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RABBI’S REFLECTIONS “Celebrating, Remembering and Learning Together” There are many different kinds of Jews, and many ways to feel a connection to the Jewish community. Synagogue affiliation remains at the center of the Jewish experience, with shuls as the primary and traditional venue for learning, prayer and social connection. But synagogues are not the only path into Judaism. The study of Jewish languages, social action activities on behalf of the disadvantaged and the Jewish holiday cycle are all ways to feel a part and to forge new relationships with God and with other Jews. And, as we conclude Pesakh and look ahead in anticipation to the next biblical festival, Shavuot, we should also take note of the holidays that occur between the two, as well as the opportunities that they provide to come together as a unified Jewish community. First, Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) falls on Sunday April 7. Once again, Congregation Beth Judea will be taking part in memorializing the victims of the Shoah and honoring its survivors at a community service, held this year at Temple Chai on the evening of the 7th. A joint children’s choir will sing ‘Eli Eli,’ survivors from Beth Judea, Temple Chai and Congregation Beth Am will speak, and we will pay tribute together to both those who died during, and those who lived through, the Shoah. Yom haZikaron falls on April 14 this year, on which we honor the sacrifice of those who have given their lives so that the nation of Israel could survive and thrive, and the very next day our mourning turns to gladness as we recognize Yom HaAtzma’ut, Israel’s Independence Day.

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IN THIS ISSUE Rabbi’s Reflections …………………………………..….1 Passover ….………………………………………………2 Bar Mitzvah Bio ………………………………………….3 Special Events and Notices …………………………… 4 Community Yom HaShoah Svc at Temple Chai…. Caregiver Support Group Healing Heart – Loss of a Spouse Suicide Prevention Educational Prog. JUF Speaker, Dr. Steven Nassitir Rabbi Lifshitz’s Book Signing …………………………. 6 Education ..……………………………………………... 7 Focus on Families ……………………………………… 8 Calendar Art Contest …………………………………. 9 Youth ……………………………………………………. 10 Sisterhood……………………………………………….. 11 Z’Havah ………………………………………………..... 11 Mitzvah Mall …………………………………………….. 12 Torah Readers …………………………………………. 12 Men’s Club ……………………………………………… 12 SHALVA ………………………………………………… 13 Adult Education ………………………………………… 14 Social Action…………………………..………………… 17 BJE ……………………………………………………… 17 Goodman Blog (Part 14) ……………………………... 18 Bikur Cholim …………………………………………….. 22 College Connections ……………….………………… 22 Community Connections ……………………………… 22 Sisterhood Gift Shop ………………………………….. 22 Birthdays and Anniversaries ………………………….. 26 Yahrzeits……………………………………………….… 27 Tributes……………………………………………….…. 30 Calendar ………….…………………………..……..….. 31 Index of Flyers and Advertisers……………….……… 32

BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES Shabbat Prayers April 5, 2013 – 7:30 pm Those who celebrate birthdays and anniversaries during the month of April will be recognized at our service on April 5th. Our worship will begin at 7:30 pm and will conclude by 8:15 pm. Children of every age are welcome!

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The Word - April 2013  

The Word, Congregation Beth Judea, 2013

The Word - April 2013  

The Word, Congregation Beth Judea, 2013

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