What a wonderful time our members and guests had at the annual Congregation Ohr Shalom Chanukah Party on December 4th. Latkes, latkes and MORE latkes were eaten and Rachel Cole, our Family Educator, provided us lovely music for our group singing pleasure after dinner.
PASSOVER SEDER, TUESDAY, MARCH 30, 2010
Annual Community Seder - March 30, 2010
Dozens of congregants and guests gathered for Ohr Shalom's second night of Passover service and dinner on March 30. David Eisner, Lay Leader, directed the service with the help of the questioning "youngest child" Marcus B.
As usual, Kathleen K. coordinated a tasety dinner complimented by the terrific pot luck dishes from congregants. Thank you again, Kathleen and your committee for once again performing the magical transformation of a bare meeting hall into a lovely dining space.
The synagogue's first annual Passover Dessert Contest attracted many fine entrants from fruity tortes to decadent chocolate desserts. The winner was novice baker Claudia F. who credited her late father's cookbook gift with a recipe for Sponge Cake Trifle. Look for the recipe in May's Newsletter but beware, you should have a designated driver after enjoying a slice!
ANNUAL PURIM PARTY & POT LUCK! WITH A WESTERN FLAVOR!
An awesome "Western" Purim play performed by Leslie Golub and friends entertained all at the Congregation Ohr Shalom Purim 2010 celebration. (L) Rose is lovely as the Queen of Hearts!
Hammentaschen Making & Purim
A number of Ohr Shalom women got together for a "Sisterhood Hammentaschen Making party" before Purim. Those who joined in for this year's Purim Party enjoyed another terrific pot luck dinner (with main dishes provided by the Congregation) and a hilarious Purim play - Western Style!
High Holidays 2009
Rabbi Bogage and Congregation Ohr Shalom members and guests thoroughly enjoyed the 2009 High Holidays. The Shofar was blown and a beautiful rendition of Kol Nidre was played on the viola. Several congregants had the opportunity to read from the Torah and lead responsive prayers. Even the youngsters got involved in special services and helping Rabbi hold the Torah. After Yom Kippur, a wonderful Break-the-Fast was held with many traditional home-made delights. Rabbi Bogage is seen below sampling some of the many fabulous desserts!
Congregants met at the river for the symbolic Tashlich ceremony of "casting away or casting off" sins during Rosh Hashanah. Prayers were led by Rabbi Bogage.
Hanukkah Party 2009 a Rousing Success!
Nearly 70 members and guests enjoyed Ohr Shalom's wonderful annual Hanukkah celebration complete with congregants' tasty pot luck dishes and LATKES provided by the excellent Board chefs.
Many families brought their own menorahs to light in unison. Children excitedly discovered treats in their individual goody bags and took home balloons at the end of the night.
Thank you so much to the Hanukkah Party committee of Kathleen, Claudia and Becky for all their hard work and to the many others who pitched in as well.
Bagels and Blintzes - Kathleen You've Done it Again!
Last week Kathleen invited all those interested in making bagels and blintzes into her home for a demonstration. Becky and Claudia were quick to accept the invitation. After all, how often do we get to learn from the Master Chef? Well, it was 90% work for Kathleen and 90% chatting for us but the tasting part was terrific! Especially the poppyseed filled blintzes! So Kathleen, what's next on your Master Chef class schedule?
Other Jewish Holidays
Our congregation also celebrate:
Tu B' Shevat Sukkot Simchas Torah Channukah Second night of Passover Purim Yom HaShoah Service - Holocaust Rememberance Day
The second night of Passover was celebrated with a Community Seder. Student Rabbi Howie Stein and his wife Debbie were in town to lead the Seder. Howie brought a bag of tricks and humor with him as he gave the kids and adults props for the 10 plagues. He also recited a Dr. Suess version of Passover. Thanks to Bonnie for the coordination of all the foods brought and to Kathleen for all her hard work preparing the seder.
The 10 plague helper (above) and a message from our Board President (below).
Ma Nishtanah HaLayla Hazeh….
How different this night was from all other nights!!!!
Sixty-eight people attended this year’s April 9th Community Passover Seder. The dinner service was led by David Eisner. Thanks to the culinary skills of our participants, we had plenty of chicken soup and matzo balls, side dishes and desserts. The main dish of seasoned chicken pieces was prepared by City Market.Flying glass from a too- hot potato kugel Pyrex pan (sorry Dave Edwards!) provided some kitchen excitement.
Thanks to all the chefs, bakers and participants. Special thanks to Becky, Phil S, Dave E, Rose H and Claudia F for all of their set up and clean up help.
Sukkot and Simchas Torah
The children were present to celebrate and learn about 2 important and fun holidays this fall: Sukkot and Simchas Torah. The religious school is off to a resounding start.
Simchat Torah - Rewinding the Torah Sukkot - Service in the Sukkah
Wendy W. and her fabulous committee (Gail G, Beth L, and Bonnie R) outdid themselves organizing the annual Purim Party.Beth and her hilarious impromptu Purim play was a highlight.Instead of the standard meggillah reading, Miriam and her sister Marion rewrote it to the tune of The Cat in the Hat.The two sisters were dressed to match.
Costumes were everywhere.Prizes were awarded for Best Adult Costume to Aaron L, Best Kids Costume to Rachel G's guest, and MOST LIKELY TO GET ARRESTED IN PUBLIC to Gail G.George G would have been a shoe-in, but he had already taken off his wig.There were plenty of hammentaschnes and other desserts, gragger making for the kids, and we celebrated Miriam’s birthday.
If you missed the fun this year, plan on attending next year.
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