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AITZ CHAIM COMMUNITY SEDER IS SATURDAY, APRIL 7, 2018

Please join us for our annual Aitz Chaim Community Seder, led by Rabbi Ruz Gulko.

When: Saturday, April 7, 2018

Where: Clark and Lewie’s, 17 7th St. S., 5:30 P.M.

What: The meal will include all the traditional fixings including matzo ball soup, salad, brisket, chicken, potato, vegetable, and dessert.

By now we should have received your reservation and payment.

Looking forward to seeing you there.

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DAYENU: MY ATTEMPT AT ENGLISH TRANSLATION

I wrote these words to be sung to the familiar tune, one of my favorites.

If He’d brought us out from Egypt,
And had not judged the Egyptians,,
Out from Egypt,
Judged Egyptians,
Dayenu!

If He had judged the Egyptians,
And had not destroyed their idols
Judged Egyptians,
Not their idols,
Dayenu!

If He had destroyed their idols,
And had not destroyed their first-born
Destroyed idols,
Not their firstborn,
Dayenu!

If He had destroyed their first-born,
And not given us their riches,
Destroyed firstborn,
Not their riches,
Dayenu!

If He’d given us their riches,
And had not the Reed Sea parted,
Given riches,
Sea not parted,
Dayenu!

If He had the Reed Sea parted,
And not led us through on dry land
Reed Sea parted,
Not on dry land,
Dayenu!

If He led us through on dry land,
And had not drowned our oppressors,
Through on dry land,
Not oppressors,
Dayenu!

If He had drowned our oppressors,
and not led us in the desert,
drowned oppressors,
Not the desert,
dayenu!

If He’d led us in the desert,
And had not fed us with manna
In the desert,
Not with Manna,
Dayenu!

If He had fed us with manna,
And not given us the Shabbat,
Fed us manna,
Not the Shabbat,
dayenu!

If He’d given us the Shabbat,
And not brought us to Mount Sinai
Gave us Shabbat,
Not Mount Sinai,
Dayenu!

If He brought us to Mount Sinai,
And not given us the Torah
To Mount Sinai,
Not the Torah,
Dayenu!

If He’d given us the Torah,
and had not brought us to Israel
gave the Torah,
not to Israel,
dayenu!

If He had brought us to Israel,
and not built the Holy Temple
brought to Israel,
not the Temple,
dayenu!

DAYENU WITH ENGLISH, HEBREW, AND TRANSLITERATION

Dayenu with English Hebrew and Transliteration
From http://www.haggadot.com
Contributed by Danielle & Misha Slutsky

One of the most beloved songs in the Passover seder is “Dayenu”. A few of us will read the stanzas one at a time, and then everyone else will respond, “Dayenu” – meaning, “it would have been enough”.

How many times do we forget to pause and notice that where we are is exactly where we ought to be? Dayenu is a reminder to never forget all the miracles in our lives. When we stand and wait impatiently for the next one to appear, we are missing the whole point of life. Instead, we can actively seek a new reason to be grateful, a reason to say “Dayenu.”

Fun fact: Persian and Afghani Jews hit each other over the heads and shoulders with scallions every time they say Dayenu! They especially use the scallions in the ninth stanza which mentions the manna that the Israelites ate everyday in the desert, because Torah tells us that the Israelites began to complain about the manna and longed for the onions, leeks and garlic. Feel free to be Persian/Afghani for the evening if you’d like.

English translation

Transliteration

Hebrew

If He had brought us out from Egypt,

Ilu hotzianu mimitzrayim,

אִלּוּ הוֹצִיאָנוּ מִמִּצְרָיִם

and had not carried out judgments against them

v’lo asah bahem sh’fatim,

וְלֹא עָשָׂה בָּהֶם שְׁפָטִים

— Dayenu, it would have been enough!

dayeinu!

דַּיֵּנוּ

If He had carried out judgments against them,

Ilu asah bahem sh’fatim

אִלּוּ עָשָׂה בָּהֶם שְׁפָטִים

and not against their idols

v’lo asah beloheihem,

וְלֹא עָשָׂה בֵּאלֹהֵיהֶם

— Dayenu, it would have been enough!

dayenu!

