Candle Lighting time 6:51 PM
My son Hillel graduated rabbinical school from Hebrew College and his Dean was Rabbi Sharon Ainseld. Since then she became the president of Hebrew College. Her Purim message follows:
The world awoke this past Friday morning to the horrifying news from Christchurch, New Zealand. That a white nationalist, his heart distorted by hatred, had entered two mosques and brutally murdered 50 Muslim worshippers and wounding another 49. With them, countless family members, friends, and community members grieving and traumatized. They were gathered for the weekly Sabbath prayer. Muslims throughout the world, faced with another stark reminder that the deadly threat of Islamophobia and white supremacist ideology can strike anywhere.
All of us, as Jews, know what it feels like to be hunted and haunted by those who believe we are less than fully human. All of us who, as people of faith and conscience, know that we live in an interconnected world, and that bigotry and violence anywhere tears at the fabric of God’s creation. All of us who, as human beings, woke up on Friday morning, horrified, speechless, heartbroken.
May we stay awake. May we not be lulled into indifference. May we turn our heartbreak into acts of connection and lovingkindness. May we reach out, wherever we are, to our Muslim friends, colleagues, neighbors, and let them know we are with them.
For those of us celebrating the holiday of Purim tonight, may we remember what it teaches us: That in the face of a world of violence and uncertainty, we are commanded to be responsible for each other. To feed each other. To take care of those in need. To increase shalom, ahava, v’reyut—peace, love, and friendship—in our world.
Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld
President, Hebrew College
Newton Centre, MA
Happy Purim and Shabbat Shalom,
Don't forget we need your help to make a minyan Friday night. Either email me or call the office letting us know that we can count on you.
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Save the Date!
Wednesday, March 20 7 PM Join our friends at the Hollis Hills Jewish Center for the Megillah reading. A fun time will be had by all. If you need a ride to the synagogue (HHJC) call Ollies and make the arrangements and the lift will be on Marathon.
Tuesday, April 2 at 7:15 PM Why is this night different from all other nights? And why is this Seder different from all others? In the past, we have had a chocolate Seder, Passover chopped, Fung Shueder and now... Beyond the salt water. Sponsored by our sisterhood. Reservations required by March 25 by calling the office. Five dollars contribution to cover costs
Thursday, April 4 at 7 PM at congregation L'Dor V'Dor (LNJC) Join us as we prepare the only Hashoa candle packages for delivery and sign up to deliver some candles to our friends
Mark your calendars!
Sunday, June 2, John your friends from Northeast Queens and march in the Salute to Israel parade. This year's theme is Israel: where diversity and respect thrive. Act now by sending in your reservations with the check made out to Marathon JCC by Friday, May 1 so that we may order the correct number of buses and "T" shirts! Cost is $18 per person. Fees include round-trip air conditioned bus, special occasion "T" shirt, light snack, and bottled water.
Even if you can't attend and March, show your support by donating $18 or more by May 1 received the official salute the Israel parade T shirt as our gift