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March 2018

techerryhill @techerryhill www.templeemanuel.org March 2018 Adar & Nisan 5778 “In every generation one is obligated to see one’s self as one who personally went out from Egypt” This quote from the Talmud, charging us to experience the exodus firsthand is the driving force for the Passover Seder. In pursuit of this experience, the Seder is filled with rituals that remind us of small (and sometimes big) “enslavements” we all experience in our lives. It also reminds us that we empowered to liberate ourselves. We eat the bitter herbs to experience the bitterness of slavery, we sing songs of celebration, and we ask questions, starting with the four “famous” ones–but hopefully continuing all night long– to enliven the Seder and engage all participants. The Haggadah was created in order to facilitate this experience. Unfortunately, for many, the Haggadah in its archaic style no longer resonates. This Passover I want to encourage you to find a Haggadah that “fits” your family and friends. Even better, find your own readings and create your own rituals to help you bring the story to life. Maybe all the children have grown and your Seder participants are adults. Invite everyone to bring a short reading or poem that inspires them, discuss the ones that move you. Maybe your Seder is filled with small children. You can march around the table while carrying the matzah and singing “Let My People Go.” This would be a fun way to recreate the Israelite march out of Egypt to freedom. If you want to, you should feel free to turn to me, Cantor Neil, or Rabbi David for further suggestions. Judaism enriches our lives by offering us rituals and experiences that help us make sense of our daily struggles; that give deeper meaning to our triumphs and celebrations. In this way, Passover is meant to enrich our lives. However you choose to observe the holiday, don’t be constrained by the traditional language of the Haggadah. Let the spirit of Passover drive your Seder celebration. Rabbi Gidon Isaacs gisaacs@templeemanuel.org In this edition: Shabbat......................................................2-3 Our B’nai Mitzvah...................................4-5 Letter from the President...........................5 PurimShpiel & Carnival.............................6 Hamilton Rise Up! Raffle...........................7 Men’s Club...................................................8 Engagement Survey....................................9 Henry Raich Social Club ...........................9 Baby Boomers..............................................9 Prime Timers................................................9 Sisterhood..............................................10-11 PreSchool & Tot Programming...............12 Religious School........................................13 Just For You Services: Purim...................14 Anat Hoffman............................................15 Emunah......................................................16 Calendar................................................17-18 Donations..............................................19-20 Kvell Korner...............................................21 JAFCO Game Day.....................................22