Shavua tov! Looking forward to Shabbat Chanukah!

Shavua tov — a good new week to you — and chag urim sameach, a joyous festival of lights to you!

If you haven’t yet seen the new North Adams City menorah, be sure to take note as you drive down Main Street. It’s planted in the median beside the City Christmas tree, across the street from City Hall. There was a beautiful dedication and lighting ceremony on the first night of Chanukah, which you can read about here: North Adams Celebrates Lighting of First Menorah in iBerkshires, and A First for Festival of Lights in North Adams: a Public Menorah for Hanukkah in the Berkshire Eagle. Deep thanks to Mayor Tom Bernard and to the City buildings and grounds crew for making this happen.

Please join us on Friday night at 5:30 for our annual Shabbat Chanukah Celebration & Potluck!B ring your chanukiyah and candles! We’ll sing some Chanukah songs, light all of our chanukiyot and bask in their light, welcome Shabbat with candles and song, and enjoy a vegetarian / dairy potluck (bring a dish to share) with latkes and fixings, as well as a Chanukah-themed craft project with Rabbi Jarah. Please RSVP (cbinadams@gmail.com) so we know how many tables to set up.Here’s the Facebook event if you want to RSVP there or to share it on your own FB page.

Please join us on Saturday at 9:30am for Shabbat morning services led by Rabbi Pam Wax. This week we’re reading from parashat Mikeitz.

If you’d like to read some commentaries on this week’s Torah portion, here are a few:

Here’s Torah commentary at Builders Blog (a project of Bayit: Your Jewish Home), this week written by Rabbi David Markus, and sketchnoted as always by Steve Silbert:

And here are commentaries from the URJ:

For those who need, here are resources for celebrating Chanukah at the URJ website.

Hope to see you soon at CBI!

Blessings,

Rabbi Rachel

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