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Welcoming the Shabbat

You may ask why the first mitzvah of Shabbat is the kindling of lights. That is because Shabbat is actually a celebration of the Creator and His Creation. G‑d’s creation of the world follows a seven-day cycle, which peaks each Shabbat and begins anew. At Creation, the first thing that was brought into being was light. Therefore, it is appropriate to kindle lights at the start of Shabbat in commemoration of the first light that was created.

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New Felonious adventure #2

Felonious is looking forward to making new friends, but he is worried that he will be shunned when people find out that he was in prison. If people could only get to know him before making up their minds! They would see that he is truly sorry for his crime. He is not that guy anymore! Overcoming his fears of…

Adventures of Felonious Monk

This is the first of many of Felonious Monk’s adventures #1 Prison inmates are very grateful to the volunteers who come to visit them. Every Institution has a volunteer appreciation event annually. One lovely feature of this event is an opportunity for each guest to pick a gift from tables of crafts and artwork that have been made by the…

My Magen David (Star of David) Art

The Magen David is a widely recognized symbol of Judaism. The literal translation is ‘shield of David,’ referring to King David of the Bible. This Magen David is ‘inter-species art.’ My first lovebird was a female with a strong nesting drive. No paper could be safely left in her presence because she shredded everything that she could get her beak…

The Story of Hamantaschen

Every 14th day of Adar on the Hebrew calendar Jewish people celebrate Purim. It’s a joyous holiday that marks the time the Persian Jewish population was saved from genocide. Okay, while Purim does have rather dark underpinnings, it really is supposed to be a fun celebration of survival full of wine, noisemakers and hamantaschen – the triangle cookie-like pastry with…

Important Upcoming Dates

Our Next Jewish Festival/Holiday


Begins sunset of Saturday, March 27, 2021
Ends nightfall of Sunday, April 4, 2021.

Passover (Pesach) celebrates the deliverance of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt.

The first Seder will be on March 27 after nightfall, and the second Seder will be on March 28 after nightfall.

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