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22 Adar II - 22 Nisan April 2016

Cantor Ruth Berman Harris Our Own Personal Mitzrayim Our tradition reminds us that the essence of Pesach is to free ourselves from chametz, leavened pro du c t s . P hy s i c a l ly speaking, we don’t eat bread, pasta and/or any other yeast products for eight days. But what about our spiritual chametz? The one that represents our ego, the “puffed up” side of ourselves? I would call that chametz the “chametz of the soul.” That chametz is tied up to our mitzrayim, our Egypt, a narrow place that we desperately need to leave from this year; and also, what about the areas in our world that are still enslaved? This year, during our eight days of Pesach, whether here at shul, in services, or at the Seder table: • Take a moment to go through each station of the Seder and sing and hum the melodies, inviting the generations that came before you to join you. • Focus on the areas of your life that enslave you, that keep you from reaching your fullest potential to be able to become the best version of yourself. The whole point of the Seder is to “re-live” the Exodus, to go from that

narrow place to a wider and freer one. • Tell the story to your children and grandchildren, that story and your story! • Ta l k a b o u t t h e narrowness that you feel in your life and in this world; and invite your guests, your children and yourself into the conversation. • Eat matzah and taste the maror, and work hard to identify yourself with the Exodus and relate to it. That’s why we have a Seder! • And finally, allow yourself to be inspired by our traditions so you can commit to action, and by doing so, set up an example for those around you and be proud of who you are becoming. As we celebrate this Pesach, may it bring liberation, redemption and freedom to us, our community, our nation, Israel and our world. This year we are slaves, next year let us be free. This year we are here, next year may we be in a Jerusalem of peace. Chag Sameach, A Zissen Pesach, Happy Passover! Cantor Ruth

PJTC Board Of Directors Report March 28, 2016 Meeting Sandy Hartford and Noah Golden-Krasner, co-chairs of the Rabbi Search Committee, reviewed the rabbi selection process and reported that the committee voted unanimously to recommend Rabbi Noam Raucher. The board then voted unanimously to begin contract negotiations with Rabbi Raucher who was contacted immediately after the meeting and agreed to begin the process. The next board meeting, the first meeting of the new board, is set for Monday evening, April 25 at 7:30 PM. Respectfully submitted by Jeff Landau.

Services Minyan Services are held every Sunday in Knell Chapel, beginning at 9:00 AM. April 1/2

Parashat: Shemini

Tot Shabbat 6:45 PM Knell Chapel Services Led by USY Eveyone Welcome! Fri. Shabbat Service 7:30 PM Social Hall Oneg hosted by USY Torah Study 9:00 AM Lounge Services Led by USY Everyone Welcome! Shabbat Services 9:30 AM Galpert Sanctuary Kiddush hosted by USY April 8/9

Parashat: Tazria

Whitman Dinner and Board Installation Dinner 6:00 PM Social Hall Fri. Shabbat Service 7:30 PM Galpert Sanctuary (Babysitting available) Oneg hosted by the Temple Board Torah Study 9:00 AM Lounge Shabbat Service 9:30 AM Social Hall Kiddush hosted by Shabbes Minyan Group April 15/16

Parashat: Metsora

3rd-5th Grade Shabbat Program 6:30 PM Katz Terrace Fri. Shabbat Service 7:30 PM Social Hall Oneg hosted by Sisterhood Torah Study 9:00 AM Lounge Shabbat Service 9:30 AM Social Hall Knell Minyan 9:30 AM Knell Chapel Kiddush hosted by Shabbes Minyan Group April 22/23

Parashat: Pesach

No Services First Seder Shabbat Pesach Service 9:00 AM Social Hall Community Seder 7:00 PM Social Hall April 29/30

Parashat: Deuteronomy

Pesach Service 9:00 AM Social Hall Fri. Shabbat Service 7:30 PM Social Hall Oneg hosted by Sisterhood Shabbat Pesach Service (Yizkor) 9:00 AM Social Hall Kiddush hosted by Linda and Elliott Mazur in memory of his father Marvin Mazur

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