“Jesus the Jewish Storyteller: Of Pearls and Prodigals”
Thursday, March 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the Reilly Room in Atherton Union, Butler University

Storytelling is central to our religious traditions. Renowned biblical scholar Amy-Jill Levine will help us understand the original setting of these stories and correct their frequent anti-Jewish interpretations. Her work on this subject provides a grounding for better Jewish/Christian understanding and offers profound insight into both ancient and contemporary social relations. Dr. Levine will answer questions from the audience and sign copies of her books.

This program is supported by the Beth-El Zedeck Judaism, Arts, Interfaith and Civic Engagement Fund in Honor of Rabbis Dennis and Sandy Sasso.

Saturday, March 17, 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
This is a special service for newborns through age 3 and their parents, grandparents, and siblings! There will be singing, movement, and rhythm with Rabbi Shelley Goldman and Juliette Nehring. R.S.V.P. to Rabbi Shelley at (317) 253-3441 or sgoldman {at} bez613(.)org.

Friday, March 16 at 6:00 p.m.
Celebrate our youngest Hebrew students as they begin their exploration into the liturgy of our people.

Friday, March 9 at 6:00 p.m.
“All you need is Shabbat!” Enjoy Kabbalat Shabbat set to Beatles’ tunes.

Purim Shpiel and Carnival
Sunday, March 4 at 9:30 a.m.
Come in costume and join all your favorite characters from Chagwarts! After the Megillah reading, enjoy food, games, and prizes at our Purim Carnival. Purchase carnival wristbands for $5 for ages 1-4 and $10 for ages 5 and up. (No family admission to exceed $25.) Men’s Club will provide food for a nominal price.

Saturday, March 24, 10:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Enjoy a beautiful day with your Beth-El Zedeck family at Goldman Union Camp Institute (GUCI) at 9349 Moore Road in Zionsville.

A special Shabbat Service will be followed by activities such as cornhole, Havdalah kit making, sports, nature walks, cooking, acting games, Israeli dancing, and more! Havdalah will be shared around the bonfire at the end of the day.

The cost of the retreat is $25/family and includes all the activities plus a morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner, and s’mores. Make your reservation by mailing a check to the synagogue or by credit card on this website. (Click Worship, then ShabbatAway Retreat.)

Wednesday, February 28 at 7:00 p.m.

Join us for—

1st—a raucous Megillah rendition, abbreviated & exaggerated!

2nd—the Great Hamantash vs. Latke Debate: Shari Rudavsky & Jerry Wise match outlandish wits, with Alan Goldstein trying to moderate!  Find out which food will sustain the Jewish People in the centuries to come!

3rd—the Great Hamantash vs. Latke Cook-Off! Enter for a chance to win prizes & bragging rights!

Beth-El Zedeck will supply wine, beer, and desserts.

Mishloach Manot: In keeping with the spirit of the holiday, please bring a non-perishable food item for Popsie’s Pantry.

RSVP to Jennifer Hodes:  jhodes {at} bez613(.)org

Click Adult Purim 2018 for more event information and your entry form for the cook-off!

Sunday, March 18 at 5:00 p.m. at Newfields
We’re excited to announce that Rabbis Dennis and Sandy will be honored with the 2018 Interfaith Ambassador of the Year award by the Center for Interfaith Cooperation at their 4th Annual Interfaith Banquet.  They’re being honored for their leadership and pioneering spirit in improving understanding and strengthening relationships between people of different faith backgrounds in Central Indiana. You may purchase tickets to this event here.

Monday, March 5, 7:30 p.m. at Matteo’s Ristorante Italiano (1351 W. 86th St., Indianapolis)
“Reform Judaism with Rabbi Brett Krichiver”
Coffee, tea, and dessert are compliments of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck. R.S.V.P. to jhodes {at} bez613(.)org or (317) 253-3441. Matteo’s is open for dinner on Monday nights.

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!