In this newsletter:
Meet the Mercaz Member
Panel on talking to children about Anti-Semitism
Follow-up class with Rabbi Steve Greenberg
Shacharit this week, Parashat Bo, at 9:30 am followed by a full kiddush sponsored by Jonathan and Leora Weiner, in honor of the yartzeits of their grandparents: Aaron Yaacov Deutscher and Rabbi Noah and Beverly Goldstein. No babysitter this week, parent supervision in the playroom. No 8:45 am Tefillah and Siddur class this week.
Kiddush next Shabbat sponsored by Adriana Schultz and David Curtis in honor of their upcoming wedding and David's aufruf. Mazel Tov!
Thursday night learning at Mercaz this week! 9:00-10:30.
Meet the Mercaz Members: Dina and Avi Levitan
Where are they from:Dina grew up in LA and Avi is from Boston.
What brought them to Seattle: Avi came out here to work for Amazon, and Dina joined him from the Bay Area when they got married in 2017.
A good travel memory: Picking fresh starfruit from the tree in front of their AirBNB in Kauai.
What activities they're enjoying these days: They've recently been enjoying going to the UW IMA gym together...gotta build up to that hagbah....
What's on their winter bucket list: To try every variety in the pickle aisle at DK Market...currently they're on mango.
What appeals to them about Mercaz or about the North End community in general: The opportunity to build something new and positive in a supportive and exciting Jewish environment.
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.
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.