Thought #3  



Notice the full moon in the night sky? Just as our ancestors did, we look up and realize we are two weeks away from a new month…and the beginning of Rosh Hashanah, a New Year. At this halfway mark during the month of Elul, have we begun to do the work we need? As the writer below shares her story, we ask, “What have we denied? Where have we been inconsistent? What is our moral compass?


“My parents, both born in Germany, treated the Shoah as almost an irrelevance. They visited Germany, and had many German friends. They encouraged my sister to study there, and when challenged by other Jews, would simply say ‘You can’t blame the current generation for what their parents did.’ But it wasn’t entirely consistent. I remember hearing my mother criticizing someone for going on holiday in Germany some years before they themselves went. She never spoke German when in that country, though would express herself fluently in the language when in England if required.

And I inherited my parents’ attitude of denial. Brought up bilingual, I was delighted to find another German speaking girl on my I first day at school. We became firm friends until the day her mother came rushing over to my mother, speaking volubly and fast in German. My mother stiffened, and replied in monosyllables. I had no idea what was being said, but clearly something was not right. Afterwards I asked what had happened. ‘Oh they are not like us,’ my mother said, ‘She came over after the war.’ I had no idea what that meant, but I knew it was not good. I never spoke to the girl again.”

by Rabbi Sybil Sheridan   
To read her entire post, CLICK HERE

Here’s the Deal…
It’s really important to read the following 



formsIt’s September.

Rosh Hashanah is just TWO WEEKS AWAY. We are SUREyou want to enroll your child in our child care program. Or you have guests you want to bring with you to services. Or you have a loved one’s name you want added to our Book of Rembrance. Or you want to join us for the Sukkot dinner.  
to go to our High Holiday page on our website. Our calendar is posted. If you scroll down to the bottom, there are six links to online forms. We hope you find them useful.




Can you love this face?
We need FIVE more adults to participate in our Family Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services. It requires just 3 rehearsals and the Rosh Hashanah and/or Yom Kippur morning family service(s). Each service begins at 8:30 am.
Please join us. We promise you will be glad you did. 

To volunteer and get more information, 
to send us a note. We will get back to you with all the details.



The best job during High Holidays?

Saying hello to those who
join us. 

We need about 150 different slots filled between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The great news is we have about half of those filled.
Here is what we need:
Erev Rosh Hashanah Service
Rosh Hashanah Family Service
Rosh Hashanah Morning Service
Erev Yom Kippur – Early Service
Erev Yom Kippur – Late Service
Yom Kippur Morning Family Service
Yom Kippur Morning Service
Yom Kippur Yizkor/Neilah Service 
9 more needed 
4 more needed
4 more needed
19 more needed
8 more needed
2 more needed
6 more needed
all done! 


and fill out our online sign-up and help us make everyone feel welcome.


Relief Update



For those still wanting to help victims of Hurricane Harvey, CLICK HERE.

There you will find four organizations that are set up to provide immediate relief. In addition, there is information as to how we can help family members of our congregation…as well as to let us know if you have family in Houston in need of assistance. 

One special update:
One of B’nai Jehudah’s former senior rabbis, Rabbi Joshua Taub, is serving as spiritual leader of Temple Emanuel, in Beaumont, TX. I contacted Rabbi Taub about him and his congregation. Here is what he said:  
“Thanks for reaching out. I evacuated to my home in Dallas a week ago Friday(before the storm came) to wait it out here. When the city water system failed, the wisdom of my decision grew even deeper. My immune system can’t handle non-purified water at the moment, not to mention airborne bacteria/illness, and the mosquitoes. I plan to be in Dallas until the river recedes and the city can make the repairs.
My house is high and dry, as are nearly all of my members’ homes, and the Temple building. We can thank the wisdom of a former mayor (& Temple past president) for a drainage project completed just a few years ago which protected a large section of the city. The flooding in Beaumont was localized and difficult. The surrounding area is a disaster…The area’s needs are great even as my congregation’s need are thankfully minimal.”

We are grateful that Rabbi Taub and the congregation are safe…even – as he said – the area and Houston-area synagogues were not so fortunate. They and tens of thousands of others have a long road ahead of them.
This note also gives me the opportunity – with Rabbi Taub’s permission – to share that his work overcoming his cancer continues to be successful, albeit slower than he or others would want. That is why he made the comment of his immune system. As he wrote: “I am now 100 days post-stem cell transplant. That means my immune system is 100 days old.” We continue to pray for his good health. We wish him and Debbie a new year filled only with blessings.  


Update on 
Cuba / Israel


Our first congregational trip to Cuba is full. If you missed out, look for other travel opportunities in 2019. However, we still have 5 spaces for our Israel trip. As anyone who has gone with us can tell you, it is an extraordinary experience.
Rregistration is open until January 1, 2018 (unless we fill up earlier). To secure your place, a $100/pp deposit is required. Once you send in your deposit, we will contact you with more details. Deposits for Cuba for Israel are fully refundable until January 1, 2018.



Our trip
is full
Thank YOU! 



June 27-July 9

(13 days/12 nights)
double occupancy


*does not include roundtrip airfare to Israel – approx. $1700 

for draft itinerary of the trip


to sign up for the trip





Friday, September 8
5:30 pm – Bisseleh Nosh
6:00 pm – Erev Shabbat Service
Rabbi Nemitoff will speak
Saturday, September 9   
10:30 am – Shabbat Morning Service
Marah Smuckler, daughter of Erin and Brad Smuckler
will be called to the Torah as a Bat Mitzvah

Sunday, September 10
8:30 am – Brotherhood Breakfast Club Opens
9:00 am – Sisterhood Judaica Shop Opens
9:15 – Religious School