דַּיֵּנוּ

If He had destroyed their idols,

Ilu asah beloheihem,

אִלּוּ עָשָׂה בֵּאלֹהֵיהֶם

and had not smitten their first-born

v’lo harag et b’choreihem,

וְלֹא הָרַג אֶת בְּכוֹרֵיהֶם

— Dayenu, it would have been enough!

dayenu!

דַּיֵּנוּ

If He had smitten their first-born,

Ilu harag et b’choreihem,

אִלּוּ הָרַג אֶת בְּכוֹרֵיהֶם

and had not given us their wealth

v’lo natan lanu et mamonam,

וְלֹא נָתַן לָנוּ אֶת מָמוֹנָם

— Dayenu, it would have been enough!

dayenu!

דַּיֵּנוּ

If He had given us their wealth,

Ilu natan lanu et mamonam,

אִלּוּ נָתַן לָנוּ אֶת מָמוֹנָם

and had not split the sea for us

v’lo kara lanu et hayam,

ןלא קָרַע לָנוּ אֶת הַיָּם

— Dayenu, it would have been enough!

dayeinu!

דַּיֵּנוּ

If He had split the sea for us,

Ilu kara lanu et hayam,

אִלּוּ קָרַע לָנוּ אֶת הַיָּם

and had not taken us through it on dry land

v’lo he’eviranu b’tocho becharavah,

וְלֹא הֶעֱבִירָנוּ בְּתוֹכוֹ בֶּחָרָבָה

— Dayenu, it would have been enough!

dayenu!

דַּיֵּנוּ

If He had taken us through the sea on dry land,

Ilu he’eviranu b’tocho becharavah,

אִלּוּ הֶעֱבִירָנוּ בְּתוֹכוֹ בֶּחָרָבָה

and had not drowned our oppressors in it

v’lo shika tzareinu b’tocho,

וְלֹא שִׁקַע צָרֵינוּ בְּתוֹכוֹ

— Dayenu, it would have been enough!

dayenu!

דַּיֵּנוּ

If He had drowned our oppressors in it,

Ilu shika tzareinu b’tocho,

אִלּוּ שִׁקַע צָרֵינוּ בְּתוֹכוֹ

and had not supplied our needs in the desert for forty years

v’lo sipeik tzorkeinu bamidbar arba’im shana,

וְלֹא סִפֵּק צָרַכֵּנוּ בַּמִּדְבָּר אַרְבָּעִים שָׁנָה

— Dayenu, it would have been enough!

dayeinu!

דַּיֵּנוּ

If He had supplied our needs in the desert for forty years,

Ilu sipeik tzorkeinu bamidbar arba’im shana,

אִלּוּ סִפֵּק צָרַכֵּנוּ בַּמִּדְבָּר אַרְבָּעִים שָׁנָה

and had not fed us the manna

v’lo he’echilanu et haman,

וְלֹא הֶאֱכִילָנוּ אֶת הַמָּן

— Dayenu, it would have been enough!

dayeinu!

דַּיֵּנוּ

If He had fed us the manna,

Ilu he’echilanu et haman,

אִלּוּ הֶאֱכִילָנוּ אֶת הַמָּן

and had not given us the Shabbat

v’lo natan lanu et hashabbat,

וְלֹא נָתַן לָנוּ אֶת הַשַּׁבָּת

— Dayenu, it would have been enough!

dayenu!

דַּיֵּנוּ

If He had given us the Shabbat,

Ilu natan lanu et hashabbat,

אִלּוּ נָתַן לָנוּ אֶת הַשַּׁבָּת

and had not brought us before Mount Sinai

v’lo keirvanu lifnei har sinai,

וְלֹא קֵרְבָנוּ לִפְנֵי הַר סִינַי

— Dayenu, it would have been enough!

dayeinu!

דַּיֵּנוּ

If He had brought us before Mount Sinai,

Ilu keirvanu lifnei har sinai,

אִלּוּ קֵרְבָנוּ לִפְנֵי הַר סִינַי

and had not given us the Torah

v’lo natan lanu et hatorah,

וְלֹא נָתַן לָנוּ אֶת הַתּוֹרָה

— Dayenu, it would have been enough!

dayenu!

