The Social Action Committee of Congregation Beth Israel was proud to present our annual FRIEND OF THE COMMUNITY award at Shabbat services on April 12, 2019 at 7:30. This year’s recipient was the LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS (LWV) of Central Delaware County, nominated by Reisa Mukamal. The award recognizes local individuals or groups of any faith who support or embody the concept of Tikkun Olam, or “Healing the World.”
by Rabbi Nathan Martin - January 2019
I still can feel the joyful energy as I joined a chain of a hundred other smiling dancers while we snaked our way through the aisles of the Double Tree hotel conference room and belted out Lekha Dodi along with the 500+ Reconstructionist davveners for the Friday night service. This is one image I will hold onto from the Reconstructing Judaism convention - an image that helps me to remember that we are indeed part of a larger movement of joyful, creative, soulful Jews and allies seeking ways to infuse Jewish meaning into our lives.
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We all have the capacity to share our wisdom and reflections about the Torah texts we read each week. The Congregation Beth Israel Drops of Torah project provides an opportunity for people to share a brief reflection or short insight about the week's Torah portion. These short pieces are written by our members with support from our rabbis (as needed). Our plan is to have members reflect on 1/9 of a Torah portion each week so that in nine years we will have commented on the whole Torah! Beth Israel follows the Israeli Torah reading calendar which sometimes differs from the Conservative and Orthodox Torah reading calendar outside of Israel but will always sync up before the end of the Torah reading year. Consider signing up for a drop of Torah. For more information, contact Rabbi Nathan Martin (firstname.lastname@example.org).