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

81 bags delivered! Come on Sunday 5:30PM!

Great job by all delivering our congregation’s donation to the Island Food Pantry. There were 81 bags (frankly, nowhere near past high marks over 125); remember there is a box in the lobby at the Shul and donations of non-perishable products are always needed.

Please join us for Simchat Torah this Sunday at 5:30PM. Without you we may not be able to unroll the Torah! Word has it there will some special food treats to follow!

Join us!

This weekend Rabbinic Intern, Daniel Shaeffer, will be joining us for Shabbat. Please come and make his acquaintance!

Remember Soup in the Sukkah Potluck Dinner next Wednesday 10/19 at 5:30 & Simchat Torah Sunday 10/23 at 5:30.

It is a mitzvah (and fun) to be in the Sukkah; consider having a meal there over the course of the holiday.

Good Shabbos!

Town Sukkah in Cuttyhunk

Yom Kippur & Sukkot

It was wonderful that we had 100% attendance by our school students on Rosh Hashana! Yasher Koach* to their parents!

And tomorrow is Yom Kippur.

In our synagogue it is a custom to wear all white on Yom Kippur, if you’re able to, please do so; also remember not to wear footwear or acccessories made of leather.

Next Wednesday, 10/19, Hebrew school will resume at 3:30 followed by our annual Sukkot celebration dinner, which we call Soup  in the Sukkah. Please bring a vegetarian/dairy (no meat products) soup to share. If you don’t have the time to make soup please let me know and I will assign you an easy thing to bring. 

On Sunday, October 23 at 5:30PM, we will celebrate Simchat Torah. This is a joyous holiday which requires a lot of participation so that we can unroll the Torah; the children love it. As you know, any holiday service attended at our Shul counts towards the students’ service requirement. Please make every effort to attend.

Wishing you all an easy fast tomorrow. 
* Yasher koach (YAH-shehyr KOH-ahkh)

Hebrew. Literally, straight strength. Figuratively, may you have strength, or may your strength be increased. A way of congratulating someone for performing a mitzvah or other good deed. In essence, you are wishing this person the strength to continue doing this good thing, and you are also recognizing the effort that the person put into doing this good thing. It is most commonly used in synagogue, to congratulate someone after he or she has participated in some aspect of the service. Strictly speaking, this is a masculine form. Some people use the feminine form when expressing the same sentiment for a woman, but that is unusual.