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Newsletter 11/17/2010

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Congregation Beth Shalom

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

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Shabbat Services 8:00 p.m., Friday evening, November 19 (12 Kislev)

Shabbat Services will begin at 8:00 p.m. at Beth Shalom on November 19.  Service will be led by Cantor Haim Menashehoff. This will be an opportunity to preview Haim’s Art Show, before the grand showing on Sunday, November 21.

Shabbat Candle Lighting Times for Fairfield

Shabbat (candle lighting) begins at 4:28 p.m. on Friday, Nov.5; Shabbat ends (Havdalah begins)  Saturday, 5:29 p.m. in Fairfield.

Farewell to Cantor Haim Menashehoff:
Art Show at Beth Shalom Sunday November 21

Our beloved Cantor and talented artist, Haim Menashehoff, will be leaving shortly for a Teacher Training Course in Thailand.  To raise funds for his tuition and expenses, Haim will have an art show and sale of his painting on Sunday, November 21, at 7:30 p.m. at Beth Shalom.

Haim, who was born in Iran, has lived in Israel and South Africa.  He plans to teach at the Maharishi Institute in Johannesburg, South Africa, after completing his teacher training course.  His paintings will be priced well below usual value (about $100.00 each!).  Please join us for this delightful evening, as we wish Haim an auspicious farewell.

Dear Members of Beth Shalom,
After four years of being amongst you wonderful people, my heart is crying to say goodbye. It has been the most meaningful time of my life and it has been such a privilege to sing with you the songs and praise of Hashem. TTC is waiting for me in Thailand and then to teach TM in South-Africa.  I also wanted to mention that the existence of the state of Israel is a miracle which partly is thanks to the Jewish community here. The most enlightened Jews of the world live here and with our program in the domes and our love for Israel and our big numbers, it is understandable.

Many of you have helped me in many ways here, but I like mention a few: Fred Swartz for taking so much of his valuable time to care for my legal stay here, Ben Winkler for his dedication to the community and always being there to give lifts and his very insightful talks on weekly Torah portions, Marc and Susan Berkovitch for being there for me for anything I needed. You all give with love and want nothing in return. You are the embodiment of love and wisdom.  God bless you all and SHALOM.

Haim Menashehoff

Biography of Haim Menashehoff

HAIM MENASHEHOFF was born in Esfahan the center of Persian art.

He grew up in Teheran studying oil painting with local masters. He is from a long line of cantors and attended orthodox schools.

In his teens, he became the Jewish national poet of Iran. His moving and emotional poetry is still being recited there. His first art exhibition was held in Hechalutz, Teheran where he was praised by General Bar-On of Israel and promised a grant to study in Jerusalem. He moved to Jerusalem and studied fine art in Bezalel Academy of Fine Art. His main focus became conceptual art also very prolific in acrylic and oil painting, ink and pastel drawing.

Haim moved to London where he further studied animation, English literature and classic guitar. In 1978 he moved to New York and studied film and tv. In 1980 he immigrated to South Africa where he held numerous exhibitions. His work appeared in numerous collections, galleries and cruise liners like QE11, Royal Viking Queen and Marco Polo.

He owned 3 galleries in Cape Town where and painted and taught painting. His largest painting in South Africa is on display in the Cape town aquarium. Haim is an expert in portraiture. He has painted over 40, 000 portraits and characatures.

Great celebrities like Miss Universe Margaret Gardener, Miss Switzerland and many Miss South Africas have posed for him.

Haim is versatile in life as well as in art. He is a cantor, karate instructor (second Dan black belt), poet, writer, photographer, philosopher, yogic flyer, scuba diver, mountaineer and more.

His main line is abstract painting in oil on canvass. He has developed his method of painting by projecting onto canvass all what he is, in easy, blissful and spontaneous ways. His expressionist portraits reveal a wealth of information of a man who has lived in four continents and studied all there is to develop the soul, the body and the mind. His work has still to be fully discovered and appreciated. His message is, full development of brain which brings love, peace, happiness, perfect health and prosperity. He has been residing in Fairfiled, Iowa since 2006.

Haim can do portraits at an exhibition and sitting will take about an hour. He will also demonstrate abstract paintings.

Chanukah Celebration, Latke Contest and Potluck

When: Saturday, December 4
Where: Synagogue
What: POTLUCK & Chanukah Celebration
Time: 7:30

What to bring?
Chanukah Menorah so we can say the blessing and light the lights together.
Food . Bring what you want to eat:
Main Dish

Synagogue will provide sour cream, apple sauce, AND Chanukah candles.

Please RSVP to tell us what you are bringing. Thank you.

Jewish Comedy & Song Event Postponed until Spring

The First Annual NOT FOR JEWS ONLY EVENING OF JEWISH COMEDY AND SONG has been postponed until Spring.


Thanks to Pastor Robert Koepcke, pastor of the United Church of Christ in Donnellson, IA, who organized the visit of his congregation and others to our synagogue; to Steve Druker who made a special presentation on the importance of acknowledging and appreciating the Jewishness of Jesus (Rav Yeshua ben Yosef); to Cantor Haim Menashehoff, who led Shabbat services; to Julie Blum  and all those who provided food for the Oneg Shabbat.