Today the “older” students wrote letters of support to students in Parkland, Florida. Two of the letters are below. We had a productive discussion, and the students showed deep empathy for the victims and the survivors.

Also, here are pictures of our fourth and fifth graders in nail biting round of “Jewpardy” about Purim (team names: Haman Haters and Shalom Smashers). As you know, Purim is during school vacation; we will not be having our usual (amazing) carnival, shows and hamantachen. However, everyone can participate in the mitzvah of mishloach manot by donating food to the island food pantry; we have a box in the foyer of the MVHC and there are boxes in the public schools and libraries.

If you will be here, or traveling, I wish you a safe and happy school vacation week and look forward to seeing you next month.

HAPPY PURIM FROM THE CREW – shown in costume from previous Purim.


Tonight at 5! Please join us! & Friday 5:30PM!

Two terrific Chanukah events this week:

Our Community Chanukah celebration at the MVHC on Friday at 5:30PM – live music, song, latkes and more…bring your Menorah/Chanukiyah


Tonight at 5PM at the MV Museum in Edgartown! –

Also… nightly, starting tomorrow, 12/12 at 5:30PM and every holiday night after, at the MVHC there will be an outdoor Menorah lighting!

Spread the word! Spread the light!

Happy Chanukah!

Save the Date!

Chanukah on MV!

On Monday 12/11/17 at 5PM, the Martha’s Vineyard Museum will debut an exhibition of Nancy Salon’s dreidel collection! Please make every effort to come!

Friday 12/15 at 5:30PM MVHC Chanukah celebration- lights, music, latkes!

Yom Kippur

This coming Saturday, September 30th is Yom Kippur; services begin at 9:30AM. Kol Nidre will begin at 6PM on Friday. This Holiday is an integral part of the Jewish year; please make every effort to attend. As you know, it is a tradition in our Shul to  dress in all white and refrain from wearing leather shoes (or otherwise).

A big thank you to Deborah Strauss for working with our students at school and at the holidays!

Rosh Hashana crafts project – Honey jars with decorated bases.

Deborah Strauss working with our musicians 

Service time change!

Effective this weekend service times will be as follows:

Friday, Kabbalat Shabbat: 5:30pm

Saturday, Shabbat: 10AM
I hope to see you all at the high holidays. Please contact the office or go on the website and submit the reservation paperwork so that the holiday can be planned appropriately.

Indeed the first day of Rosh Hashanah, Thursday September 21st, is a public school day. These holidays are excused absences is in our school system. Gathering with the community to celebrate these days of awe is important part of Jewish identity and will allow them to experience the topics they are learning at school. Following the services on the 21st, we will be going to Owen Park for Tashlich services. The students have studied this ritual and it is a wonderful way to end the morning services. 

Yom Kippur on a Saturday (9/30) no challenges to attending!

See you next week! 

We are counting down – one week from today Hebrew school will begin. We have exciting plans for this year and can’t wait to see everyone. If you have not done so, kindly submit your registration papers which can be found at –  under the Learning  & then Religious school tabs.

This year, we will be fortunate enough to celebrate the bar and bat mitzvahs of several of our students. Please consider these simchas as mandatory, of course they will apply towards your student’s service credit requirement.

Please make every effort to have your child attend services on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, September 21. We have worked hard with the school system for them to respect our holidays, we must respect them as well in our behavior and practice.

Yom Kippur this year will be on Shabbat (9/30)  so we will all be together to observe this sacred day.

Our Soup in the Sukkah and Simchat Torah services will be after school on Wednesdays – October 4 and October 11 respectively, so please arrange for your see your  family (& friends!) to come and join your students for these holidays.

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Great last day! See you tomorrow night

Thank you to all the staff and students who made yesterday so special.

Excited to see everyone at our Tzium tomorrow night! The students will be actively participating in the service, please make sure they dress appropriately. Remember it is a dairy potluck.

Photos by Sally Cohn, Photographer Extraordinaire