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Newsletter 2/29/2012

Congregation Beth Shalom

Happy Purim From Beth Shalom!

Minyan needed for Sabbath Services at 8:00 p.m., Friday Evening, March 2 (8 Adar)

Shabbat services at Beth Shalom synagogue start at 8:00 p.m.  Kabuika Kamunga
  and Rosanne Wagger will be observing the yahrzeits of their mothers.  Kabuika will also give the drash. Please join us to help make a minyan!

Shabbat Candle Lighting Times for Fairfield

Shabbat (candle lighting) begins at 5:43 p.m. on Friday, February 24. Shabbat ends (Havdalah begins) Saturday, 6:43 p.m. in Fairfield.

Purim: Magillah Reading, Dessert Potluck at Beth Shalom, Wednesday Eve, 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:

Please note: although Purim is on Thursday, March 8, as announced in last week’s newsletter, like other Jewish holidays, Purim begins the evening before — Wednesday, March 7.

In any case, we’ll see you at Beth Shalom on Wednesday evening, March 7!

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.

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