Life can get busy around our house with four kids between the ages of 6-13. In addition to school, our afternoons and weekends consist of my husband and I playing the role of Uber drivers for our kids’ sports, religious schools, play-dates and extra curricular activities. We LOVE the chaos and the busy life that comes with having four children. That said, there are times when I wish we could slow down just a bit, take a step back and a deep breath to appreciate it all, and do more to understand how other people outside our little bubble live.
Just before Rosh Hashanah Adath Jeshurun Congregation received a beautiful note from faith leaders in Minnetonka.
It began, " As you prepare to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, we offer our love and prayers to your community of faith."
Read the full text HERE
D'var Torah by Joyce Orbuch
on September 23, 2017
So, is 83 the new 13?? I don’t think so… but Judaism does give us the opportunity to turn 13 twice.
The custom for having a bat or Bar Mitzvah at 83 comes from the verse in Psalm 90 which says, the days of our years are 70, or if by reason of special strength, 80 years. At 70, one can start counting again. Add 13 years and you get 83. Our age.
Many of us just experienced MAZON, A Jewish Response to Hunger's traveling exhibit. The This is Hunger truck, an interactive experience on wheels was parked in the Adath parking lot at the end of June. Stepping inside was an illuminating and gut-wrenching experience. The exhibit shed light on the profound prevalence of hunger in America. Did you know 1 in 8 Americans struggle with hunger? Nearly 6 million of our seniors are food insecure. Over 13 million children live with hunger every day.
The High Holy Days is a time to renew our commitment and raise our voices on behalf of the 42.2 million Americans who struggle with hunger every day.
This year Adath will once again donate our High Holy Days Food Collection to
By Dudley Deshommes-Kohls
My name is Dudley L. Deshommes-Kohls. My husband, Andrew Deshommes-Kohls, and I are gift members at Adath. During this trial period we’ve been exploring various ways to become more involved within the community and to get to know our fellow Adath members. Participating with Hesed has been a great way to start building community, while at the same time fulfilling a mitzvah through performing tzedakah.
When you donate a minimum of $36 or three hours of volunteer time at either STEP, ICA or PRISM food shelves you will become part of Hesed's Giving Circle. You can also gift a membership. Danielle Berkow, a Makomnik, received a Giving Circle membership at Hannukah. Here is her story:
By Danielle Berkow
One of my favorite gifts I received this year during Hanukah was not something you could shop for at a store or online; I became a member of Adath’s Giving Circle. I didn’t specifically ask for the membership, but I had outlined on the wish list that I prefer not to receive material gifts. As a twentysomething, I have more than my fair share of material things. In fact, I’m tired of things. I want fewer things, and I seek to replace them with meaningful experiences and contributions to society.
by Natalie Zamansky
Playdates are not easy to squeeze into our busy schedule and they're even harder to prioritize when I don't know the child’s parents. But, for the past several weeks, our daughter, Mia (age 6), has been asking for a playdate with her friend Nahla from school. I don't know Nahla well, and I don’t know her mother at all, which has been part of the barrier for making plans.
By Ronen Pink
You might say I’m big into Pling--plastic bling--as a boy who wears a lot of bracelets. It’s not that I’m a big fan of jewelry, but each one represents an important experience or value in my life. One says, “Zachor” to keep me consciously reminded of the Holocaust, and MY role in ensuring that the memories of those who perished and those who suffered will never be forgotten.
Adath is joining the Food Fight—the fight against hunger—by supporting Minnesota FoodShare.
Our congregation supports three local food shelves, ICA in Minnetonka, STEP in St. Louis Park, and PRISM in Golden Valley. In this food fight, everyone wins because the FoodShare March Campaign, is the largest annual statewide food and fund drive.
by Judi Tennebaum
Be prepared: members of the Hesed Committee will be collecting the contents of your pushkes (and any additional donations) during Purim, both at the Purim Carnival and during the Megillah readings.
This year the beneficiary of the Pushke Project will be Limudiah, an intensive after-school educational program organized by the North American Conference On Ethiopian Jewry (NACOEJ) which provides needed assistance for Ethiopian students in grades one through six in Israel.
Adath clergy, staff and congregants share