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Newsletter 05/14/2010

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Congregation Beth Shalom



Minyan Needed for Shabbat Services 8:00 p.m., Friday Evening, May 14 (Sivan 1)

Services will start at 8: 00 p.m., at Beth Shalom, led by Cantor Haim Menashehoff Claudia Fisher will be observing the yahrzeit of her mother and father.  Please join us to help make a minyan so Claudia can recite Kaddish.
Shabbat Candle Lighting Times for Fairfield

Shabbat (candle lighting) begins at 8:00 p.m. Friday, May 7; Shabbat ends (Havdallah begins) Saturday, 9:06 p.m. in Fairfield.

Shavuot Services, Potluck Lunch May 20, 12:30 p.m., at Beth Shalom

Shavuot starts Tuesday evening, May 18.

Shavuot Services will be held with Yizkor Services on the 2nd day of Shavuot, Thursday, May 20th at 12:30 p.m. at Beth Shalom.  This will be a Potluck Lunch.  Bring your favorite vegetarian dish!

If you need a ride (or can give a ride) from the M.U.M. campus (or elsewhere), contact Ben Winkler at

Siddur Audio – Free audio clips to learn Hebrew Prayer, Shabbat services, Jewish weekday, and Passover Seder.

submitted by Mark Berkowitz

Beth Shalom’s former president, Mark Berkowitz, reports, “This is an unbelievable free resource. Learn any and all synagogue services online free. From the same Siddur Sim Shalom  we use at Beth Shalom. They have a sister site where you can learn any haftorah the same way. The cantor has a sweet voice  that’s reminiscent of our very own Rabbi Alan Green; delightful to listen to.     “Even if your Hebrew reading skills are low, you can still learn by singing along with the familiar melodies. It’s actually a great way to improve your Hebrew reading skills. No more excuses for phumfering along during services.”
Link at:

People You Should Know

submitted by Julie Blum

On our Beth Shalom website – – you may have noticed we have a page entitled “People You Should Know”. We would love to feature inspiring Jewish individuals that you think we should know. We welcome your submissions and suggestions.
Send your short (2-3 paragraphs at the most) suggestions to Our committee will let you know if your submission has been chosen for publication.