JEWISH HOLIDAYS

Join Us for Shavuot Services
SHAVUOT 2022

Friday evening Shabbat Services at 7:30 P.M. on June 3 (with a touch of Shavuot and Yizkor)

Saturday morning Shabbat Services at 10:00 A.M. on June 4 and June 18

Sunday morning Shavuot Morning Service with Yizkor at 10 A.M. on June 5 in person only

Dinner with the Rabbi 6:30 P.M. on Friday, June 3, 2022.

Shavuot Dairy Dinner and Study Session Saturday, June 4th at 6:00 P.M.

It is traditional to gather in small groups to study on the first night of Shavuot. Join us for a delicious dairy dinner and learn about the midrashim (rabbinic stories) behind the holiday. Please RSVP to Irene at 610-258-5343

Join Rabbi Melody as we ascent Hawk Mountain on Sunday, June 5th at 2:00 p.m. We will relive the Sinai experience and read the story of our covenant. Bring your favorite dairy dessert to share! Torah is sweet! The trail is wheelchair accessible. Ticket Prices: Adults: $10, Seniors (65+): $7, Children (6-12): $5 and Children 5 and under: FREE

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary 1700 Hawk Mountain Rd. Kempton, PA 19529. Please email Rabbi if you plan on attending.

Rabbi's Monthly Message by Rabbi Melody:

Shavuot is one of our three pilgrimage holidays – one of the special days that our ancestors trekked to the Holy Temple in Jerusalem to offer sacrifices. It is by far the least known of the major holy days. (Yes, it really is a BIG holiday.) It is mentioned in the torah 5 times usually referring to the first fruits of the wheat harvest.

The problem begins with the Torah: we do not find even one specific mitzvah whose explicit purpose is to commemorate the events of Matan Torah – the Giving of the Torah. Deuteronomy 4: 9-16 does require that we not forget the events that occurred at Mount Sinai but does not command us to perform any specific positive mitzvah in order that we do not forget that event!

Then there is the issue of the timing of Shavuot in our Western calendar. Shavuot occurs at the end of May/the beginning of June. It is graduation season, wedding season AND a week or two before is when Religious School usually ends. More people now know about T’u B’shvat – the New Year for the Trees than they do about Shavuot because we celebrate T’u B’shvat with the children.

So how do we mark this special day? In the liturgy, we add Yizkor, Hallel and read the book of Ruth. It is customary to decorate the sanctuary and one’s home with flowers and greens. Our festive meals are dairy/vegetarian to honor the highest form of kashrut in which we do not take a life. Since we were given the gift of Torah on Shavuot, it is only appropriate that we study Torah.

I look forward to sharing some of our wonderful Shavuot customs with you this year. Bring on the kugel, cheesecake and ice-cream!

Sisterhood Calls for Volunteers!

Women preparing food together

I am happy to be share this joyous news with all of you! Bnai Shalom will host Second Seder this year.

It is time to come together as Mishpachah and prepare. We need volunteers working in shifts to come in and help with the cooking and baking for our congregation.

The shifts will be from 9-1 p.m., 1-4 p.m. and 4-7 p.m. on Thursday April 14th. If you are able to help during one of these shifts, please contact Irene in the office and let her know.

I so look forward to breaking matzo, sharing wine, eating charoset, and asking the four questions with all of you!

In Sisterhood Always,

Nancy Ebert

Disney Purim Shpiel

Our Disney Purim Shpiel was a wonderful compilation of Disney Music and the incredible talent in our Bnai Shalom family. Our audience was also a huge part of the show, taking their cues flawlessly with only a one minute rehearsal! Our technical crew, a student and Annelise Davis, did an amazing job coordinating the music, lighting, sound and the teleprompter.

We joined together on the patio for a lovely Havdalah. Two of our students and Spencer Davis assisted Cantor Jill and Rabbi Melody. Judy Woolf baked numerous cakes and cookies for our reception which were enhanced by homemade hamentashen from our Religious School and the Davis family.



A seder plate and invitation to join Bnai Shalom for Passover on April 16, 2022 at 5:00 P.M. - Make reservations today.
PASSOVER COMMUNITY SEDER - IN-PERSON 2022

Join Bnai Shalom for our SECOND NIGHT COMMUNITY SEDER in-person on Saturday, April 16, 2022 at 5:00 P.M. (doors open at 4:30 P.M.)

Make your reservation and plan ahead to join us at Congregation Bnai Shalom for songs, fun, inter-active. No one moans “When do we eat?”

Led with joy and ru’ach (spirit!) by Rabbi Melody Davis and Cantor Jill Pakman and Cantor Bob Wiener

All food will be gourmet KOSHER FOR PASSOVER!

$36.00 per adult; $18.00 per child

Please RSVP by April 1st by calling the office at 610-258-5343. Download and print a reservation form.

Due to high demand we cannot accept reservations after the stated deadline. There is limited seating available and will offered on a first come, first served basis! Please reserve a space. (We will keep a cancellation list, however there are no guarantees that one will be seated once the deadline has past.)

You may drop off your check payable to Congregation Bnai Shalom with the slip below.

This program has been generously supported by the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley, the Easton Leadership Council and the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund.

Lehigh Valley Women’s Seder

Wednesday, April 20th at 6:00 P.M.

Hosted by the Sisterhood of Bnai Shalom at 1545 Bushkill Street, Easton, PA 18042

Join us as we tell the Passover Story with the inclusion of the voices often forgotten: Jocheved - the Mother of Moses, Miriam, his sister, the midwives Shifra and Puah and other powerful, unsung Jewish women. Invite your mothers, sisters, daughters, aunts, grandmothers, friends and neighbors - and any men folk who you think might enjoy the experience.

Our Kosher l’Pesach menu is Dairy/Vegetarian. Entrees are Poached Salmon and Eggplant Rollatine, catered by Panache Catering.

$36.00 per person, $18.00 for those under 12.

We are very grateful for the generous support of the Jewish Federation of the Lehigh Valley and the Easton Leadership Council.

Note: Masks are now optional, but you must be fully vaccinated.

Our facility is not yet accessible. There are three steps.


UPDATE FROM RITUAL COMMITTEE CHAIR

Over the last month, we gathered at Bnai Shalom for services, but this time with onegs! It was obvious how much joy and warmth were experienced by all who attended. What was more extraordinary was the event that was three years in the making. For this first time since 2019 and first time ever as Bnai Shalom, Purim services were held live in the synagogue. There was chanting, reading, singing, laughing, frivolity, groggering, and groaning (from the numerous bad jokes told).

Once we were assured the evil [gggggrrrrrrooooogggggggeeeerrrr] and his family were defeated and our victory was complete, we celebrated with a feast of hamantaschen and other wonderful treats in the social hall. If you missed the service, the broadcast stream is still available on the Bnai Shalom Easton YouTube website. The festivities concluded a few days later at the first annual Bnai Shalom Purim Spiel. Oy! What a performance! If current events can predict future circumstances, then I see a great future for our beloved Bnai Shalom. I look forward to sharing many gatherings with you all in the future.

Ritually Yours,

Howard Nathanson, Bnai Shalom Ritual Chair