- As we head into the final two days of Pasech and to Yom Hashoah next week, a reminder that our office will be closed on Friday for the 7th day, but our sanctuary will be very much open for business.
- Services at 9:30 on Friday and Sat. mornings and in the lobby at 7:30 on Friday night. Yizkor prayers will be recited on Shabbat, the 8th day.
- On Shabbat morning, we'll also read from Shir Hashirim, the Song of Songs (for some background, see my posting, Love, Passover, Spring and the Song of Songs) and just before Yizkor, I'll share reflections on the significant news coming out of Hartford late last night. Connecticut is poised to become the 17th state to repeal the death penalty. You might recall that over the past few months we've devoted time toward education and advocacy on this matter. You can read coverage of the repeal here. Taking nothing away from the horrible suffering of victims and their families, this is very heartening news. Nationally, since 1973, 138 prisoners sentenced to death later have been exonerated. Now we can be assured that our state will not be complicit to any additional needless murders.
- End of Passover? About 8:15 Sat. night. But who really needs to go back to regular food? Really. And this is one year where our friends in Israel will have to wait an extra day and hold off on that P.P.P. (Post Pesach Pizza) until after Shabbat. Sorry, guys! Meanwhile, to wile away those final hours of the festival, try out these amusing Pesach Haikus.
- The post-Pesach period has become a very busy one on the Jewish calendar. Next week is Yom Hashoah. The community-wide commemoration should be especially meaningful this year, with the inclusion of a children's choir that Cantor Mordecai has been instrumental in creating. It's next Thursday at 7 PM at Temple Sinai. We'll also have several TBE teens among the thousands gathering at Auschwitz next week for the March of the Living. I regret that I'll not be able to join them this year, but I'll help send off our Kulanu group this Sunday. I wish them a safe and memorable journey.
- One of our eighth graders, Andrew Young, recently was awarded a History Day prize for a website he created describing the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. It's very impressive - he interviewed several survivors. See Andrew's site by cutting and pasting 10692537.nhd.weebly.com into your browser.
In the spirit of Yom Hashoah, I reprint this classic statement of post-Holocaust philosophy, "The Commanding Voice of Auschwitz," written by Emil Fackenheim: