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..as of August 1, 2020 we ALL are now members of Bnai Shalom. We are now a legally merged congregation.

Marc Abo and Harvey Cartine, Co-Presidents Bnai Shalom

SERVICES


Candle Lighting Times and Service Schedule

SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT

Services may be in-person, live streaming, or via Zoom due to fewer Covid cases in our community.

Call in number is the same for all zoom events – 1–646–558–8656 unless otherwise stated. Call the office to register for Zoom credentials. To watch livestream go to

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfZItTXHDeWVl4t0XQtMRkg

Friday Shabbat

Friday Shabbat Evening Services 7:30 P.M. on March 1st Shabbat Services in person and streaming.

Saturday morning services 10:00 A.M. on March 2nd Shabbat Services in person and streaming.


CANDLE LIGHTING in Easton, PA

Fri., March 1 - 5:35 P.M.

Fri., March 8 - 5:43 P.M.

Fri., March 15th - 6:50 P.M.

Fri., March 22nd - 6:58 P.M.

Fri., March 29rd - 7:05 P.M.

PLAN TO JOIN CONGREGATION BNAI SHALOM TO CELEBRATE HOLIDAYS WINTER 2024

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Please make plans to join us at Bnai Shalom as we are blessed to have Cantors Jill Pakman and Dr. Bob Weiner leading our worship services this year.

SAFETY AND HEALTH PROTOCOLS

1) If you have Covid or any other virus, do not attend services in person. The services will be streamed on the Bnai Shalom Easton PA YouTube channel.

2) Some rows in the sanctuary will be designated as mask-mandatory rows. Masks must be worn in these rows.

Shabbat Service and KiddushNo shabbat dinner in February Shabbat dinners will resume in a few months.

Festival of Purim

Holiday observances Begins sunset of Saturday, March 23, 2024 (with the Purim Night Megillah reading taking place that evening) and ends nightfall of Sunday, March 24, 2024 , and the holiday concludes at nightfall the following day. Ta'anit Esther - March 21, 2024 Shushan Purim - March 25, 2024

With celebrations including costumes, skits and songs, noisemakers, and gifts of food, Purim is definitely full of fun! Purim is a joyous holiday that affirms and celebrates Jewish survival and continuity throughout history. The main communal celebration involves a public reading—usually in the synagogue—of the Book of Esther (M'gillat Esther), which tells the story of the holiday: Under the rule of King Ahashverosh, Haman, the king's adviser, plots to exterminate all of the Jews of Persia. His plan is foiled by Queen Esther and her cousin Mordechai, who ultimately save the Jews of Persia from destruction. The reading of the m'gillah typically is a rowdy affair, punctuated by booing and noise-making when Haman's name is read aloud.

Purim is an unusual holiday in many respects. First, Esther is the only biblical book in which God is not mentioned. Second, Purim, like Hanukkah, is viewed as a minor festival according to Jewish custom, but has been elevated to a major holiday as a result of the Jewish historical experience. Over the centuries, Haman has come to symbolize every anti-Semite in every land where Jews were oppressed. The significance of Purim lies not so much in how it began, but in what it has become: a thankful and joyous affirmation of Jewish survival.

Now is a good time to plan Mishloat Manot treat bags!

Cash Bingo Fundraiser

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Join us for a fun time at Bnai Shalom BINGO!

Doors open at 12:15 P.M. Bingo starts at 1 P.M.

There are 15 games and $350 Jackpot (NOT INCLUDED IN PACKAGE)- PLUS TWO SPECIAL PAYOUT 50/50 + TICKET GAMES.

Refreshments available, no outside food allowed.

2024 Bingo dates:

MARCH 3; APRIL 7; MAY 5; JUNE 2; JULY 7; AUGUST 4; SEPTEMBER 8; **NO GAME IN OCTOBER** NOVEMBER 3; DECEMBER 8

Please call Howard Nathanson at 484-242-5840 before purchasing your items.

Thank you to dedicated set of volunteers each month. I ask you to consider helping to ensure we have enough people each month to run a successful game. Contact Howard N. if you can help or have questions.

Rabbi Position Open

Congregation Bnai Shalom is now interviewing for a settled (a permanent position) Rabbi.

If you would like to apply for this permanent position, please reach out to the Rabbi Search Committee to submit your full CV with qualifications, work history, along with references.

