Volunteers for Simcha Gift Shop needed during Pesach Market

Simcha Gift Shop is looking for volunteers to help out during the Pesach Market. All profits go to the Hebrew School!

Anyone able to volunteer at the Market between March 28th and April 6th, please contact Liz Belsten.


Pesach Market Volunteers Needed

March 28 to April 6

Emanu-El Hebrew School is again hosting a Pesach Market and is looking for volunteers to help out. If you are able to volunteer during any of the times listed below, please email Rachel Fisher. Thank you.

Opening Hours will be:

  • Fri., March 28, 10 am – 2pm*
  • Sunday, March 30, 1:00 – 4:00
  • Tuesday, April 1, 6:00 – 8:00
  • Wednesday, April 2, 4:00 – 8:00
  • Thursday, April 3, 4:00 – 8:00
  • Friday, April 4, 10:00 – 2:00
  • Sunday, April 6, 1:00 – 3:00

*(Seniors Shopping only)

The Pesach Market is the Hebrew School’s main fundraiser.

[Correction] Help! We Need a New portable roll-down Screen

As you are no doubt aware, the shul has a portable roll-down screen that is used quite a bit for Adult Ed talks and other events to show slides, DVDs, etc. The one we have now is on its last legs, and since budgets are tight, we are polling the community to see if anyone out there has a screen they no longer use. It should be in very good condition so it can stand up to lots of use.
If you have one or have any ideas about getting one cheap, please contact the office or Heshi Olson. Thanks!

Poetry: A Meditative Practice

Poetry is everywhere, and is for everyone.

Poetry is everywhere, and is for everyone. Barbara Pelman, teacher and writer, and recent co-teacher of the Hebrew Poetry course, will lead these Sunday afternoon classes which will explore the power of writing as a personal kind of meditation. Learning to pay attention to rhythm, imagery, sound—the magic of language itself, is a way to enter into a deep connection with self as well as the world around us. “Poetry is as essential as bread. Cseslaw Milosz states. “When the physical needs of the body have been satisfied, we begin to look around us to discover meaning, to satisfy the spirit’s hunger.” 

Participants in the workshop will begin to satisfy the spirit’s hunger: by exploring the stories and metaphors of our lives and our connections to the self and others through poetry.  Often, it is an oblique approach to writing that works best—a  random word or line opens the subconscious, the place where the poem resides.  We will develop techniques to write free verse as well as some form poems. Each session will be different, concentrating at times on metaphor, at other times on sound and rhythm, or the way an image can define an inner reality.

 These monthly workshops begin on April 6, and continue on May 4, June 1, July 15, and August 3,  1–4:00 pm. They consist of reading and sharing poems, and a lot—a lot!—of writing. Bring pens and paper, preferably a notebook of some kind. I’ll provide tea and coffee and snacks. The workshop will take place at my home, which has comfortable room for up to 10 people. The cost is $60.00. Contact Barbara at or tel. 250-480-1081.