On Saturday December 1, Temple Hillel B'nai Torah in West Roxbury, Massachusetts, will be hosting a benefit celebration in honor of the 20th anniversary of Rabbi Barbara Penzner's ordination. The evening will feature music with Jeff Klepper and remarks by Anita Diamant. We know there are some surprises in store at this event for Rabbi Penzner and wish her and the entire congregation a hearty mazal tov!
The Houston Reconstructionist Havurah has adopted the new name Kol HaLev, Voice of the Heart. The name was chosen because it captures the community's spirituality. As the congregation explains: "In ancient Hebrew the heart was thought to be the seat of reason, which also speaks well for the Reconstructionist tradition that takes an intellectual approach to examining traditional practices. We have also incorporated many Renewal practices, such as chanting, yoga and meditation, so this name combines many significant elements."
Temple Beth Sholom in Salem, Oregon, celebrated its 60th year as a congregation on October 27. Festivities included hors d'ouvres, wine, dessert and a Havdalah service. The featured speaker was Jordan Schnitzer, art collector and namesake of the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon.