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.

Thank you to the staff of Tree of Life*Or L'Si...

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...

Often it is difficult to process how quickly time passes. It was just a year ago at our congregational meeting where leadership solicited feedback from you regarding your thoughts for our future course as a congregation.

Metropolitan model?  Merger?  JAA?  Dissolution of the congregation?  We had an excellent turnout at that meeting last January 4th and one thing was obvious: you do care about this shul, and you were eager to share your strong opinions. You told us you wanted your community, your memories and your building to remain intact, and that engaging a new rabbi was a must. 

That January evening last year was momentous, exciting and empowering. Leadership went to work and charted a new path towards a fresh and promising future for our storied, 150 plus year old congregation. 

We’ve got much to celebrate as we mark the one-year anniversary of that pivotal meeting.  The most favored strategic plan that night, the “metropolitan” model, is fully underway and I want...

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