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Wednesday Wisdom & Wit

12/14/2022 02:55:22 PM


Rabbi Daniel Sherman



            I hope everyone remains safe and dry on this stormy Wednesday with the threat of severe weather.

            However, thunderstorms have not been the only source of darkness, gloom, and fear for our Jewish community.  There have been too many incidents and headlines involving anti-Semitism in our country.  The ADL is reporting record numbers of anti-Semitic threats and situations, which are becoming more and more a regular part of life for Jews across the United States.

            A number of organizations, including the ADL, the URJ, CCAR, JCCs, Jewish Federations, and more, have joined forces in the fight against anti-Semitism and hatred in all of its forms.  In the spirit of Chanukah, our upcoming Festival of Light, they have launched a campaign to “Dispel the Darkness.  Shine a Light on Antisemitism.”  For more information and ways to get involved, please check out the website: 

            We are excited about the beginning of Chanukah, which is only a few days away.  Tonight, assuming we have power, we will discuss Chanukah and its traditions, story, and message during Wednesday Night Live at 7:00pm over Zoom.

            The preparation for our annual winter Festival of Lights continues tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 15 with a special get-together at Temple.  Join us at 7:00pm in person as we watch a performance by singer/songwriter Chava Mirel (over Zoom), brought to us by the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life and co-sponsored by both Temple Sinai and Touro Synagogue.  Come in your Chanukah attire and join us for Chanukah treats, including Chot Chocolate and Chai Tea.

            We will continue to get in the mood for Chanukah on Friday evening, with a Pre-Chanukah Oneg Shabbat Nosh with Latkes at 6:00pm, followed by our Shabbat evening service at 6:30pm in the Feibelman Chapel with Chanukah songs and more.

            Chanukah begins this Sunday evening, December 18.  Everyone is welcome to join us at Temple from 4-5:00pm as we welcome the holiday and light our outdoor Chanukah Menorah for the first time this year.  And don’t forget: Chanukah on the Avenue will take place next Friday, Dec. 23 on the Shabbat of Chanukah.

            Take care and happy Chanukah!

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