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Annual General Membership Meeting (May 15, 2016)

Mark your calendars NOW for Sunday, May 15th, the day of our annual General Membership meeting. We’ll gather at 2760 Grant Avenue for a potluck brunch and a short meeting to conduct the important business of approving the budget and the Brith Sholem board and officers for 2016-17. All members in good standing (that is, those whose dues are paid through August of 2015) are eligible to vote, but all members of our community are welcome to attend and share in the discussion around our future plans.

Community Seder set for Sunday, April 24th

For 2016, Brith Sholem will celebrate a Community Seder, which will be held at The Hearth on 25th in Ogden on Sunday, April 24th, beginning at 6:00pm. As in previous years, the restaurant will provide a main course (your choice of red wine-braised beef short ribs, oven-roasted salmon, or herb-roasted chicken breast, each of which will be served with a potato latke and vegetables), as well as chicken soup and a flourless blood orange chocolate torte for dessert. Children can choose the beef or chicken entrees, and there will also be a vegetarian option. The price for the seder will be $20 per adult/$12 per child for Brith Sholem members; for non-members the price will be $25/$15. Please RSVP as soon as possible to Judi Amsel ( with the number of adults and children in your party and which entrées you prefer. Payment may be made in advance by sending a check to Congregation Brith Sholem, PO Box 9741, Ogden, UT 84409 (we’ll give you the total when you send in your RSVP); you can also pay in person at the seder, either by check or credit card (a surcharge of 2.75% will be added to the credit card to cover the processing fee).

Special Shabbat Dec. 14 in SLC


On Friday, December 14th, we have been invited to join with the other Utah congregations in a very special Shabbat service at Congregation Kol Ami (2425 Heritage Way in Salt Lake City). Services will be led by Rabbi Ilana Schwartzman and special guest Shira Kline, an amazingly talented and inspiring song leader. (Note from Judi: I had the pleasure of meeting her and worshiping with her at the URJ Biennial last December, and I can’t wait!) Services will begin at 6:30 pm, followed by oneg and a song session. If you are interested in carpooling to Salt Lake for this special evening, please contact Judi Amsel at 801.458.2782 or THERE WILL BE NO SHABBAT SERVICE AT BRITH SHOLEM ON DECEMBER 14 so that we can all celebrate Shabbat together in Salt Lake.

Sarajevo Haggadah banner on the auction block at Brith Sholem

A 4’ long, 3’ wide banner depicting one of the illustrations from the famed Sarajevo Haggadah is up for auction, with the proceeds to go to Brith Sholem. The starting bid is $40, with subsequent bids to increase by at least $1. Bids will be accepted by email to up until midnight on December 31st, and the winner will be notified on January 1st. You can bid as often as you like. In case of a tie for the highest bid, the earlier bidder will win.

The current high bid is: $40.

Bid now by clicking here!

Student Rabbi Visits 2012-2013

Student Rabbi Lenette Herzog will visit Brith Sholem on the following dates this year:

    September 7-9, 2012
    October 26-28, 2012
    November 30-December 2, 2012
    January 25-27, 2013
    February 22-24, 2013
    March 15-17, 2013
    April 12-14, 2013
    May 10-12, 2013

Click here for more details on the activities for each weekend.

Community Seder for Pesach

Brith Sholem’s community seder will be held this year on the second night of Passover—Tuesday, April 15st—beginning promptly at 6pm at The Hearth on 25th (corner of 25th Street and Lincoln Ave. in Ogden). You will have your choice of beef, fish or chicken for the main course. Volunteers are needed to make matzoh balls or charoset or to provide ingredients for the seder plates (shank bones, parsley, romaine, and horseradish). Prices: $18 for adult members, $12 for children of members under 12, $24 for non-member adults, $15 for non-member children. Please rsvp or send questions to; your reservation is not secured until you have paid by check.


Purim – Friday, March 9th

On Friday, Mar. 9, at 6:00 pm we will have our Purim celebration! Wear a costume, bring some Hamentaschen to share, and come ready to sing and party! Once we’ve worn ourselves out with Purim, there will be a brief Shabbat service for anyone who would like to stay.


