OK, it's not really March Madness...
but it is a leap year, ADAR II, and Purim is around the corner, so some madness is in order. Mainly though, we want to highlight some community programs and initiatives from some of our partners this month. Read on... and

In the meanwhile, please follow our Israel Matters bulletins which contain reports from our Mission
, and save the date, April 7, 10am for our Presidents Leadership Forum. Registration link and details to follow soon.
Jewish Climate Conference: The Task Is Great, The Time Is Short
March 24, 2019 12:30-7:30pm
Temple Reyim
1860 Washington St.
Auburndale, MA 02466

This half-day conference brings the Jewish community together to explore surmounting challenges and mobilizing communities to act. Learn actions for individuals and congregations to take on the path forward in the coming years. Build connections. Learn from and with experts and leaders. Themes include: Sustainable Synagogues, Systemic Change Advocacy, Spirituality and Psychology, Food and Ecosystems, The Arts, Food Making, and Path for the Next 12 Years. A plenary session on "How Do We Engage Our Congregations in Climate Action?" will equip us to move forward.

March 2019 Oneinforty Symposium
Knowledge is Empowering
                                                    Understanding the Jewish -                                                                Cancer Connection
                                                           March 14, 2019 7:45-9:15pm
                                                           Temple Emanuel
                                                           385 Ward St.
                                                           Newton, MA 02459

Join us to learn from experts about Ashkenazi Jews' one-in-forty risk of inheriting a BRCA gene mutation. Having a BRCA gene mutation significantly increases one's risk of developing breast, ovarian, prostate and other cancers.

Israel Election 2019: A Community Briefing
March 18, 2019 7:30pm
Back Bay Events Center
180 Berkeley St.
Boston, MA 02116

Join us for a community briefing with Shmuel Rosner, Senior Fellow at the Jewish People Policy Institute, Senior Political Editor at LA's The Jewish Journal, and contributing opinion writer to The New York Times.

Jewish Mystical Insights for Contemporary Life
Alternative Realities: Purim & the Possibility of Transformation
 March 18, 2019 8:00-10:30pm
 Merkaz IAC
 1320 Centre St.
 Newton, MA 02459

Join us for a special study for Purim sponsored by IAC Boston, Hebrew College and Lomdim Torah Together.

Annual Matanot L'Evyonim (Gifts to the Poor)
Purim Collection and Distribution

The mitzvah of matanot l'Evyonim requires Jewish people of all ages to give over and above customary tzedakah to at least two people in need on the day of Purim.

Donate by 11:00am on March 20, 2019

Give through your local congregation or donate online: 

ReelAbilities 2019
Featuring the film,
Bottom Dollars
March 27, 2019 6:30pm
Riemer Goldstein Theater
Leventhal-Sidman Center
333 Nahanton St.
Newton, MA 02459

Doors open at 6:30pm. Film begins at 7:00pm following a short introduction. Runtime is 55 minutes. A panel discussion will follow. Free and open to all. Recommended for ages 17+. Seating is open and accessible seats are available. For assistance, contact Janis Robbins or Liz Offen (646-628-7003).

The 1938 Fair Labor Standards Act created the revolutionary workers' rights protection: the minimum wage. Yet as the film uncovers, Section 14(c) still provides a terrible and abusive exemption that allows employers to pay "special minimum wages"-wages less than the Federal minimum wage-"to workers who have disabilities."

For more information, contact Janis Robbins or Ilana Kruger, or visit https://reelabilities.org/boston/film/2032-2/
617-244-6506 | info@synagoguecouncil.org