and beauty of our facility.  They have facilitated new furniture, art, landscaping and general décor, to name just a few of their many contributions.  The committee is made up of the following individuals – Haya Varon, Mort Levy, Marty Buc

Spring Meditation

Thu, 03/20/2014 - 3:30pm -- Community

Spring Meditation, Each class is open to anyone, you don't even have to be Jewish! Feel free to come and invite a friend. The class leader is noted when possible.


CONGREGATION EMANU EL -- 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM (Board room)

Saturday, March 8 - Ann Friedman

Saturday, April 5 - Glen Duval

Saturday, April 12 - Glen Duval

Saturday, April 26 - Glen Duval

Saturday, May 3 - Ann Friedman

Saturday, May 10 - Ann Friedman


SH'MA KOLEINU -- 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (Merfish JCC)

Young Adult Ketubah Event

Wed, 02/26/2014 - 2:30pm -- Community

Modern Ketubah Art: A Contemporary Twist on a Timeless Tradition 
Exclusively for Ages 21 to Thirty-Something
At Julie Bortnick and Matthew Weinstein's House

Join us for a ketubah event with local artist Anna Abramzon. Whether you are in the market for a ketubah, already have one and want to know what it means, or are just interested in this unique custom, come learn more about the art, texts, and the ancient and modern day traditions of the ketubah. Presented by Anna Abramzon. 


Israel Outdoors

Wed, 02/19/2014 - 12:00am -- Community
Israel Outdoors is an official provider of Birthright Israel trips. Each trip is 10 days, absolutely free, and with no strings attached. Eligible participants are Jewish young adults, ages 18-26. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to explore Israel while forming new friendships with American and Israeli peers. Discover for yourself why Israel Outdoors is the most popular Birthright Israel experience since 2009! Start your journey today.

Refael Elisha Cohen for Antineoplaston therapy

Fri, 12/06/2013 - 2:30pm -- Community

The Cohen family, of Houston, TX, is facing a battle none of us should have to go through - aggressive brain cancer in their 6-year old son Refael Elisha. Having recently received the devastating news from their doctors that "there is nothing more we can do for him", the Cohens are turning to a last resort - Antineoplaston Therapy at the Burzyinski clinic. However, the FDA pulled their approval for this treatment in 2012 pending further clinical trials. We are told that the FDA is nearing approval to resume this treatment, but Refael Elisha does not have time to wait.

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