This week was certainly a joyous Shabbat Celebration. Although we are still meeting via Zoom, you could feel the warmth as we had two November Birthdays to celebrate! The group enthusiastically sang and sent good wishes to both Todd and Mark. Alicia led the blessings over the candles, welcoming Shabbat. Todd chanted the Kiddusha, the blessing of the grape juice. Mark and Aaron joined together to bless the Challah. In the torah portion this week, Vayetzei Jacob dreams of a ladder that goes all the way to heaven with angels coming down from the ladder. In his dream, G-d promises to bless Jacob’s family and his children. After working for many years, Jacob weds and G-d gives him 12 sons […]

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Everyone was happy to celebrate another Shabbat via Zoom. Together, everyone recited the blessing over the candles. Daniel led the blessing for the grape juice and Stacy C. performed the Hamotzi the blessing over the challah. This week’s torah portion, Chayei Sarah, Eliezer was looking for kindness. Learning about his search led us to a discussion about acts of kindness. Stacy C. shared that her housemates are planning a birthday dinner this weekend. Todd’s act of kindness was that he called his brother to check on him. Stacy N. shared how grateful she is for her job and to have a day program she enjoys. This celebration was both fun and meaningful to share how small acts of kindness can […]

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Our gathering this week began with Hannah leading the blessing over the candles. Aaron led the group with the Kiddusha, the blessing for the fruit of the vine. Stacy performed the Hamotzi, the blessing over the challah. After the blessings were completed, we saw the true meaning of community when Stacy C. shared the news that her grandmother passed away. Rachel, along with the rest of the group have been supporting her and being wonderful friends during this difficult time. Stacy remembered her grandmother and how proud she was of her grandchildren. The show of support is echoed in this week’s Torah portion Toldot. Abraham and Sarah, the first Jewish family were kind and compassionate and tolerant. Isaac and Rebecca […]

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Everyone was excited to see each other on Zoom and welcome the Shabbat together. Alicia and Stacy recited the blessing over the Shabbat candles. Todd and Daniel shared the blessing over the grape juice and Mark blessed the challah. “Lech Lecha” – the Torah portion of the week – highlighted how God said to Abraham to go forth from his homeland to the land that God shall show him. God promised to make of Abraham a big nation and bless him and his name. We learned about Abraham’s journey and his love for his wife Sara. Stacy shared that she visited the new JSDD office and WAE Center building and she enjoyed the tour of our new home very much. We listened […]

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