Rabbi’s Message

Hi,  I would like to update you about a number of upcoming events for the beginning of 2019.

Thank you so much to Deb and Myrna for covering services during our TBT Israel trip.

In case of an emergency while I’m away, I have two colleagues who are also congregational rabbis who will be covering for me:

  •  Rabbi Dan Gordon who can be reached on his cell at 281-216-2558 from December 23- January 3, and
  • Rabbi Josh Lobel who can be reached on his cell at 646-413-2341 from January 4- 8.
On Sunday, January 13, I will  participate in an Interfaith service to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day beginning at 6 p.m. at Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Church, 17503 El Camino Real.  Please see the flyer below.  Everyone is invited to attend!
We are looking forward to having Don Piper, author of 90 Minutes in Heaven speak to us beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday morning, January 20.   His talk will complement the conclusion of my series of classes about Jewish views of the afterlife.

Our next series of Adult Education classes will be a discussion of selected chapters of the 2018 book Rise and Kill First: The Secret History of Israel’s Targeted Assassinations by Ronen Bergman.  It is available on Amazon.  Remember to order on AmazonSmile and choose Temple Beth Tikvah as your charity so we can receive a very small percentage of your purchase!

For our first class, which will be Sunday, January 13 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., please read the first three chapters, through page 51.  Classes will continue on Sundays, February 3 and February 24 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.  (Please join us for the Sisterhood soup cook-off on Sunday, January 27 and Yom Limmud on Sunday, February 17.)

Tu B’Shevat begins Sunday evening, January 20.  We will observe it during our oneg after our Torah service on January 18.  Stay tuned to hear from Joe Wallack for how you can help ensure we have the three different categories of cut up fruit and grape juice/wine to celebrate!

We will have a special guest speaker during services on Friday night, January 25.  International Holocaust Remembrance Day is January 27 and Jonathan Hersh will be sharing  his grandfather’s experiences as a Jewish liberator of the concentration camps at the end of WWII.

Our heartfelt condolences go out to both Clay Moliver whose mother Margery Arrons Moliver passed away on Thursday, December 13, and to Stuart Eisen on the passing of his Uncle Don Eisen on Friday, December 14.  Clay and Stuart, your TBT family mourns the loss of your beloved family members.

A hearty mazel tov to Morgan Moliver and Eric Atkinson and Clay, Michele, Hunter, and Annie on Morgan and Eric’s upcoming wedding!

Wishing everyone a safe and relaxing 2019.

Rabbi Deborah