It sure is hard to believe that it is 2010. Why, I remember when… No, I won’t go into what I can (and can’t) remember. But it does feel a bit different to be in a new decade. There has been a lot going on at the temple and I would like to review and preview some special events.
In December, we started off the month with the Brotherhood sponsored Art Auction. This year we tried something new and held the art over through Sunday morning, so that additional people could participate in purchasing art. The results were positive, with almost 2/3 of the total sales coming on Sunday morning. We will look to make this a part of future art campaigns.
Next we celebrated Hanukkah with all of the required events: Candlelighting during services at Shabbat (twice), the Hanukkah Kids Craft Party and the Hanukkah Family Fun Night (a tradition in the making). During Hanukkah, we were also privileged to hear Samantha Margolis from AIPAC explain the purpose of AIPAC and gave her impressions of the current Israeli issues. Later in the month, the Library Committee presented two movie events, an adult movie night featuring Defiance and a children’s movie presentation of An American Tail.
On Christmas Eve, the PADS team opened our Social Hall for PADS guests on a Thursday night, since other churches that are usually open on Thursday were closed for the holiday. A hearty thank you to all of the PADS volunteers who cooked, served, oversaw and cleaned up for this occasion.
On Friday the 25th, we offered a little more with our Shabbat services. Like many Jewish homes in America, we ate Chinese food on December 25th. We offered a Chinese Dinner at the temple before services.
But December is behind us and most of our kids are back at school. January is here and the calendar is pretty full for January as well.
Brotherhood and Sisterhood will be joining together for several events this month. On January 10th, they will have a joint meeting. Then on January 15th, they will have the annual Brotherhood/Sisterhood Shabbat dinner and service, where members of the ‘hoods will lead us in worship.
January 10th is also the next day to purchase Manna. Remember that Manna is one way to contribute to the temple without costing you anything additional. Buy your grocery, restaurant, airline or hotel gift cards and a percentage of the purchase price goes directly to the temple.
On January 17th, we will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a special presentation in the sanctuary at 10:00AM.
On January 23rd, Brotherhood and Sisterhood bring us the always fun, always tasty, Soup Bread and Game night for adults. Bring a soup or bread (or even dessert) and a game.
We end January on a high note with our annual Shabbat Shira, a service with singing led by the LifeTree Ramblers on January 29th, and prior to services our Membership committee invites you to come at 7:30PM and enjoy some Wine and Cheese.
Lastly, I would be remiss if I didn’t remind everyone that our 50th Anniversary Celebration is set for April 16-18. There is a committee putting together a commemorative book for the occasion and if you would like to place an ad, please contact Ken Markwell or Jim Weiskopf with any questions concerning ad placements.