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Newsletter 06/13/2012

Congregation Beth Shalom

Weekly News and Updates, June 13, 2012


Minyan needed for early Shabbat Services Friday, June 15 (26 Sivan) at 7:45 p.m.

Steve Sufian
will be observing the yahrzeit of his mother, Bella.  Please join us and help form a minyan so Steve can recite Kaddish.  Services start at 7:45 p.m., 15 minutes earlier than usual, to provide time for the Swartz’s presentation (see below).
Beth Shalom To Inaugurate New Audio-Video set-up with Swartz’s Israel Slide Show June 15

Beth Shalom’s new audio-video set-up will premier on June 15.  Fred and Janet Swartz are back from their Israel trip. They had a wonderful time and would like to share some amazing photographs with us. They will host a Kiddish then present a slide show and commentary on the new equipment.  The Presentation will be Friday night 8:30 p.m., June 15, after the early Shabbat service, which starts at 7:45 p.m.

People are invited just to come for the refreshments and slide show if they’d like.

Shabbat Candle Lighting Times for Fairfield

Shabbat (candle lighting) begins at 8:24 p.m. on Friday, June 15. Shabbat ends (Havdalah begins) Saturday, 9:33 p.m. in Fairfield.

Update on Sheer-el Cohen

Sheer-el is doing better. He has begun responding to questions and speaking a litttle. He looked at the clock on the wall and asked if it was 5 AM or 5 PM. Told it was 5 PM, he asked for the window to be open so he could see the sunset!! He answered correctly when asked who is the president. The doctors feel he is on the right track, but it will take some time for a full recovery. The family wants to thank everyone for their prayers and support. It has meant a lot to them.

For prayers, his Hebrew name is Sheer-el ben Phalya.

For donations to the family, their address is Joshua and Phalya Cohen, 2364 Canadian Country Ct., Fairfield, IA 52556


In the Eye of the Storm:
Israel and the New Middle East

Dan Arbell
Minister for Political Affairs, Embassy of Israel in Washington, D.C.

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

7:00 p.m. – Community Program & Dessert Reception

Temple B’nai Jeshurun
5101 Grand Avenue • Des Moines

There is no cost to attend this event.

Response requested by June 18, 2012

You may register by contacting Brittany Cohen
312-253-8968 or

Dietary Laws Observed

Dan Arbell

Dan Arbell is Minister for Political Affairs at the Embassy of Israel in Washington, D.C. and until very recently served for two and a half years as Ambassador Michael Oren’s 2nd in command at the Embassy (Deputy Chief of Mission). He is a 24 year veteran of the Israeli Foreign Service, serving in senior posts overseas in the UN, the U.S. and Japan, and holding senior positions at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Headquarters in Jerusalem. Notably he was Ambassador Itamar Rabinovich’s Chief of Staff and a member of Israel’s negotiating team with Syria between 1993-1996 and DCM (No.2) at the Israeli Embassy in Tokyo, Japan (2001-2005) and back in Jerusalem (2005-2009) before moving to Washington was Acting Head of the North America division at MFA. He holds a Master’s degree (MA) from Hebrew University in Jerusalem in Political Science and a Bachelor’s degree (BA) from Hebrew University in World History and Political Science. His main areas of expertise are U.S.-Israel relations, Israel’s strategic environment and challenges and Israel’s place in the changing Middle East. Dan is married to Sarit and together they have four children.

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