WEEKLY NEWS - Feb. 23, 2021
PHYSICALLY APART.
HUMANISTICALLY TOGETHER.
Office Hours
(Suspended For Now):

*Monday/Friday 
9:30am-2pm
*Tuesday-Thursday
10am-3pm

248.477.1410
Published on Tuesdays.
Deadline for submissions: Mondays at noon.
Scroll down for Rabbi Falick's altogether unserious commentary:
PURIM TIME IS HERE!
THIS FRIDAY AT 6PM
(or anytime after that)
You can also watch and share the Purimspiel at this link.
NEXT BOOK CLUB SELECTION

Dancing with the Enemy:
The Gripping Story of the Jewish Dance Instructor Who Survived Auschwitz by Teaching Dance to the Nazis

by Paul Glaser
Join us on Sunday, April 11 at 2pm when Prof. Fran Shor will lead us in a discussion of this fascinating true story by Paul Glaser, who was an adult when he learned the truth about his Jewish heritage. Raised in a devout Roman Catholic home in the Netherlands, he had never known his father was Jewish and that their family had suffered great losses during the World War II. When Paul inquired, his father refused to provide details about the war, the camps, and especially Rosie, Paul’s estranged aunt ... a dancer who survived Auschwitz.

You can purchase your copy at Amazon HERE.
PASSOVER IS COMING!

SEDER-IN-A-BOX
(and on YouTube)

We knew it might take more than a year to get things back to normal and we were right ... but with any luck FREEDOM is around the corner ... next Passover anyway.

While we wait for freedom, this year we will once again present our second night seder on YouTube and provide a catered "Seder in a Box" (for one or both nights) with curbside delivery.

Watch for details soon!
with Rabbi Falick
Concludes TONIGHT, Feb. 23, at 7pm:
"American Jewish History Pt. 2 / Israel & Zionism"
NEXT MEETING: SAT., MARCH 6, 11:15AM
LINK TBA
WINTER MITZVAH (N.O.A.H. FEEDING CTR.)
PANDEMIC VERSION ... A HUGE SUCCESS!
📣THANKYOU to all the generous volunteers who made this year's Winter Mitzvah another BIG success. We did not let that annoying pandemic keep us from our annual effort. We know tikkun olam is needed more than ever.

Sandwich donors: Julie of Cafe Clare made 400 sandwiches charging only for ingredients --her labor was donated: What a star: WOW!!! Sheila Glass added 20 more sandwiches; yum! These people donated dessert portions: Carolyn Arking, Dorit Ben-Gal, Elaine Fieldman, Edna Freier, Carol Goldsmith, Erin Hendriks, Ruth Kadish, Sandie Landau, Arthur Lieberman, Mark and Susan lipson, Barbara Logan, Harriet Maza, Marcia Mumbrue, Rachel Raimi, Ron Saja. We had lots and lots of dessert portions--estimate: between 600 and 700, all of which will be enjoyed by N.O.A.H patrons. These people were the drivers on-call: Rene Lichtman, George Lowe, Marcia Mumbrue, Rachel Raimi. Amanda Rosman. As it turned out, thanks to cars with lots of space, we needed just Rene, Marcia and Amanda, but VERY MUCH appreciate the willingness of all 5. Suzie Friedman helped in a myriad of ways, and Ann-Marie, as usual, provided many hours of efficient, skilled, patient effort. Financial donations from: Sandy Altman, Kate Ben-Ami, Karen and Frank Burk, and Ned & Elisa Greenberg were added to the money raised by our Souper Supper to fund our project.

Along with the sandwiches and desserts, the SJC donated to N.O.A.H. toiletry packets, condiments, clear face shields, hats, coats AND a $500 Kroger's gift card and $500 check!
BT'S "FREE LITTLE FOOD PANTRY"
BT has installed a "Free Little Food Pantry" for those in need. We will need donations of non-perishables to keep it filled.

WE NEED FOOD DONATIONS!

NO PASTA FOR NOW!

