A Message from Our Rabbi
February 17, 2021

The Torah devotes one chapter to its account of the creation of the universe, three chapters to its description of the revelation at Mount Sinai, and eleven chapters to the story of the Exodus. In contrast, no less than thirteen chapters are devoted to the making of the Mishkan (Tabernacle). It is obvious that there is a lesson here…but what is it? The verse, “V’asu li mikdash, v’shachanti b’tocham – And they shall make for Me a sanctuary, and I will dwell among them,” however, is a clarion call for bringing God’s presence into our midst. So just what is expected of us?

The name of our Torah portion this week is Terumah, which is translated as “gift” or “offering.” What are we responsible for giving? How do we receive what is given to us? What offerings do we bring to our community?

Cantor Harrison and I look forward to joining with you for Kabbalat Shabbat this Friday evening at 6:30 pm. (Zoom; click HERE for our Shabbat siddur)

Shabbat morning, Rabbi Address will lead Torah Study at 9:00 am, followed by our Spice Up Your Judaism session at 10:15 am focusing on the topic of “Israel as Homeland or Heartland: The Challenges of Liberal Jewish Allegiance in the 21st Century." (Zoom, for both study sessions.)

And, mark your calendars for NEXT Thursday and Friday evenings as we celebrate Purim M’kor Shalom style - with music, fun, laughs, costumes, lots of singing, and our shpiel! Thursday evening, February 25, we will watch our Purim Shpiel together, beginning at 7:00 pm (YouTube premiere). Friday evening, February 26, we’ll hold our traditional Purim “Dis-Service” as we celebrate Shabbat Mishpacha together at 6:30 pm! (Zoom)

A fun-for-all-ages holiday and Shabbat service all rolled into one! Everyone (children AND adults) are welcome to dress up (Cantor Harrison, Cantor Hochman, Morah Jill, and I already have our costumes ready!), and have a noise-maker handy!


Rabbi Jennifer L. Frenkel