February is a short month on the calendar, and with school vacation week a particularly quiet month here at Sha’arei Shalom. We had only one service in February — our annual Tu B’Shvat Seder celebrating one of the many “new years” on the Jewish calendar, the new year of the trees. I want to thank the Hecker/Spitzer family who took care of all the shopping and organizing for the service. And a very special thanks to Rose Spitzer who made a special appearance to lead the service in Rabbi Margie’s absence
. As always, she did a great job and we are blessed that she is only a short drive away in Worcester.
In many ways the February “lull” offers some a little breather as we prepare to launch into a busy spring with Purim, Passover, student participation services, and of course Bat Mitzvahs. I look forward to celebrating with you all over the next few months. Two highlights this month are:
We are also working on organizing both a family social activity and our adults-only Cafe Sha’arei in April. Keep a look out for notices as we finalize those plans.
Finally, if you haven’t done so already, it isn’t too late to make a donation to our Annual Appeal. Please contribute whatever you can—whether $18 or $180 or $1800. Your financial support will help us in maintain a relevant, lively, sustainable center for contemporary Jewish life here in Ashland.