MARATHON

Jewish Community Center

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

Shabbat Bamidbar

Friday, May 18 Candle Lighting time 7:50 P.M.
Saturday, May 19 Candle Lighting time after 8:47 P.M.
Sunday, May 20 Candle Lighting time 7:51 P.M.

 

A successful advertising agency has inscribed these words on the floor of a rotunda in its headquarters: Community, Integrity, Restlessness, Freedom and Responsibility, Curiosity and Winning. As employees pass by, they are reminded of the company’s core values.

 

It has become common for businesses to display their central beliefs in prominent places. But it’s not exactly a new idea.

 

At a critical time when God’s people moved from desert wandering into the Promised Land, the Lord charged them in the first paragraph of the Shema to take His core values and demonstrate them in a variety of ways: “You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them . . . . You shall bind them as a sign on your hand . . . . Write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates” (Dt. 6:7-9).

 

How would it revolutionize your life, for example, if you viewed the Ten Commandments (Ex. 20:1-17) as God’s core values? Have the character traits of loyalty to God (v.3), faithfulness in marriage (v.14), and honesty (vv.15-16) become the principles that guide your thinking and actions?

 

On Shavuot we re-experience revelation from atop Mount Sinai by reading how our ancestors received the 10 Commandments. As the 10 Commandments are read we stand and renew each year the covenant between God and us the Jewish people.

 

This year let us recommit ourselves to God’s core values by putting them in your heart, home, and workplace on public display.

 

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Greene

 

Prayer Times

   
Shabbat 9:30 A.M.  and 7 P.M.
Sunday 10 A.M.
Monday 9:30 P.M.

 

Save the Date!

 

Three Thursdays in May: Shavuot is more than just cheesecake. Two down, one to go

 

Thursday, May 17th 1 PM and repeated at 7 PM Let's read and enjoy Sholem 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. 

 

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.

 

 

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