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Our tradition invites us to celebrate the coming of spring (which will hopefully be soon!). You probably know Purim as the “Jewish Halloween,” or for being the hamentaschen holiday, or the drinking holiday. The Megilla (Scroll of Esther), suggests four ways to celebrate: reading the megilla, eating a festive meal, giving gifts, and giving to charity; indeed, the Talmud tells us that we should drink until we can’t tell the difference between “cursed be Haman” and “blessed be Mordechai.” We’ll certainly cover a few of those (you guess which ones) at our Purim party on March 9th, which starts at 6pm at Bruce and Kristi Jacobs' home. I’m excited to see some big hair and neon colors for our 80’s costume theme. Please bring a dish to share (no meat, no shellfish). Homemade hamentaschen will be provided. You can bet that Rabbi Mike has some fun songs to share, too. This party is just for adults; we plan to have another celebration for Shalom Kids.
What I like best about Purim is that it happens around the spring equinox, in the way that other Jewish holidays are connected to time and the seasons. Like Esther reveals her hidden Jewish identity, spring is a time of emerging. It’s a time to consider what you’ve been hiding, and what needs to come to the surface. Rabbi Mike will share some spiritual lessons about the holiday at his Adult Ed class on Sunday the 10th at 10:30am, including why the Book of Esther is the only biblical book not found in the Dead Sea Scrolls, and why Martin Luther tried to keep it out of the Bible.
Check out the full list of our events on our calendar, and save the date for our Community Passover Seder on April 20th. Registration is live on the homepage of our website. Please also join us for kabbalat shabbat and an oneg on Friday the 15th.
Amber Ikeman, Director of Music and Community Engagement
(406) 556-0528 x202
What a winter! While not much changes weather-wise in March, just saying the word “March” makes it seem like we are a little closer to Spring (and Purim!). We have a jam-packed weekend of events March 8-10, so I hope you are able to join us for some or all of them. As you may have noticed, a beautiful new Ark is gracing our sanctuary. The Ark is named after the Ark of the Covenant, which held the stone tablets of the Covenant that God gave to Moses on Mount Sinai over 3,000 years ago. It is a significant event to receive a new Ark, so during our March 8th Shabbat service, you will hear a few words from members of our congregation about the Ark, and Rabbi Lotker will offer a special blessing to dedicate the Ark to Congregation Beth Shalom. Please join us for an extra special Shabbat Shalom. Thank you.
Congregation Beth Shalom
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Congregation Beth Shalom is a place where affiliates of all ages come together to be a learning and spiritual community who joyfully pray together and celebrate Jewish history and tradition. We cultivate in our affiliates a lifelong connection to Judaism through the lens of the Reform and Renewal movements.