Those on the outside have considered the three congregations displaced, feeling sympathetic because we don’t have a home. 

We don’t have our familiar kitchens to cook in. All leftovers from Shabbat and other events must be packed up and taken away. We don’t have the luxury of our own refrigerators to save the food for Sunday morning for the minyanaires. 

Our board meetings are cut short. At 9:50pm the nice gentleman at the front desk here at Rodef peeks his head into the library, tapping his wrist silently telling us to wrap it up. So, maybe that’s not such a bad thing.

And the main office of Tree of Life/Or L’ Simcha looks like it should be on the TLC show, Hoarding: Buried Alive. Boxes upon boxes are stacked on top of each other. It’s an obstacle course just to get to the computer.

Normally before Sisterhood Shabbat, I would check the closet weeks before looking over the boxes filled with plates and napkins from previous events. My daughter, Kayla, and I went in there in November...

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...

We are off to a great start. The challah sale was a big success; filling all orders and then some. Look for our next sale in the near future.
 
The cooking demonstration was a huge hit thanks to the Rabbi and Judy Danenberg. Both were key ingredients to an enlightening evening. 
 
Sisterhood and the Men’s Club will be co-sponsoring a guest speaker. Dr. Bruce Rabin, or "Dr. Stress" as he is known to many in the media and medical colleagues, focuses his research on maintaining health, rather than concentrating on disease treatment. Come and hear Dr. Rabin discuss “Understanding and Managing Stress for Better Mental and Physical Health" on November 12.
 
We are welcoming New Light congregation with open arms and will be making every effort to support their programming and they are doing the same. Please read their flyers and consider attending their events. 
 
It’s not too late to send in your membership dues. Sisterhood provides low cost programming and financial aid to our congregation....

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