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A Word from Rabbi Schulman - 2/23/18

February 23, 2018

Buckle up Buckaroos; it’s Purim Time at TBT. In the coming days, here’s what’s on tap (figuratively speaking, though I wouldn’t mind if certain beverages were literally on tap).

 

Tonight, 7:30pm Shabbat Service: In place of a boring d’rash by the senior rabbi, Pip Ziman and Jonathan King will be offering their own sermonettes. Pip’s is entitled, “Why I Hate Purim.” Jonathan’s has to do with a magical toy. Yeah. You read that right.  A magical toy.

 

Next Wednesday, 11:00am: Are you 55+ and looking for a good time that you can talk about publicly? If yes, come to TBT. We’ll sing Purim songs, tell stories, and eat stuffed cabbage. (Wait, isn’t that a St. Patrick’s thing?)

There’s no charge – but do RSVP to the office by Sunday.

 

Wednesday, 6:30pm - Pizza & Purim. Mountain Mordecai’s will be supplying the pizza. Effervescent Esther is bringing the drinks. Come in costume and enjoy a discount – such a deal! RSVP by next Tuesday.

 

Wednesday, 7:30pm - The Whole Megillah. OK, maybe not all of it. But enough to make you laugh. This year we are trying something new. We are doing an Improv. Megillah reading. Joel Siegel and I will improvise chanting the Hebrew portions of the Megillah.

 

As for the English, volunteers from the congregation will offer the English in a manner determined by pulling a slip out of a hat. It may say: “Read the Megillah as if you’re being chased by bees.” Or “Read the Megillah in the style of a cowboy.” There are 7 English portions. We’ll need at least 7 brave souls willing to try anything on the spot.

 

During our Purim celebration, we will be collecting tzedakah, fulfilling the mitzvah of aiding those in need. Last October, Camp Newman was devastated by the Tubbs Fire. All of our Purim Tzedakah will go toward rebuilding our Reform Movement’s camp.

 

Sunday, March 4, 9:30am - For many years, the Education Committee, parents, and staff have sponsored a Purim Carnival. This year, all the students in our Beit Midrash are planning their own Purim celebration. How cool is that?

So whether you’re a tyke, a teen, an adult, or a vintage adult, there are multiple ways for you to celebrate Purim at TBT. I hope to see all y’all soon!

 

 

 

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