Beginning March 5th, we will be offering Hebrew classes for adults. This 8 week course will meet every Tuesday evening at 7:30 pm for 8 weeks. Our own Sarah Horn, who has taught Hebrew language to adults for many years, will help beginners read the language and understand basic vocabulary fundamental to understanding prayer and Torah.
On March 9th we are excited to join together for our annual Stargazing Havdalah. Beginning at 5 pm for dinner and continuing with a presentation from our local Astronomy club, we will then move outside to see the heavens through some of the best telescopes available in the SCV. Led by our President Don Cogan, and honoring the memory of Jim Van Winkle who helped start this tradition, this event is one not to be missed.
Purim, falls on the fourteenth of the Hebrew month of Adar, this year beginning on Wednesday evening, March 20th. It is a celebration of the events described in the Scroll of Esther. The holiday with its joyous carnival-like atmosphere focuses on one of the main themes in Jewish history, the survival of the Jewish people despite the attempts of their enemies to destroy them. Purim recalls the dangers of minority status, and in so many places and times hatred and prejudice was directed at the Jewish people in particular. Anti-Semitism has not disappeared, and hatred of the foreigner and the stranger is still prevalent throughout the world, so the holiday reminds us to make sure we remain vigilant and that we do our best to make sure others do not experience the darkest experiences of our history. Purim is most of all a happy story–a story of survival and triumph over evil. We are reminded to never give up hope, and that help can come from the most unlikely of places. And Purim teaches us that stripped of power, the things that frighten us can become a source of humor, and laughter.
Join us for our Purim Carnival Sunday, March 17th from 11:00am -2pm, this year at Hart Park Picnic Area. Once again, this year the local synagogues are all joining forces to put on an amazing Purim Carnival. We also look forward to seeing you on Wednesday night, March 20th at 7 pm, as we celebrate Purim with our special shpiel, a musical celebration featuring some very talented TBA players. (Lion King theme this year) Everyone is encouraged to come in costume and let loose.
And Passover is just around the corner. Temple Beth Ami will be celebrating our community Seder the second night of Passover, Saturday night, April 20th at 6 pm, led by Rabbi Mark Blazer and Cantorial Soloist Alyssa Rosenbaum. Call (661) 255-6410 for information and reservations or online at: www.eventbrite.com/e/temple-beth-ami-community-seder-2019-tickets-56605216727
Be Joyous, It’s Spring, It's Adar.