Shavua tov! Please join us on Wednesday from 5-8pm for our Star Wars Purim (see below), and on Saturday at 9:30am for Shabbat morning services led by our Spiritual Life chair Steven Green. This week we’re reading from parashatTzav.
If you’d like to read some commentaries on this week’s parsha, here are a few:
Also, please join us this Wednesday evening at 5pm for our Purimextravaganza!
All are welcome for Purim. Come in costume if you can (especially Star Wars costume). Bring a vegetarian / dairy dish to share. We’ll begin with general merriment and exploring the space at 5pm, have a vegetarian / dairy potluck dinner shortly before 6, and enjoy the Purim spiel at 6:30.
On Saturday evening at 5pm, join us at CBI for our Addams Family Purim!
Come at 5pm to enjoy the building transformed by Jen Burt into a locale fit for the Addams Family. Bring a vegetarian / dairy potluck dish for our dinner at 6pm, with Purim Spiel to follow around 7pm. Come in costume… or put on costume elements when you get here; we’ll have some on hand!
Many thanks to our shamashim, the members who host our Shabbat services each week. If you would like to join that group, please contact the office.
Dear Congregation Beth Israel members and friends,
February may be the shortest month on the calendar, but it always feels longest — thanks to the snow and the cold, of which we have had more than our share this year! But spring is on the way, and one of the ways we know that is that Purim is in just a few days.
1) How many are in your party (adults and children)
2) Whether you’ll be joining us for pizza at 5:30 before the Spiel
3) What you can contribute to the nibbly-foods buffet for after the Spiel
(We’re hoping for a Middle Eastern buffet this year — you might bring olives, cheeses, roasted vegetables, hummus / pita…) And of course you’re always welcome to bring hamentaschen and/or other desserts, too.
If you don’t have a costume, never fear — we’ll have boxes of costume items available for anyone who wants to augment their ordinary attire.
Don’t miss this opportunity to hear a few verses of the Megillah, enjoy your fellow CBI members’ acting abilities, and ring in the approaching springtime! I look forward to seeing y’all at Purim.
Don’t be late, don’t be late for this very important date!
The Mad Hatter invites you to a Purim “tea party” Wednesday, March 4 at CBI pizza at 5:30; the celebration proper begins at 6
explore the topsy-turvy Wonderland of our building!
play flamingo croquet!
enjoy the childrens’ costume parade!
savor our Alice In Wonderland-themed Purim Spiel!
hear some of the megillah read aloud!
play a variety of games (for all ages!)
enjoy a tasty beverage in celebration!
all are welcome to bring hamentaschen or other desserts to share — AND/OR contributions to our savory nosh buffet, which will be Middle Eastern / Persian themed (think: cheeses, olives, grape leaves, hummus and pita, etc)
Please RSVP to the synagogue office by February 25! Let us know:
1) How many are in your party
2) Whether you want to partake in pizza at 5:30
3) What you’re bringing to the sweet-and-savory buffet. (If everyone’s bringing hummus, we’ll get in touch to try to diversify our offerings.)
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