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Mishloach Manot Purim Fundraiser

The Sisterhood of Congregation Habonim is pleased to launch its annual Mishloach Manot Purim Fundraiser. When you participate, you fulfill the Purim mitzvah of matanot l'evyonim -- giving gifts to the poor and  supporting Congregation Habonim.

This year Purim starts on February 25. Due to Covid-19, Sisterhood will not be making Mishloach Manot packages this  year.

Donations toward Mishloach Manot can be made at various amounts.
Suggested levels are as follows:
Esther - $540, Queen Vashti - $360, Mordechai - $180, Shushan - $72, Megillah - $36

All donations will be acknowledged in the weekly email after Purim.
Please click here to donate . 

Habonim recently used Bender Fund assets to donate the money necessary to provide 30 Hanukkah food packages to elderly Holocaust survivors who are clients of Self Help Community Services. The Bender Fund was created almost 50 years ago in conjunction with our Brotherhood, and is dedicated solely to helping elderly, blind, and needy members of the Jewish community.  Self Help reports that everyone who received the packages was so very appreciative and sends their thanks to all the members of Congregation Habonim for their generosity and kindness.  Each year we help provide food packages to Self Help clients on Pesach, the High Holidays and Hanukkah. 

Community Challah Making and Wine Sipping - Thursday, January 21, 7:45 pm

It's DOUGH time! WINE not? 

Join us for a community evening of challah making and shaping, paired with a wine of your choice.
Everyone is welcome - no baking or drinking necessary - you can just join us to be together with our community.

Our very own Rina Cohen Schwarz will teach us to shape and braid our challahs and Beth Bornstein, from West Side Grapes, will teach us about wine to complement our challahs as we shape and top them for baking. 

Bring your own dough - recipe can be provided or you can buy store-made dough.
Bring your own beverage - suggested wines will be provided.

RSVP to for Zoom link, dough recipe, and wine recommendations. 
*Please RSVP as soon as possible to leave time to purchase ingredients and wine.

Rabbi Gelber is honored to have her words included in the rapid-response book  Remember and Do Not Forget,  Rabbinic Testimonies of January 6, 2021: A Horrific Day in American History, edited by Rabbi Menachem Creditor and Rabbi Jessie Olitzky, with Foreword by Ruth Messinger. 

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Next Book Club meeting is Wednesday, February 3

We're reading The Third Daughter: A Novel by Talia Carner (2019), about a late 19th century Jewish-run syndicate kidnapping Eastern European young women and selling them as prostitutes in Buenos Aires.

All are welcome!

Purchasing the book through Amazon Smile helps support Congregation Habonim.

Upcoming Book Club Dates:
Tuesday, March 10, 2021
Wednesday, May 12, 2021 

Members of the Habonim community celebrate Hanukkah together:

Vivien Friedman Newman writes:

The Adult Education Committee proudly presented "Light Against the Darkness" on Sunday, December 13, with Rabbi Francine Roston from Glacer Jewish Community/B'nai Shalom in Whitefish, Montana. She shared what she and her community experienced when they were harassed and cyber-terrorized by Neo-Nazis across the country. She discussed how Hanukkah's message of spiritual resistance inspired her community and how it can guide us all in the face of antisemitism and hatred. 

Our Zoom audience stretched across the United States and across the ocean to London.  It was an important message for all to hear. 

Thank you to Rabbi Gelber for bringing the light all year to the Habonim community and to Cantor Halev for this terrific shot of our Community-wide candle lighting that was so inspiring.

Chanukkah Sameach!

When We Turned Within, Volume 2 features writing by 107 contributors from around the world - Rabbi Lisa Gelber and Malkie Grozalsky among them. Co-edited by Rabbi Menachem Creditor and Sarah Tuttle-Singer, the paperback is available here and the Kindle version is available here.

Proceeds from book sales go to UJA-Federation of NY for COVID relief efforts.

Some of Rabbi Gelber's weekly writings to the Habonim community are included in the first volume of When We Turned Within: Reflections of COVID-19. 

Learn more about using your Shulcloud account. Topics include: Updating your information, making payments and donations, and accessing the Habonim member directory.

Seeking volunteers (of all ages) to help Habonim community members connect online and organize dial-in information for weekly prayer services and programs, as well as with other needs. Contact Susan Grant at .

Sat, January 16 2021 3 Shevat 5781