Shavua tov and moadim l’simcha — a good new week, and wishing you joy in the festival of Pesach!
On Friday April 26, the seventh day of Pesach, please join us at 9am for a contemplative experience around crossing the sea. (Tradition holds that the seventh day of Pesach is the day when our ancestors crossed the Sea of Reeds. For more on this, see: The seventh day: crossing the sea.) Weather permitting, we’ll walk the labyrinth as part of our meditation and our embodied sea-crossing. We’ll conclude with Yizkor memorial prayers, an opportunity to remember our beloved dead.
Please join us on Saturday at 9:30am for Shabbat morning services led by Rabbi Rachel. Following the Reform calendar, CBI observes seven days of Pesach, so Saturday we’ll read from the first part of parashat Acharei Mot. We’ll also read from Acharei Mot on on the following Shabbat, whereupon the Reform world will be back in synch with the rest of the Jewish world.
Here are some Torah commentaries on the first part of Acharei Mot from the URJ:
Today is the second day of the Omer, the 49-day journey between Pesach and Shavuot, between liberation and revelation. The first week of the Omer is the week of chesed (lovingkindness.) Here are 49 poems for the Omer.
There are a bunch of good Omer-counting apps to help us remember to count and to reflect on the qualities we’re invited to cultivate each day; I recommend MyOmerCounter and the Omer app from NeoHasid.
The 49 days of the Omer count lead us from second seder to Shavuot. During these seven weeks, we prepare ourselves to receive Torah anew. May your Omer journey be meaningful and fruitful!
Wishing everyone a sweet and liberating continuation of Pesach —
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.
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