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The Detroit Jewish News, 2014-02-27

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Conservative congregations join
to offer a joyous community holiday.

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he sounds of the grogger,
the sights of costumes and
the taste of hamantashen are
timeless. They are the foundation of
our childhood Purim memories and
the traditions we look forward to year
after year.
This year's Purim celebration will
include these traditions, plus one more
— community. The Conservative
synagogues in West Bloomfield and
Farmington Hills will be celebrating
Purim together.
"As a com-
munity, we have
come together for
Selichot and Tisha
b'Av," said Rabbi
Steven Rubenstein
of Congregation
4k Beth Ahm in West
Bloomfield. "I am
Rabbi
excited to come
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together for a real
celebration. Creating a communal cel-
ebration of Purim will add joy to the
festive nature of the holiday."
In December, Adat Shalom
Synagogue in Farmington Hills, Beth
Ahm and Congregations B'nai Israel
and B'nai Moshe in West Bloomfield
decided to partner with each other.
As Rubenstein notes, the decision was
made in part to have a more joyous
holiday. It was also made to showcase
the benefits of working together.
"By working together, we take
advantage of each congregation's
strengths, better utilize our commu-
nity resources and avoid duplication
in programming," said Risha Ring,
Beth Ahm president. "I am happy our
congregations are able to eliminate the
barriers that are often present in our
community and work together for the
betterment of our community."
Purim activities are open to all. A

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Are you headed to Israel this sum-
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study program? Join the Zionist
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Education Workshop on Sunday,
March 2, from 1-5 p.m. at the West
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Any middle or high school student
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full Megillah reading
followed by a dueling
piano experience is
planned for Saturday,
March 15, at Beth
Ahm. The next
morning, activities
at B'nai Moshe will
Risha Ring
include a Megillah
reading, breakfast
and carnival.
"In the spirit of
working together,
the Megillah reading
will feature readers
from each of the
participating syna-
gogues" said Hazzan
Daniel Gross of Adat Hazzan Gross
Shalom.
Additionally, planning committees
with staff and lay leaders from each
synagogue have been formed and an
open dialogue between the synagogues
exists.
A highlight of the cross-congre-
gational work is the interaction and
contribution by teens. Linda Jacobson,
executive director of B'nai Israel, said,
"Teens from each congregation are
involved in the planning and staffing
of the carnival. The opportunity for
them to interact with each other and
work together on behalf of the com-
munity is one of the benefits of our
communal celebration:'
The commandment to celebrate
Purim is contained in one of the final
verses of the Megillah: "And these
days are remembered and celebrated
throughout each and every generation,
every family, every province and every
city. And these days of Purim shall
never cease among the Jews"
So shall it be true for this year. Purim
5774 will be remembered and celebrated
because of its focus on community.



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Learn about Israel's 3,000 year
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The workshop will include fantastic
lecturers, enthralling discussions, a
movie, lunch and snacks.
For information or to RSVP, call or
email Kobi Erez, executive director, at
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