Friday, Jan. 23 at 7:30, Erev Shabbat services led, by Rabbi Alicia Magal, will include the Installation of this year's Board of Directors of the Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley.
This is also Simcha Shabbat, when the congregation offers blessings to all those celebrating birthdays or anniversaries in the month of January.
Saturday morning is Torah study of the portion of the week, Vaera, Exodus 6:2 9:35. In the last portion Moses negotiated with Pharaoh to free the Israelites, but the proposal was angrily rejected. In this week's narrative, Moses goes again with his brother Aaron to Pharaoh. They perform a remarkable act with a magical rod, but still Pharaoh rejects the request. The time for talk is over, and now a series of plagues fall upon Egypt: the waters of the Nile turn to blood, an infestation of frogs, then lice and vermin, insects, pestilence of cattle and livestock, and pounding hail. Although Pharaoh seems to relent, the minute the plagues are removed he goes back on his word.
The remaining plagues will be in next week's portion. They will discuss the whole concept of making difficult changes in our lives: facing the Pharaoh forces that keep us bound up to the past and following the Moses vision of the future, allowing us to emerge from enslavement to a new freedom, This is one powerful message of the Exodus.
Sunday, Jan. 25, is Religious School 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
On Wednesday, Jan. 28, all are welcome to participate in the egalitarian morning minyan at 8:30 a.m. for a mid-week spiritual pick-up, gazing on beautiful red-rock views.
The Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley is an egalitarian, unaffiliated Jewish congregation representing a rich diversity of members, and welcoming to visitors. The synagogue is located at 100 Meadowlark Drive off State Route 179 south of Chapel Drive. For questions, call the office at (928) 204-1286, Monday-Thursday 10 a.m.-2 p.m.