Special Guests and Festive Celebrations

Rabbi's Message - March 15, 2022

Rabbi Tina Sobo

What do a turkey feather, a kosher salami, and your evenings this week have in common?  Read on to find out!

This past Sunday our religious school community had a unique opportunity to hear from former-Daytonian Shel Bassel, who is now a Sofer, a Jewish [Torah] scribe, living in Israel.  Shel is back in the Dayton area this week.  In coordination with Rabbi Agar from Beth Jacob Synagogue and the Jewish Federation of Greater Dayton, Shel is making ‘the circuit’ around town.  So, if you see any of our religious school students this week - say tomorrow night at Purim - please ask them what they thought about the parchment, Torah script, writing, and feather quills that Shel shared.  If you want to hear about these things first-hand, he is offering a community program tonight at 7:30pm, and there’s still room just for you.  (I saved you a spot right next to my box on Zoom.Register here.

So that covers the turkey feather and one weeknight, but what about the salami?  (Hint: it’s not going on a deli sandwich.)  Our Temple teens have been hard at work preparing for a festive Purim Carnival – so lace up your sneakers, put on your helmet, or grab your googles – then race on over to Temple at 6:30pm on TOMORROW night (Wednesday) for our athletes-inspired Purim Megillah reading and carnival.  Everyone who attends in costume will be properly rewarded with a Temple-traditional Hershey bar.  Those who properly cheer and boo will be showered with sweets.  Following the Megillah reading, we will move to Gimmel for snacks and carnival games.  Tickets will be available for 3/$1 or 20/$5, or you may buy an “All You Can Play” card for $20.  Proceeds from the carnival directly benefit our youth group programming, so we encourage you to play as many games as you wish.  And back by popular (but not totally understood?) demand, will be the swinging salami dart toss game – as well as plenty of others, sure to entertain all.

And it’s not too late to make yourself some (belated) Pi-day Hamantaschen – I recommend apple pie filling myself – to have some fun and infuse your week with Jewish traditions, learning, and a bit of silliness!