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<July 2014>

Sister congregations Congregation B’nai Tzedek and Beit Chaverim provide welcoming communities for those who follow the Conservative tradition and Reform tradition, respectively.  Both lay-led communities offer a wide variety of opportunities for worship, learning, leadership, and participation. The presence of both Conservative and Reform services in the same building, for example on the High Holy Days, makes it convenient for participants to sample both traditions, or for families with members from different backgrounds to each attend the services of their choice, yet be physically near and share portions of the both services if they so choose. There is no charge for attending any High Holiday service (or any service throughout the year). Please view our calendar (to the right) for scheduled services and events.

As small congregations, we pay attention to the individual
and each person’s needs, ranging from providing learning and growth opportunities, to rides to events and ensuring shivah minyans.  Visitors are provided opportunities to actively participate in services if they desire and are welcomed at the social time following services. The Jewish community at large is always welcome to our services and other events. 

All religious services emphasize egalitarian participation and are organized and led by congregation members, from prayer, to Torah reading, to sermonizing.  Everyone is invited to participate at her or his own level of comfort. Both congregations have a commitment to lifelong Jewish learning through program offerings
ranging from ritual traditions such as sukkah-building and seders, interactive programs on topics as diverse as Jewish film and women in history, and traditional text and prayer study on weekends throughout the year.   Our specialty is interactive programming – learning through engagement.  Our motto is that we grow learners and leaders. 

Upcoming Events

 We are reaching out to the community
during the summer months
On Sunday, July 13, at 1pm, five members of our community
helped the residents of Epic House in the West End. The nine residents and staff members appreciated our time and efforts. Consider
visiting their web site to learn more about how this historic mansion has become a home for these individuals:

We are collecting items for the Barbash Vital Support Center, which is located on the campus of Hebrew Union College, in Clifton. This collection anticipates our visit to the Support Center to learn of their services and the nature of food insecurity in our community.
Our visit is planned for Sunday, July 27 at 1pm.

Kindly contact Bob Mermelstein with questions and to indicate if you want to join us and/or need a ride to and from these two events.

We are honoring our history and beloved member
 Louis Nidich, z"l
Sunday, July 20, from 3 - 6pm
A program of words and music!
Dessert reception to follow.
Kindly RSVP to by July 15.  

Wisdom on Wednesdays
Every Wednesday
from 3 -- 4:30 pm.
An engaging conversation about text in the afternoon! Sign up via email:

Beginnings at Babylon
a multidimensional series exploring Jewish calamity and continuity
A photoboard exhibit -- New Voices: Cooking with History
on display from August 1 - 11
Collaboration by Mt. Notre Dame HS students, Jewish Family Service, Temple Sholom, Prairie, Inc., Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education
Holocaust survivors shared recipes!
Erev Tisha b'Av -- August 4 at 7:30pm
Tisha b'Av: From Babylon to Rome to Jerusalem
A lecture/presentation prior to a candle-lit reading
 of Eicha -- The Book of Lamentations
Breaking and Building in the Bible - interactive text study
Shabbat - August 9 - approx., noon
Almost peaceful - a 1994 movie - in French, with subtitles,
based on the international award winning novel
Quoi de neuf sur la guerre
Sunday evening, August 10, 7pm
How people reconstruct their lives in 1946 Paris.
Kindly contact the office to indicate when you want to visit the exhibit and if you plan to attend the lecture, discussion or movie screening.

Questions??? - Kindly contact the office - (513) 984-3393