As we careen towards that spring cleaning holiday, otherwise known as Pesach, I thought I’d remind everyone of the many things being offered for Congregation Beth Sholom members over the next month.
First of all, if you haven’t heard about Step Up For Israel (SUFI), you need to contact Ambassador Jane August immediately! Jane has been instrumental in setting up a multi-part movie series, educating us all on how to better advocate on the State’s behalf. The first event will be held on Sunday, March 17th at 10:30AM and the moderator will be Sergeant Benjamin Anthony of the Israeli Defense Forces. Sergeant Anthony has spoken at Beth Sholom and has proven to be quite an articulate advocate. We hope you’ll all be there.
Also on the night of March 17th there will be the annual Night to Honor Israel at the Bethel Christian Fellowship on East Avenue. More than 1,000 people attend this event annually and it is quite moving. Rabbi Kilimnick will again be asked to give a major address and everyone is invited to attend. See the Rabbi for more details.
Don’t forget to buy your Shmura Matzah from the shule again this year. The absolute deadline is March 15th. The purchase will be made shortly thereafter, so do not forget to call the shule office at 473-1625 and make your reservation with our secretary, Karen (plus if you haven’t met Karen yet, this is a good way to introduce yourself!).
I want to take this opportunity to thank Ahavya Deutsch for her excellent running of the Junior Congregation over the past half year. Ahavya will be taking leave at some point in April or May for a while (hopefully a “short while”) and if you wish to assist with the program, please speak to Kathye Simon or Kim Holtzman.
Finally, I want to commend all who helped and attended our recent Purim Seudah. Over 100 people attended along with dozens of children. The event was the epitome of “Hemishe” and the food was tremendous. Thanks to Ambassador Camelia Marzouk and her band of merry assistants who made an outstanding dinner. What I especially took from the Purim holiday is the commitment our members have to our shule. While there were other events going on that night, our membership understood the responsibility of supporting Congregation Beth Sholom - our religious and spiritual home - over other programs, knowing our seudah would be that much more meaningful. Everyone had a great time. Kol HaKavod to all who attended and helped! I hope everyone has a great Pesach!
~Hon. Matthew Rosenbaum, President