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Bet Chaverim Awarded Horizon Foundation Grant

Bet Chaverim is honored to have been awarded a Horizon Foundation Mental Health Outreach and Community Engagement grant. The goals of this initiative are to decrease the stigma of seeking mental health and to learn how to intervene and direct someone to appropriate resources. Free training is now available to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and to learn to Question, Persuade,and Refer (QPR) someone to help. Click here for more information and to register for training:


Bet Chaverim will hold other relevant programs in the coming months, including a presentation by Rabbi Ilan Glazer on Friday June 28th. Rabbi Glazer will discuss his book And God Created Recovery: Jewish Wisdom to Help You Break Free From Your Addiction, Heal Your Wounds and Unleash Your Inner Freedom. Additional details will be announced in the coming weeks.



Growing Excitement for BC’s Israel Trip (Feb. 9-20, 2020) 

Next February in Jerusalem?  Oh yes!


That’s because Rabbi Blumenthal is leading our first Exploring Israel Adventure (February 9-20) for BC members and their families. Many congregants already have heard about the trip at services or through the grapevine, and now, everyone can check out the planned itinerary and pricing information.  Click here for current information about the itinerary:

Click here for the application and additional information: 


 “We planned this trip for both the first-time visitor to Israel, and those who haven’t been there recently,” Rabbi Blumenthal explained.   She is already fielding inquiries about the trip.  “People are excited and I am very pleased with the initial reaction,” she said. 


Organized by ITC Tours, the trip will spark or renew appreciation for - and understanding of - the Jewish people’s eternal connection to Israel.  Starting in Tel Aviv, participants will explore a wide range of “must see” cultural, historical and religious sites, museums, and institutions.  They will be immersed in the uniquely Israeli blend of old and new ideas, biblical and modern history, and powerful emotions that are both freely shared and yet highly personal.   


From Tel Aviv, the tour heads north along the sea and then inland to the Galilee, including visits to Roman ruins, the mystical city of Tzfat, and a night on a kibbutz.  Activities include touring the Golan Heights, visiting the exquisite Dan Nature Preserve, wine tasting, learning about Ethiopian Jews, and then, driving south to Jerusalem to greet Shabbat at the Western Wall. 



With more than four days to discover Jerusalem, BCers will explore the Jewish Quarter, Yad Vashem, the Chagall windows, Dead Sea Scrolls, markets, museums and much more.  Plus there’s a day trip to the Dead Sea (swim suits!), Qumran and Masada.


An information meeting about the trip was held on Tuesday, April 30 at Sue and Marty Leshin’s house. If there are questions, please contact Rabbi Blumenthal directly: or 917.742.4214.



  Come Join Us!

Thu, May 23 2019 18 Iyyar 5779