I was at synagogue today (Sunday October 25th) and saw Jon Berman sitting at his normal place, the Manna table. Jon, Mike Fields and Barry Freeman are to be commended for being there every Sunday asking members to support this great fundraiser. Manna are gift certificates from a wide variety of retailers from groceries to hotels to home improvement centers.
We hope you will join us at the synagogue
Wednesday, June 17 at 12:00 PM
when the Lunch & Learn/Seniors invites you to...
So you want to be a movie critic - Part 2
The Brotherhood’s annual end-of-the-school-year barbeque was fantastic. It coincided with the students’ part of the Honoring Anne Stein program. I saw many congregants that I had not seen in a while and I got to eat a slice of grilled salami.
On Sunday morning, August 17at 10:00 AM we will hold our annual Prospective Members Brunch. You probably know some Jewish people in our area who do not yet belong to the congregation. You may have co-workers, relatives or neighbors who are potential members of Congregation Etz Chaim. They may need your help in taking the first step towards membership.
As I sit up at camp at OSRUI in Wisconsin, watching the campers have the summer of their lives, I cannot help but think about the High Holiday Hustle, which helped to bring so many of our campers here this summer. It is such a wonderful opportunity for our congregation to participate in our Congregational High Holiday Hustle 5K/run/walk/kiddie race. (Yes, this year we are adding a 50 yard dash for little ones who wish to 'race' as well. Even crawlers are welcome! Everyone who participates in the kiddie race will get a prize!)
On Friday, May 16 I was fortunate enough to attend Confirmation services. This was truly a wonderful service. Not only did I have the best seat in the house, I had the honor of handing out the gifts to each student. The best part was when my son Simon came up to receive his certificate and gift and I was able to give him a huge hug and a personal congratulations. I am so proud of him and the rest of the students. Not many Jewish teenagers get confirmed. This is truly a special place.
As we continue the Torah cycle reading about our Exodus from Egypt, we also begin to celebrate the renewal that is occurring in Israel. That is, the fifteenth of Shevat (this month in the Hebrew calendar) is approaching, and as it does, we begin to prepare for the holiday of Tu B'Shevat. What is it exactly? It is the holiday that celebrates the new year of the trees. Although we are stuck under inches and inches of snow, in Israel, the buds are beginning to emerge from the branches, reminding us of the rebirth of the spring.
Written by Barbara Turner
Do you enjoy reading books with connections to Judaism and/or Israel?
Do you like to participate actively (or passively) in book discussions?
If you answered “yes” to one or both of these questions, and haven’t yet attended one of our Library-sponsored book groups facilitated by Rachel Kamin, then you really need to check one out (sorry, couldn’t resist pun).
Congregation Etz Chaim takes pride in its members and their roles in our congregational life. Like other Reform Congregations throughout the country, we are making efforts to build a stronger congregational community.
Despite the warm weather summer is ending. The fall is beginning. This is the time of year to get serious. Children have returned to school. Students are off to college. In a week, we will gather for Rosh Hashanah. In our homes we will sit around the table with friends and relatives and dip apples in honey to wish each other a sweet new year. In the synagogue we will gather with our fellow congregants to hear the call of the Shofar summoning us to return to the path of righteous living. We will soon be resuming two study groups.