Dear Friends--
Join us for connection, learning, prayer and more this week and beyond! As always, links to join all our events, upcoming minyanim, Shabbat services and more can be found on OZ's website here. Additional information about Passover services and events is available on our website here.
Passover meal pick up
If you ordered a meal for Passover, please pick it up this Friday, March 26 between 1-4pm.

If you have questions or this time no longer works for you, please contact Sarah.
Kabbalat Shabbat
Join Rabbi Amy and Cantor Steve on Friday, March 26 at 6:00pm for a joyful, instrumental Friday Night service, via zoom. Click here to join.
Shabbat Morning Services & Torah Study
Join Rabbi Amy and Cantor Steve on Saturday, March 20 at 9:15am for Shabbat Morning Services, followed by Torah Study with Rabbi Amy, via Zoom.

Community Seder with Temple Sinai
Join Ohavi Zedek Synagogue and Temple Sinai for our first night Community Seder at 5:30pm on Saturday, March 27.

Family Passover Experience
Join us on Sunday, March 28, 5pm for songs, stories, games, Passover yoga, and more with Naomi and Noa! There will be age-based breakout rooms and so this is great for all kids 0-13 and their families!

Let’s Talk Freedom – Community Seder for Teens and Adults
Join us Sunday, March 28 at 6pm as we pause and reflect with Temple Sinai on what we have learned about freedom in this past year. Combining song and Seder plate traditions with small group facilitated discussion, our symposium on freedom will focus on four questions about the nature of freedom. It will also be refreshingly concise so that you can get to your dinner. The Karpas on the Seder Plate was traditionally an appetizer, so make some fun Passover appetizers to eat at home, along with four grape-filled beverages that make you feel free, and let’s gather as a community to really talk about what it means to leave enslavement for freedom, and why we get stuck in the wilderness. 

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Post Passover Cookie Sale!
Following Passover we will enjoy chametz (leavened bread products) just a bit more as we recognize our freedom.

Join us in supporting a local business for a post-Passover cookie sale! Click here to order online and pick up your cookies at OZ on Friday, April 9 between 4-5:15pm. Orders must be placed by April 5!

10% of sales will benefit OZ!
Shalom Shuk Sign
A call for donations
The Shalom Shuk regularly collects supplies for neighbors in our communities when they let us know there is a need. Right now the Food Shelf in Burlington’s New North End needs: 
  • Children’s and adult diapers
  • Toothpaste and brushes
  • Toilet paper
  • Shampoo and soap
  • Cleaning materials
  • Pet food

To contribute, please drop off these supplies at the Shuk on Sunday-Friday between 11am-4pm. Please remember that all items must not be beyond their date of expiration. Thank you for joining with us to meet the needs in our community!

If you know of other community needs you may contact: Kay Stambler or Ducky Donath.
Save the dates: Who Was Mark Rothko?
Marcus Rothkovich, became Rothko, the famous painter of Latvian-Jewish descent (1903-1970). Linda Finkelstein will lead us through his journey from Russia to New York City, his color aesthetic and spiritual search. At each session we will both learn about Rothko and respond creatively with our own work (poem, drawing, etc.) 
  • Session 1: April 6, 7:30pm please have materials for drawing or writing such as sketch or drawing paper, pen/pencil, markers, or colored pencils. 
  • Session 2: April 13, 7:30pm: in this session we explore color, so please have watercolor or mixed media pad, paintbrushes thin and thick, and 3 colors of paint (watercolor or acrylic)  

Limit of 12 participants. Please by emailing Andie.
Beautifying your Shabbat & Holiday Table
Ikebana, the Japanese art of arranging flowers and branches can beautify your Shabbat and holiday table even if you have no special vases or other ikebana equipment! Leslie Dolin, who has been teaching Sogetsu Ikebana for over 30 years, will show you how in this 4 week class. Everything you need for this hands-on class, except perhaps for a few flowers, should be found in your house or on a walk outside. This process will bring you calm and beauty, even in difficult times. The class is limited to 8 participants, and a supply list will be sent on registration. The sessions will be Tuesdays, April 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 10:00-11:30am.

Please email Leslie to register.
A Grandparents' Conversation: Connecting during COVID
Please come and continue the conversation on Wednesday, March 31 from 1-2pm. Are you missing in-person time with your grandchildren, and wondering if there are others who understand? This is an hour-long conversation where grandparents can share experiences during COVID restrictions and be comforted by each other's listening. Co-led by Judy Chalmer, who is a grandmother, and early childhood expert, Nancy Sugarman. RSVP to Nancy.

Making Prayer Real
Do you find prayer challenging? Does Hebrew or God language get in your way while trying to pray? Do you want to deepen your prayer life?  Join us for “Making Prayer Real,” a curriculum by Rabbi Mike Comins and HUC College Commons, and taught by Rabbi Amy Small, Rabbi David Edleson and Cantor Steve Zeidenberg. 

Using interviews with Jewish leaders from a variety of movements, the course gives us the opportunity to talk openly about the challenges of prayer, while at the same time learning new ways into the prayers we have always heard in synagogue. No matter if you have lots of experience with Jewish prayer, or you are new or rusty, this is a great class to engage your spiritual life in the context of Jewish prayer.  

Next class is, Sunday, April 11, 4:00-6:00pm.
Yom HaShoah
Save the date as we honor Yom HaShoah with the Shalom Hartman Institute on Wednesday, April 7 at 7:00pm

Details forthcoming.
Yom HaShoah candle
Yom Ha'atzmaut Virtual Celebration
Join us Wednesday, April 14th at 8:00pm as we celebrate Yom Ha'atzmaut, Israel Independence Day with USCJ congregations across the country!

This event will feature music from Craig Taubman and Dganit Daddo, Israeli dancing, stories of Israel, and more.

Save the date: Sermon Swap
Rev. Elissa Johnk of the First Congregational Church and Rabbi Amy will be swapping pulpits, and attending each other’s service, as part of a decades long tradition with our communities. Save the dates: April 24 and 25.

More information forthcoming.
Singing Community
Join the Singing Community on Sunday, April 18, 5:00-5:45pm. For an opportunity to gather, to learn, and to share the songs and niggunim (wordless melodies) that help to touch our souls and lift our spirits