Thanks to everyone for making our Purim celebration so fabulous this year. There are many wonderful photos on the digital player in the Shul lobby of our carnival and luncheon.

As usual, the minute Purim is over we start planning for Passover. We will have a special event at school and April 5th to celebrate Passover. If you have not done so, please respond to the office if you are attending the second seder at the synagogue on April 11. All students under 18 are admitted for free.

Important upcoming dates:

Tuesday 4/11 Second night of Passover Community Seder 5:30PM (please make reservations by 3/28)

Saturday 5/13 Bat Mitzvah of Rachel Salop

Friday 5/19 End of School Year Pot Luck Dinner & Celebration

Saturday 5/20 Shabbat honoring Rabbinic Intern Daniel Shaefer

Saturday 6/10 Bat Mitzvah of Ali Marcus

Sydney established a new MVHC  cup stacking record! She beat the record set by Sol Shmidlap in 1955. Sadly, those photos are lost.


Thanks to Nicole Cabot for making Hamantaschen with the students today!

Looking forward to seeing you all at Purim this weekend;  please try to bring a donation to the food pantry to fulfill one of the four mitzvahs of Purim.

Services this weekend will be led by our wonderful Rabbinic Intern, Daniel Shaeffer.

Friday Kabbalat Shabbat services 5:30

Saturday Shabbat service 10AM

Saturday 7pm Havdalah at home of Avi & Ljuba

Sunday 10AM- carnival, short skits, Megillah and Purim lunch (a festive meal is another Purim Mitzvah). Costumes for kids of all ages encouraged! 

Bar Mitzvah & Mitzvah

This Saturday, Rabbi Broitman will be leading the adult bar mitzvah of our wonderful member, Bill Gamson. Please try to come and celebrate this simcha.

Also, the island food pantry is in need of donations.  When  you come to the building, please bring a nonperishable donation and leave it in the box in the lobby.

Important upcoming dates

This Friday 1/13 at 5:30PM Service honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Music, prayer, speakers, festive Oneg to follow.

Saturday 1/14 Bat Mitzvah of Katie Goldsmith, 10AM. All students are urged to come! The celebrations are important part of our community and serve to help educate and prepare our students for their b’not mitzvah.

Saturday 1/28 at 10AM (Adult) Bar Mitzvah of Bill Gamson. Please come and celebrate with the Gamsons.

Friday 2/10 at 5:30PM Tu B’Shvat Seder and potluck dinner. A special evening the kids will enjoy.

Your attendance at these events is most important. Gathering as a community will strengthen your child’s Jewish identity and friendships. The service attendance requirement is a mandatory part of our program; attendance at these events not only counts toward your service attendance it also builds the student’s knowledge and self confidence.

Sunday, November 6 at 3:15 pmBurial of Holy Books at the M. V. Hebrew Cemetery

From: Rabbi Caryn Broitman 
On November 6, at 3:15 pm we are having a special ceremony that you are invited to attend. We will bury our unusable Holy books and papers at the cemetery. 
We treat Hebrew texts in which G-d’s name is written with reverence, like a holy living thing. When they can no longer be used, we don’t discard them, but instead bury them in a Jewish Cemetery. This includes prayer books, Torahs, Torah study books, and any copies from these — only in Hebrew, but not in any other language. Until they can be buried, we keep them in a temporary storage place called a Genizah (hidden).
Please come and join us as we bury the contents of our Genizah at the M.V. Hebrew Cemetery on West Spring Street. If you have unusable prayer books please bring them along, or bring them to the office during working hours. I will conduct a brief service, and then we can proceed to the Hebrew Center for the showing of the film “Rabin In His Own Words” at 4:00 pm.
This is a good opportunity to look at our relationship with our holy books. It can also introduce young people to ritual at the cemetery in a calm, reflective context, so all ages are welcome to this event. Please join us.
 — Rabbi Caryn Broitman