Throughout each month, we have many occasions on which to come together. March is no different. From our Shabbat services to our adult education sessions, from the Brotherhood to the Sisterhood, from groups to games, there is always a way to make synagogue a part of your life. This month we have an additional reason to come to synagogue: PURIM! We will join as a community on Saturday, March 11 at 6:30pm for a bit of revelry, levity, hilarity, and just some plain-old-fun. As we highly encouraged last year, we will again highly encourage everyone to come in costume. Last year we spoke about masks and that we can sometimes be our truest selves when we are theoretically anonymous. This year, we can explore the possibility of being, or at least dressing like, someone else. Stemming from medieval times, there has been a custom to dress like your opposite gender—men with dresses and women with neckties. In addition to being potentially hilarious, this act can also give each of us a little insight into another. What is it like to be in a dress? How does it feel to wear a necktie? How do other people perceive me when I look a certain way? Costumes give us the freedom to explore a range of emotions and have varied experiences that might not otherwise exist. I believe we can then take that experience and hopefully extrapolate to our daily living. We can be more cognizant regarding our treatment of other people, often based solely upon appearances. Costumes can encourage empathy—something we can all use more of. I hope to see you all in costume when we come together to celebrate Purim.
And now, for a bit of humor: Top Ten Rejected Purim Shpeil Titles
10. The Megillah Files
9. Mr. Haman's Neighborhood
8. Lethal Haman
7. Sleepless in Shushan
6. You've Got Scroll
5. My Best Friend's Wedding: A Shushan Story
4. Morderocky V
3. Shushan Don't Bother Me
2. The Queens of King (Ahasuerus) And the Number
1 Rejected Purim Shpeil Title is: Hangin' with Mr. Haman
Rabbi Rachael Jackson
As March arrives we think of Purim and hope for spring. I love the springtime because everyday there is evidence of new beginnings; from the forsythia, to the daffodils, to the tulips, on and on it goes. Of course, this year, spring may be a little confused. The daffodils were blooming in February and winter was a mild pussycat. At Agudas Israel there is no confusion. We will celebrate Purim, one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar while at the same time remembering that this holiday commemorates the salvation of the Jewish people in Persia. Joy and reflection, it happens over and over. This is who we are. So as we approach springtime, I so appreciate our ability to move forward, working hard to see that our synagogue is secure both in the present and in the future. Our strategic planning program is progressing and will require significant reflection before a meaningful plan can be achieved. While doing this, we have such a good time together, sharing meals, schmoozing at onegs, cooking chicken soup, celebrating b’nai mitzvahs. This is our joy. Wishing you all a springtime of joyful beginnings.
Dr. Linda Perkel, President
Read the our Newsletter "Chai Lites" for March by clicking Chai Lites March 2017
Rabbi Jackson's High Holy Days Sermons 5777 (Chick here to read all four sermons from this year's services)
See what books we have in the Agudas Israel Library for you to check out by clicking here: AGUDAS ISRAEL LIBRARY
See photos of our Mountain Jewish Festival from August 21, 2016 by clicking here: Mountain Jewish Festival photos 2016.
See photos from our Annual Sisterhood Fashion Show, August 2, 2016 by clicking here: Sisterhood Fashion Show 2016