President’s Column March 2019

Though the weather has been crazy, we’ve had a somewhat quiet leap-month with Adar Alef. Now that Adar Bet is coming up, we finally get to celebrate Purim. Join us for reading of the Megillah and stay for pizza, salad and hamantaschen desserts – we encourage everyone to dress up in costume! We have prizes for children who come in costume. It’s always one of the most fun services of the year. For more fun ideas to celebrate Purim with your family and friends, see the Bulletin Section 23.

Early last month, Religious School was unexpectedly canceled due to a burst water pipe that flooded a classroom in the old religious school wing. Tony Smith and Randy Lucore opened the concrete wall and repaired the pipe that morning. After five hours, the repair was complete and the water was back on. Jeanne-Marie and Zachary Fournier cleaned up the water and moved desks and other supplies out of the classroom. A huge thank you to all four of them for reacting quickly and pitching in to resolve the problem and clean up the mess!

Are you looking for ways to heal the world? Volunteering to help during one of our Family Promise host weeks is a great way to give a family in the Cedar Rapids area a little hope. We have opportunities to help during our host week of March 3rd-10th; see the Bulletin for more details.

Beat cabin fever! On March 9th, we have two ways to get out of the house. First, we have our Shabbat Morning Services of the month at 10 am in the lower sanctuary with luncheon to follow. Then, from 10 am to 2 pm, Temple Judah will be participating in the Community Cultural Celebration and Expo at the Cedar Rapids Downtown Library. Stop by and see the exhibit table hosted by Lena Gilbert. She will have prayer books and a Torah scroll on display. Thank you Lena for organizing our table for the third year in a row!

One upcoming event I am looking forward to, is having Dr. Luick-Thrams speak here at Temple Judah. He is a visiting professor from Cornell College, and will be presenting on Midwesterners’ Responses to the Holocaust. He is an expert on Midwest History and German-American topics. The date is yet to be announced, so be on the lookout for further details.

Hope to see you all at our Purim celebration this month!

Chag Purim Sameach,