Weekly Roundup: January 12, 2024

Categories: Friendship Circle

Sunday Funday Sunday Funday was spent laughing out loud at our comedy magic show where Sugar & Spice brought cool tricks, fun music, and even bunnies! Members got to enjoy some hot chocolate with marshmallows for the show.  Then, we all got crafty and made some winter scenes with little figurines that members put in instant snow! Lastly, in our… Read More

Weekly Roundup: January 5, 2023

Categories: Friendship Circle, Newsletter

Sports League On Wednesday, members had a great time learning the rules of basketball at the JCC. After our tutorial, we played a half-court basketball tournament and Ekow showed us some great defensive skills! Thanks to all our participants for making basketball a great time for everyone! South Hills Bowling Club We celebrated our final South Hills Bowling Club session… Read More

Lessons from Slavery

Categories: Friendship Circle, Newsletter, Parsha, Shemot

A WEEKLY TORAH THOUGHT FROM RABBI MORDY This week’s Parsha begins the difficulties of the Jewish People. Until now, they were not yet a nation and more of a tribe; their difficulties were not so much an oppression but challenges that had to be overcome. Yet here we are. And as difficult as the slavery was in Egypt, there was… Read More

Weekly Roundup: December 29, 2023

Categories: Friendship Circle, Newsletter

Winter Camp Winter Camp was a “Cosmic Quest for Friendship” this year! On Wednesday, we soared to new heights at Urban Air Adventure Park, where members enjoyed a zip line, ropes course, bumper cars, and trampoline. We also played some Winter Bingo and “Pass the Parcel” where members got to know each other better! On Thursday, we skated across the… Read More

You Call This Living?

Categories: Friendship Circle, Parsha, Vayechi

A WEEKLY TORAH THOUGHT FROM RABBI MORDY This week’s Parsha concludes the Book of Genesis. There is much to learn from it; it contains “the last will and testament“ of Jacob, including his final blessings and instructions to each of the tribes. The name itself – Vayechi – means, “and he lived,” which references the legacy of Jacob; what teachings… Read More

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A WEEKLY TORAH THOUGHT FROM RABBI MORDY This week’s Parsha is a rough one. It should have been simply a purely positive and momentous event on the Jewish calendar – the giving of the Torah – with its culmination in Moses’s returning to them with the entire backstory if you will. Instead, what took place was a grave error and… Read More

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Weekly Roundup: March 1, 2024

Teen Leadership Shabbaton Our teens enjoyed a weekend of connection, learning and fun for Teen Leadership Shabbaton last weekend. On Friday, they participated in a Training Tracks discussion about ableism with guest speakers Joey Murphy, Regina Sciullo, and Nick Sciullo, followed by a lovely Shabbat dinner and some games. On Sunday, as part of a Teen Workshop, we heard from… Read More

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A Glaring Omission

A WEEKLY TORAH THOUGHT FROM RABBI MORDY You know how some things are famous for what they aren’t? Like an apology that isn’t really an apology – “I’m sorry for how that made you feel.”Or a speech that doesn’t mention by name the one thing that people were listening for? So this week’s Parsha -Tetzaveh – is one of those… Read More

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