During the month of Elul, take accounting of your soul, and the congregation’s

By Betsy Frank

Once again, the month of Elul is upon us and at the end of September, Rosh Hashanah.

This yearly cycle gives us all the opportunity for cheshbon hanefesh, or engaging in an audit or accounting of the soul. This accounting provides us the time to consider how we might improve our personal lives and rectify wrongs done to others.

Personal soul audits are not the only audits we can perform. Our congregation also looks at its collective soul, which is grounded in UHC’s mission statement. What have we accomplished as a congregation? What more can we do to live out our mission statement?

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Students set an example as they work toward ideal of peace and reconciliation

By Betsy Frank

On April 7, United Hebrew Congregation welcomed the Terre Haute South Vigo High School STAND club, whose members commemorated the 25th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide with a program entitled, Together We Remember.

Rwandan genocide survivor Emmanuel Habimana served as the event’s main speaker. He recounted how as a 9-year-old, after witnessing his father’s murder, he escaped through the jungle with another child of similar age.

The local students who planned this moving program under the direction of THS teacher Peggy Grabowski understand their generation must work toward peace and reconciliation amongst all peoples.

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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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