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Shalom chaverim (Friends),

Spring plays its usual pranks on us (I don’t think people actually invented April Fools’ Day, it’s all Nature laughing at us!). At this time of year, we go back and forth from spring to winter, and back again. And yet, time marches on and some things are unstoppable. Things like children growing up and becoming young adults. Every culture has its coming of age rituals; in Judaism, of course, it is the bar or bat mitzvah. This Shabbat we are fortunate to celebrate a joint b’nai mitzvah (the plural of the event, in modern Hebrew). Caroline Goren and her cousin from Colorado, Mason Scanlon, will be called up to the Torah as young adults this Shabbat. It will be, with God’s help, a joyous event for the families as well as for the entire congregation. It’s always so moving to see these young adults taking their place in the Jewish community, accepting the responsibilities and privileges that come along with belonging to an ancient people and civilization. Services Friday evening will begin at 7:30, and in my sermon I will speak about “Why Torah?”. Shabbat services will take place Saturday morning at 9:30 AM. There will be no other temple events this weekend, but we WILL have a regular temple weekend NEXT Shabbat, April 12-14, including adult ed on Saturday, and Religious School (our annual Model Seder) on Sunday.

I look forward to seeing you soon,

Rabbi Boaz Heilman