Thursday, March 31, 2011

Tonight and This Weekend

Jeremy Maissel of Israel Seminars is coming tonight at 7:30 to give a presentation of the History of Israel through Song.  It's more than Havah Nagilah!

Even though the Friday evening dinner has been cancelled, the Folk Service is still planned to go on as usual at  5:30.  Come if you can get here safely.   And Saturday morning our Kitah Hey/5th Graders are leading Shabbat morning worship, 10:00 a.m.  And don't forget Torah Study at 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

So much sorrow

(Rabbi Menachem Creditor, Cong. Netivot Shalom, Berkeley CA)

Dear God,
Many, many images of God have been lost in earthquake
and fire and mighty waters just yesterday.
And so we turn to You, Adonai,
and we ask for Your strength and comfort.

We open our hearts one to the other
as brothers and sisters struggling in Your world.
"Above the thunder of the mighty waters,
more majestic than the breakers of the sea is Adonai (Ps. 93:4)." 
Be with us as we offer what we can, through prayer and action,
to our sisters and brothers who are suffering in Japan
and who stand on alert around the world.

We ask for You to be the still, small voice after the fire,
allowing space for mourning and hope in the face of tragedy. 
We see Your sheltering Presence and Your holy tears
in the receding waters of the Tsunami
and in the rescue work being carried out
by so many for the sake of a fragile world.

May it be Your will, Adonai our God and God of our ancestors,
to send healing to the injured and comfort to those in mourning.
May You be with those who are engaged in the sacred work of rescue.
Be with us as we bring shelter, food, and water to those in need.

May we merit to save many lives.
May those affected by this disaster know Your comfort.
May we act when we learn how we can help.
May our world be blessed by peace.


Let us also keep in our prayers the members of the Fogel family whose mother, father and 3 children ages 11, 3 and one-month, were brutally murdered in their home this past week in Ithamar, Israel.

Monday, March 14, 2011

5 More Days

Tuesday evenings Temple has been all abuzz with the sounds of rehearsals for "Megilla Mia," our next great Purim spiel.  Don't be left out in the cold.  Reserve today.  Also on March 19th our wonderful 4th grade is leading Shabbat morning worship.  10 a.m.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

This Weekend

Another busy weekend at Temple.  Starting Friday at 5:30 our 3rd Grade class/Kitah Gimel, is leading our Family/Tot Shabbat service.  The families are providing the dinner afterward so please join us.  There is also a 7:30 service that evening.

Saturday morning at 10 a.m. is the Bat Mitzvah of Sabrina Davis.  Again, everyone is welcome to this wonderful life-cycle event in the life of our congregation.

On a sad note, Renee Levite, Ed Levite's mom, died.  Please send your condolences to the Levite family.  Baruch Dayan HaEmet

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Welcome back

I hope everyone had a wonderful break.  A few things:
Passover Candy orders are due this week
Friday night we celebrate Shabbat Across America at our 5:30 Folk Service 

Next Friday, March 11, our 3rd Grade class will lead the Family/Tot Shabbat service, to which everyone is welcome

And March 12 Sabrina Davis becomes a Bat Mitzvah.