Upcoming Events at a Glance!

Rabbi’s Brown Bag Lunch: Wednesday, March 21 at noon

Hebrew School: Wednesday, March 21 at 3, 4, and 5:00

Soup & Salad: Friday, March 23 at 6:00

Sunday School: Sunday, March 25 with model seder

Sisterhood General Meeting: Sunday, March 25 at 12:00 pm

Hebrew School: Wednesday, March 28 at 3, 4, and 5:00 pm

Erev Passover: Friday, March 30-NO Service

Passover Day 1: Saturday, March 31, 9:30 am service

NO Sunday School: Sunday, April 1

NO Hebrew School: Wednesday, April 4

Kabbalat Shabbat: Friday, April 6 beginning at 5:30 with refreshments.

Saturday Service: April 7 with Yizkor and tisch

NO Sunday School: Sunday, April 8

Hebrew School: Wednesday, April 11 at 3, 4, and 5:00 pm

Holocaust Remembrance: Thursday, April 12 at 7:00 pm film with Remembrance

Passover: History

Water Is Changed into Blood, watercolor by James Tissot

The name Pesach is derived from the Hebrew word pasach, which means “passed over,” which is also the source of the common English name for the holiday. It recalls the miraculous tenth plague when all the Egyptian firstborn were killed, but the Israelites were spared.

The story of Passover originates in the Bible as the telling of the Exodus from Egypt. The Torah recounts how the Children of Israel were enslaved in Egypt by a Pharoah who feared them. After many generations of oppression, God speaks to an Israelite man named Moses and instructs him to go to Pharoah and let God’s people go free. Pharoah refuses, and Moses, acting as God’s messenger brings down a series of 10 plagues on Egypt.

The last plague was the Slaying of the Firstborn; God went through Egypt and killed each firstborn, but passed over the houses of the Israelites leaving their children unharmed. This plague was so terrible that Pharoah relented and let the Israelites leave.

Pharoah then regretted his decision and chased the Children of Israel until they were trapped at the Sea of Reeds. But God instructed Moses to stretch his staff over the Sea of Reeds and the waters parted, allowing the Children of Israel to walk through on dry land. The waters then closed, drowning Pharoah and his soldiers as they pursued the Israelites.

The Torah commands an observance of seven days of Passover. Many Jews in North America and all Jews in Israel follow this injunction. Some Jews outside of Israel celebrate Passover for eight days. The addition of a day dates back to 700-600 B.C.E. At that time, people were notified of a holiday’s beginning by means of an elaborate network of mountaintop bonfires. To guard against the possibility of error, an extra day was added to many of the holidays. Today, a dependable calendar exists, allowing Jews to know when holidays start and end. However, the process remains ingrained in Jewish law and practice for some Jews living outside of Israel today.

Mark your Calendars for March Events!

1 Purim
2 Purim Dinner
3 Saturday Service
4 Sunday School
7 Hebrew School
9 7:30 Service
10 Saturday Service
11 Sunday School
14 Breakfast Schmooze
14 Hebrew School
16 Kabbalat Shabbat
17 Saturday Service-Haddasah Tisch
17 Movie Night
18 Sunday School Speaker-TBA
18 Temple Board Meeting
21 Rabbi’s Brown Bag Lunch
21 Hebrew School
23 Soup & Salad
24 Saturday Service
25 Sunday School-Model Seder
25 Sisterhood General Meeting
28 Hebrew School
30 Erev Passover-NO Service
31 Passover Day 1-9:30 Service

March Worship Schedule at a Glance

March 2018 Worship Schedule

March 2 & 3
Friday: Purim Dinner All That Jazz
Saturday: Morning Service 9:30 am

March 9 & 10
Friday: Service at 7:30 pm
Saturday: Morning Service 9:30 am

March 16 & 17
Friday: Kabbalat Shabbat 6:00 pm Refreshments at 5:30
Saturday: Hadassah Tisch 9:30 am

March 23 & 24
Friday: Soup & Salad 6:00 pm
Saturday: Morning Service 9:30 am

March 30 & 31
Friday: Erev Passover No Service
Saturday: Passover Day 1 Service at 9:30 am