Thu, Feb. 27

Erev Shabbat at JCSVV this week

Shalom. The Jewish Community of Sedona and the Verde Valley invites everyone to Erev Shabbat services, Friday evening, Feb. 3, at 7:30 p.m. led by Rabbi Alicia Magal. This special Shabbat is “Shabbat Shira” the Sabbath of Song, celebrating the triumphant crossing of the sea to freedom by the Children of Israel . The hymn of gratitude and awe, “Mi Chamocha,” is chanted from the Torah with a special melody on this Sabbath. The Oneg refreshments will be sponsored by Faye and Steve Kornfeld.

Saturday morning, Feb. 4 at 11 a.m., all are invited to Torah study, which is divided into a two topics of discussion: first, a short presentation of the Torah portion of the week: Beshallach, Exodus 13:17 - 17:16. Pharaoh pursues the fleeing Israelites who find themselves trapped between the advancing army behind them and the Sea of Reeds in front of them. The waters part miraculously and the Israelites march on dry land right through the sea, and then offer a Song of Thanksgiving to God in poetic verse. The second focus of our study is on the later books of the Hebrew Bible describing how the Children of Israel settled in the Promised Land and attempted to establish an ethical society according to the vision of the Torah. This week we will focus on the story of Samuel the Prophet in the Book of Samuel. Aspects of archeology, ancient literature, and psychological insights enhance our study and discussion. Potluck dairy/vegetarian luncheon follows.

Sunday, Feb. 5. 10 a.m. Religious school meets. Tu B’Shevat Seder celebrating the New Year of the Trees begins at 11 a.m., followed by a tree planting ceremony on the grounds of the synagogue at 12:15 p.m. Each year a tree is chosen that is associated with the Land of Israel and which will also flourish in our Sedona climate. This year two trees will be planted, donated by the Elliot and Winnerman families.

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 12:30 p.m. Introduction to Judaism for conversion preparation. 2-4 p.m. Adult Learning Circle taught by Rabbi Magal on Transformational Tales, stories by Rabbi Nachman of Bratislav. To register, call the office (928) 204-1286.

Wednesday, Feb.8, 8:30 a.m. egalitarian morning minyan.

Thursday, Feb. 9, 11:30 a.m., annual friendship luncheon with JCSVV Women’s Havurah and the Ladies of Christ Lutheran Church.

The JCSVV is an egalitarian congregation, unaffiliated with a particular stream of Judaism. The synagogue is located at 100 Meadowlark Drive, off Hwy 179 just south of the Chapel Road roundabout. Call (928) 204-1286 or visit

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