We have been busy and productive in the winter months! Our Jerusalem class (2nd-4th graders) are becoming comfortable Hebrew readers. I am always so pleased when I stop in the classroom and see them busy at work, reading Hebrew, engaging in Hebrew games and enthusiastic learners.
We had a very special World Wide Wrap again this year with the Men’s Club. Students in 5th - 7th grade participated with the support of their teacher Stephen Weiss. Our 5th graders participated in the Build a Pair program where they learned about and made their own “mock” t’fillin to wear at the World Wide Wrap. Our older students wrote creative raps and shared them enthusiastically during breakfast.
Tu Bishvat was marked this year with a congregational Tu Bishvat Seder led by Rabbi Myers. We joined together with New Light Congregation and filled the New Light Sanctuary. There were plenty of different foods to try, songs to sing and stories to hear. Our madrichim helped put posters on all the walls and we made s...
Purim 2018 was a beautiful collaboration between Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha and New Light Congregation. It demonstrated what is possible when we work towards common goals together.
From a tasty pasta dinner to a raucous Megillah Reading and hilarious Purim Shpiel, there are many people to thank for the successful evening:
Thank you to Barbara and Harold Caplan for preparing a delicious dinner for well over 100 people. Thank you both for your immense amount of time and preparation.
Thank you to our Megillat Esther chanters: Rabbi Perlman, Beth Perlman, Rabbi Myers, Laurie Zittrain Eisenberg, Daniel Weiner, and Marla Perlman.
Thank you to all of our Purim Shpielers: Mary Dawn Edwards, Michael Eisenberg, Audrey Glickman, Kris Kepler, David Lilien, Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, Ada Perlman, Rabbi Jonathan Perlman, Yael Perlman, Sarah Pfeffer, Austin Shifrin, Ellen Sikov, Paul Sikov, Barry Werber, Props Manager Alex Speck, and Videographer Trevor Glickman.
Well over 100 congregants packed the Robinson Pavilion for the Purim celebration on Wednesday evening, February 28. Attendees came from both TOL*OLS and New Light congregation and enjoyed a homemade spaghetti dinner, a lively megillah reading, an entertaining Purim shpiel and hamantaschen to cap off a delightful event.
Harold and Barb Caplan from New Light prepared all of the food for the dinner, the megillah was chanted by readers from both shuls and the shpiel’s cast starred talent from NL and TOLOLS as well. Everyone enjoyed this reinvigorated Purim. We have come a long way in a very short time; hard to believe New Light sold their building and moved in with us just three months ago! The Purim celebration is just one example of the many benefits our community is enjoying because of the newly formed “metropolitan” model of congregations in our building
So what’s next?
Programming is now in abundance in the Tree of Life building. Our newly formed partnership with Chatham University d...