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Newsletter 08/13/2010

Weekly E-Mail News

Congregation Beth Shalom

Location: 308 South B Street
Mailing address: c/o 200 West Washington
Fairfield, Iowa  52556



Potluck, Shabbat Services, Talk by Taddy Blecher Friday, August 13 (3 Elul) at 7:20 p.m.

Please help us welcome a special guest, Dr. Taddy Blecher, Director at Maharishi Vedic Institute, South Africa.  Taddy will talk about the Jewish community and his experience founding and running a consciousness-based educational institution in South Africa., when he visits Beth Shalom on Friday, August 13. This will be preceded by a potluck dinner at 7:20 p.m.  Please bring your favorite vegetarian dish. Shabbat services will be led by Cantor Haim Menashehoff.  Arnie Wolfson will be observing yahrzeit for both his parents.  Please come and help make a minyan, so Arnie can recite Kaddish.

Shabbat Candle Lighting Times for Fairfield

Shabbat (candle lighting) begins at 7:51 p.m. Friday, August 13; Shabbat ends (Havdallah begins) Saturday, 8:52 p.m. in Fairfield.

High Holidays start September 8

Beth Shalom will hold High Holiday services beginning with Eruv Rosh Hashanah the evening of Wednesday, September 8.  Look for further details and reservation forms in the Beth Shalom e-mail Newsletter in the coming weeks.
Jewish Life in Africa

Editor’s disclaimer: Beth Shalom president, Julie Blum, received the following submission.  Beth Shalom is providing this information to our members.  We do not necessarily endorse Kulanu, nor have we verified the truthfulness of their statements.

Come Travel With Kulanu!

Dear Julie Blum,   I’d like to let you know about an exciting travel opportunity to Uganda!  Whether you desire to deepen your understanding of Jewish life in Africa, want to spend time with one of the communities Kulanu supports, or are just in need of a vacation, this is a fantastic trip you can’t pass up!   “Jewish Life in Uganda Mitzvah Tour & Wildlife Safari” will take place January 9-24, 2011.  Join this fabulous small group eco-tour, now in its eighth year.  Meet the Jewish Community of Uganda!  Treat your family to a real African safari featuring wild elephants, hippos and crocs.  Spend shabbat in an African village synagogue.  Visit Kulanu-supported sustainable development projects including two Abayudaya schools that feed and educate 700 students each day.  Share your skills and do mitzvah work!   This is an amazing Jewish experience for individuals or for the whole family!  Laura Wetzler, Kulanu’s Uganda Coordinator, will be leading the trip.  Barbara Vinick, a Kulanu Board Member, will be on the tour.  My husband, Ken Klein, and I will also be with you for much of your visit!   To learn more about the trip, please click here.  For more information, you can also contact Laura Wetzler, the trip coordinator, at I hope to see you there!   Sincerely,   Harriet Bograd, President Kulanu, Inc.   For more information: Kulanu Abayudaya slideshow at
P.S. Here’s another travel opportunity!  The International Society for the Study of African Jewry (ISSAJ) is hosting a conference in London entitled “Jews and Judaism in Black Africa and its Diaspora” from October 30-31, 2010.  You can find more information here.