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President’s Message March 2017

It’s been an enjoyable week here as we’ve had the annual pre-Spring thaw. I love it but felt sympathy for my dogs as they scrambled to avoid the very cold puddles of water we encountered everywhere we went. Now we’re back to normal, below freezing weather, making it easier to get around but it’s still important to navigate carefully over the ice.

This is somewhat like moving through the world lately – one needs to be alert to what’s ahead, while maintaining an even demeanor in day to day conversations about politics, religion, and what is in the best interests of people here and everywhere.

At Temple Shalom we are immersed in the tasks of maintaining daily activities and also in long- term planning, that are part of our congregation’s commitment to the spiritual aspects of Judaism and to connections that advance contemporary and inclusive Jewish life.

We are certainly looking forward to this year’s Shabbat Across Canada (and North America) at the Rady Centre. It’s a wonderful opportunity to join with three congregations for a Shabbat Service and a wonderful meal, singing songs led by our cantors and listening to a few words from each of the Rabbis. Amazing crafts and games for children will be running in the Adult Lounge throughout the evening. If you don’t make it this year, start planning now to attend the next one.

And of course the next holiday we are planning for is Purim, starting with our Purim Shpiel on March 10 and then the Megillah reading and children’s Purim party on March 12.

Following that, our next big event is a Jewish Songwriters Night on March 18. This is a fabulous opportunity to hear artists from our own Jewish community perform their original songs as well as some old favourites. We proved that we could create a unique evening with our Jewish Comedy Night in November, and we plan to do it again! It was a Sold Out event so get your tickets now for this one.

Please come out and join us at these activities, or come any Friday night to our Shabbat Service all are welcome.

Linda Freed 

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