Synagogue Community News April 2015

Congregation Beth Shalom Bloomington

Congregation Beth Shalom of Bloomington, Indiana celebrates its 50th anniversary
This year marks 50 years of an official Jewish presence in Bloomington, Indiana. In May 1965, several prominent Jewish residents of Bloomington formed the University Jewish Community in Affiliation with B’nai B’rith Hillel Foundations. They called this new community UJC for short. It was the beginning of what has come to be a 200-family congregation. Today, the synagogue now known as Congregation Beth Shalom has become a vibrant house of learning, prayer and friendship. Fiftieth anniversary activities are taking place each month leading up to the 50th Anniversary Gala weekend May 15-17, 2015. Do you have special memories of Congregation Beth Shalom? If so, we want to hear from you! Contact the office at 812.334.2440 or at

Congregation Beth-El Zedeck

The Four Firsts: Women Rabbis in American Judaism: Thursday, April 30, 7:00 p.m. Join us as the four first women rabbis from each of the religious movements in American Judaism share their inspiring stories and experiences. Rabbi Sally Priesand, Reform; Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, Reconstructionist; Rabbi Amy Eilberg, Conservative; Rabbi Sara Hurwitz, Orthodox. Panel discussion will be moderated by Dr. Gary Zola, Director of the American Jewish Archives. Free and open to the public. Dessert reception to follow.
Writing Ourselves Into Torah. Be a part of Beth-El Zedeck history and leave a legacy for generations to come by helping to write a Torah. For more information, contact Bonnie Craig,
Save the Date: Tablesettings 2015: Sunday and Monday, August 9 and 10.

Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation

Second Sunday Concert: Sunday, April 14, 2:00 p.m. Bay Street Horns on Fire, a funky jazz ensemble that performs new, exciting arrangements of familiar jazz, classical, Dixie, and rock tunes. This ensemble has toured the United States and Korea presenting performances and educational workshops. Free and open to the public.
Celebrate Shavuot: Saturday, May 23, 5:00 p.m. The community is invited to celebrate Shavuot at Erev Shavuot services at Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation. Joyous reception following the service.

Congregation Beth Shalom

Adult Education Courses in Hebrew and Jewish Culture: Liturgy I: Thursday nights, May 7-June 25, 6:00-7:30 p.m. An elective Jewish culture course will follow that evening. Sign up on the website.
2015 BBQ Shabbat in the Park: June 26, 6:30 p.m. West Park. Join us for our annual and always popular Shabbat in the Park for worship, great fun, great food, and warm fellowship. See the website for details.
CBS Jewish Film Festival: April 23 to May 3. Nine films will be shown over eleven days, plus a Klezmer band, food, and remarriages under a chuppah!
Book Club: Second Sunday of each month. Selections announced in advance.  
Religious school: Sundays, Multi-Purpose Building. Contact us if you are interested in signing up a child or grandchild for next year or want more information.
Shabbat Services: Second and fourth Fridays, 6:30 p.m., University High School. Join us in a welcoming atmosphere at Shabbat services.
CBS Progressive Dinner: Saturday, August 22.
Visit our website at for more information.

Congregation Shaarey Tefilla

Preschool to Begin This Fall. NW Cooperative Preschool for 2- to 4-year-olds. Registration open:
Ongoing Programs
New Weekday Torah with Rabbi Sendrow: Wednesdays weekly, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
The Observant Life: The Wisdom of Conservative Judaism for Contemporary Jews: First and third Wednesday, 7:15 p.m.    
Judaism 101 Prayerbook Hebrew for Adult: Second and fourth Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.  
Meditation Group: Sundays, 11:00 a.m.                                                                            
3D@CST Dessert, Discussion & Debate with Rabbi: First and third Sunday, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Open to all teens over 13.  
Yad Squad. Teens can earn the Torah Yad award and have their name added to the Kevutzat HaYad plaque by learning a short section of the Torah reading at weekly Shabbat services.
Religious School: Sundays, 9:00-11:00 a.m.    
Hebrew School: Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 p.m. and Sundays, 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Minyan: Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.
Kabbalat Shabbat: Fridays, 6:30 p.m., Saturdays, 9:00 a.m.
Special Note: We received a generous donation of a baby grand piano. Contact office if interested in purchasing.


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