Social Action Committee Meeting
We will have an organizing meeting of the Social Action Committee on
January 22, 6:30 PM
If you are interested in attending, please contact Committee Chair David Shiman.
Oneg Coordinator Needed
Do you enjoy getting to know your fellow community members? Do you like organizing food for events? Then we have a place for you as our Oneg Coordinator!
If you are interested, please contact the Temple Office.
Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah Informational Meeting
January 20, 11 AM
Join us for an informational/organizational meeting. We will discuss what the program will be, and figure the levels, etc., that are needed. If you are interested, but can’t come, please let the Rabbi know. Otherwise, we will see you there. (If you are interested in pursuing a bar or bat mitzvah, and you already have basic Hebrew skills, please strongly consider singing up for Judy’s Hebrew II class starting January 17, see below for more info about the class.)
Services and Events for this Shabbat (January 18-19)
TU B’SHEVAT SEDER & SERVICE – 5:30 pm – NOTE EARLY START TIME
In Vermont, it is the depth of winter, but in Israel, the almond trees will soon have tiny buds as the land looks toward the beginning of spring. In Jewish tradition, Tu B’Shevat is the special new years for trees. Originally, this had to do with the ancient tax year, since trees were one of the ways a person’s wealth was counted, but in the middle ages, mystical Jews fleeing the Spanish Inquisition transformed Tu B’Shevat into a celebration of God’s gift of nature, and the divine flow of energy in nature and in us. We will have a very special Friday night service, that combines some of our normal prayers with a Tu B’Shevat Seder, a meal where wine, fruits and nuts native to Israel are eaten ceremonially, and with readings that celebrate nature and the power of trees. Please join us!
WHAT TO BRING – Please, bring red wine and/or white wine & a dish for the pot luck meal.
January Birthdays Oneg to follow services – Join us after the Tu B’Shevat Seder/Service for a special Oneg in honor of all January birthdays. No need to RSVP, just come for some cake and to CELEBRATE!
SPECIAL MARTIN LUTHER KING SHABBAT MORNING SERVICE – 9:30 am
Please come and help us celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on a very auspicious Shabbat when we read the Song of the Sea, the song of celebration at freedom led by the Miriam and the Israelite women once they were safely out of Egypt. Instead of our usual Torah Study, we will have a Torah reading, (so please come and help make sure we have a minyan!) If you have favorite short readings from Dr. King, please email Rabbi so he can include them. .
APRES-SKI TORAH STUDY & HAVDALAH – Saturday, 4;00 PM
On Saturday Afternoon, we will have our usual engaging and participatory Torah Study, followed by a short Havdalah service. Everyone is welcome. We will be considering the Torah portion, BaShalach (Exodus 13:17 – 17:16), in light of modern notions about freedom and liberation, particularly those of Dr. King and the Women’s Movement.