Shabbat Across America on Friday at JCSVV

Shalom. The Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley invites everyone to Shabbat Across America, as congregations all across North America offer special Shabbat experiences for the community. Our congregation is participating in this outreach program by offering a brief Erev Shabbat service led by Rabbi Alicia Magal, beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Friday evening, followed by a traditional festive dinner prepared and served by congregants. Reservations should be made to Anita Rosenfield at 928 284-2750. There is a suggested voluntary donation of $18, which should be sent prior to Shabbat.

Saturday morning we continue the Shabbat Across America celebration with a Shabbat morning service, led by Rabbi Magal with participation from several congregants, beginning at 10 a.m. The Torah portion is Tetzaveh, regarding the ceremonial robes of the High Priest, with an added reading for Shabbat Zachor, meaning "Remember!" on the Sabbath preceding the holiday of Purim. These verses from Deuteronomy 25: 17-19 emphasize the need to remember how Amalek preyed upon the Children of Israel in the desert when they were weak and vulnerable, and whose "descendants" throughout the ages, such as Haman in the Purim story and Hitler in modern times, have been agents of discrimination and violence. Luncheon will be provided following the service. Reservations for the luncheon should be made to Joe Berger, at (928) 254-9936.

Because of the special Shabbat morning service there will be no Torah study this week.

Sunday, March 4. 10 a.m. Religious school for students 5 - 12 years of age. Teen youth group meets in the afternoon.

Wednesday, March 7, 8:30 a.m. egalitarian morning minyan.

Thursday, March 8, 4-6 p.m. Rock 'n Roll Purim, with traditional Megillah reading from the scroll of Esther, and music from the '50s with lyrics adapted to tell the story of Purim. Wear costumes from the fifties or crowns, funny hats, or masks. Come hear how Queen Esther saved her people, and thwarted the plot of evil Haman. We'll "boo" Haman with noisemakers! Enjoy delicious hamentaschen, three-cornered pastries with fruit filling.

The JCSVV is a warm, welcoming, egalitarian congregation, unaffiliated with a particular stream of Judaism. The synagogue is located at 100 Meadowlark Drive, off Hwy 179 just south of the Chapel Road roundabout. Call (928) 204-1286 or visit www.jcsvv.org.

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