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Newsletter 12/14/2011

Congregation Beth Shalom


Shabbat Services 8:00 p.m., Friday Evening, December 16 (20 Kislev)

Shabbat Candle Lighting Times for Fairfield

Shabbat (candle lighting) begins at 4:23 p.m. on Friday, December 16. Shabbat ends (Havdalah begins) Saturday, 5:27 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.


Thanks to Peter Scharf for Sunday, December 11 Lecture

Thanks to  Peter Scharf for his free talk at Beth Shalom last Sunday, about the tradition of Judaism that parallels the Vedantic understanding of the One Being.

Mazel Tov to Evan Finkelstein


Dr. Evan Finkelstein has an article published online in Elephant Journal; it is titled: “God?” And, it is a light touch on a heavy subject!


Please click on the link to read the article, maybe make a comment,:–dr-evan-finkelstein/

Info needed for Iowa Book of Honor for Jewish Veterans


Submitted by Mark Finkelstein, JCRC/Greater Des Moines Jewish Federation
On April 22, 2012, the Iowa Jewish Historical Society and the Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines will host a special event to recognize and honor Iowa’s Jewish men and women who serve and have served in all  branches of the United States military, during times of both war and peace.

A critical element of this event is the creation of a BOOK of Honor, which will be on permanent display in our Caspe Heritage Gallery.  We are requesting the assistance of Iowa’s Jewish community to identify the Jewish men and women who served in all branches of the military,  including the Iowa National Guard and the Iowa Guard.  While our special event on April 22, 2012 will concentrate on honoring World War II veterans, we also want the book to include the names of all the Jewish men and women who have served since Iowa became a state.  This is a huge undertaking that will take many years to accomplish, but we believe it is vitally important to the history of Jews in Iowa.
We have several lists of Jewish veterans from central Iowa but we know that this list is incomplete.  In addition, the Iowa Jewish Historical Society wants this to be a statewide list and to do this we need your help.  Please share this with the members of the Jewish community in your area and the members of your congregation so they can let us know if they, a friend, or a relative served in the United States’ armed
forces.  We must make sure that no one goes unrecognized.
Requested information:
Veteran’s first, middle and last name
Date of birth
Branch of Service (includes Iowa National Guard and the Iowa Guard)
Dates served
Military assignment(s) and Awards
If living – current address, telephone number, email address if available
If deceased – date of death, place of burial
Please contact Executive Director Sandi Yoder or Collections Manager Lindsey Smith at or by calling 515-987-0899 ext. 216.
Thank you for your help with this important project.