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Newsletter 11/30/2011

Congregation Beth Shalom

Weekly News and Updates, November 30, 2011



Shabbat Services 8:00 p.m., Friday Evening, December 2 (6 Kislev)

Shabbat Candle Lighting Times for Fairfield

Shabbat (candle lighting) begins at 4:22 p.m. on Friday, December 2. Shabbat ends (Havdalah begins) Saturday, 5:25 p.m. in Fairfield.


Chanukah Party at Beth Shalom, Wednesday, December 21  —-   Details to follow

If you are interesting in helping with the Chanukah Party, please contact Janet Swartz at
Janet and Lisa Cohen are organizing the food. Fred Swartzis organizing the music and entertainment. 

Chanukah begins the evening of Tuesday, December 20.


Peter Scharf to Speak at Beth Shalom, Sunday, December 11 at 8:00 pm

In this free talk, Peter (the brother of David Scharf) will discuss how emphasis on the name of G-d, the fact that G-d is One, and that His essential nature is Being that pervades the long tradition of Judaism parallels the Vedantic understanding of the One Being (ekam sat).

Dr. Evan Finkelstein of M.U.M. will respond. The entire Fairfield and M.U.M community is warmly invited to attend.


Peter Scharf is a Visiting Professor at M.U.M. Research Institute, and the founder and director of The Sanskrit Library.

Yagyas for Israel

A group of friends of Israel is organizing Maharishi Yagyas to promote peace and prosperity in the Holy Land. For more information and to contribute to this worthy cause please contact Joe Boxerman at 641.451.5000 or

2012 Beth Shalom Board

At the Beth Shalom Annual Meeting on November 28 at 8:00 p.m., the following board members and officers were elected  to serve for 2012:

President: Marc Berkowitz

Vice President: Sol Waksman

Vice President: Dean Draznin

Vice President: Ben Winkler

Treasurer: Fred Swartz

Secretary: Lisa Cohen

Ex Officio: Julie Blum

Board Members: Joy Hirschberg, Steve Sufian, Brian Teitzman, Nathan Zenack