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Tikkun Leil Shavuot

Saturday, June 4th, 8:00 PM – Midnight. In-person. One of the most famous traditions of Shavuot is to dedicate a night of study to prepare ourselves to receive Torah again. This is called a Tikkun, an enhancement, an upgrade on our spiritual software to be better partners with God in creating a better world. Amazing speakers, teachers, musicians, and food! Stay tuned for more information about it soon.

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Sisterhood Meeting

Sunday, May 22nd, 11:00 AM. In-person and online. Join us to discuss the future of the sisterhood! More than 30 people recently responded to our survey about potential interest in the Etz Hayim Sisterhood, with ideas on its future name and scope. Come to a kick off meeting in the library upstairs to help select events and begin planning its future. Please register to get the Zoom link if you prefer to attend remotely.

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Omer Learning: Day 33: About Shemitah

The Count Tonight we count the following day of the Omer: Today is 33 days, which is 4 weeks and 5 days of the Omer See: The blessings and procedure for counting the Omer. Today’s Learning The…

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Spring Membership Meeting

Sunday, May 15th, 10:15 AM. In-person and online. Get updates. Get involved. Join us for our state of the congregation meeting to hear from synagogue leadership and committees. There will be plenty of time for Q&A. It is time for the election of our Board of Directors for 2022-2023. Pre-registration is required in order to vote, whether you are coming in-person or joining online. Each member participating must sign up to vote with an individual email address. The registration deadline is Friday, May 13th at 12:00pm. Zoom information is provided upon registration.

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The Jews of Tin Pan Alley

Saturday, May 14th, 2022, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM. In-person. An exploration of the lives and music of celebrated Jewish songwriters, whose achievements would come to dominate that body of work known as the "Great American Songbook.” We’ll discuss the lives, careers, and music of such luminaries as the Brothers Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, Harold Arlen, and more. Live performances from Seth Kibel will make this program as exciting as the music itself.

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Tenement Museum Virtual Tour

Monday, May 9, 2022, 6:30 - 7:30 PM. Online. Step back in time with a tour of the Tenement Museum on New York’s Lower East Side. Learn the story of the Rogarschevsky family, a Lithuanian Jewish family who lived in the Museum’s building in the early 1910s. This is the final event in this year's Book Club, which focused on the Jewish immigrant experience in New York City’s Lower East Side.

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Spirits Tasting Recap

We learned the difference between “whiskey” (used in the US and Ireland) and “whisky” (used in Canada and Scotland) as 21 of us joined Brett Drucker on Sunday, April 24th to gain some knowledge about whisk(e)y and taste a bourbon, a rye, a malted scotch, and a peated scotch. It was a great inauguration of the bar cart donated by Jeanne and John Howard (see it going forward after Shabbat services).

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Yom Ha’Shoah Commemoration: Testimony from Peter Gorog

Sunday, May 1, 10:30 AM. Online. Yom Ha’Shoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) falls on April 28, 2022. The full name of the day commemorating the victims of the Holocaust is “Yom Ha’Shoah Ve-Hagevurah”— literally the “Day of (Remembrance of) the Holocaust and the Heroism.” Our students are fortunate to still have the opportunity to hear stories of survival directly from Holocaust survivors. This year we have two opportunities for them to participate. The second testimony will be given by Peter Gorog, who was born in Budapest, Hungary, in 1941. He survived the Budapest ghetto. This session will be attended by 5th through 7th graders in the Religious School, but all are welcome.

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Torah Repair Event Recap

Last Sunday, we welcomed soferet Alexandra Casser into our Sanctuary where we joined her in the process of writing a Sefer Torah. It was a blast! “Thank you all for your generosity and for making Sunday’s event a great success! For those of you who were able to come in person, I hope you enjoyed the experience of helping to repair our Torah while learning a bit about the process from our Soferet. It was great seeing so many of you there.” -Dan Rosman, VP of Fundraising

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Community Torah Repair Fundraiser

Sunday, May 1, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM. In-person. A Sefer Torah is delicate and precious. While we take care of it well, sometimes we need to fix a letter here and there. This is an opportunity to fulfill the Mitzvah (commandment) of writing a Sefer Torah, by writing one letter with a soferet (Torah scribe). We want to invite you and your family to this unique opportunity to help our community and engage in the experience of writing a Sefer Torah. Each family will have a dedicated time slot with the soferet to help her fix one letter.

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Omer Learning: Day 13: About Shemitah

The Count Tonight we count the following day of the Omer: Today is 13 days, which is 1 week and 6 days of the Omer See: The blessings and procedure for counting the Omer. Today’s Learning The…

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Yom Ha’Shoah Commemoration: Testimony from Ruth Cohen

Tuesday, April 26, 7:00 PM. Online. Yom Ha’Shoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) falls on April 28, 2022. The full name of the day commemorating the victims of the Holocaust is “Yom Ha’Shoah Ve-Hagevurah”— literally the “Day of (Remembrance of) the Holocaust and the Heroism.” Our students are fortunate to still have the opportunity to hear stories of survival directly from Holocaust survivors. This year we have two opportunities for them to participate. The first testimony will be given by Ruth Cohen, who was born in Mukacevo, Czechoslovakia, in 1930. She is a survivor of Auschwitz and other camps. This session will be attended by 8th and 9th graders in the Religious School, but all are welcome.

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Tefillin Wrapping Workshop Recap

On April 24, Kitah Hey - Kitah Zayin students (5th - 7th Grades) learned about the mitzvah of tefillin. Rav Natan taught them about the values of coherency (alignment of actions, emotions and thoughts), tradition, and divine partnership. Morah CJ, Morah Amanda and Moreh Jacob led discussions and games to help the students learn and share their thoughts. Students also built jumbo tefillin and then learned to wrap their own. Yasher Koach to all!

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Torah Study with Rabbi Bash

Tuesday, April 5, 2022, 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM. Online Join CEH Rabbi Emeritus Marvin Bash for a siyum (completion) of the Book of Exodus and begin studying the Holiness Code in Leviticus. This is an ongoing series. Future sessions may meet in person.

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Spirits Tasting and Bar Cart Dedication

Sunday, April 24, 7:00 PM. Help us inaugurate CEH's new bar cart by joining us for a spirits tasting with Brett Drucker (who led our successful wine tasting earlier this year). Taste several spirits, which may include scotch, bourbon & rye, and learn about the manufacturing processes. Thank you to John & Jeanne Howard for donating the bar cart!

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Omer Learning: Day 7: About Shemitah

The Count Tonight we count the following day of the Omer: Today is 7 days, which is 1 week of the Omer See: The blessings and procedure for counting the Omer. Today’s Learning The topic of today’s…

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Omer Learning: Day 5: Assisting Animals

The Count Tonight we count the following day of the Omer: Today is 5 days of the Omer See: The blessings and procedure for counting the Omer. Today’s Learning The topic of today’s learning is Assisting Animals.…

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