Pesaḥ Market is open for business!

Pesaḥ products are arriving and we are excited to be able to offer you a wide range of Kasher LePesaḥ items to help you celebrate our forefathers’ (and foremothers’) historic delivery from slavery in Egypt and, just as importantly, the upcoming escape from COVID! It is going to be a special Pesaḥ, and we have lots of treats to make it even more special!

You will be surprised to see a wide variety of chocolates and macaroons which we have never had before. We have Yehuda Gluten-Free Matzah which organizer Leah Levi is told is the best Gluten-Free Matzah on the market! Streits, Yehuda, and Kedem products have taken the place of Manischewitz. We have Israeli spices, Bamba, Bissli, sparkling grape juice, spelt matzah ball mix, and most of the usual items.

We will not have personal shopping at the Pesaḥ Market this year instead, you will submit an order, and either schedule a pick-up or have it delivered. CLICK HERE for the fillable PDF order form which you must download (to Adobe reader), complete on your computer screen, save including your last name, and return to Leah Levi as an attachment to an email. Dates to note:

March 14 – Deadline for submitting the order to leah.levi@gmail.com or calling her at 250-370-1246 to place an order.

March 21 – 22 – Orders will be picked up at the shul or delivered. You will indicate on the order form which you prefer. We will be in touch with pick up or delivery times.

Payment – By cheque made out to Congregation Emanu-El or by e-transfer to bookkeeper@congregationemanuel.ca.

Orders will be filled in the same order as they are received. We might have to use discretion as to how many of one item we can sell to one household.

Coles Notes for the order form: We have two new sections:

  • “If we get it, do you want it?” – products which we might be able to get – please indicate if you are interested in the product. This will help us know how much to secure, if we can.
  • “Last Years’ Products” – at a cheaper price.

Simcha Gift Shop has some Pesaḥ supplies, such a Haggadot and Seder Plates. You can see what they have and order by going to this link: https://sites.google.com/view/simchagiftshop/shop?authuser=0

Thank you so much for supporting education programs at Congregation Emanu-El.

Leah Levi,

leah.levi@gmail.com

Available from Simcha Gift Shop

  • Running out of Shabbat Candles?
  • Need Yahrzeit Candles?
  • Simcha Gift Shop has them!

Want to more fully participate in the on-line Shabbat services or the Thursday Minyan? Copies of the Siddurim are being lent out, or you can purchase your own copy of Lev Shalom or Etz Hayim from Simcha Gift Shop. Other Siddurim are also available.

Please contact Amber at SimchaGiftShop@gmail.com for more information.

Simcha Gift Shop Opens for Ḥanukkah Shopping

Simchat Gift ShopCome in and check out:

  • Our new shipment of Menorahs
  • Our selection of candles and dreidels
  • Beautiful pieces of jewelry
  • Gifts of Judaica

Simcha Gift Shop will be open on Sunday, Nov. 25 and Sunday, Dec. 3 from 1 to 2 pm.
Simcha is also open during office hours:
Tuesday – Thursday 9:30 am – 2:30 pm
Or by arrangement: SimchaGiftShop@gmail.com

Are you ready to “diss” Haman? Get your gragger at Simcha!

Groggers for PurimThe Simcha Gift Shop at Congregation Emanu-El has graggers along with many other Judaica items. The gift shop is located at Congregation Emanu-El at the southern end of the Social Hall.

Gragger, sometimes pronounced grogger, is a noise maker used on Purim when the usual decorum of the Synagogue is disrupted as adults join children to make noise whenever the name of the wicked Haman is mentioned during the reading of the megillah. We are taught that we use graggers during the megillah reading when we hear Haman‘s name, as a way of fullfilling the Biblical comandment to “blot out the remembrance of Amalek” (with the connection that Haman was a descendent of the Amalakites).

The word gragger comes from the Yiddish word for rattle or noise maker (which is thought to come from the Polish word grzégarz). Interestingly the modern English instrumental term for the graggers we commonly use today is “rachet” and the Hebrew term is “ra’ashan” (from the word ra’ash, which means noise).

