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Shabbat Times for New York City
Friday 3.24 | Candle Lighting: 6:54 pm
Saturday 3.25 | Shabbat Ends: 7:55 pm
Next Friday Night Dinner is with MJE East: Spring Fling!
3/31 @ 6:30 PM
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SHABBAT AT MJE WEST
131 W 86th st, 10th floor
with Rabbi Mark Wildes
6:45 pm | Friday Night Lights with Special Guest Dr. Tuvia Book
Topic: Come and Learn about Israel, touring Israel, and being in Israel.
Our guest speaker is an expert tour guide and leads the trip with MJE!
6:54 pm | Candle Lighting
9:30 am | Beginner’s Services
*Sponsored by Adam and Jodi Weinstein in honor of their children*
10:30 am | Torah Reading (white room)
Dvar Torah by Anna Powers
Cafe Connect with Rabbi Joshua D. Klein (blue room)
Topic: “We are all connected – we just don’t see it“
11:00 am | Rabbi Mark Wildes hosts
Guests Speaker Dr. Tuvia Book
Topic: “From London to Lebanon: Journals of an IDF Combat Medic”
11:45 am | Kiddush – This Week’s Kiddush is sponsored by
Jonathan Tannenbaum and Elyssa Plotkin in celebration of their recent engagement. Mazal Tov!!
Kiddish is co-sponsored by Debra and Evan Benjamin in memory of their father,
Dr. Steven Benjamin Shmuel Nachum ben Yitzchak z”l, whose yahrtzeit is this week.
Kiddush is also co-sponsored by Eliane Karr in honor of Justin’s Birthday!
“Mazal tov Justin! We love you, Eliane and Ben :)”
4:00 pm | Bikur Cholim (visiting the sick) meet @ 730 Columbus, off of 96th street
5:45 pm | Weekly Torah Talk – Canceled this week
6:35 pm | Afternoon Services at the Jewish Center
followed by Third Meal with Guest Speaker Daniel Levin
Topic: “LION: Making Hollywood’s Heartwarming, Oscar-nominated Story of Exodus and Return“
7:55 pm | Shabbat Ends
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Megilat Esther or the Scroll of Esther is the book of the Hebrew Bible Jews will gather to read this Saturday night to celebrate the upcoming holiday of Purim. The Megilah speaks of a beautiful woman chosen to be Queen of the ancient Persian Empire who must hide her Jewish identity. Her very name, Esther or “hidden”, bespeaks the double life she is forced to lead. Esther grows accustomed to hiding her Jewish identity in the royal palace, but when the anti-Semitic Prime Minister is about to carry out his genocidal plot to annihilate the Jews of Persia, she risks her life and reveals her true identity to the King. This was no easy task for Esther, but because of this revelation, her strategic planning and courage to share who she truly was, the Jewish people were ultimately liberated.
The 13th Annual Israeli Apartheid Week is taking place all around the world this month. In hundreds of cities, through lectures, rallies, and demonstrations featuring “apartheid walls”, IAW participants attempt to demonize and delegitimize Israel. According to their website, “Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) is an international series of events that seeks to raise awareness of Israel’s settler-colonial project and apartheid system over the Palestinian people and to build support for the growing Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.”
Last week was Israel Apartheid Week (IAW) at my alma mater, Columbia University. Anti-Israel sentiment at Columbia definitely existed when I was a graduate student in the early 90’s, but it has grown increasingly worse over the years and Israel Apartheid Week, which has spread to 225 cities as of 2016, plays a huge part. Many Jewish students at Columbia and other campuses feel intimidated or lack the knowledge and confidence to stand up to the BDS and SJP (Students for Justice in Palestine) activists, and as a result the slander and lies of their campaigns often go unchallenged.
This year was different.