WOOD RIVER wrjc
 JEWISH COMMUNITY
 "The Wood River Jewish Community is a gathering place that strives to perpetuate  
 Jewish tradition through worship, fellowship and learning.  Founded in 1976, we seek to provide a welcoming and caring community in the Wood River Valley
 
April 9, 2019

Our students getting ready for Passover

 TORAH PORTION OF THE WEEK
Parasha Metzora (concerning scaly afflictions)
(Leviticus 12:1-15:33)
 
  • Elaborate rituals for purification after physical & spiritual healing, including skin diseases and impurity that results from contact with discharges from sex organs.
  • Contributing to the community according to one's means
 
The text for Metzora begins with an elaborate ritual for purification. (Leviticus 14) Once this is completed, the diseased person is rendered pure and able to be brought back into the camp.

We all know people who have endured the journey of illness to health. During that illness, they can be isolated from regular life. They may be in hospital or rehab or homebound as they journey from sickness back to health. Their return to "normal life" is often unmarked by any modern ritual. But, one of the gifts that Jewish tradition gives us is a blessing that can be said by the community to literally welcome someone back to life. The blessing is the "gomel" blessing. I have seen this used by congregations to celebrate the healing or cure or return to active life of a person who has been seriously ill, or recovered from a devastating injury. The blessing is based from a time when making a journey was dangerous and when a person arrived safe, a blessing was said to give thanks for the success of the journey. As many know, that journey from illness back to health can be no less perilous and certainly deserving of praise.
 
The blessing: "Praised are You, Adonai our God, who rules the universe, granting favor even to the imperfect. Thank You God, for granting mercy to me".

This is said by the individual. Then, the community or congregation responds: "May God who has been gracious to you continue to favor you with all that is good."
 
To that, both the healing person and the community can certainly be grateful and say: Amen!
        

Rabbi Robbi

In this issue
Torah portion
Patron of the month
Shabbat service
Donations of the week
Passover
Condolences
Yarzheits
Celebration of the week
Caring Committee
Legacy
Our Board of Directors

Susan Green
President
Jami Delgado 
Vice-President
Judy Teller-Kaye  
Treasurer

Eileen Prager

Secretary

Dana Berntson
Linda Cooper
 
Ellen Fastow
Joanne Mercer
Marshall Meyer
Past President
Noa Ries
Bob Safron
Neil Siegel
Scott Rogel 
 
Rabbi Robbi Sherwin
 
 
  Claudie Goldstein
Executive Director
Director of Development

Cindy Smith
Bookkeeper

Advisory Council
Addresses
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10:00am-4:00pm

Thursday:
10:00am-4:00pm


Friday:
 10:00am-1:00pm

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A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO OUR PATRON OF THE MONTH
Marty and Mila Lyon
 
NO SHABBAT SERVICE ON FRIDAY, APRIL 12

DONATIONS OF THE WEEK
 
Honor a special occasion, express sympathy, remember a  loved one, or simply say "Thank You" with a donation to a WRJC fund of your choice.

 
JEWISH LIFE/RABBI FUNDS
Marshall and Judy Meyer
Bob and Lynda Safron
David Kaye and Judy Teller Kaye
Darryl and Taunya Hall
in memory of Cheryle Hall
Richard Smooke
Jan Aronson
Buzz and Penny Coe
Stuart and Rivian Glickman
Dana Berntson
in memory of Madalyn Henry
Bruce Green and Barry Karas 
in memory of Abe and Harriet Green and in memory of Ben and Jenette Karasick
Scott and Carol Glenn
Jerome and Judy Levy
Elliott and Joanne Mercer
in honor of Rabbi Sherwin
Larry and Marlene Samuels 
George Shapiro and Ray Ann Kremer
Bob and Bonnie Zalkowitz
Jay and Linda Cooper
Ron and Susan Green
Bob and Claudie Goldstein
Rabbi Sherwin and Mark Jordan
in honor of the birth of their grandson Clark (Yardein) Jaroszewicz
Greg and Enid Rawlings
Harriet Parker Bass
Susan Blair
Barrett and Laura Freelander
Bob Levine and Sherill Heron
Barry Peterson and Candice Rosenberg Peterson
Jonathan Schwartz and Jayme Neiman
Tom and Monique Stern
Ed and Julie Weil
Paul Wolff and Rhea Schwartz
Lenny and Phyllis Schlessinger
Josh and Rowena kleinman
Jay and Debra Platt
Lindy Cogan and Laura Hubbard
Daniel and Diane Feldman
Ronnie and Sylvia Hartman
Cynthia and Tad Piper in honor of Bunker Frank
Al and Brenda Hackel
David and Susan Weil
Michael and Juli Roos
Irv and Trudy Littman
Larry and Rebekah Helzel in memory of Leo Helzel
Eric and Tracy Kanowski

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WHERE NEEDED MOST FUNDS
Shirley Feiwell in honor of Sara Jean Cardozo's 90th Birthday

JEWIH FILM FESTIVAL
Daniel and Diane Feldman

PLEASE MAKE YOUR RESERVATION ASAP

 
RESERVATION REQUIRED
PLEASE EMAIL: claudie@wrjc.org 
or CALL 208-726-1183

Committee chair: Dana Berntson
danahenry17@gmail.com
CONDOLENCES
The Wood River Jewish Community expresses its sincere condolences to Judy Alpert and family for the passing of Sidney on April 4,2019. 

May his memory be for a blessing. 
IN APPRECIATION
Last night , SOUPER SUPPER was hosted by our young families . Thank you to Rick, Jami, DJ
and Sofia Delgado,  Keri, Ethan, Rowan Desler, Jen, Larry, Conner and Chase Schwartz, Rebecca, Dave, Caleb and Theo Bloom. 
YARZHEITS OF THE WEEK
A Yahrzeit donation allows you to honor the memory of the special people in your life. Your gift will memorialize your loved one during the anniversary of his or her passing.
 
Rena Ackerman Gettelman, Mother of Michael Gettelman
Geraldine Kalnick Feldbaum, Mother of Carl Feldbaum
Joan Feldman, Wife of William Feldman
Milton Friedlander, Fatheof Darrel Mendelsohn
Marc Oliver, Husband of Myrna Oliver
Frances S. Rypp, Mother of Joanne Firstenberg
Alvin Schlom, Father of Arthur Sloan
Robert Wilonsky, Father of Marilyn Rubin

                        CELEBRATION OF THE WEEK
ANNIVERSARY
Stan and Harriet Joseph
 
BIRTHDAYS
Dora Levin
Helen Bergenfeld
CARING COMMITTEE
Coni Foster is our April leader.
Contact: conifoster@hotmail.com
786-382-6359


LEAVING A LEGACY
To discuss leaving a legacy and providing support to our Wood River Jewish Community in perpetuity, please feel free to call 208-726-1183 or email claudie@wrjc.org to arrange a private and confidential meeting. 
If you want to know more about our organization, please contact  Claudie Goldstein, Executive Director  at claudie@wrjc.org or 208-726-1183
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