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All programs at 10:00 AM via Zoom.

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Shabbat Honoring Men's Club & Men's Club Weekend

On Saturday, April 17th at 9:30 AM, it's the Shabbat Honoring Men's Club, featuring the Men's Club Man of the Year Celebration. This year's Men's Club Man of the Year is Michael Zlotnick!

Saturday morning: Shabbat Service Honoring Men’s Club
Saturday, April 17 at 9:30 AM

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing a link to join the meeting.

Michael Zlotnick, honoree

Regular Shabbat morning Zoom link
You may also stream the service on Live Stream via YouTube:

About the honoree:
Michael Zlotnick has been a member of Congregation Brith Shalom since his family moved to Houston from Connecticut in 2012.  He has been an active member of the congregation, serving as Men’s Club chair 2018-2020, and as chair of the Religious Practices Committee since 2017.  As chair of the RPC, he served on the Special Committee Concerning the Re-Election of Rabbi Teller in 2018.  He has served on the Board of Trustees since 2018.  In 2017, he organized Men’s Club Shabbat; he also supervised ushers for the High Holy Days.  He is chair for producing the upcoming CBS directory honoring the Religious School.  He occasionally delivers D’var Torahs on Shabbat.

Elsewhere in the community, he organizes the yearly Chicken Day for Scout troops 806 and 1806 (yes, he is “Chicken Man”). 

He and his family lives in Bellaire.  His wife Marcia sings in the CBS choir, and his son Andrew attends Emery Weiner and Kehillah High.

Sunday morning: Rabbi Ed Feinstein: "From Man to Mensch"
Sunday, April 18 at 11:00 AM.
Passcode: 068868

"From Man to Mensch"
My Dad taught me lots of important things – how to tie my tie, to work hard, to respect women, to make Kiddush on Friday night. But as I’ve gotten older, I discovered all that he didn’t teach me -- how to cope with the ferocious drive to succeed, how to find some balance between home and work, how to find purpose in the struggles of daily life. For these, it seems, we need wisdom a lot older and deeper.

Buried in the sources of the Jewish tradition is a special Torah to these deeper questions. It's time we unearth it, shared it, and celebrated its insights. Join Rabbi Ed Feinstein for a brief journey, "From Man to Mensch."

About Rabbi Feinstein:
Rabbi Ed Feinstein is senior rabbi of Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, California. He serves on the faculty of the Ziegler Rabbinical School of the American Jewish University, the Wexner Heritage Program, the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem and lectures widely across the United States. 

He is the author of several books, including: Tough Questions Jews Ask – A Young Adult’s Guide to Building a Jewish Life, (Jewish Lights, 2003), was chosen for the American Library Association’s Top Ten Books on Religion for Young Readers and a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award.  Jews and Judaism in the Twenty-First Century: Human Responsibility, the Presence of God and the Future of the Covenant (Jewish Lights, 2007) was also a finalist for the National Jewish Book Award, Capturing the Moon (Behrman House, 2008) retells the best of classic and modern Jewish folktales. Most recently, Chutzpah Imperative! - Empowering Today's Jews for a Life that Matters (Jewish Lights, 2014), offers a new way to “do Judaism,” Rabbi urges us to recover this message of Jewish self empowerment, or chutzpah, to reshape the world.

Rabbi Feinstein was raised in the back of his parents’ bakery on the frontiers of the West San Fernando Valley. He graduated with honors from the University of California at Santa Cruz, the University of Judaism, Columbia University Teachers College, and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where he was ordained a rabbi in 1981. Most recently, he received his Doctorate in Education from the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) at Park Avenue Synagogue in New York for his dissertation: Rabbi Harold Schulweis and the Reinvention of the American Rabbinate.

In 1982, Rabbi Feinstein became the founding director of the Solomon Schechter Academy of Dallas, Texas, building the school’s enrollment from 40 to over 500 in eight years, and winning national recognition as center of educational excellence. In 1990, he assumed the position of executive director of Camp Ramah in California, the largest Jewish camp and conference center in the western United States. He came to Valley Beth Shalom in 1993 at the invitation of the renowned Rabbi Harold Schulweis, and succeeded Rabbi Schulweis as the congregation’s senior rabbi in 2005.

Rabbi Feinstein is a member of the board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles, a member of the school board of the Milken Community Schools and an active member of AIPAC. A survivor of two bouts of colon cancer, he speaks frequently to cancer support groups all over Southern California. Rabbi Feinstein lives in the epicenter of the San Fernando Valley with his wife Rabbi Nina Bieber Feinstein. Nina was the second woman ordained by the Conservative Movement. The Feinsteins are blessed with three grown children.

An engaging lecturer and storyteller, Rabbi Feinstein unites the ancient Jewish love of ideas with the warmth of Jewish humor.

Congregation Brith Shalom Men’s Club Blood Drive

I’m delighted to report the resumption of the Congregation Brith Shalom Men’s Club Blood Drive, another step towards a more normal life. 

Please join us Sunday, May 2nd from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM at Congregation Brith Shalom, 4610 Bellaire Blvd, Bellaire, TX 77401.   Donating blood is one of the best ways that you can help another person, and you can help as many as three people with your donation, so please donate if you can!

There are two fundamental changes in how the Drive will be conducted from what we have done in the past:

1.  Unlike past drives where we have been run on a first-come first-served basis, due to the social distancing required for COVID prevention, the Drive will operate BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

To make an appointment for our May 2nd Drive, please click on the following link:

Donors will have the opportunity to donate double red cells, red cells – plasma, as well as    whole blood. Machine donations should be scheduled no later than 12 PM.

2.  Regretfully, due to COVID, we will NOT be serving our traditional Men’s Club Bagel Nosh at this Drive and will solely rely on the snacks and drinks provided by the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center. 

If you have any questions about your eligibility to donate blood, or have any questions or concerns about the donation process, please call the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center at (713) 790–1200.

If you have any other questions, please contact me by email or phone: (713) 664-9511 (H)/ (713) 444–9697(C).

Please be sure to bring a photo ID. 

Thank you for being a blood donor!  
Hope to see you Sunday, May 2nd!

Eric Lipman

Sun, April 11 2021 29 Nisan 5781