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02/04/2015 03:40:58 PM

Feb4

With mixed emotions I returned from Israel this week. My first Beit Chaverim congregational trip to the Holy Land was a huge success. The five of us grew immensely in ruchniut (spirituality), praying at the Kotel and in our hotel synagogue ( very friendly- just like Beit Chaverim!) studying together, and connecting to the magical feeling that emanates from every inch of Israel.  The gashmiut (physicality) was pretty amazing, too. After burning many calories in our successful Israman Triathlon performance, we recovered with great food, with the taste of the Land in every bite.
 
We are already planning a return trip next winter, and would like to have more of you join us! Stay tuned for dates and details.
 
As I mentioned in last week's shabbat update, a few of us decided to go into the Sinai for a few moments just so we could relive the exodus from Egypt. The Sinai and it's famous mountain are the setting for this weeks dramatic Torah portion, where we experience the raison d'être of the Exodus of the Jewish people from Egypt- receiving the Torah at Mt. Sinai.
Don't miss it! Services start at 9AM....
 
No less important, but a lot closer is the AIPAC policy conference in Washington three weeks from now.
This is great to chance to join the Beit Chaverim contingent and help influence the decision makers in Washington to support the legislation that guarantees that Israel will remain to be the sole democratic voice in the Middle East, and a strong, vital ally of the US.
 
Save the dates! Purim at Beit Chaverim isWednesday night March 4, and Thursday March 5th during the day. We need a few people to join our Purim committee to ensure that this year's chag is the best yet! Please contact Andrew Marcus or Rabbi Greg if you can lend a hand.
 
Pesach will be here before you know it, and we will be hosting our famous Second Seder on Sat. Night April 4. Be sure to put all the date sin your calendar, details to follow.
 
Coming up in two weeks on Feb 27-28  Marriage/Relationship Shabbaton featuring Rabbi Mat and Dr. Brachi Hoffman
Read about it here.
 
If I must leave Israel, then the next best spot is right here at the House of Friends. Hope to see you here this week.
Shabbat Shalom,
Rabbi Greg
Sat, May 25 2019 20 Iyyar 5779