An Active Month at IJSS: In-Person Shabbat Services, Class, and Purim

Melanie Einbund

Our Feb. 25 service was held in person, including a dinner beforehand. After services, there was an Oneg Shabbat. Oneg Shabbats are a time for us to gather and celebrate. Our sponsors were Sherry and Bill Kaplan, celebrating Bill’s “21st” birthday (Bill was born on Feb. 29). Melanie and Nate Einbund celebrated their permanent move to SaddleBrooke! It was wonderful for us to be together and enjoy seeing each other.

Rabbi Harari conducted a class, Judaism Is More Than a Religion. There was lots of information, with more questions than answers. The interest of the participants and the energetic and stimulating dialogue were contagious. Rabbi Harari led us through conversation to understand and formulate ideas of how Judaism is more than a religion. Is there a magic answer? No. All agreed that Jewish life includes religious practices, customs, rituals, traditions, ethics, food, holidays, and adaptation to the culture of the country and surroundings in which we live.

Shabbat services on March 25 were in person with Rabbi Harari officiating, with cantorial soloist Sarah Boltt accompanied by David Mancini-Conway.

Dues are due: As a reminder, IJSS dues for the calendar year January through December were due in January 2022. Note that there hasn’t been a dues increase of $135 per person. Payments can be sent to Seth Eisner, IJSS Treasurer.

Purim Celebration with IJSS and JFG: In the spirit of Jewish unity, IJSS and JFG jointly sponsored a Purim Hamantaschen and Dessert Evening on March 15.

IJSS is a small, active, and welcoming congregation. If you have questions or wish to join our congregation, please contact Joan Elder at 520-360-1478 or Seth Eisner at 520-818-6340 for information.

Happy Passover, everyone, and a happy Spring!