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Mitzvah Garden Work Party Sunday April 3 at 12:30

The next event for our Mitzvah Garden is a work party designed to get our food production spot in tip top shape! On the agenda: mending a couple of the existing raised beds; constructing a potato tower or two; weeding the beds and paths; and laying the groundwork for a kids’ Pizza Garden. Sunday April 3 is the place and 12:30 is the time! Wear appropriate clothing and bring work gloves and gardening tools if you have them. And extra brownie points for anyone that shows up with any gardening implement made from stone!

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Purim Saturday/Garden Meeting Sunday

Come Join the Fun Saturday March 19 at Bridgeport *********** 4-6 pm Singing, Purimshpiel, Costume Parade and Annual Hamentaschen Bake Off! Wear your costume for the parade! For the Whole Family! *********** 7-9 pm Adloyada—‘Until You Don’t Know’ (Don’t know what? Come and find out!) Megillah reading-BYOMegillah, Wine or other Beverage and a Nosh Adults only! Adults who come in costume to either Shir Tikvah Purim event receive one free pass on Yom Kippur for the sin of your choice!

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Raise Your Mask for Purim The Days of Purim can either fall on the 14th of Adar or the 15th of Adar, depending upon where you live. The reason for this is because the Jews of Shushan originally observed the festival on a different day than the Jews who lived elsewhere. In the other provinces the Jews waged war on the 13th and observed the 14th as a day of festivity and rejoicing. The Jews of Shushan waged war during the 13th and 14th of the month and observed the 15th as a day of festivity and rejoicing. Therefore, Purim celebrated on the 14th of Adar is called Purim of the Open Cities while Purim on the 15th of Adar is called Purim of the Walled Cities. In these days, the only city that has the status of Shushan and therefore celebrates Purim on the 15th is Jerusalem. In a

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Mitzvah Garden Meeting Scheduled

A group of volunteers from Bridgeport and Shir Tikvah congregations is forming to begin working with a homeless advocacy group called JOIN, with a chapter only a few blocks from Bridgeport, to create a community garden using the abundant spaces surrounding our house of worship.  We will share the garden, the gardening, and the harvest with homeless and recently housed neighbors in ways we are yet to discover. An informational meeting was held on Sunday, February, 27th and attended by an interesting collection of about 15 folks.  Many you have never met, but should.  Our next step is a brain-storming session, scheduled for Sunday, March 20, 12:30 p.m. at Bridgeport, to develop some specific goals for the garden, a calendar and other organizational tools – things we can do before the ground is ready to work. Two links you might find useful for more information on JOIN or inspiration on

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Make a Mitzvah Garden: Initial Meeting February 27 at 12:30 pm at BUCC

Every blade of grass has an angel hovering over it, whispering to it, “grow”.  – Rabbi Nakhman of Bratslav When is gardening a mitzvah? When it becomes a transformative human and communal act for the gardener. Join folks from our sister congregation, Bridgeport UCC (and meet our new roomies, Spiritus Abbey), as we invite our local homeless and recently housed neighbors to build relationships with us, with each other and with the good earth and that which grows from it. The local organization JOIN (see their site here), which works to create community links to keep people in housing, will work alongside us, facilitating and organizing our garden work. Know how to make things grow that are good to eat and lovely to see? Are you wiling to share that knowledge, and teach others? Come to a meeting Sunday February 27, 12.30pm at Bridgeport to plan our Mitzvah Garden. We’ll

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Hevra Hallah Making Workshop

Our Hevra group, along with their leader Bev Guttag, learned the ins and outs of baking bread from hallah maven Lisa Morasch last week. Don’t those braids look great?

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Havdalah Shabbaton with Harper’s Playground

A number of families turned out to work with the planners of Harper’s Playground last weekend. The focus of this year’s Nashira tzedakah, Harper’s Playground is a project dedicated to bringing an inclusive playground to Arbor Lodge Park. Our Shabbaton was an interesting learning and sharing opportunity for both our members and the planners!

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Jewish Women’s Round Table Havdalah January 29, 6:30 PM

Rose Schnitzer Manor’s Zidell Hall will be the site of the JWRT’s 11th Annual Havdalah. Rabbi Bradley Greenstein & Cantor Deborah Bletstein, of Congregation Neveh Shalom, will conduct the Havdalah. It will be followed by a reception with cookies and beverages. Shir Tikvah is a co-sponsor of this event. As always, this event is free and open to all–children are encouraged to attend.  The residents really love seeing them.  Last year we had 24 co-sponsoring synagogues and organizations take part.  That was our all-time high. Car pooling is strongly suggested as is arriving early.  Parking places are limited.  Arrive early and socialize. Please feel free to contact Anne Whitaker by email or phone with any questions.

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Tu b’Sh’vat Seder

An enthusiastic crowd of members and visitors, good food, and songs and readings that encouraged audience participation combined to make this Tu b’Sh’vat Seder an evening to remember.  J.D. Kleinke and Bev Guttag organized and led the event, which drew Shir Tikvah members along with many friends and relatives from around the community.

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Tu b’Sh’vat Seder Wed., Jan. 19 6:30 pm Havdalah Shabbaton and Pizza Dinner Sat., Jan 22 5 pm Who’s coming? Who’s helping? Inquiring minds want to know! Seder RSVPs and volunteers should report to Amelia at [email protected] Shabbaton RSVPs and volunteers should report to Amy at [email protected] Todah rabah for your quick response!

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