But where did the tradition of using graggers (or noise makers) during Purim originate?

According to the Jewish Encyclopedia graggers originated in thirteenth century France and Germany, when the Rabbis interpreted the commandment about wiping out the memory of the Amalakites to mean, “even from wood and stones.” They therefore: introduced the custom of writing the name of Haman, the offspring of Amalek, on two smooth stones and of knocking or rubbing them constantly until the name was blotted out.

By repeatedly smashing the rocks together, children could solve two problems with two stones (so to speak): They could make a ruckus while fulfilling the Biblical injunction to “erase the memory of Amalek.”

Ultimately, however, the stones fell into disuse and the use of a “rattle” was appropriated from the Christian Burning of Judas ritual in which the children employed the crotalus (originally a Catholic liturgical noise making instrument).

To learn more…

 

Shop for your home at our Simcha Gift Shop !

P1050271The Simcha Gift Shop at Congregation Emanu-El has an array of mezuzot, whimsical, decorative and simple, along with many other Judaica items.
The gift shop is located at Congregation Emanu-El at the southern end of the Social Hall.

A mezuzah (Hebrew: מְזוּזָה‎ “doorpost”; plural: מְזוּזוֹת‎ mezuzot) comprises a piece of parchment called a klaf contained in a decorative case and inscribed with specific Hebrew verses from the Torah (Deuteronomy 6:4-9 and 11:13-21). These verses consist of the Jewish prayer Shema Yisrael, beginning with the phrase: “Hear, O Israel, the LORD (is) our God, the LORD is One”.

In mainstream Rabbinic Judaism, a mezuzah is affixed to the doorpost of Jewish homes to fulfill the mitzvah (Biblical commandment) to “write the words of God on the gates and doorposts of your house” (Deuteronomy 6:9). Some interpret Jewish law to require a mezuzah in every doorway in the home except bathrooms (which is not a living space), laundry rooms and closets, if they are too small to qualify as rooms. The klaf parchment is prepared by a qualified scribe (“sofer stam“) who has undergone many years of meticulous training, and the verses are written in black indelible ink with a special quill pen. The parchment is then rolled up and placed inside the case so that the word Shaddai (“Almighty”) can usually be seen on the back of the parchment. After a special blessing is recited, the mezuzah is firmly fixed to the main doorpost of the home (to the right as one enters). It is a custom with some Jews to kiss the mezuzah as they pass it. The wearing of a  on a chain around the neck is a practice of relatively recent origin.

Shop Simcha for bar/bat mitzvah gifts

The Simcha Gift Shop at Congregation Emanu-El’s carries kippot, tallitot and bar/bat mitzvah journals and many other Judaica items.

The gift shop is located at Congregation Emanu-El at the southern end of the Social Hall.

You may shop during office hours: Tues-Thurs 9:30-2:30 or by appointment at:  SimchaGiftShop@gmail.com

We accept cash, cheques, and credit cards. Come check us out!

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Judaica for the home, and gifts

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The Simcha Gift Shop at Congregation Emanu-El carries a variety of
beautiful mezuzot, Shabbat
candlesticks, ḥallah covers, tablecloths &
many other items.

The gift shop is located at Congregation Emanu-El at
the southern end of the Social Hall.

You may shop during office hours: Tues-Thurs
9:30-2:30 or by appointment, email: SimchaGiftShop@gmail.com

We accept cash, cheques, and credit cards. Come check
us out!

Simcha Gift Shop gifts

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Need a gift for a summer wedding?

Congregation Emanu-El’s Simcha Gift Shop carries a variety of beautiful mezuzot, Shabbat
candlesticks, ḥallah covers
, tablecloths & many other items.

The gift shop is located at Congregation Emanu-El
off the southern end of the Social Hall. You may shop during office
hours: Tues-Thurs 9:30-2:30 or by appointment: SimchaGiftShop@gmail.com 

We accept cash, cheques,
and credit cards. Come check us out!