November 4-8 in Orlando, Florida 
Join Rabbi Samuels in Orlando this November! The URJ Biennial is where Reform congregational leaders gather to learn, pray, share ideas, hear from inspiring guest speakers, and network. This year it will bring together 5,000 Reform Jews to strengthen congregational life, celebrate with friends, and explore the most pressing issues of the day.
The early-bird registration deadline is September 10.  Watch this video to learn more about Biennial 2015, and click here to register online.

JEWISH ROOTS OF CHRISTIANITY: Tuesdays, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. June 23 through Aug. 11, 2015

Jay photo 3This summer we will be hosting a special class taught by visiting Rabbi Jay Shupack called “The Jewish Roots of Christianity.” Over the course of eight weeks, Rabbi Jay will lead an in-depth exploration of early Jewish history — from Abraham to Constantine — and how it relates to the way we practice Judaism today and the founding (beginnings?) of Christianity. Both Jews, Christians — and anyone else interested in how these great religions are intimately linked — will get a lot out of the class, and intermarried couples will likely find it particularly enriching.

Rabbi Jay has been the spiritual leader of Congregation Shalom Bayit in Bend, Ore., for the past 15 years and has been teaching the course in both churches and synagogues in the region for several years. He’s the father-in-law of Beth Israel’s Cantorial Soloist, Andrea Shupack. To register, call the Beth Israel office. 

Cost for the entire series is $49; make checks out to Rabbi Jay.

2015-16 Board of Directors

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Newly elected at the May 17, 2015 annual meeting, the 2015-16 board of directors include: 

(Front row, from left) Marcia Lippman, Miriam Schwartz, Steve Garfinkle, Paul Blum

(Middle row) Gaby Mayers, David Zimmerman, Lynn Korner, Steve Spitzer, Floyd King

(Back row) Asher Suloway-Baker, Katie Edelstein, Mitch Press, Melissa Schapiro, Dan Ohms.

Not pictured: Todd Witte.

The Annual Meeting Packet is available to Beth Israel members by logging in to the members' only section. It's under May 2015 board documents. 

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Youth Group

Social, educational, religious and social action programs create opportunities for the synagogue’s teens to create lasting friendships. Click here to learn more.

Board Information

The Executive Committee of the Board of Directors will meet next at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 23, 2015. The Executive Committee sets the agenda for regular Board of Director's meetings. The next regular board meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Please direct any suggested topics for board meetings to Executive Committee members: President Dan Ohms, Vice Presidents Marcia Lippman and Katie Edelstein, Treasurer Steve Spitzer, Secretary Lynn Korner, and Rabbi Joshua Samuels, ex-officio.

Upcoming Events


Jul.10.2015 7:30pm - 9:00pm


Jul.11.2015 10:00am - 11:30am


Jul.14.2015 7:00pm - 9:00pm


Jul.17.2015 5:30pm - 6:15pm


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