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. There will be no class on April 11 in observance of Passover.

Friday, April 21 at 8:00 p.m.
Mimouna is a celebration to mark the end of Passover and the return to eating bread. R.S.V.P. to Rabbi Shelley at (317) 253-3441.

April 23, 2017, 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Join us for an evening of music and art set to the themes and actions required for social justice and social progress. The event will feature artists performing spoken word, dance, and music. Spoken word to give a voice to the pressing social justice issues of our time. Music to heal, uplift, and unite people for the worthy cause of social justice. Dance to propel individuals to step in to action.

Featuring Angela Brown, Aminah Dzananovic, Caroline Rothstein, Dawn Batson, Paula Dione Ingram, along with Broad Ripple High School Chorus, Butler students, Create Freedom Arts Projects, Beth-El Zedeck’s Shir Ami Youth Choir and many more!

Concert is free with registration. Register at stepitupconcert.eventbrite.com.

For seventy years, Holocaust survivor Michael Bornstein chose to stay silent about his story. He spotted the photo of his four-year old self on book covers, museum walls and even in news footage used on major news networks every year as they acknowledged Holocaust Remembrance Day. Yet he was nervous about stepping forward to identity himself as the boy in the footage because there was so much he could not remember. But when a document turned up at a museum in Israel shed light on his survival – Michael knew he had to share what he’d learned.

Together with his daughter Debbie Bornstein Holinstat, a writer and broadcast news producer, they began to dig for more information and planned to write a book. But even they never guessed the family secrets they’d uncover as they researched their book.

Join them for a powerful presentation at Congregation Beth-El Zedeck on Sunday, April 30 at 10:30 a.m.

Silent for seventy years, Michael is now eager to do what he can to make sure that future generations never forget the atrocities of the Holocaust, never discount the value of optimism and never underestimate the power of a parent’s love.

This presentation is free and open to the public, made possible through The Alan & Linda Cohen Center for Jewish Learning and Living. Books will be available for sale and signing.


Saturday, April 29 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Join us for a Party in Progress! It’s a night out, on the move. Go from home to home, meeting new friends and catching up with old friends all while enjoying delicious meals and the 80s cover band The Breakfast Club. Invitations will be mailed. If you do not receive yours, please contact Jennifer Hodes in the synagogue office at (317) 253-3441.

Friday, March 24 at 6:00 p.m.

This is a Friday night you don’t want to miss! A lively, musical service with the dynamic Rick Recht. Nationally Renowned musician, leadership trainer, Jewish educator, and founder of Jewish Rock Radio, Recht is a pioneer of the Jewish rock music genre and is the national music spokesman for PJ Library.

Indiana Jewish Community Statement
Opposing the Presidential Executive Order to Bar Immigrants and Refugees
4:30 p.m., Friday, February 3, 2017

We, the undersigned Jewish organizations throughout the State of Indiana, oppose the Presidential Executive Order, which suspends the United States refugee program and bars immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries. We join the overwhelming chorus of national Jewish organizations, along with all four major American Jewish denominations, who have issued similar statements voicing strenuous concern and opposition to this executive order (see below).
Welcoming refugees and immigrants is central to who we are as Americans and as Jews. Denying refuge to those most vulnerable violates the best traditions of the United States and our deepest obligations as Jews. Judaism instructs, repeatedly and unambiguously, that we are forbidden from oppressing – and in fact must welcome – the stranger. Our Jewish values and historical experience as immigrants and refugees, mandate that we repudiate policies that demonize, ostracize, and leave stranded refugees and other vulnerable immigrants.

American Jews know first-hand the difficulties we and our relatives endured in escaping religious and political persecution. Indeed, many of us have family members who were denied entry to the U.S. in the 1930s and 1940s, as they attempted to flee Nazi persecution. We will not stand idly by as today’s victims of war and terror are left helpless and isolated.

It goes without saying that the United States must protect its own citizens from terrorist threats. However, a more appropriate American response to such threats should both fully address national security concerns, while also protecting legitimate refugees, regardless of their national or religious identity. Policies that implicitly target specific religious groups should be avoided.

The executive order will also negatively impact Jewish refugees from Muslim-majority countries. In 2016, HIAS, the global Jewish nonprofit that protects refugees, handled 90 requests of Jews from Iran and Yemen (two of the seven countries from which immigration is banned) seeking asylum in the U.S. Families in their greatest hour of need, whose entry to the United States was approved following years of review, vetting and due diligence, are now being turned away.
The Indiana Jewish community affirms our commitment to:

  •  advocate for a fair and humane immigration policy;
  • speak out against those who seek to divide religious communities based on fear and xenophobia;
  • support those who may be singled out for how they look, where they’re from, or to whom they pray; and
  • stand alongside our friends and neighbors in the Muslim community, who are rightly concerned about the implications this ban will have on their loved ones.

Faced with the largest global refugee crisis of our time, we hope the Congress, Administration, and Judiciary will work to effect constitutional and moral policies that are equitably applied and welcoming to those yearning to breathe free.

Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council
Lindsey B. Mintz, Executive Director
Judy Failer, President

Indiana Board of Rabbis

Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis
Debra Barton Grant, CEO
Offer Korin, President

Jewish Federation of Greater Lafayette
Gwen Wallace, President

Congregation Beth-El Zedeck, Indianapolis
Dennis C. Sasso, Senior Rabbi
Rebecca Geyer, President

Congregation Beth Shalom, Bloomington, IN Congregation Beth Shalom, Carmel, IN Stanley Halpern, Rabbi
Karen Friedman, President

Congregation Sons of Abraham, Lafayette, IN
David A. Sanders, President

Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation
Brett Krichiver, Senior Rabbi
Patti Freeman-Dorson, President

Helene G. Simon Hillel Center, Bloomington, IN
Rabbi Sue Laikin Silberberg, Executive Director

Temple Adath B’nai Israel, Evansville, IN
Gary Mazo, Rabbi

Temple Beth-El, South Bend, IN
Karen Companez, Rabbi
Mara Boettcher, President

National Jewish Organizations:
Jewish Council for Public Affairs
Anti-Defamation League
American Jewish Committee
American Jewish World Service

Jewish Religious Denominations:

For the 40+ crowd! Join Rabbi Dennis Sasso on the first Thursday of the month for Cocktail Judaism, an explosive mixture of conversation, humor, and spirits. The next meeting is April 6 at Capri Ristorante (2602 Ruth Drive). The topic is “American Jews and Israel: A Changing Relationship?” with Dr. Pierre Atlas of Marian University and Inbar Nadir, Israeli Shlicha in Indianapolis. R.S.V.P. requested; call the synagogue office at (317) 253-3441 or e-mail Jennifer Hodes at jhodes {at} bez613(.)org.

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 Wednesday, March 22 at 5:45 p.m. in the Alpert-Solotken Adult Library, and Wednesday, April 26 at 5:45 p.m. in the Sasso-Eisenberg Youth Lounge. All are welcome.

Sunday, April 23 from 9:45 until 11:45 a.m.
Families with children ages 2-5 are invited to experience Jewish life and learning in a fun-filled and active session.