For the week of March 12, 2017
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Temple B'nai Israel | 405-848-0965 | TBI |
Purim Masquerade Ball for Adults
March 11, 2017 6:00 pm

In the Book of Esther, we read that Purim is a time for "feasting and merrymaking," as well as for "sending gifts to one another and presents to the poor". In addition to reading the M'gillah (Book of Esther), celebrants dress in costumes, have festive parties, send baskets of food (mishloach manot) to friends and give gifts to the poor. We will be doing all that and more.  For just $18 per person, you will enjoy a Mediterranean dinner,  adult beverages, music by DJ Jonathan and prizes for the costume  contest. RSVP at   by March 10.
Purim Carnival for Families
Sunday, March 12
10:00 am Come Hear the Story of Purim
10:30 am Purim Carnival
11:30 am Festive Mac & Cheese Meal

Bring your family for a morning of fun celebrating Purim. Special prizes for costumes! Bring a box of mac & cheese as your gragger as we listen to the story of Purim. We'll have a delicious Mac & cheese bar for lunch. $5 per person. (children under 3 are free) RSVP at by March 10.
Tot Shabbat
Saturday, March 18, 10:30 am

This month Tot Shabbat families are in for a treat! Rabbi Harris and  Zemer Sweenie will be leading services. The Torah portion for this week  is Ki Tisa. In this portion we learn about Shabbat. Children 0-5 years  old, bring your parents and grandparents to the Esther Greenberg  chapel for lots of fun singing and dancing, praying and playing! 
Songs of Devotion and Desire:
The Musical Heritage of Jewish Spain
Monday, March 20, 7:00 pm
Pitman Recital Hall, Catlett Music Center
500 W. Boyd, Norman (MAP)

Presented by The Schusterman Center for Judeaic and Israel Studies. For more information or accommodations, contact Katy Hall at (405) 325-6508
String Quartet
Thursday, March 23, 7:30 pm
Armstrong Auditorium 
14400 S. Bryant Road, Edmond (MAP)

Since its debut nearly twenty years ago, the Jerusalem Quartet has established itself as an ensemble with immense maturity and a commanding presence.  Join them as they bring three captivating masterpieces from Haydn, Prokofiev and Beethoven to the acoustic wonder of Armstrong Auditorium.

Order your tickets HERE today, or call 800-525-1426
Visiting Scholar Dr. Vitor Westhelle
"Why Luther's Reformation Matters
to Jews Today"
Friday, March 24, 7:00 pm

Marking the 500th Anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, Dr. Vitor Westhelle, professor of systematic theology at Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) will visit the Oklahoma City metro March 24 - 26, and is speaking at Temple B'nai Israel during Shabbat Worship Services. 

Westhelle, a Lutheran parish pastor for four years in his native Brazil, has been teaching at LSTC since 1993. A prolific writer and editor, with more than 130 scholarly publications, Westhelle is author or co-editor of 9 books and is currently co-authoring a book on Martin Luther with a Rabbi in Jerusalem. Following services, get a cookie and come for Q&A in the lounge with 
Dr. Westhelle. 

Dr. Westhelle joins us through the generosity of Pastor Roger Bruns and Trinity Lutheran Church in Oklahoma City.
Get Set for Seder!

Sunday, March 26, 12:15-2:00 pm

This year our Temple family will be making Passover seders in our own homes, or going as guests to others. We will not have a community seder at the Temple this year. If making a seder makes you nervous, join Rabbi Harris for a workshop with the basics of how to "Get Set for Seder." Topics will include:

- Choosing a haggadah 
- Interactive ideas 
- Seder basic food groups 
- Making it meaningful for you

Sunday, April 9, 10:30 am

Join us for a morning "Cater a Seder" workshop. Volunteers in the kitchen will help you prepare Passover charoset and matzah ball soup. No need to fear - our Seder Mavens are here! 

Judaism praises hospitality to strangers and guests based largely on the examples of Abraham and Lot in the Book of Genesis. The practice is called hachnasat orchim, or "welcoming guests". 

If you're still nervous about making a seder or would like to be matched with another Temple family's seder, go here - " Worship/Passover", and click on " I'd like to be invited to a seder" and we'll find a seder for you to attend. If you have space at your home seder for someone to join, click on " We have space at our seder". Just fill out the forms and we'll play
Yenta the matchmaker for a Passover seder.
Eva Hesse
Sunday, March 26, 2:00 pm
Meinders Auditorium at OCU
NW 27th & McKinley Ave

The Oklahoma City University Film Institute's documentary series will open its 19th year at 2:00 pm March 26, with Marcie Begleiter's new film "Eva Hesse" in the Kerr McGee Auditorium of Meinders School of Business. The school is located at N.W. 27th Street and McKinley Avenue.

"Eva Hesse" follows the famed German-born, Jewish American artist at the close of the 1960s as she crests the wave of a swiftly rising career. One of the few women recognized as central to the New York art scene, her work was finally receiving both the critical and commercial attention. Dying of a brain tumor in 1970 at age 34, she had a mere decade-long career that, despite its brevity, is dense with complex, intriguing works that defy easy categorization.
Brotherhood Work Day 
Sunday, April 2, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Please plan to join us for our first annual workday at the Temple as we join together to help our staff with some projects that need our expertise.
Mark Bennett, our buildings and grounds chair, Rick Gratch, our administrator, and Larry Hardwick, our custodial supervisor have selected the work areas below and will be leading us:
clean and polish brass Ark doors;  p aint parking lot bumper blocks;  s ort and store Temple blue prints in fire resistant room;  m aintenance work on chairs is G/G Hall;  m oving of old wood by sheds to the dumpster;  c leaning backs of pews with Murphy soap and apply furniture polish;
cut trees around the chiller;  m ake new sand bags and store in boiler room;  f ix pictures in upstairs hallway education wing;  c lean supply vents
To assist us in planning PLEASE RSVP to
1. Let me know if you can participate
2. If so, do you have specific jobs you would like to work on
3. Will you be staying for the FREE lunch. (Yes, there is such a thing)

Friday, March 10
    7:00 pm Shabbat Worship led by Rabbi Harris & Zemer Sweenie
Saturday, March 11
  6:00 pm Purim Masquerade Party
Sunday, March 12

 10:00 am
 10:00 am
  2:00 pm
  3:00 pm
  4:30 pm
ICSS - Not Today! Spring Break
Purim Carnival for Families
Basket Ballers / Boat Builders
Beginning Hebrew
Hebrew II
Adult Choir
Monday, March 13
Tuesday, March 14
 12:00 pm Chi Gong

 Wednesday, March 15
  4:00 pm
  6:00 pm
  6:00 pm
  6:45 pm
Hebrew School
Board of Trustees Meeting
Youth Choir
Adult Guitar
Thursday, March 16
12:00 pm Lunch & Learn
Friday, March 17
    7:00 pm Shabbat Worship led by Rabbi Harris & Zemer Sweenie
Saturday, March 18
 10:30 am Tot Shabbat