On Friday October 8th, 2021, the JSDD family gathered over Zoom to celebrate Shabbat. Alicia began the celebration by performing the blessing over the candles, welcoming the sabbath. Mark recited the Kiddusha blessing over the fruit of the vine (grape juice), Daniel chanted the Hamotzi the blessing over the challah. After the blessings, the group studied the weekly Parsaht Noach with Hagit Oren, JSDD’s Judaic Coordinator. In this portion God warns Noah that there will be a flood and he will need to build an arc to protect his family and the animals, who are unable to save themselves. They learned the story of how the dove became a symbol for peace by going to scout for dry land and […]

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The JSDD family came together to observe Shabbat via Zoom.  Every week the participants are delighted to see each other on their computer screens while sharing warm Sabbath wishes among themselves. The weekly lighting of the candles and reciting the prayer was done together by Stacey and Jill as they covered their eyes and made wishes silently.  Aaron made Kiddush – blessing over grape juice and then proceeded to recite the Hamotzi – blessing over the challah. Hagit Oren, JSDD’s Judaic Coordinator taught Parashat Shoftim, which is when Moses reviews for the Israelites their system of justice.  Participants talked about how to express justice for others, and Todd shared that we could give Tzedakah (charity) to help those in need.  […]

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