WE ESPECIALLY NEED:

  • PERSONAL CARE / HYGIENE
  • HAND SOAP
  • CLEANING PRODUCTS
  • CEREAL
  • SPICES
  • PAPER PRODUCTS

ALSO: canned tuna & chicken * proteins / grains * canned fruits & vegetables * soups / sauces / condiments * breakfast items * snacks

You're likely to find the pantry full, but please be aware that Items ARE being taken and then replenished from supplies kept inside the Temple building.

Contact Audrey (audreypleasant@gmail.com) for more details.
UPDATES & UPCOMING!
** IMMIGRATION:

Zooming In: Perspectives on the Global Jewish Movement for Refugees (Webinar by HIAS)
Sunday, March 7, 1:30pm

Join HIAS for an afternoon conversation with HIAS experts about how global Jewish organizations are working in collaboration with Jewish communities in Europe, Canada, Latin America, and the United States in support of and in solidarity with displaced people, and explore how the emergent global Jewish movement for refugees is evolving.



** REPRODUCTIVE RIGHTS:

Natl. Abortion Rights Action League (NARAL): Disinformation Training w/ Rep. Padma Kuppa (Michigan House of Reps.)

Hear NARAL Pro-Choice America and special guest State Rep. Padma Kuppa (HD-41) present an in-depth training on disinformation surrounding reproductive freedom. 

In today’s polarizing culture, it is critical that we sharpen our skills to identify far-right extremist attacks on reproductive freedom and make the truth known: Reproductive Freedom is for EVERY BODY. The anti-choice movement knows they can’t win on the merits, so they’ve been pioneers in building the disinformation landscape we’re all dealing with today. Learn what disinformation is, how to identify it, and how to respond to it in our everyday lives. 

Contact Audrey (audreypleasant@gmail.com) to learn how you can help with these causes!
TOILETRIES / WINTER WEAR COLLECTION
We are continuing to collect toiletries and winter wear: warm socks, hats, scarves, mittens, and other items. (There is a collection box at the east side door of the Temple. Especially for large donations, you may want to let office know they will be arriving so someone will bring them inside.)
JOIN THE SOCIAL JUSTICE MAILING LIST!
Sign up for the Social Justice Committee email list for information about what's happening at BT and beyond. Meeting agenda and copy of the monthly report to the board is emailed to all list members. Send your request to audreypleasant@gmail.com.
PURIM TIME IS HERE!
Last year our annual Purim Party was the very last time we came together in person before our subsequent punishment by Yahweh for all the misbehavior we engaged in.

Despite our pleas and many sacrifices of bullocks and shearlings (the Meeting Room is going to require some very heavy cleaning) we are still in this pandemic. (And yes, we also offered some of those sacrifices to Pan, but it turns out that, despite the name, he is unconnected to this whole business.)

On a serious note (which is forbidden by Jewish law at this time of year but what do we heretics care about that) it's been a tough time for all and we could use a little levity right about now. Purim, as usual, arrives right on time for that.

This year we're taking the whole holiday online Friday night with the World Premiere of "The Shushan Files."

For the very first time in human history, you'll hear the story as the participants lived it. Countless hours of interviews have been distilled to the approximate 14-minute attention span of the Average American for your edification and education and other things that start with an "E."

YOU CAN WATCH THE WORLD PREMIERE OF "THE SHUSHAN FILES" THIS FRIDAY AT THE SHABBAT THING WE DO EVERY WEEK ON YOUTUBE THAT YOU SHOULD BE WATCHING ANYWAY! (The whole weekly Shabbat "live streams" at 6pm each week and is then left on YouTube for my descendants' descendants to watch and marvel at how they could possibly have descended from me.)

"The Shushan Files" will also be posted separately to YouTube in case you want to watch it separately, over and over again, in order to appreciate its perceptive insights into the familiar Purim tale and share them with your friends who don't think that we Humanistic Jews have ever even heard of Purim. (You HAVE heard of it, right???!!!)

THE DETAILS AND AN EXCESSIVE NUMBER OF LINKS ARE ALL ABOVE!

SEE YOU THEN!
In the meantime, please enjoy this annual favorite which absolutely no one requested ...

"How the Mintz Stole Purim"
(with apologies to Dr. Seuss)

Every Jew down in Jew-ville liked Purim a lot.
But the Mintz who lived just south of Jew-ville did not.

