he spring holidays begin with Purim and roll through Passover to Shavuot. Holidays mean celebration, music, food and praise to our God. Holidays are also great opportunities to share God's goodness with friends and neighbors.

This year our annual Purim Shpiel was produced and directed by our Shavei Tsion congregation. The former Soviet Union filled in as the backdrop for the play. The evil Hamanov's plot to destroy the Jews is foiled by brave Esther and Mordachai. The King, (played by our very own maestro Leonid Gelbet) finally catches on and of course there is the happily ever after ending!

Our national youth group, Ha Katzir (the Harvest) gathers together for worship and praise on each of the major feast days. This last Passover, Ha Katzir gathered at Tents of Mercy with Judah and Jen Morrison leading worship.

Passover also saw Leon Mazin organize Seders for Russian speaking Holocaust survivors in Haifa, Nazareth and Kiryat Yam. A total of over 300 seniors were treated to a Passover celebration. Some of the seniors got into the act themselves and serenaded us with old songs in Russian and Yiddish.


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Also in this issue of the newsletter:

Dan Juster: What Does God Like?
Marty Shoub: Harvest of Asher
Eddie Santoro: THE CALL Jerusalem 2008