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Thursday night learning
Meet the Mercaz Member
Friday night tefillah, Mincha 5:30 pm followed by Kabbalat Shabbat! Shabbat morning at 8:45 am - Tefillah and Siddur class. Shacharit this week, Parashat Mishpatim, Shabbat Shekalim, at 9:30 am followed by a full kiddush sponsored by Rachel and Yaakov Kimelfeld in memory of Yaakov's father, Moshe ben Yaakov, whose yartzeit was this month. Julia will be supervising in the playroom!
Thursday night learning at Mercaz this week! 9:00-10:30.
Meet the Mercaz Members: Marlene Souriano-Vinikoor and Abram Vinikoor
Where are they from:Marlene grew up in Seattle’s Central Area and went to the original SHA-the Talmud Torah. Her family later moved to the Seward Park area and were active at Sephardic Bikur Holim. They currently are members of Ezra Bessaroth as well as Mercaz. Abe grew up in Philadelphia and came to Seattle in the 70’s to attend the UW. They are both twins!
A good travel memory: One of their favorite travel memories was 7 years ago when they traveled with a good friend to Italy, Greece and Turkey. In Istanbul they met with Marlene’s first cousin Korin Suryano who was the caretaker of 2 synagogues in Balat, the old Jewish area in Istanbul.
What hobbies they're enjoying these days:Hobby wise, they love visiting with Yaffa and Daniel and their girls Orly and Ruby, with their son Joe and his wife Ashlee and their 3 boys in Phoenix, and with their daughter Aliyah and her husband Dan at their house near the Ravenna PCC. Marlene enjoys going to the gym, taking a ladino class and painting. Abe is learning to play pickle ball and audits many history classes at the UW.
What's on their 2020 bucket list:In March they are going to Florence Italy where Marlene studied art and Italian in the 70’s. Their bucket list includes visiting other places they have been, especially Israel.
What appeals to them about Mercaz: We love the young and vibrant Modern Orthodox community that Mercaz has become in the North End with all of Rabbi Avi and Rachel’s hard work. And we especially love being able to attend Shabbat services with Yaffa, Daniel, Orly and Ruby."
With Purim just around the corner, the Mercaz Mishloach Manot program is in full swing. This allows people to give to others in the community and help raise funds for the shul.
Each individual or family who signs up will contribute to sending to all other participants and get one in return for a cost of $36. The deadline to register and participate is Tonight, Thursday, February 20th. Baskets can be picked up at Mercaz on March 9th or 10th after megillah reading.
Monday, March 9th: Evening reading around 8 pm (more specific times to follow next week)
Tuesday, March 10th at 7:30 am Shacharit followed by community Megillah reading
Tuesday, March 10th at 4 pm - Women's reading (see below)
Rabbi Avi will be collecting Matanot L'evyonim both Monday night and Tuesday morning.
2020 Women*'s Megillat Esther reading!
Tuesday, March 10th, 2020 at 4pm. More info at http://bit.ly/mercaz-women-purim-2020. To read, please sign up at that document directly, or let us know if you have any questions. Thanks!
* What do we mean by "Women's"? This reading is by and for women. This event is meant to encourage female representation in the traditional Orthodox space. In order to encourage women to participate, as of 2019, this will be a women-only space. If all the individuals reading at the Women's reading share that they are comfortable with the presence of men during the reading, this can be revisited in the future. If some or all of the readers wish to organize another mixed reading at another time during the holiday, we also welcome that. Note that for reading of other megillot, such as Megillat Ruth, we have an all-gender welcome to read/listen model.
Welcome to the 80's (The 5780's) Rabbi Avi and Rachel invite the community to join them for a Purim Seudah at their home (80's costumes or not)!
Tuesday, March 10th - 3 pm - 10 pm
Feel free to stay for the entire time or just stop by.
If you would like to contribute dairy or parve food to the party you can sign up below. Packaged food items and drinks welcome as well. It does not need to be 80's themed but theme away if you like! Direct rsvp and questions to firstname.lastname@example.org