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Wednesday Wisdom & Wit

04/19/2023 01:35:56 PM

Apr19

Rabbi Daniel Sherman

            What a great time this is on the calendar here in New Orleans.  The weather is nice, and there seems to be a festival every weekend.  This is also the time of year when we have a number of modern holidays on the Jewish calendar.

            This week we observed Yom HaShoah – our Holocaust Remembrance Day, as we remember the 6 Million Jews who were murdered in the Shoah.  May we never forget, and may we be inspired to work towards an end to anti-Semitism, hate, prejudice, and violence in our world.

            Next week we will join with Jews around the world in marking first Yom HaZikaron – Israel’s Memorial Day on Tuesday, April 25.  We will remember all of those who have lost their lives creating, building, serving, defending and protecting the land of Israel throughout its history.  The next day, Wednesday April 26, is Yom HaAtzmaut – Israel’s Independence Day.  This year we celebrate the 75th birthday of the Modern State of Israel.  Israel has been through so much – and it has accomplished so very much.  There is much to celebrate, as we pray for peace, security, and prosperity for Israel. 

            We will discuss Israel of the past, present, and future during our Wednesday Night Live discussions this week and next week (April 19 & 26) on Zoom at 7:00pm.  We also have a special program and activities for our students during Chavurah@Sinai this Sunday morning, April 23.  There is a wonderful community ceremony and Israeli concert next Tuesday, April 25 at the Uptown JCC that I hope you will consider attending.  Next Friday, April 28 we will have an Israel-themed Shabbat Evening here at Temple.

            This Friday, April 21, we will have a special Musical Shabbat Service at 6:30pm in the Sanctuary.  Joining Cantor Colman will be members of the choir in our Vocal Ensemble, and we will feature Dr. Marcus St. Julien on the organ.  I hope you will plan on joining us for services.

            Stay well, enjoy Spring, and see you at Temple!

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