MARATHON

Jewish Community Center

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

Shabbat Emor

Leviticus 21:1-24:23

Candle Lighting time 7:36 p.m.

 

During a summer of international sports scandals involving gambling and substance abuse, two athletes were applauded for their character as much as their professional accomplishments. A record crowd of 75,000 cheered Cal Ripken Jr. and Tony Gwynn during their 2007 induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame. “Whether we like it or not,” Ripken said, “as big leaguers, we are role models. The only question is, will it be positive or will it be negative?”

 

Gwynn echoed the sentiment: “There’s more than just playing the game of baseball. . . . You’re responsible, you’ve got to make good decisions and show people how things are supposed to be done.”

 

If this is true for athletes, how much more so for our elected leaders and their advisors. I am sorely troubled the negative impact our president and some members of his cabinet are having on our country. Lies and scandalous behavior are their norms. God forbid they should become the norms of our country.

 

In this week’s Torah portion, Emor, outlines the special rules and regulations that the kohanim, the priests had to observe. As leaders of the Jewish people they were their role models especially when it came to grief and loss. Today each and every one of us is a role model in one way or another for our family, for our Jewish community, and for the wider secular community.

 

Every day, people are watching us. We have no better role model than Abraham who lived up to God’s charge back in Genesis saying, “walk in My ways and be blameless. “ (17:2) Compromise causes others to become disillusioned, while character fosters hope.

 

What kind of role model will we be for someone watching today?

 

Shabbat Shalom,

 

Rabbi Greene

 

Service Schedule

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

 

Save the Date!

Shiva Information, Ruth Levine's family will be sitting shiva at her late home. There will be minyons  Tonight and Thursday night at 7:30 PM and we would like to have a minyan at the synagogue Friday night at 7 PM. Please come and help us make a minyan any of those evenings.

 

Three Thursdays in May: Shavuot is more than just cheesecake 

 

Thursday, May 3rd 1 PM What is Psalm 114 have to do with Shavuot? Everything! We sing Psalm 114 during Hallel and never pay attention to its meaning.

 

Thursday, May 10th 1 PM and repeated at 7 PM How did the mystics understand Revelation at Mount Sinai? We shall study the classic Kabbalistic work, the Zohar.

 

Thursday, May 17th 1 PM and repeated at 7 PM Let's read and enjoySholem Aleichem's short storyI you mustn't weep- itsYom-Tev.

 

Each class will be approximately an hour long come to as many classes as you wish and you may come at either time slot. 

 

 

Thursday, May 3rd celebrate Lag B'Omer with a hot dod dinner an see the movie  "The Band's Visit" Dinner is $10.00 pp and the movie is free. Make tyour reservations at the synogogue's office

 

Shavuot Schedule;

Saturday, May 19th at 7:00 p.m. Mincha followed by our Tikun L'al Shavuot. In honor of Israel's 70th birthday we shall study what the Talmud has to say about the love of the land of Israel.  We shall also look at two short stories, Three gifts by I. L. Peretz and the Fable of the Goat  by Shi Agnon, which are based on our Talmud selection. We shall also read some contemporary Zionist thought to see the tensions that we shall learn in the Talmud still reverberate today. No previous Talmud or Hebrew reading knowledge required.  Cheese cake, coffee, and tea will be served.  8:50 p.m.  Ma'ariv and the discussion continues


Sunday, May 20th at 9:00 a.m. The Boker Tov Cafe Opens.  10:00 a.m. Our Outdoor Renewal Shavuot Service, weather permitting.  


Monday, May 21st at  9:00 a.m. the Boker  Tov Cafe Opens. 9:30 a.m. Services Begin with Yizkor around 11:00 a.m.


Thursday, May 24th - Sisterhood's annual mah-jongg/card party. RSVP $20.00 PP includes lunch.


Sunday, June 3rd - Celebrate Israel Parade: $18.00 includes round trip bus, commemorative T-shirt, a light snack and bottled water. For those who are unable to attend a donation of $18 or more will get you a t-shirt. The deadline is May 1st!


Don't forget about the taxi service Marathon provides-a free wide to and from the synagogue. For more information call the synagogue office.

 

In the Community

Wednesday May 9th 6 to 8 PM Alley Pond Environmental Center will host a showing of: “An Inconvenient Sequel” and our friend Joe  Varon will serve as the after-movie discussion host along with Bill Neiter of the Climate Reality Project.  Climate change is the ultimate issue of our time and the greatest challenge of the 21st century.  Free Admission/Free Parking

 

 

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