דַּיֵּנוּ

If He had given us the Torah,

Ilu natan lanu et hatorah,

אִלּוּ נָתַן לָנוּ אֶת הַתּוֹרָה

and had not brought us into the land of Israel

v’lo hichnisanu l’eretz yisra’eil,

וְלֹא הִכְנִיסָנוּ לְאֶרֶץ יִשְׂרָאֵל

— Dayenu, it would have been enough!

dayenu!

דַּיֵּנוּ

If He had brought us into the land of Israel,

Ilu hichnisanu l’eretz yisra’eil,

אִלּוּ הִכְנִיסָנוּ לְאֶרֶץ יִשְׂרָאֵל

and not built for us the Holy Temple

v’lo vanah lanu et beit hamikdash,

וְלֹא בָּנָה לָנוּ אֶת בֵּית הַמִּקְדָּשׁ

— Dayeinu, it would have been enough!

dayenu!

דַּיֵּנוּ

DAYENU — THE MACCABEATS

HAPPY PASSOVER FROM THE IMPJ

Dear Friends,

On behalf of the leadership, staff and congregations of the Israel Movement for Reform and Progressive Judaism, I want to wish you and your family a Chag Pesach Same’ach – a happy and meaningful Passover.

The Psachim Tractate in the Talmud teaches us that Hillel the Elder would eat the Matzah and Maror together, according to the verse from the Book of Numbers: “they shall eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs” (9; 11). This custom, which was adopted into the Passover Hagadah and followed to this day, seems more relevant than ever.

In an ever-divisive society, both within and outside of Israel, the IMPJ continues working to make egalitarian and pluralistic Judaism a commonplace practice, striving to make Israel a place guided by both its Jewish and democratic values, where people of all Jewish and non-Jewish backgrounds feel welcome and free to live and practice as they see fit. Over the past year: we have continued working to make the Kotel, the holiest site to the Jewish people, a place where all can worship according to their beliefs; we have continued striving towards an Israel where non-Orthodox conversions are recognized; we have continued establishing Reform and Progressive congregations in places where no egalitarian option is present; and have continued to fight against injustices in Israeli society.

On Passover, we are commanded to remember the story of the exodus from Egypt, and to always remember that we were strangers in the land of Egypt. From this, we are told: “And you shall not mistreat a stranger, nor shall you oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 22:20) We must take this line and apply it to our lives. With it as our guide, the IMPJ continues to struggle for the “stranger in our land” and stand up against the deportation of Asylum seekers. On this Erev Pesach, may you too take pertinent lessons from this holiday of freedom and teach them to your children, and may we see a future where these lessons guide our society.

We are gaining ground in Israel every day, this past fall we implemented a survey regarding Reform and Progressive Judaism on a national level in Israel. Among many intriguing results, it was found that 11% of secular Israeli Jews identify themselves as Reform and Progressive Jews, as opposed to around 6% six years ago. The survey also found that 56% of the secular public and 38% of the traditional (masorti) public have attended a lifecycle celebration (Bar/Bat Mitzvah or wedding) led by a Reform or Conservative rabbi in recent years. With these positive findings, we are motivated to continue making Reform and Progressive Judaism accessible to the Israeli public and will continue to expand our outreach, showing that there is more than one way to be Jewish in Israel.

As we approach Israel’s 70th Anniversary, I wish to invite you for a celebration of Reform and Progressive Zionism in the IMPJ’s 23rd Biennial Convention, which will be held on the 1-2 of June in Kibbutz Shefayim.
The Biennial will include a full track in English for our guests from around the world.

Finally – I want to take this opportunity to thank you again for your partnership, friendship and support, without which, none of what we do could be accomplished.

Chag Same’ach,

Rabbi Gilad Kariv

PESACH SAMEACH!

How is this video different from our other videos?

Music video for “Mah Nishtanah,” performed with the human voice and objects from the Seder table.

GET CREATIVE WITH YOUR SEDER PLATE!

CREATING YOUR OWN HAGGADAH
There are many free online sources. This is just one.

http://www.haggadot.com/

Need some Seder plate inspirations?
Try one (or all) of these.
MODERN ADDITIONS

A SECOND SEDER PLATE

A Second Seder Plate
Why have just one? This year, Jewish World Watch asks us to consider the plight of over 65 million displaced persons around the world with their #SecondSederPlate activity guide.

