Weekly Blast  

Flint Jewish Federation--The Smart, Meaningful Way to Give!
In This Issue
Purim Celebrations
Abrahamic Tradition Dinner!


Sisterhood Shabbat 2/23 at 9:30 am.


Family Megillah Service 2/23 6:30 pm. Light supper, hamantashen and ice cream.  Wear your costumes.


Traditional Megillah Reading, Sunday February 24, 8 am.



Friday, February 22 - 7pm
Hilarious Purim service, fabulous FLRTY and young people-lead Purim shpiel, and always delicious Hamentashen Bake-Off, chaired by Kim Himelhoch.   Wear a funny costume, or at the very least, an amusing hat.  Miss our silliness-filled Purim celebration at your own risk!


TUESDAY MARCH 19, 2013 7:00pm


Full meal not included--

Just the traditional Seder ritual foods and delicious Passover Maccaroons!



810 720 9494 BY TUESDAY MARCH 12


Make checks payable to Temple Beth El 5150 Calkins Rd., Flint MI 48532 


Paper Cuttings Needed!

Do you own a papercutting that you are willing to lend?

Papercutting is a traditional Jewish artform.  The Federation is seeking papercuttings to display at the Abrahamic Traditions Dinner on March 5th.  If you are willing to lend yours please contact the office at 810 767-5922 to make arrangements.



Stop by,call, fax or mail with your payment to the Federation office 619 Wallenberg St., Flint MI 48502

(810) 767-5922

(810) 767-9024 (fax) by

March 11, 2013


Choose your size:

1" x 5"                $15

2" x 5"                $30


Eighth Page      $60

Quarter Page  $100

Half Page        $200

Full Page        $300


Choose Your Greeting:


Happy Pesach!


Wishing you and your family a Meaningful Pesach




Print your name and how you would like it to appear in the greeting.



Call 810 767-5922 or

mail your donation to

619 Wallenberg St.,

Flint Michigan, 48502

Have you included the Federation in your will?


Tuesday March 5, 6pm

Riverfront Banquet Center,

1 Riverfront Center, Flint


Plan to join us for an interesting interfaith event on Tuesday, March 5th, sponsored by the Niagara Foundation.  Members of the Flint Jewish, Christian and Muslim communities will gather for an evening of fellowship, presentations, displays devoted to strengthening ties of friendship and understanding.A delicious dinner--vegetarian, fish, or chicken will be served. There is also a strictly kosher choice available. Edward Powers, of Congregation Beth Israel will present the Jewish perspective on the topic of "Stewardship of Wealth, Health and Time."  (Last year Rabbi Companez represented the Jewish community.)  Also speaking will be the Reverend Barbara Cavin of St. Paul's Episcopal Church of Flint and Dr. Luay Alkotob of the Flint Islamic Center.


There is no charge to attend but an RSVP is required.  RSVP is by email to flint@niagarafoundation.org.


If you would like an email invitation or are interested in learning more about this event please call Executive Director (who, along with Susan will be attending.) at 810 767-5922 or email him at sclow@sbcglobal.net.



Jewish Federations Support Education for New Immigrants in Israel Jewish Federations fund programs that help immigrants transition into Israeli life. The Jewish Agency for Israel, which is supported by Jewish Federations, recently opened a new ulpan (school for Hebrew study) in the city of Ramle for young immigrants, ages 22-35, from the former Soviet Union, Hungary, Turkey and South America. The new branch of Ulpan Etzion (the original is in Jerusalem) serves 30 immigrants with academic degrees, and is a distinctive absorption program that includes five months of intensive Hebrew study, and a rich array of cultural and social activities, including tours around Israel. 



Is there someone in your family 6 months to 8 years of age who might enjoy Jewish books? Do you know of a family with such a member? The Flint Jewish Federation and members of the Tri-Cities Jewish community with help from the Ravitz Fund is bringing the PJ library to our area. Children of participating families receive a Jewish book each month, free of charge. There will be special story reading programs offered to these families, as well. Sometimes there is also a CD of Jewish music for participants. If you or someone you know would like to join the PJ Library email Susan Low at shlow@sbcglobal.net.

Do you have a photo or two to share?  Are you an aspiring writer or historian who would like to share your memories of the Flint Jewish Community?  Both the Blast and the Jewish Reporter are seeking photo essays, anecdotes,  and stories of the Federation, TBE, CBI, the Ivriah, the JCS, or your "historic" family to publish or slide shows or videos to which we can link.  Please send your article by snail or email to:  ATTN: YOJA Story Editor 619 Wallenberg St., Flint, MI 48502 or fjf@tm.net

Jewish Community Services

Direct Financial Assistance Update

For many years, JCS has been able to directly provide some emergency financial assistance to community members in need. We know that sometimes just a little financial assistance can make a significant difference in someone's life. In the past, for example, JCS could assist with medication co-pays or partial payments to prevent utility shuts off or evictions. JCS is proud to have been able to assist people with the limited funds we had available; however, decreases in funding from a variety of sources have left us without the capacity to currently provide this type of assistance.


We would welcome your donation to help us reinstate this emergency fund.


JCS is able to take your calls, discuss your needs and assist you in accessing help through other agencies. Eligibility guidelines vary by program and agency. If someone needs transportation to another agency to apply for help, JCS will do our best to schedule a ride through our local transportation services.

If you have an urgent need and we are unable to take your call, you can call Resource Genesee for information and referrals at 810-767-0500. If you call 211 on your phone, any time of day you will also be able to reach resource specialists who can refer you to appropriate community resources.