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Monthly Archives: 24 Adar II 5771 (March 30, 2011)
This weekend (Friday, April 1st through Sunday, April 3rd) we are pleased to invite you to meet and socialize with visiting Rabbinic Candidate Elyssa Joy Auster. Ms. Auster will be davening with us on Friday night April 1st and offering a short d’var Torah. A Kiddush will follow services. She will also be with us for Saturday morning services where she will be reading, offering another d’var Torah, and leading the service. After Shabbat morning services there will be a light luncheon. On Sunday she will lead our morning minyan. Everyone is encouraged to attend one or more of these services and/or social events so that they can have an opportunity to meet and speak with her. After you attend we hope you will let us know some of your thoughts by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org About Elyssa Joy Auster… In addition to receiving her rabbinic ordination and Masters of Jewish Education this spring at Hebrew College, a significant portion of her prior education has been at area institutions including Boston University where she received a Masters in Theology and Brandeis University where she did her undergraduate work. Also, Ms. Auster has experience as an Acting Rabbi, Rabbinic Intern, … Continue reading
Religious School families are reminded of these upcoming events: Our next Club Shabbat/Tot Shabbat date is this Saturday, April 3. TBA is hosting a visiting rabbi this weekend and the Saturday morning service will be followed by a light luncheon. Services begin at 9 a.m. and the separate Tot Shabbat service, geared toward children in grades 2 and younger, begins at 10 a.m. Shabbat service attendance is a Religious School requirement for grades 5 and up, and we highly encourage all students and parents to attend. Instead of meeting in April, our final Parents Coffee/School Committee Meeting for this year will be held on Sunday, May 1. This is the morning of the Author Brunch, so we will meet at 9:45 a.m. to not conflict with Sisterhood’s event. Don’t miss this opportunity to help shape the 2011-2012 school year. We especially need input from parents with children in lower grades. We are beginning to collect donations toward end-of-year gifts for the Religious School faculty. If you would like to contribute, please bring your check or cash to the temple office by April 14, which is the last school day before the April/Passover break. Thank you for your support of our … Continue reading
We are obligated to empty our homes of chametz during the eight days of Passover. Since it is nearly impossible to empty our cabinets without suffering a loss, the rabbis have created a way in which we can fulfill the responsibility of declaring ourselves ownerless of all that we possess in our homes, by assigning the Rabbi as a shali’ach, a representative, who will then sell all of the chametz of the community to a non-Jew. When the holiday ends, ownership then reverts to us. For this privilege, it is customary to give a donation for tzedakah. Please take a few moments to fill out this form (note: this is a Word document) and return it to the Rabbi by Sunday, April 17. Checks can be made out to the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund.
Sisterhood’s Book Club will discuss The Outside World, by Tova Mirvis, on Monday, April 4, 7:30 p.m. at the home of Deb Greenstein. All are welcome to attend. For directions and to RSVP, contact Deb at 978-921-5347 or email@example.com. We will hear from Tova Mirvis herself next month, as she is our guest speaker for the Author Brunch on Sunday, May 1. Copies of her works, The Outside World and The Ladies Auxiliary, are available for purchase at the temple office.
A number of people read God’s instructions to Moses and Aaron to tell the people about the laws of “eating kosher” and wonder, in the absence of a logical or scientific reason for doing so, if the sole purpose of this exercise is to make our lives more difficult when it comes to eating out with our neighbors. Instead of a Pharaoh in Egypt making our lives bitter, it is a distant God who prevents us from enjoying the finer foods that the world in which we live has to offer our sophisticated palates. In my preparations for Passover, another holiday that severely restricts what we eat, I came across a passage that I hope will enlighten us on the purpose of keeping kosher, so this singular obligation that distinguishes us from other nations of the world no longer remains an intellectual and emotional burden that enslaves our desire to eat treif.
We will be meeting the 1st two Sundays in April from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., April 3 and April 10. Please join us. As always, beginners encouraged as well as yarn donations (worsted weight, machine wash and dry).