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Friday, August 23, 2019

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Aug 23 2019 - 4:30pm
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Join us for a Shabbat Picnic and Search for Shretelech! Maggid David Arfa will lead us on a mini-expedition in search of the kindly Shretelech, the Yiddish word for elves. We'll explore the natural world through the eyes of children, hear stories of the magical Shretelech, and build shelters for them. Along the way, we'll explore the colors and textures of nature and introduce Jewish blessings for the natural world. After the hike, we'll gather for Shabbat Dinner on the grill.

For preschool and young elementary aged kids and their families. Free and open to all.

4:30 for Family Program

5:30 for Shabbat dinner for all ages.

Supported by a grant from the Harold Grinspoon Foundation.

 
Aug 23 2019 - 4:45pm
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Shelburne Mikvah is Back! All are invited to a watery immersion to mark the freshness of Shabbat. Our first Mikvah of the season is happening this Friday, May 31, at 4:45. These Deerfield River Immersions (co-ed- with swimwear), are brief and refreshing; our ceremony is simple . The River shares her power with all who dare.

Please RSVP to [email protected] if you can make it. If you can't, remember the words of the Seer of Lublin and feel free to immerse yourself in the 'Rivers of Fire', the holy rivers of prayer and intention. Once, the Holy Seer had no Mikvah or River to immerse within. And yet, his beard was dripping wet when his students came. Why? "I did my immersions in the River of Fire; one for getting rid of the schmutz of the week, another for claiming the holy garment that is Shabbat".

FYI- our custom is to immerse three times: 1. to rid ourselves of the schmutz from the week, 2. to bring in Shabbat blessing and 3. To bring in a blessing for our soul filled world.

Directions to Gardeners Falls from Greenfield: Rt 2 West, cross the Deerfield River and take a left on State Street, Follow past Bridge of Flowers and McCuskers; Bear left onto Conway Street, follow Conway St zigzagging through town (about 1 mile) and first left is Gardners Falls Rd. Follow road around the curve and park immediately on left (about 200ft). When looking at River, walk left until you see the stairs. Follow on down to the river.