Shabbat Inspiration, Worship Schedule, and LifeCycle Notices
Friday, February 25, 2022 / 24 Adar I, 5782
Just around the corner, the Jewish community will celebrate my favorite holiday of the year, the joyful festival of Purim in which the Jews are saved from annihilation. As we do, we are acutely aware of the Russian invasion of Ukraine and pray for the safety and well-being of all Ukrainians and a speedy and peaceful resolution to this crisis. When there is a crisis of this scale, it can bring on feelings of fear and helplessness which might make us tempted to turn our backs and try to block out the painful empathy we feel for those suffering all the way across the globe from us. I believe the joy of Purim is a model of a way to experience our painful feelings without over-identifying with them.
Although the Purim celebration is festive and we are commanded to be joyful during it, the story of Purim depicts moments of intense fear and suspense. As we laugh and boo our way through this story, we are challenged to both experience empathy for the characters and maintain our own emotional boundaries. This can give us the emotional space to empathize with the challenges Esther, Mordechai, and the Jews face in the Purim story without getting overwhelmed by it. In crises such as we are facing in Ukraine, we can keep our hearts open to the suffering being experienced there by continuing to make space for joy in our lives despite pain and hardship.
We are all concerned about the Russian invasion of Ukraine. There is a vibrant Jewish community in Ukraine. In fact, Beth Emet donated a Torah scroll to a Reform congregation in Simferopol, Ukraine 20 years ago. Those wishing to support the individuals and communities within Ukraine’s Jewish population can do so through the World Union’s Ukraine Crisis Fund.

I am also looking forward to a joy-filled Purim Carnival in person for the first time in two years! Check out some ways to bring the joy of Purim into your life below:

  • Grades 4, 5, and 6 can join the Carnival on Saturday, March 12th from 7:00 pm-8:00 pm
  • Adult Purim games for parents on Saturday, March 12th from 7:00 pm-8:00 pm
  • Grades 2 and 3 can join the Carnival on Sunday, March 13th from 9:30 am-10:30 am
  • Grades K and 1 can join the Carnival on Sunday, March 13th from 11:00 am-12:00 pm
  • Ages 5 and Under can join Purim Fun For Young Families on Sunday, March 20 at 9:30 am! Sign up now!
  • We have volunteer roles available for all our high schoolers and 7 and 8 graders all weekend long! Sign up now!
Come one, come all! I can't wait to see you in person.

May this Shabbat be filled with shalom for ourselves and for our world.

Shabbat Shalom,

Sam Rose,
Director of Youth Engagement
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