December 12 - 18, 2018
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Torah Study

9:30 am
Sat. Dec. 15, 2018

Parashat Vayigash  פרשת ויגש

Genesis 44:18 - 47:27 (triennial portion 46:28 - 47:27)
       Famine and Fortune
Pressured by years of poor harvests, Jacob's sons have traveled to Egypt, where grain was stockpiled during years of plenty. The brothers are burdened by contradictory conditions imposed by their aggrieved father Jacob, and by their presumed-dead brother Joseph, who has risen to power in Pharaoh's court. Walking a fine line, Judah offers his own servitude in exchange for food and mercy. The seemingly complex standoff resolves with surprising emotional simplicity. The siblings are overcome with love and forgiveness as Joseph discloses his true identity, and they find themselves in a tearful reunion.

Jacob, whose life has been shaped as both agent and victim of deception, receives the unexpected good news with disbelief. Even when he is brought to Joseph in Egypt and welcomed by Pharaoh, Jacob describes the years of his life as "few and miserable". Nonetheless, the Israelites settle in the fertile land of Goshen, where they prosper and multiply.

Everyone is welcome to join these revealing discussions - 
no preparation required!
Tikkun Olam: dreidelHavurah-Sponsored 
Community Christmas Dinner

Wednesday, December 19, 2018
We have a good crew for this special dinner; thanks to everyone for volunteering and contributing!

• Another (human) dishwasher would be helpful.
• Donations of small wrapped gifts like gloves, warm socks, or warm caps are always welcomed.

To help, please contact May: 206-463-0974 •

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January 19-20, 2019
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Thanks to Risa Stahl for hosting the Hanukkah party, to the Shannon family and friends for lots of latkes, and to the many folks who brought candles, food, songs, dreidels, chocolate coins, and lively energy! And to the amazing volunteers who set up a festive space, and cleaned up meticulously! Todah rabah.
Save the date! Details will be posted a week or two in advance. 

Wed. Dec. 19:           Havurah-Sponsored Christmas Dinner
Friday Jan 11:           2nd Shabbat Potluck with May and John Gerstle
Sunday Jan. 20:        Tu b'Shevat Seder at the Havurah
Monday Feb 4:          Irish Music & Dance Violinist Frankie Gavin
Sunday Feb 17:         Dancer-Musician Nic Gareiss
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