A Chili Pepper
This fantastic Jewish Mexican Haggadah encourages us to add the pepper to “honor the abuelas, the bisabuelas, the chignonas, the curandras, and the other femme Moshes, Miriams, Tziporahs and Aarons in our lives who taught us who we are…”

A Pine Cone
Temple Israel of Boston invites us to remember the mass incarceration crisis in America.

An Artichoke
Interfaith Family notes, “Jewish people have been thorny about this question of interfaith marriage” and has chosen an artichoke to spark conversation towards inclusiveness at our seder tables.

An Olive
Olive branches are traditionally known as a symbol of peace, so this author reminds us “we are not free until there is peace in our homes, our community and in our world”

Coconut & Fruit Salad
JQ International has a full LGBTQ Haggadah with a seder plate that includes a coconut for those “still in the closet and their struggle in coming out” and fruit salad for “our collective potential and recognition”

Pineapple
This author asks us to be mindful of depression and anxiety that reside within us, adding “May the source of all deliver all who suffer from their own personal Mitzrayim (narrow places)”

An Oyster
Kosher? No! But it is a great conversation starter about our reliance on oil and the effects of drilling.

Bitter Chocolate
Some host Chocolate seders to entertain the kids, while others eat fair-trade chocolate to honor workers’ struggles.

In their “Revenge of Dinah” haggadah, a group of activist teens have created a Bitter Chocolate Ritual for us to consider the pervasiveness of rape culture in our Jewish communities.

And for something completely different, try The Science Seder Plate. It’s a great coloring activity with science facts about the traditional seder symbols. We LOVE it!
https://www.haggadot.com/clip/science-seder-plate

A PESACH SONG FOR YOU

About Allan Lieberman

In the 70’s and 80’s Allan Lieberman sold advertising and then real estate. In the 1990’s he tossed away his briefcase and three-piece suit and picked up his guitar and began writing songs. Since then he has written over 200 tunes; everything from serious to satire; as well as songs for kids and the young at heart. He has entertained throughout the country for children, families and adults. Allan’s concerts are interactive, enthusiastic and FUN. He has produced four full length recordings and his most recent, It’s The Miracle, was honored by Parent’s Choice Magazine with their prestigious Gold Award.

I write songs for people
…..songs for all occasions
…….songs that make people laugh
………and occasionally make them cry

This Song’s For You
4936B Hawkwood Way,
Boynton Beach, FL 33436

allan.lieberman.songwriter@gmail.com

PLEASE MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS FOR THE ANNUAL COMMUNITY PESACH SEDER — APRIL 7, 2018, 23 Nisan, 5778

The annual Aitz Chaim community Seder will be held Saturday evening, April 7, at The O’Haire Motor Inn, 17 7th Street South at 5:30pm. That is in just a few short weeks!

Please get your reservations in ASAP! We need to get the count to the caterer by April 4.

Please send your RSVP to Laura Weiss at weissbill@bresnan.net.
Send your payment to:
Congregation Aitz Chaim
C/O Wendy Weissman, CPA
525 Central Avenue, Suite L8
Great Falls, MT 59401-3271

The meal will include all the traditional fixings and a multi course dinner including matzo ball soup, salad, brisket, chicken, potato, vegetable, and dessert. The cost will be $30 per adult member, and $40 per adult non-member. Children under 13 are half price. A vegetarian main course can be made available upon advance request. The Seder will be led by Rabbi Ruz Gulko.

Payment is expected in advance unless other arrangements have been made. Please be aware you will be responsible for the cost if you do not attend and have not canceled prior to April 4.

Questions? Call Laura at 406-799-9578.

Looking forward to seeing you there

Submitted by GFHA Congregation President Laura Weiss

PESACH IS COMING SOON … PLEASE SAVE THE DATE

The annual Aitz Chaim community Seder will be held Saturday evening, April 7, at The O’Haire Motor Inn, 17 7th Street South at 5:30pm. The Seder will be led by Rabbi Ruz Gulko.

Details about the menu, cost and the date by which to RSVP will be posted shortly.
Looking forward to seeing you all there.

Submitted by GFHA Congregation President Laura Weiss