Sunday, July 23, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. beginning at the Sablosky Pavilion at the JCC

Today, more than 65 million people are displaced around the world, the most since WWII. While it is impossible to fully comprehend what it is like to be forced from your home and live as a refugee, COIN and friends invite you to Walk a Mile in a Refugee’s Shoes. You will be educated, moved, and, hopefully, motivated to advocacy. The experience takes an individual or family about one hour and allows participants to assume the identity and role of a refugee and experience some typical activities on their journey. If you would like to volunteer for this event, please contact COIN.Indy.2017 {at} gmail(.)com. To register, click here.

If you are interested in chanting Torah or Haftarah for Shabbat and Festivals, please contact Cantor Melissa Cohen at mcohen {at} bez613(.)org or (317) 253-3441. Expert and novices alike are encouraged to participate!

The Jewish Community Study is currently underway! When you see “Count Me Indy” on your landline or (317) 981-2303 on your cell phone, please answer the call and stay on the line, or ask to reschedule. Your answers will shape the future of our vibrant Jewish community!

August 13 and 14 from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Local designers, florists, decorators, and retailers will join together to display innovative tablescapes. Tickets are available at the door. Visit Congregation Beth-El Zedeck on Facebook to see photos of the gorgeous 2016 tables.

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. in the Simon Celebration Hall at Beth-El Zedeck

Join Beth-El Zedeck member Jacqui Goldstein for PiYo! PiYo combines the muscle-sculpting, core-firming benefits of Pilates with the strength and flexibility
advantages of yoga. This is a true fat-burning, low-impact workout that leaves your body looking long, lean, and incredibly defined. It might even sharpen your mind and spirit! Please bring your own mat.

No charge, but a Tzedakah box will be available to support a Beth-El Zedeck fund or program to be decided by the group.

For the 40+ crowd! Join Rabbi Dennis Sasso for Cocktail Judaism, an explosive mixture of conversation, humor, and spirits. The next meeting is Monday, July 10 at 7:30 p.m. at Athens on 86th. Beth-El Zedeck members Rebecca Geyer and Dr. Aaron Carroll will join our conversation on “Health Care Today: Medical and Legal Perspectives.”

R.S.V.P. requested; call the synagogue office at (317) 253-3441 or e-mail Jennifer Hodes at jhodes {at} bez613(.)orgPlease note: Athens on 86th is not open for dinner on Monday night. Coffee and desserts are compliments of the synagogue.

A contemplative and musical service FOR ALL with Rabbi Shelley Goldman, including those experiencing illness, caregivers, and those walking the mourner’s path. This service will be Wednesdays, June 28, July 26, August 23, September 27, October 25, November 15, and December 20 at 5:45 p.m. All are welcome.

Jewish Legends

Rabbi Dennis C. Sasso and Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso were among the first cohort of Indiana Jewish leaders to be recognized by the Indiana Jewish Historical Society as “Hoosier Jewish Legends.”  The recognition was presented at the Annual Meeting of the IJHS on Sunday, October 23, 2016 at the Broadmoor Country Club.

Rabbis Dennis and Sandy Sasso came to Indianapolis in 1977 and have made their mark not only upon Congregation Beth-El Zedeck but in the civic and interfaith communities of our state, as well as nationally and internationally.

Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso was born in Philadelphia and Rabbi Dennis C. Sasso is a native of Panama, Republic of Panama.  They were both ordained at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in 1974.  Both rabbis are recipients of the Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest honor awarded by the Governor of the State of Indiana.

Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso is the author of many children’s books and writes on the subject of children’s and women’s spirituality.  Since she became Rabbi Emerita of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck in 2013, she has led the Religion, Spirituality and the Arts initiative at Butler University and Christian Theological Seminary, a project underwritten by the Lilly Endowment.

Rabbi Dennis C. Sasso is Senior Rabbi of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck and is an affiliate professor of Jewish studies at Christian Theological Seminary and author of academic and popular articles on Judaism, interfaith and civic concerns. They both write a column for the Indianapolis Star.

Other honorees included:  *Max Einstandig (Terre Haute), Leonard Goldstein (Fort Wayne), *Dr. Louis Lemberger (Indianapolis), *Frank Newman (Indianapolis), *Lawrence Reuben (Indianapolis), *Helen Schwartz (Muncie), Martin Schwartz (Muncie), *Elizabeth Weinberg (Madison).



Click here for Rabbis Dennis’s and Sandy’s remarks.

Saturdays at 9:00 a.m. in the Alpert-Solotken Library

Join Rabbi Shelley Goldman every Shabbat morning to engage with our people’s most sacred text, and a few other texts for good measure! We will follow the weekly parsha, but will likely focus on a small delectable nugget each week.

Join us for Friday Night Live the first Friday of the month, featuring spiritually uplifting music to welcome Shabbat. Cantor Melissa Cohen and the Beth-El band will lead us in lively and spirited songs sure to enhance your Shabbat experience!