Easy Ways to Earn Money for Brith Sholem

Buying something from Amazon? Use the link on the front page of our website and Brith Sholem will receive a percentage. Buy from

If you are a Smith’s shopper, please consider buying gift cards through Brith Sholem for your shopping needs. Use the card for groceries, gas, even other gift cards! Brith Sholem willreceive 5% of all scrip sold. We have to submit a minimum order of $500 to Smith’s. Send your check by the 5th of the month to Pam Schneider or Brith Sholem (P.O. Box 9741, Ogden, UT 84409). The cards will be delivered by your preferred choice (Services, Hebrew School, mail or mah jongg!).

Learn Hebrew Now!

Recently there has been a great interest in a beginner Hebrew class. Jeff Schneider has been teaching Hebrew to adults and kids for over 15 years, and if you’re interested in taking this class, he will teach you how to read, write and speak Hebrew at a beginner level. Jeff plans on conducting the class on Monday evenings at 7:00 at the synagogue in Ogden (2750 Grant Ave.). The class will go for 11 weeks. The fees for the class are as follows:

tuition: ………………………… $60

book: …………………………….$10

commitment deposit: ……….$25 (refunded in full after attending 7 classes)

total due at first class: ……… $95

To reserve your spot, contact Jeff at


Sukkot celebration (Friday,October 14th)

Mark your calendar for Friday, October 14th, and bring your friends, family, and decorations for the sukkah (leafy branches and grapevines, gourds, etc.) to celebrate Shabbat in the Sukkah! We’ll put up our Sukkah at the Shina-Aguirre’s home at 870 East 3300 N., North Ogden, beginning at 5:30pm. The Sukkah should be ready for decoration by 6 or 6:15, and then we can all enjoy a (dairy) potluck Shabbat dinner. Please plan on bringing a dish, dessert, or beverage/libation to share. RSVP directly toNancy Shina by telephone at 801-737-3515

High Holidays observances

5772 is off to a great start at Brith Sholem. With Rabbi Yoni Regev  leading services for Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and a large number of congregants and community members participating, everyone has had the opportunity to experience the “Days of Awe” in meaningful ways. In addition to attending services and other observances, such as tashlich (pictured here), we are collecting donations of food (or money to purchase food that will be donated): At each service, there is a car waiting to be loaded with your donations and driven to St. Anne’s or the Food Bank. This special initiative allows all of us to start the year off with a badly needed mitzvah!
celebrating Tashlich

Letters from Camp (sort of), 2011

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Annual General Membership Meeting Update

More than 30 members of our community turned out for the Annual General Membership meeting on Sunday, May 22nd, to do the congregation’s business, bid farewell for the summer to Student Rabbi Yoni Regev, and play Ultimate Frisbee in the rain. The weather may have been iffy, but the people were not: The assembled group voted to adopt the slate of nominees for 2011-2012 officer and board positions by acclamation. The group also voted to accept the proposed budget, which is essentially flat (no increase over last year’s budget) and should not require an increase in dues. Thank you to everyone who came out and brought great brunch food–see you over the summer (or on Tuesday, June 14th, if you were elected to a Board position!).

Join the Ranks of Brith Sholem Service Leaders!

Through most of the year, Brith Sholem relies on having a roster of lay leaders for its services. Summertime presents an excellent opportunity for those who have not led services in the past to  become comfortable in the role of a service leader. The services are typically informal, and you can always count on the congregants to be supportive. Those among us who regularly lead services–such as Judi Amsel, Erik Stern, Gary Boyle, and Jeff Schneider–would be happy to partner with anyone who is interested in trying out this new role. If you would  like to discuss the possibilities, please be in touch with any one of those listed here or send an email to You may also want to check out the resources available on our service guidelines page.

Tornado Relief

A series of deadly tornadoes recently swept across the Southeast, killing hundreds and leaving thousands homeless. There are many ways you can help in the efforts to rebuild. Here are just two:

The URJ is accepting donations for tornado relief efforts and will work closely with its congregations in the affected region to assure that funds are used where they are needed most. Donations can be made online at or by check sent to the Union for Reform Judaism (Attn: Tornado Relief), 633 Third Ave., New York, NY 10017.

If you are interested in volunteering your time to help rebuild, you can register with Hands on Birmingham

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