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Meet the Mercaz Member
Shabbat morning at 8:45 am - Tefillah and Siddur class. Shacharit this week, Parashat Beshalach, at 9:30 am followed by a full kiddush sponsored by Adriana Schultz and David Curtis in honor of their upcoming wedding and David's aufruf. Mazel Tov! Leila is supervising in the playroom this week.
Thursday night learning at Mercaz this week! 9:00-10:30.
Meet the Mercaz Member: Ariel Greene
Where is he from:Ariel grew up in Seattle, and asides from two years in Israel has been here his whole life
A good travel memory: One of his best memories of travelling was when Eitan, his brother, finished yeshiva and he flew to meet him. They spent 2.5 weeks traveling in Israel and then 2.5 weeks traveling in France. In Israel they went on some wonderful hikes and had a great time staying at Moshav Avivim in the north with some people who had been in Seattle the year before, and in France they spent time with family and met up for a couple days with a friend who was living in Paris for a couple months. The best part of the trip was the fact that they played cribbage almost every morning in a different cafe, and at the end of the trip they were tied in game points.
What hobbies he's enjoying these days:Ariel's current hobbies are reading and board games. He has a ~1000 book library at home, most of which are Sci-Fi/Fantasy, and he's always adding books to it. He plays board games most weeks, and sometimes multiple times a week, including a biweekly game-night with coworkers.
Current favorite board game and why: His current favorite board game is Camel-Up. He recently got the game and it is a very silly game with simple strategy where you are betting on camels racing around a track.
What's on their winter bucket list:Ariel's winter bucket list is fairly short and usually involves a trip to the family cabin at least once.
What appeals to them about Mercaz: Ariel has been attending Mercaz since its inception and the main reason that he finds it appealing is that it is a modern orthodox community with a younger membership, that is open and welcoming, and is continually growing. Being involved in the formation of a new community has been a lot of work, but is very rewarding.
Welcome Baby Ella Dershowitz
Tu B'Shvat Niggun Collective
Sunday, February 9th
5:00 pm to 6:45 pm
Please join us as we sing in the New Year of the Trees. Niggun Collective Seattle was born at Limmud 2018 when a few folks sat down and started singing together. All songs are wordless and lights are low to allow each person to meditate on their own experience. We have some silence between each tune and anyone who wants is encouraged to share a melody. We are hosted this week by Mercaz Seattle (northeast Seattle) but are not denominationally affiliated. Kosher snacks are provided. No charge, donations appreciated, but all are welcome! Please RSVP for address and directions to email@example.com
Monday, March 9th TBA - Evening reading
Tuesday, March 10th TBA - Morning community reading
Tuesday, March 10th at 4 pm - Women's reading (see below)
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)!
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
As part of our 2020 planning, we are sending out a brief survey in order to get more detailed input and to establish a baseline understanding of our community members' goals and priorities that we can refer to in the coming years. Please fill out the survey by Monday, February 10th. Note that it is an optionally anonymous survey; please share your name at the end only if you are comfortable.
Thank you in advance for your time! Your feedback will help our community grow.