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To read more about our new logo, see the Purim 2020 edition of Mercaz Musings. Hard copies available at Mercaz and through the link at the bottom of the newsletter. 
Purim 5780

Fast ends at 7:41 pm at the earliest or 7:53 pm if fasting is not difficult for you.

Rabbi Avi will be collecting Matanot L'evyonim both Monday night and Tuesday morning.

Megillah readings will take place at Mercaz. We will have some light, single-serving break fast items available. 

We are planning on live streaming both readings via Webex. See the box below for details on how to join. 

Schedule:
 
Monday, March 9th: Maariv at 7:40 with Megillah reading to follow at 8 pm
Tuesday, March 10th at 7:30 am Shacharit followed by community Megillah reading

Tuesday, March 10th at 4 pm - Women's reading has been moved to a Zoom reading. As such, this will not be a halachic reading this year, however, it will still give us a chance to read together. See below for details
 
Additional readings on Tuesday afternoon in the neighborhood: 

Hillel at UW - 12:30 pm, reading by Hillel Senior Jewish Educator Avishai Gebler (https://www.hilleluw.org/events/purim-daytime-megillah-reading/)

CSTL - Mincha at 2 pm followed by Megillah
 
COVID-19 
The health and safety of our community is of the utmost importance. Below you will find a link to a letter to our community about COVID-19. We ask that all of our participants please read this letter. Also included here is a link to a letter from the Seattle Vaad and a summary with many sources from Rabbi Dov Linzer about Megillah under quarantine. 
Letter to Mercaz Community Converning COVID-19
Seattle Vaad Halachic Guidlines for Purim Considering COVID-19
Rabbi Dov Linzer on Megillah Under Quarantine
If you ordered Mishloach Manot as part of the Mercaz fundraiser, they can be picked up at either reading. Cookies were baked and frozen a couple of weeks ago, all other food is packaged and they were packed with gloves. Thank you to Daniel Zana for all of his work bringing this together and to Jonathan Weiner, Aliza Hochstein, Maya Kintzer and Jane Becker. 
Webex evening start time is 7:45.
Webex morning start time is 7:45.


Both links will connect to you a Webex meeting with audio and video.  Join a few minutes early to ensure your computer is set up to join the Webex  The phone number and meeting number are provided in case you have a problem with the links.
Please keep your microphone muted so that everyone can hear the Megillah being read.

https://optum.webex.com/optum/j.php?MTID=m5f4531bc08cb7e47d6f84c0a77606ae0
Mercaz Seattle Evening Megillah
Meeting number (access code): 649 511 609
Meeting password: BCzr2Tav3*2
1-763-957-6300

https://optum.webex.com/optum/j.php?MTID=m83d19f9d8235280a5e79702e891867a9
Mercaz Seattle Morning Megillah
Meeting number (access code): 644 856 102
Meeting password: Y8Wnx8TMT9$
1-763-957-6300 
2020 Women's Megillat Esther reading!
Hello all,

This year, due to coronavirus concerns, we are planning to go virtual with the women's Megillat Esther reading (via Zoom videoconference meeting, password is "esther"). We know it's not quite the same as being together in person, but we think it will be really meaningful to have the opportunity for all of us to share our hard work and preparation with our community. Note, that this will not be considered a halachic reading since readers will each be leyning from our individual tikunim/chumashim.

As a reminder, the chapter assignments are at bit.ly/mercaz-women-purim-2020. Please plan to download/install the Zoom app on your phone/computer beforehand, as we will plan start promptly.

If anyone has tech questions/needs help with Zoom setup, happy to help/answer questions. Looking forward to celebrating virtually!

Cheers,
Dina
Purim Seudah
 Seudah is still happening but not as a potluck. Drinks are welcome. 
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.
 Direct rsvp and questions to rachel@mercazseattle.org
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