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RABBI’S REFLECTIONS

IN THIS ISSUE

“A Tradition in Constant Transition” Having recently returned from a wonderful Israel trip, I want to share a few highlights, as well as continue our study of Torah that we began this fall. Let’s first follow up on last month’s overview of Bereshit (Genesis) by reviewing the content of the Torah’s second book, Shemot (Exodus). Its first parsha, also called Shemot, describes the Israelites' enslavement in Egypt, God’s call to Moses to lead them out, and the initial confrontation of Moses and Pharaoh. In parshat Va’era, Moses continues to plead with Pharoah and the plagues begin. They continue in parshat Bo, culminating in the death of the firstborn throughout Egypt and the Israelites’ hurried exit from bondage. Pharaoh’s chariots pursue the people in parshat Beshallakh, but the Israelites escape safely through the split Sea of Reeds, which then drowns the Egyptians. Manna falls for the people to eat each day of their journey. In parshat Yitro, the judicial system is established, and the people receive the law at the foot of Mt. Sinai. Many more laws are promulgated in parshat Mishpatim, and in parshat Terumah, God commands the creation of the furnishings of the mishkan, the portable tabernacle that the people will take with them during their wanderings. Parshat Tetzaveh details the garb the Kohanim wore for their service in the mishkan, as well as purification rites for the people. Ki Tisa records the creation of the Golden Calf, the punishment for that sin, and the creation of a second set of tablets of the law. In parshat Vayakhel and parshat Pekudei the Torah provides more description of the mishkan, its furnishings and the clothing of the Kohanim. (continued next page)

Rabbi’s Reflections ………………………………..….1 Join Rabbi Pivo for Dinner and Conversation......... 2 Membership Ice Cream Social.............................. 2 Group Discussion Volunteers Needed .................. 3 Hebrew Literacy I Graduates/New Torah Covers .. 3 Hanukkah Message from Rabbi Pivo .................... 4 Hanukkah Shabbat Dinner ................................... 5 Notes from the Cantor .......................................... 5 President’s Message ............................................ 6 B’Nai Mitzvah Bios................................................ 7 Life in Israel – The Goodman’s Blog .................... 8 Social Action ....................................................... 9 Divorce Support Group ......................................... 9 Israel Committee - AIPAC Policy Conference ...... 9 Focus on Families ............................................... 10 Religious School ................................................... 11 Youth ................................................................... 13 Adult Education …………………….……….……...…15 Hanukkah Bazaar/Sisterhood Gift Shop .............. 18 Sisterhood ............................................................ 19 Men’s Club ........................................................... 20 We Want Your Programming Ideas ..................... 23 Purim Masquerade .............................................. 24 Hesed Committee ................................................ 25 Birthdays and Anniversaries ………………………….. 27 Yahrzeits……………………………………………….… 29 Tributes……………………………………………….….31

BIRTHDAYS AND ANNIVERSARIES Shabbat Prayers December 5, 2014 – 7:30 pm Those who celebrate birthdays and anniversaries during the month of December will be recognized at our service on December 5th. Our worship will begin at 7:30 pm. Children of every age are welcome!

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