A joyous group will celebrate Passover on Friday, April 19, at the Temple

By Betsy Frank

What is the holiday celebrated by most Jews, no matter their observance level? You have three guesses and the first two don’t count.

And the answer is … Passover! The Passover story that we recount every year represents the seminal event in the history of our people. This story sets the stage for our ongoing spiritual development.

Passover is the one holiday that really needs a joyous group in order to have a meaningful celebration. And we will celebrate! Join us for for a Kabbalat Shabbat and seder at 6 p.m. Friday, April 19, at the Temple.

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Mourner’s Kaddish ritual provides comfort at time of profound loss

By Student Rabbi Jonathan Falco

Our Jewish tradition presents us with a framework from which to approach and to accept some of life’s most trying times, acting as a source of comfort.

Drawing upon the wisdom of our ancestors, Jewish tradition emphasizes the importance of both community and reflection for the process of healing.

Each of these two aspects is present in the Kaddish Yatom, also known as the Mourner’s Kaddish.

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Religious school students pool tzedakah resources, plan March 17 Purim celebration

By Debra Israel

I have enjoyed my continuing involvement with UHC religious school, since my daughter, Jennifer, is teaching there. I find our CHAI curriculum can lead students of all ages to think and reflect.

Religious school students are aiming to contribute tzedakah funds toward one good cause per month. During February, they bought three trees to be planted in Israel.

Purim begins the evening of March 20. We hope everyone enjoys the holiday — and the hamentaschen!

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First United Methodist group visits for Shabbat; March 12 meeting set for Fly-IN Cafe

By Patty Lewis

It seems like only yesterday when Sisterhood began its winter break. They say time flies when you are having a good time, so I must be having a great time!

I did enjoy the experience February 8 at the Temple when a a large group from First United Methodist Church in Robinson, Ill., visited for Shabbat services with Student Rabbi Jonathan Falco.

By now I am sure you have received your flyer about our Sisterhood meeting at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, at the Fly-IN Cafe at Terre Haute Regional Airport.

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