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Challah is one of the ways I “do” Judaism in a tangible way, my attempt at hidur mitzvah (beautifying the fulfillment of the commandment). Personalizing mitzvot is a way all of us can approach and enrich our connections to Judaism.
Nate and his classmates are working on their Purim costumes. All the boys in his class are planning to wear superhero costumes, but Nate loves aliens and would like to dress as an alien. Reluctantly, Nate decides to dress like the other boys as a superhero -- until one of his dads reminds Nate of the Purim story.
In the Book of Esther, two women find themselves in vulnerable positions because of their gender.
The Temple revamped its Social Action Committee by creating pledge cards in which congregants can indicate which type of Social Action projects they are interested in doing and how often they are available.
The Temple's religious school engaged in a year long project to support Ethiopian Jewry. They sold embroidery, hosted a Ethiopian-themed Shabbat, and created a national photo exhibit.
The Temple partnered with two churches in the South Bronx in order to foster connections between the communities.
Temple Committee Against Human Trafficking brought awareness on the issue of human trafficking to the community.
Emphasizing Purim gift-giving to children in crisis.
“Honoring Our Own” Shabbat has three components: The rabbi speaks about Judaism and the military and honors active military members and veterans during services; pre-packaged care packages are available at the Oneg for congregants to take home and mail with their own money; and the 7th and 8th
Congregants prepare holiday gift packages for Jewish seniors. Community Contact Information: Temple Shaaray Tefila New York, NY http://www.shaaraytefilanyc.org/ Goals: Provide warmth and friendship to elderly local Jews.