The Mintz hated Purim! The whole Purim season.
And we know just why. Exactly the reason.

His hero was Haman. He hated Queen Esther.
Every year he would frown and his Purim-hate fester.

“They’re baking their Hamantasch, adding jam with a schmear.
Tomorrow is Purim. It’s practically here!”

Then the Jews, young and old, would sit down to their feast.
They'd nosh Hamantaschen baked with poppies and yeast.

And then they’d do something he liked least of all.
They’d read the Megillah to the tall and the small.

And the more the Mintz thought of this huge Haman-bash,
The more the Mintz thought, “This year Purim I’ll crash.”

“I will break all their groggers, their hats and their masks.
This Purim season will be the Jews’ last.”

Then he grabbed some old sacks from the Carnegie Deli,
To filch Purim feast with its Hamantash jelly.

And he snatched all the groggers, the masks and the hats,
And said, “This year’s Purim will for sure be their last!”

“When the Jews all wake up, and their Purim is gone,
Then good ol' Haman will finally have won!”

But when the Jews woke, there was laughter, not tears,
As if Mordechai and Esther had allayed all their fears.

And they read the Megillah, and they sang all their songs.
And Purim day came, just the same, for the throngs.

And the Mintz was astonished, asking, “How could this be?
They didn’t fear Haman and they didn’t fear me!”

And the Mintz’s small heart grew three sizes that day
As he realized Purim would not go away.

And the minute his heart didn't noodge him with "OY,"
The Mintz understood Purim's meaning is ... JOY!
ZOOM REQUIRES A PASSWORD!
The password was sent under separate cover. Please contact rabbi@birminghamtemple.org if you need it.
ONGOING CLASSES / PROGRAMS

RABBI FALICK'S SATURDAY CLASS ("REBBE'S TISCH")
Join him for a historical look at Jewish texts throughout the ages.
ONLINE @ 10AM, SATURDAYS
Dial-in Meeting ID: 759 671 597

"NEWS FOR JEWS & HUMANISTS TOO"
A weekly discussion of Jewish (and Humanistic-related) current events with Rabbi Falick
ONLINE @ NOON, MONDAYS
Dial-in Meeting ID: 214 102 965

JEWISH HISTORY CLASS WITH NATAN FUCHS
"From Roman rule to the Great Exile: How Judaism Became Centered in the Diaspora"
ONLINE @ 10:30am, SUNDAYS
Dial-in Meeting ID: 840 703 07256

SOCRATES CAFE
On Zoom!
ONLINE @ 10:30AM, EVERY TUESDAY!
Dial-In Meeting ID: 182 488 428
*REFU'AH SHLEIMAH (SPEEDY RECOVERY)
Best Wishes for a Speedy Recovery to:

Julie Eliason, Karen Tremper Harris, Myron Tink, Peter Schweitzer

Please inform us if you know that someone is ill or in need.
*ONGOING CLASSES & PROGRAMS
ADULT CLASSES
See above for what we're doing online!

YOGA
Suspended for now.

ONLINE VIDEOS OF PROGRAMS & CLASSES
Visit LibrarySHJ.com for videos of classes, lectures, and more!
*THIS WEEK'S CARTOON
By Marilyn Rowens
*BT COMMUNITY SHARING
MAZEL TOV TO MARK LIPSON ON THE UPCOMING RELEASE OF HIS JAZZ ALBUM: "POINT OF ARRIVAL"
This new work was composed entirely by Mark and performed by an incredible ensemble including Mark himself on percussion. You can listen to one of the tracks and pre-order his album now!

Enjoy great music and support one of our very own members!

PIANO LESSONS WITH EZRA DONNER

BT Music Director Ezra Donner is offering piano lessons!

Ezra writes: "Students between the ages of 8-12 usually do very well with piano in my experience, and older and younger students and adults are welcome as well."
Lessons begin at $19 per half-hour and are currently offered in-person at Ezra's home studio in Ypsilanti as well as remotely on Zoom.

You can contact Ezra at pianist4486@yahoo.com.