We are pleased to announce that our next service at Beth Shalom will be held on Sat. Oct. 17 at 10.30 a.m.
We are very happy to have Rabbi Bob Gan and his wife Sheila with us for our next three services in October, November and December.
For those of you who have not met Rabbi Gan, he served as our Rabbi, 3 times between 2000-2012.
He was responsible for training several of our boys and girls for their Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, and we hope that they will be with us to welcome Rabbi Gan.
Following the service, at 2pm, Rabbi Gan will be holding a talk on ‘The Iran deal and the fracturing of the Jewish community’. We hope that as many of you as possible will join us both for the service and this informative, interesting discussion. A great opportunity to meet, exchange ideas and give Rabbi Gan and his wife a big welcome back to Milan in true Jewish style.
Please call us at 335634862 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Kol Nidrei: Tuesday, September 22 @ 7:30 pm
Yom Kippur morning service: Wednesday, September 23 @ 10:30
Yom Kippur Yizkor and Neilah: Wednesday, September 23 @ 4:30 p.m.
After much thought and after receiving feedback from a number of our members who felt that it was too expensive we have decided to replace the Rosh Hashanah dinner with a catered Shabbat and New Year dinner at the Rabbi’s house on September 18. To mark this truly festive occasion and to welcome Rabbi Goor and Cantor Kent in style, we will be asking all members attending to pay €18 per person (families with three or more children will be entitled to a discount of €50 per family). I’m sure you’re curious, why €18 rather than 15 or some other figure? The reason is that we see this as a double chai. The Hebrew word chai means ‘life’ in English. In Hebrew, each letter has a numeric value. The numeric value of chet is 8, and the numeric value of yud is 10; thus the numeric value of the world chai is 18. Because of this association between chai (‘life’) and the number, 18 it is considered a lucky number. Having a Shabbat dinner which coincides with the 18th day of the month is definitely lucky. Any proceeds left over from the dinner will be donated to charity in keeping with Jewish tradition of giving to those less fortunate than us, especially during the High Holy days beginning with Rosh Hashanah and ending with Kippur.
We hope that to have a great attendance at this dinner. We are truly blessed to have both a rabbi and a cantor to share the High Holy days with us. The dinner will include a brief concert by the esteemed Cantor Evan Kent. The focus of this entire period is the process of teshuvah, or repentance, whereby Jews admit to sins, ask for forgiveness, and resolve not to repeat them. Our aim at Beth Shalom is to work towards a better, more harmonious future and to grow our congregation in a warm, all-inclusive atmosphere.
On behalf of myself and the board of Beth Shalom, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all Shanah Tovah for a good, sweet New Year with all our heart – because that is what G-d values the most.
We look forward to seeing you, praying alongside you, and lifting our voices together in song as we welcome the New Year.
RSVP by September 14.
– 3356348682 (Carey Bernitz) – 3408794687 (Carol Ross)
Please pay by bonifico to:
Beth Shalom Congregazione Ebraica Riformata
IBAN: IT 14Q0558401700000000025884
The High Holy Days at Beth Shalom in September promise to be both memorable and
inspiring. For the first time, we will have both a Rabbi and a professional Cantor, coming from Israel to celebrate these sacred holidays with our Beth Shalom community. Both have had distinguished careers and we are fortunate to have them with us for the Holidays.
Rabbi Donald Goor will lead our services. He is Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Judea in Tarzana,
California, the largest Reform Temple in San Fernando Valley, where he has served for 27 years. He is now Campus Rabbi at the Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem.He will be accompanied by Cantor Evan Kent, who was the Cantor at Temple Isaiah in Los
Angeles from 1988 to 2013. Temple Isaiah is Rabbi Robert Gan’s former Congregation. Cantor Kent is now an Instructor in Cantorial studies at HUC in Jerusalem. He has a broad
musical background and a beautiful voice. Both the Rabbi and Cantor moved to Israel in
2013 and made Aliyah in Jerusalem. This exciting Duo promises to make our High
Holy Day services unforgettable and we hope that you will join us.
At 7:30 pm on September 14, we will have a special concert by Cantor Kent, followed by our traditional Rosh Hashanah community dinner.
Prices for the dinner are:
Members: € 35
Non-Members: € 40
Children under 12: € 25
Call us at 335634862 or email email@example.com for details.