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Weekly Message 01.13.2023 Parashat Shemot

Parashat Shemot (names) Exodus 1:1 - 6:1

HafTorah Isaiah 27:6 - 28:13, Isaiah 29:22 - 23

Dear friends,

As we enter the Martin Luther King holiday weekend, we coincidentally begin the Book of Exodus (Shemot) of the Torah. We also begin the month of Shevat in the coming week. Thanks to all who made last Friday's Shabbat dinner (our first community Shabbat dinner in three years!) such a wonderful experience and to all those who attended. I am looking forward to many more as we go forward.

Our services (in-person and virtually on Zoom) at 7:30 pm this evening and 9:30 am tomorrow morning will include the Torah reading in the first portion of Exodus which recounts the beginnings of our bondage in Egypt and the blessing of the new month which contains the holiday of Tu B'Shevat, when we celebrate the environment and the "birthday of trees". After services, please join us for an Oneg Shabbat with song, desserts and good conversation!

Once again, we will be participating in the African American Club of Pasco's annual Martin Luther King Day weekend celebrations beginning on Sunday, January 15th with an all-afternoon (1-5 pm) festival in Sims Park featuring displays, live music and refreshments

This is followed on Monday, January 16th with the annual 3-block march along Pine Hill Road from the Union Baptist Church to the historic Booker T. Washington Schoolhouse where we will participate fully on the program which includes addresses from spiritual and secular leaders, music, a dramatical presentation and refreshments. Since this is our singular most important contribution to the community celebration, I encourage and urge you to attend and especially, to bring friends and neighbors. The march begins at 10:30 am and is short and conducted at a slow pace so that all can participate. Last year, I spoke of the connection between Tu B'Shevat and Martin Luther King's accomplishments. This year, I will make the connection between the Torah's Book of Exodus and this important day. The march begins at 10:30 am and the program begins at 11 am. There is parking either at the church or the school (at either end of the march route) which are only about ¼ mile apart. If you need a ride, we can provide one from the synagogue at 10:15 am, but you need to let us know in advance!

I am looking forward to spending Shabbat and this important holiday weekend with you!

Shabbat Shalom,

Ron Becker,

Spiritual Leader



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