MARATHON

Jewish Community Center

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

Shabbat Truma

Exodus 25:1-30:10 
Friday, February 20th Candle Lighting time 5:17 p.m.

 

I read a story how preacher’s wife met a woman who needed a ride. She sensed that this could be from God, so she agreed to take her to her destination. During the ride, the woman revealed to the driver that she struggled with drug addiction. The driver listened to and talked with this hurting woman. As she gave her hope for a better tomorrow, I believe that the woman experienced in some small way a little piece of heaven on earth.

 

When God instructed Moses to build the Tabernacle according to His specifications, it was so that God’s people would sense His presence. I like to think of it as a little piece of heaven on earth. The Temple was a physical example of God’s presence on earth also (1 Kings 5–8). The purpose of these holy places was for God to dwell among His people as God commands our ancestors in this week’s portion, “Let them make Me a sanctuary that I may dwell among them.” (Exodus 35:80

 

The Kabbalah understood that a human being’s body was created in such a way that it was metaphorically parallel to the tabernacle.    If human beings are like a tabernacle, then people should be able to feel God’s presence through our actions, deeds, and words. As God’s representatives of His presence, let’s find ways to bring the peace and hope of heaven to others on earth.

 

Shabbat Shalom,

 

Rabbi Greene

 

Sevice Schedule

Friday night 7:00 p.m.
Shabbat 9:30 a.m.
Mon. & Thurs postponed for time being
Mon. - Thurs 7:30 p.m.

 

Save the Date!

 

February 22nd, Marathon participates in the Tri-Community Blood Drive at Young Israel of New Hyde Park 8:45 a.m.-2:45 p.m. No appointment necessary.  Baby sitting available.

 

Celebrate Purim at Marathon JCC March Wednesday, March 4th.  The Megillah reading begins at7:00 p.m. Prizes, Fun, and Hamantachen galore.  You won't want to miss it.

 

Now is the time to purchase your tickets for the Marathon Jewish Center's Little Theatre Group's production of "Legally Blonde-The Musical." Show times are Saturday nights March 7, 14, & 21 at8:30 p.m. and Sunday afternoons March 8, 15, & 22 at 3:00 p.m.

 

In the community

 

The  entire Jewish Community is invited to a  Winter Bash, Saturday, Feb. 28th 8pm-11pm string That Duo Show playing hits from the 50s-90s at Congregation L'Dor V'Dor.  Wine, soft drinks, Hors d'oeures, Coffee, and Dessert. $25. in  advance and $30. at the door per person.

 

L’Evnot Koach (To Build Strength) single Parent Initiative. Samuel Field Y. Financial and parenting  workshops; information and referral services; socialization; career counseling; online support; child programming. For more information call Rachel Hoffman, LMSW (718) 224-0566.


A Time For Us allows adults with developmental disabilities, ages 24-40, to participate in social and  recreational opportunities in a safe and nurturing environment. A Time for Us meets one Sunday per  month, October throught June. A small fee is typically collected. Contact Jordana Davidson, LMSW at  718-225-6750 ext. 212. Samuel Field Y.

 

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.

 

Thank you for your support!  If you have already made a donation, I want to thank you again for your generousity.

 

 

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