On Wednesday, April 11th, we had a special evening to remember the Holocaust with prayers and stories. It was a solemn and meaningful
gathering of sharing the sadness and the promise to keep their spirits in our hearts.
Purim is a time to REJOICE. to GIVE and to SHARE. Our annual Purim fundraiser which is based on Mishloach Manot, is prepared and assembled by congregation members. Mishloach Manot are gifts of food that Jews send to each other during the holiday of Purim. "Mishloach Manot" literally means the "sending of portions" in Hebrew and this mitzvah is meant to ensure that everyone has enough food to enjoy the traditional Purim feast. For Congregation Beth Hillel, it also means that as one big family, we want to share the joy with everyone.
On Sunday, October 8th, our congregation had its own miracle.
Our family Sukkah program was in jeopardy because of rain and more rain. It rained through the Lulav lesson and on our plans.
And then....suddenly, the sun appeared!
Precisely at 10 a.m. (the time of our original plan to decorate the Sukkah), we saw a ray of sunlight peak through the window.
Thankfully, we were able to complete our decorations, shake the Lulav and enjoy blessings and goodies.