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Shoreshim Winter's Tale

posted Dec 22, 2010, 5:08 PM by
Shoreshim had a great fall retreat, thanks to phenomenal planning by Janna Kirr and Robin Feldman, not to mention the special contributions of everyone else who led, photographed, Shabbatoned, firesided, silent walked, schmooze walked, played games, etc. The food was terrific and the weather was, well, perfect.

Rabbi Gilah Langner’s “Decoding the Talmud” sessions fascinated those who found time on three Sundays to attend. Thanks to Larry Uman for organizing and hosting. Anyone interested in spring-time adult education can please let us know what topic interests you.  Shoreshim’s Torah Study Group seems to be in a hiatus, so it may be that we’ll ask Rabbi Langner (or another Jewish leader) for ideas on leading some Torah-focused themes, unless people want something else.  

The Hannukah and Havdallah lighting and potlatke last Saturday was a Standing Room Only affair. Even the 3D glasses didn’t do justice to all those menorahs blazing on the fourth night. We trust that the rest of your holiday was as delicious and fun, even without the swingin’ sounds of Kari & the Macabres – er, the Muckabees, whatever – who led us in songs. Special thanks to Edythe Frankel, Bonni Epstein, Gwen Shtuhl, John Hull and Scott Woldow for all the hard work before, during and after this big event. Plus, our Shoreshim School rocked for all ages with a Hannukah celebration on Monday. Way to go. 

Who says nothing is new under the sun? The new Shoreshim Book Group is off and running! Kudos to newly returned members Pat Hersch and Sharon Canner for taking the initiative (not to mention for feeding us so resplendently). To anyone interested: we’ll gather every 6 weeks or so, leaving plenty of reading time in between such feasts. We got into some heated discussion about modern times for Jews in the MidEast and here in da West, courtesy of Howard Jacobson’s The Finkler Question. Next we’re reading Saul Bellow’s Herzog; since it’s been sitting on your bookshelf unopened for 40 years, you really have no excuse not to show.

Tzedakah is going gangbusters. Please ask Heidi Cherry about more to do. 

Shoreshim offers special congratulations to the sparkling marvel in our midst, Wendi Kaufman. As Shakespeare wrote, ‘Some achieve greatness’: as though having it run in The New Yorker and in anthologies weren’t enough, Wendi’s short story Helen on 86th Street is being produced Off-Broadway this spring! Yes, you read that right. Tickets are available, and you can even get yours by doing what you’ve always wanted: becoming a production backer for a very modest amount (read: the cost of tickets), as the amazing Wendi can advise. And ‘some have greatness thrust upon them’: our Wendi was one of just seven women honored at the National Press Club (seriously) for demonstrated commitment and dedication to improve the community where they live and work. ABC-7 and regional Toyota dealers sponsored the awards. And unlike the hundreds who applied, Wendi never applied - instead, Fairfax County Library staffers nominated the humble Mrs. K for her literature course that helps Girls on Probation. That’s some great kavanah, Wendi! 

Upcoming – 
  • Dec. 11: Rabbi David Schneyer leads Shabbas service at the Harahans’. 
  • Jan. 2: Look for an evite soon re: a winter members forum potluck brunch at the Eder/Overmans’. This is a new forum for you to note anything you want the board to think over, consider, or whatever (or throw tomatoes). Think of it as a chance for a ‘mid-course correction’ until the annual Members Meeting in May. Or just think of it as a post-New Year's party. 
  • Early-January sign-up deadline for teens (grades 8-12) who want to be part of the Jewish Youth Philanthropy Institute. Please email Ray Litvin. 
  • Jan. 8: ‘First Movie Night’ – Shoreshim joins the DVD/projector revolution, thanks to Andrew Nachison's secular urges, the holy Toser projector and Ray Litvin’s initiative. Look for the evite announcing the movie and locale. 
  • Jan. 14: Evening Shabbat Service. 
  • Jan. 22: combined Tu B’Shevat seder and Havdallah services. Tu B’Shevat dates back to the age of the mystics in the Galilee region and features some great traditions.