MARATHON

Jewish Community Center

Opening Doors to Spirituality, Social Consciousness, and Community A Friendly Egalitarian Conservative Congregation

Shabbat Vayakhel-Pkuday

Shabbat Hachodesh

Exodus 35:1-40:38  and Exodus 12:1-20
Candle Lighting time 6:53.

 

I’m not a big fan of winter with its cold and snow. The hope of spring sustains me during those long cold days and nights . The Hebrew month of Nisan is the month when that hope is rewarded. The transformation is remarkable. Limbs that look lifeless around the month of Nisan turn into branches that wave green leafy greetings by month's end. There is even a special blessing said only one time a year during the month of Nisan. The first time you see the trees sprout buds we thank God by saying “Praised are You, Lord our God, King of the universe, who has withheld nothing from His world, and has created in it beautiful creatures and trees for humans to enjoy.” Although the change each day is imperceptible, by the end of the month the trees all round our neighborhood have changed from gray to green.

 

God has built into creation a cycle of rest and renewal. God has also built renewal into the holiday cycle. The Hebrew word for month is Hodesh. This word shares the same root as Hadash which means new or renewal. This Shabbat is Shabbat HaHodesh which proclaims the new month of Nisan as the first month of the Jewish calendar year. Because God redeemed us out of slavery and we’re now free people, the potential of renewal to reach our full human potential is palpable during the holiday of Passover.

 

Do you realize that the High Holidays were exactly 6 months ago? Now would be a wonderful time to review all your High Holiday resolutions. Which ones have you kept? Which ones do you need to renew? I hope that this spring you discover the renewal God has planted with in your heart and actualize it.

 

Shabbat Shalom,

 

Rabbi Greene

 

Service Schedule

Friday night 7:00 p.m.
Shabbat 9:30 a.m.
   

 

Save the Date!

 

Thursday,  23rd 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Make your own Tallit-a workshop led by Judy Greene.  Open to all Men, Women, Boys, and Girls.

 

Wednesday, March 22 7:15 p.m. Sisterhood's Rosh Hodesh Nisan Celebration. $5.00 to cover the craft and refreshments

 

Shabbat, March 25th, Lunch and Learn "Putting God Second: How to Save Religion From Itself." Lunch is only $12.00. RSVP a must by March 20th

 

Sunday, March 26th, 11:00 a.m.  Our next film in our Israeli Film Festival is "The Apartment."  

 

In the 1930s, two German couples visited Palestine together. One couple, the Tuchlers, was Jewish. The husband in the other couple, the von Mildensteins, was the predecessor of Adolf Eichmann, Nazi propagandist and eventual war criminal. Baron von Mildenstein wrote an article about the trip, "A Nazi in Palestine," for a Nazi newspaper.


Both men in fact were ardent Zionists, of course for different reasons. Von Mildenstein believed that encouraging Germany's Jews to emigrate to Palestine was a practical solution to "The Jewish problem," and used his position to encourage his thinking with Hitler and Goebbels. As the Holocaust began to take shape, the Tuchlers sailed for Palestine. Remarkably, after the war, they reached out to their old friends the von Mildensteins, and the friendship was restarted, the couples remaining close and friendly


"The Flat," a spellbinding documentary about family secrets, begins when the maker of this film, Arnon Goldfinger, joins his mother in cleaning out the Tel Aviv flat of his grandmother, her mother, who had just died at 98. They find the possessions of a lifetime, and among them, the long-ago newspaper article. His grandparents were friendly with a high Nazi official? More than that: Arnon's mother, Hannah, tells him that the couples resumed their friendship.


The movie is free and opened to the public. Brunch will be available for purchase. Hot Dogs for $2.00 each. Chips for $1.00 per bag. Desert will be between $1.00 -$

 

Sunday, April 23rd 10:30 a.m. Our Community-wide observance of Yom Hashoa is being held at Marathon this year.

 

Sunday, June 4th Join us as  we march in the Celebrate Israel Parade

 

 

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