While the search continues, we find ourselves without a Rabbi or Cantorial coverage for July and August 2023. At a special executive session, the Board of Directors voted unanimously to hire Professor Robert Weiner to temporarily assist us with some day-to-day rabbinic responsibilities necessary to keep our congregation vibrant and thriving.

Bob, a Torah scholar, will conduct services July and August, as well as classes such as Torah on Tuesdays and Judaism for our Time. He will make hospital visits, congregant visits, assist Cantor Jill with Friday night Shabbat services, conduct Saturday morning Shabbat services, work with candidates interested in conversion classes, and will be available for congregant counseling. Bob and Cantor Jill will work as a team to provide meaningful High Holy Day services.

Bob will perform these responsibilities from July 1 through December 31, 2023. Should we be successful in contracting with a Rabbi prior to December 31st, the new Rabbi will assume all rabbinic responsibilities upon hire.

Please join me in welcoming Bob in this position.

Marc Abo

President

Bnai Shalom Choir and Band

Make your own kind of music, sing your own special song…

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CBS Choir and Band

Music Rehearsal 7:00 P.M. on Tuesdays. ALL ages welcome. Please bring your instruments too!

Tzedakah Program

Congregation Bnai Shalom will continue helping those in need by making the mitzvah of Tzedakah a regular feature. We will highlight charities each month in addition to helping Bnai Shalom. This form of social justice is a commitment that will continue to enrich those needing support and, in turn, enrich those who donate. Please send it to the attention of our secretary, Irene Kurpen at Bnai Shalom. She in turn will place the sealed donations into the Tzedakah Box. Under the auspices of Rabbi Melody and our accountant, there will be regular accounting and distribution of the funds. You, in turn, will receive a receipt of your donation. Since the beginnings of our previous congregations, we have been an integral part of the Easton community. Our logical focus will be to serve needy recipients in our community. If you have suggestions for our upcoming Tzedakah spotlight, please send them to Herb Woolf at: herbwoolf13@gmail.com.

Charity options for monthly donations:

Jewish Family Service item of the Month for March is collecting toothpaste. Your donation can be dropped off in Founders Hall. Thank you for your participation!

PRoJeCT of Easton's mission is to build a better community by helping people help themselves. 320 Ferry St, Easton, PA 18042

Visit PRoJeCT of Easton's website.

Safe Harbor’s mission is to foster lifelong success and stability in homeless men and women by addressing the root causes of their homelessness.

536 Bushkill Drive Easton, PA 18042

Visit Safe Harbor's website.

Tzedakah Box - Bnai Shalom (attention Irene Kurpen) 1545 Bushkill Street, PA 18042.

Make a Donation to Bnai Shalom

About

Congregation Bnai Shalom has served the Easton Jewish Community since 1839.

Congregation Bnai Shalom is a creative, inclusive congregation inviting ALL people to deepen their bonds to Judaism and to thrive in their personal journeys.

About our history

    Board Meeting 7:00 P.M. Wednesday, March 20th in the CBS Library live and via Zoom

    MISSION STATEMENT

    Congregation Bnai Shalom of Easton, Pennsylvania is a creative, inclusive congregation inviting ALL people to deepen their bonds to Judaism and to thrive in their personal journeys.


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    Bnai Shalom Book Club
    • Our next meeting will take place on Sunday, March 3 at 10:30 A.M. in the CBS Library. The book is titled: THE MALTA EXCHANGE by Steve Berry. "The Malta Exchange is a treat for fans of the stellar Cotton Malone series as well as a top-notch historical puzzler…" Ray Palen, Book Reporter

      • Synagogue Choir & Band
        • CBS Choir and Band Meeting: 7:00 P.M. on Tuesdays

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          Knitting Group
          • Please join us on Wednesday, February 21 at 10:30 A.M. in the CBS Library.

          • Chicken Soup
            KNOW SOMEONE WHO IS SICK?
            • If you're sick or under the weather, let us know. We always have homemade kosher chicken soup available. Vegetarian ‘chicken soup’ too! If possible we will drop it off to you or you can arrange to have someone pick it up. Call the office at 610-258-5343 and let us know.
            • Payment Update!
              • Please make your checks payable to Bnai Shalom and mail to 1545 Bushkill St. Easton, PA 18042
Make a Donation

Make a one time and/or automatic monthly donation to Bnai Shalom with any major credit card. If you prefer the donation be allocated to a specific fund please contact the office. Unless specified, all donations will be deposited into the General Operating fund.


Thank you for your generosity.
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