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Moses was the first, not Apple.

Technically, Moses was the first person with a tablet downloading data from the cloud.

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

YAHRZEITS — NISAN, 5778

RAM’S HORN POLICY FOR LISTING YAHRZEIT MEMORIALS:!
Yahrzeit memorials are listed by consecutive Hebrew month, date, and year, if known, or at the beginning of the list for one calendar year following the date of passing.

Compiled by Aitz Chaim over many years, this list is maintained by the Ram’s Horn. Please send any corrections or additions to editor@aitzchaim.com
May the source of peace send peace to all who mourn, and comfort to all who are bereaved.

Name of
Deceased
Hebrew Date of Passing Deceased Relationship to
Congregant
Dorothy Meyer 27 Av, 5777 Stepmother of Diane Sherick
Ann Belfert 20 Av, 5777 Mother of Gail Belfert
Heidi Espelin 2 Nisan, 5746 Sister of Dawn Schandelson
Sherri Estil Hopperstad 2 Nisan, 5763
Lydia (Leah) Bailey 3 Nisan, 5777 Mother of Karen (Chaya) Semple
Sid Kelman 4 Nisan, 5763 Brother-in-law of Evelyn Kelman
Janet Woodcock Getzenberg 7 Nisan, 5765 Relative of Anne Getzenberg
Morris Schandelson 10 Nisan, 5748 Father of Arnold Schandelson
Gary Cohn 15 Nisan, 5744 Brother of Arlyne Reichert
Elaine Thall 17 Nisan, 5766 Mother of Terry Thall
Harry Wasserman 17 Nisan, 5763 Father of Miriam Wolf
Margaret Slate Breslauer 18 Nisan, 5729 Mother of Bruce Breslauer
Naomi Bay Kaplan 20 Nisan, 5767 Grandmother of Kai Nealis
Irving Greenfield 23 Nisan, 5760

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

YAHRZEITS — MARCH, 2018

RAM’S HORN POLICY FOR LISTING YAHRZEIT MEMORIALS:!
Yahrzeit memorials are listed by consecutive Gregorian month, date, and year, if known, or at the beginning of the list for one calendar year following the date of passing.

Compiled by Aitz Chaim over many years, this Yahrzeit list is maintained by the Ram’s Horn. Please send any corrections or additions to editor@aitzchaim.com

May the source of peace send peace to all who mourn, and comfort to all who are bereaved.

Name of
Deceased
English Date of Passing Hebrew Date of Passing Deceased Relationship to
Congregant
Dorothy Meyer Aug 19, 2017 27 Av, 5777 Aunt of Diane Sherick
Ann Belfert Aug 12, 2017 20 Av, 5777 Mother of Gail Belfert
Edith Semple Mar 2, 2010 17 Adar, 5770 Mother of Doug Semple
Sarah Lewin Mar 11, 5777 13 Adar, 5777 Mother of Rachel Michele Lewin Costaneda
Sophia Weissman Mar 12, 1967 30 Adar I, 5727 Grandmother of Jerry Weissman
Benjamin Barrett Mar 13, 1968 13 Adar I, 5728 Grandfather of Nadyne Weissman
Sylvia Fineman Mar 13, 2009 18 Adar, 5769 Mother of Robert Fineman
Pauline Eichner Mar 14, 1991 28 Adar I, 5751 Mother of Jerry Eichner
Marcia Eisenberg Mar 15, 1992 10 Adar II, 5752 Mother of Sharon Eisenberg
Allan B. Silverstein Mar 16, 2012 22 Adar, 5772 Father of Errol Silverstein
Fanny Drellich Mar 17, 1930 17 Adar I, 5690 Grandmother of Arlyne Reichert
Morris Schandelson Mar 28, 1988 10 Nissan, 5748 Father of Arnold Schandelson
Lillian Gissen Mar 30 Mother of Marion Kelman
Harry Crombie Mar 31, 1967 19 Adar II, 5727 Father of Arleen Heintzelman
Lydia (Leah) Bailey Mar 31, 2017 3 Nisan, 5777 Mother of Karen (Chaya) Semple