MARATHON

Jewish Community Center

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

Shabbat Shmot

Exodus 1:1-6:1
Candle Lighting time 4:27 p.m..

On most mornings this winter I wake up at 5:30 a.m. in order to go to the gym and train for my May Ramah Bike Ride in Israel before I go work.  I am usually in the gym when the sun rises. There was a magnificent sunrise one morning, but I was too busy to enjoy it. I turned away and became preoccupied with my exercises. I thought about that sunrise a few moments ago, and I realize I lost an opportunity to say a special bracha, blessing, upon seeing beautiful scenes in nature.  “Praised are You, Lord our God, King of the Universe who has (created) such things in His World.”

 

In the midst of the busyness and stresses of our days, there are patches of beauty all around us, glimpses of God’s goodness that we catch here and there along the way. These are the places in the walls of the universe where heaven is breaking through—if only we will take the time to stop and to reflect upon God’s love for us.

 

What if Moses had taken only a fleeting glance at the bush that was burning but “was not consumed”? (Ex. 3:2). What if he had ignored it and hurried on to other things? (He had those sheep to take care of, you know, and important work to do.) He would have missed an epic, life-changing encounter with the living God (vv.4-12).

 

Sometimes in life we must hurry. But overall, life should be less hurrying and more noticing. Life is the present. Life is being aware; it is seeing God’s love breaking through. It is turning aside to the miracle of something like a sunrise and appreciating it with a blessing.

 

Shabbat Shalom,

 

Rabbi Greene

 

Service Schedule

Friday night 7:00 p.m.
Shabbat 9:30 a.m.
Mon. & Thurs 8:00 a.m.
Mon. - Thurs 7:30 p.m.

 

Save the Date!

Thursday, January 8, 2015  7:30 pm at Temple Sinai, Roslyn Heights.For parents, children bound for college and college students. With the specter of growing anti-Israel sentiment on American campuses, and calls for boycott divestment and sanctions (BDS), Jewish college students face additional challenges beyond their studies.  Such political trends in today’s world can intimidate our young people, who seek effective tools to respond to anti-Jewish threats. To address this difficult issue, Eric Fingerhut, Hillel International President and CEO wills peak about “Israel on Campus: Facing Unique Challenges in a Threatening World.”  The evening includes a post –talk Q&A session.  The program is free.

 

I have arranged that all our high school students are invited to join other area high school students for a meet and greet at Temple Tikvah on Hillside Ave for a free pizza dinner at  6:00 pm.  We shall caravan over to Temple Sinai.

 

Lunch and Learn, January 10, 2015.  Joseph Varon will speak about the hazards of fracking both to our health and to the environment. Then join us for a screening of the movie “Gasland” at 6PM.  The  movie is free.  RSVP for Lunch and Learn by January 3. $12 per adult  (non-members $15). Reservations after 1/3 will cost $18 per adult  and $20 for non-members. All students are free.

 

Wednesday, January 21st at 7:15 p.m.  the womens Rosh Hodesh Group will meet to honor Rosh Hodesh Shevat.  there  will be meditation, a craft project, learning, eating, laughing, and just enjoying each other's company.  $5.00 cover charge for materials.  RSVP at the synagogue office 718-428-1580 or marathonjcc@gmail.com

 

Saturday, January 24th 7:00 p.m. The screening of Aviva My Love, next movie in our Israel Film Festival.  Aviva, a hard-working hotel cook in the small northern Israeli town of Tiberias, is on the brink of finally fulfilling her lifelong dream. For years she kept her remarkable writing abilities under wraps, until her sister, Anita, introduces her to Oded, an accomplished novelist. Immediately recognizing Aviva's talent, Oded takes her under his wing, promising to help her achieve greatness. But the journey to greatness effects her life and the lives of her family - her unemployed husband, her trouble children, her unstable mother, and primarily her sister, a funny and sensitive woman who have her own dreams. When Aviva discovered that Oded has other plans for her work, her world collapses. Hebrew with English subtitles.  The movie is free so bring a friend or two.

 

In the Community

 

Exploring Judaism is a program of Jewish learning and experience sponsored by the Rabbinical Assembly of the Conservative Movement in New York City for those interested in learning more about Judaism as well as pursuing or thinking about conversion. We welcome individuals and couples of all backgrounds wishing to engage with our religious and cultural tradition through the unique Conservative movement perspective that understands Judaism as an ancient tradition based upon Biblical and rabbinic wisdom, evolving and adapting throughout history. Exploring Judaism includes a 24 session introduction to Judaism class with a basic Hebrew component along with a series of workshops led by congregational rabbis, visits to New York City Conservative synagogues and other experiences. The program director and class teacher will also be available for counseling and advisement.

 

The next Exploring Judaism class begins on Thursday, January 29. All sessions will be held at Manhattan synagogues. For more information see www.exploringjudaism.org.

 

An update about my ride  this May for Camp Ramah special needs campers..

 

Good news everyone. I have reached my initial goal of $3600. I am so excited and thankful for all my friends' generosity. I am now stretching my goal in two directions. I would like to raise a total $5000.00 for this great cause. All I need is 7 more people willing to donate $100.00 a piece and I will have easily raised my new goal. Of course, I will gladly and thankfully accept any size donation you can afford. Every little bit helps. I would also like to have 100 supporters cheering me on (I have 74 so far). Please donate as much or as little as you can afford to help me reach my secondary goal of 100 supporters as well.

 

Donating through this website http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/garygreene/ramah-bike-ride-2015 is simple, fast and totally secure. It is also the most efficient way to support my fundraising efforts. Or you may make a check out to the National Ramah Commission and send it to Camp Ramah, 3080 Broadway, NY, NY 10027. If you send a check, please make a notation that you are supporting me.

 

Remember the tax year ends December 31st. Take advantage of these last few days to make your donation before this window closes.

 

Thank you for your support!

 

Thursday, January 8, 2015  7:30 pm at Temple Sinai, Roslyn Heights.

 

 

 

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