From the Presidents – March 2, 2023

Shalom Everyone!

A new month is almost upon us and with it the next great holiday on the Jewish calendar: Purim.  Certainly one of the most festive holidays, Purim is the time when Jews around the world let down their guards to eat, drink, dance, and dress up.  Or as my old college roommate described it to me, in his interpretation, it was the one time of the year when Jews were required to get drunk! And yet, Purim also symbolizes a time when the illogical can appear logical and vice versa.  It requires us to reexamine our perspectives and look at the world from a different angle.  By doing so, we could potentially find a solution to a problem that has eluded us, make a big decision we were stuck on before, or come to a realization about ourselves we had never considered.  This Chag Purim, therefore, we encourage all of you to approach a part of your life from a different perspective and see emerges.  Just like the revelations of Purim, you may be surprised at the result!  

In keeping with the theme of Purim, we are thrilled to announce that this Sunday, March 5, will be the revival of our traditional Purim Carnival.  It will be held from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  There will be games, a bouncy house for the kids, songs, and a bake sale.  In order for the event to be as exciting as possible, we still need your help!  We are looking for volunteers to help with clean-up, selling baked goods, and especially running the game booths.  The Temple Beth Hillel Board will be volunteering as well.  Below you can find the link to sign up as a volunteer for the task you feel will contribute the most to the success of the event.  Let’s all make this Purim an event to remember!

Sign up now to volunteer for the Purim Carnival!

Looking ahead, this year’s Passover Seder will be held on Saturday, April 8.  Please help spread the word and invite family and friends to our revitalized Seder at the Temple.  

In addition, please consider joining the Temple Beth Hillel Board of Directors next year.  Our Board is always on the lookout for members who have ideas for the future of the temple and the ability to carry out that vision.  You can reach out to us or any Board member when you are interested.

       Finally,  the next Shabbat Service will be held this Friday, March 3, at 7:30 p.m.  Come worship with our community and as a bonus learn some Purim songs from Rabbi Dean and Cantor Marney!  Also, Family Shabbat will be held two weeks later on Friday, March 17, at 6:15 p.m.  There will also be Torah study on Saturday at 10:15 a.m., which will be in-person and on Zoom.  And those who wish to join Tefillah services at the Religious School are welcome starting at 9:30 a.m on Sundays.  Thanks everyone!


 If I am not for myself, who will be for me?

If I am not for others, what am I?

And if not now, when? -Rabbi Hillel

~ Anna B Stein and David Zimring, Co-Presidents, Temple Beth Hillel