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Newsletter 03/07/2012

Congregation Beth Shalom

Weekly News and Updates, March 7, 2012

Happy Purim From Beth Shalom!


TONIGHT: Purim Megillah Reading, Dessert Potluck at Beth Shalom, March 7


Beth Shalom will host a Purim Party at 8:00 p.m., Wednesday Evening, March 7: a Megillah Reading by Shai Perelson and others, followed by a dessert potluck.  Come in costume, win a prize! We’ll supply the groggers, you bring your favorite dessert.  Can’t think of what to bring?  How about Hamantashen?  Here’s a link to a recipe:

How is Purim celebrated?

There are four mitzvot associated specifically with Purim. They are:

  1. Read or hear the Megillah (Scroll of Esther) at night and by day.
  2. Give charity to at least two needy people.
  3. Send a minimum of two ready-to-eat foods to at least one person.
  4. Sit down for a royal feast.


Sabbath Services at 8:00 p.m., Friday Evening, March 9 (15 Adar)

Shabbat Candle Lighting Times for Fairfield

Shabbat (candle lighting) begins at 5:51 p.m. on Friday, March 9. Shabbat ends (Havdalah begins) Saturday, 6:50 p.m. in Fairfield.

Help the Boormans: Home destroyed in Sigourney, IA

Submitted by Shelley Gratzon

Hi friends,

Brett Boorman has been a good friend to our community.  His family has helped us at Maharishi School create gifts for our donors.

Last week his daughter’s home burned and she lost everything.

I’d like to help her. If you have any extra furniture or household goods that you’d be willing to donate, please email me and I’ll let Brett know.

Thanks so much. It feels wonderful to be in a community of loving people.


Carol Chesnutt

Sh’murah Matzah: available from Bob Rabinoff


It’s almost Purim, and that means that Pesach is coming up soon.  Once again, Gd willing, I will make my annual pilgrimage to Maccabee’s Deli in Des Moines to get traditional, hand-made Sh’murah Matzah (matzah whose ingredients – plain wheat flour – have been set aside and guarded from the time of harvest specifically for the mitzvah of making Pesach matzot).  Once again, I am taking orders.  Pesach is on Shabbat, April 7th this year, so I will probably go up around March 25.  Please email me at or call 472-9842 (leave a message) and let me know how many boxes you want.  I don’t know the price yet, but Rabbi Jacobsen of Maccabee’s Deli thinks price will be the same as last year: $22 for a 1-lb box.

Chag Same’ach!

Bob Rabinoff