Saturday, February 13
Tot Sha-Purim Party!
Did you know that for Purim it’s a mitzvah (traditional requirement) to be festive and rejoice? Let’s Zoom into a party on February 13 as we celebrate Shabbat and find all the fun in Purim together!
- Come in costume (extra credit for Purim characters) and be part of our musical Purim “parade” via Spotlight.
- Invite your grandparents to join in the fun on Zoom. The bigger the party, the better! (And what grandparent doesn’t want to see those adorable grandchildren having fun in costume?)
- Shake your groggers (noisemakers) at the name of you-know-who! Here’s an idea for making your own shaker.
- Learn to make these awesome hamantaschen triangle treats at our cooking demo, or make some to show us. Here’s the recipe. For traditional hamantaschen, click here.
- We’ll hear the Purim story, sing and dance and party down together!
Thursday, February 25
Purim Parking Lot Party! in the NVHC parking lot
Event begins: 5:30pm
Come celebrate Purim in person! We invite you to:
- decorate your cars for Purim
- drive in through the northbound Wiehle Ave entrance to the NVHC parking lot
- pick up a Mishloach Manot pack (sweets and gifts for the holiday)
- join us in the church lot for a creative FM broadcast of the scroll of Esther. Stay tuned for more info!
For those who cannot make it to the parking lot, we will also broadcast this event on Zoom.
Friday, February 26
Hamantashen Baking with Rabbi Wainer, 10:00am
Learn to make hamantashen with Rabbi Wainer! We are going to be rolling, filling, folding, and. baking our hamantashen together, so be sure to have your pre-made dough and fillings ready, along with wax paper to make rolling the dough easier. Click here for the recipe Rabbi Wainer will be using, or feel free to use your own. Click here to view hamantashen recipes from your fellow congregants!
Erev Shabbat Services, 7:00pm
Celebrate a more light-hearted Shabbat with us this week, and stay on for a BYO hamantashen oneg before our Murder Mystery Experience!
Purim Murder Mystery, 8:00pm
Join us for a night of mystery, intrigue, and fun as we try to solve this interactive whodunnit on Zoom! Members of the NVHC community who choose will be part of a cast of detectives, witnesses, and yes, even the perpetrator, trying to solve a grand mystery. The 20 “cast members” will be chosen on a first come, first served basis. Those who do not wish to participate as part of the cast should sign up as spectators!
The cost to attend is $5 for participants and spectators; there is a 100 person total limit. Even if you are a spectator, we encourage you to come dressed in costume! The link will be sent to everyone who registered closer to the event.
Saturday, February 27
Book Study with Rabbi Holzman, 9:00am
Led by Rabbi Holzman, together we will study God and Politics in Esther, by Yoram Hazony. (please note this is a revised and updated version of The Dawn: Political Teachings of the Book of Esther)
Click here to purchase the book!
“In [God and Politics in Esther] Israeli political theorist Yoram Hazony introduces us to a different book of Esther, removed from the fairy-tale feel that is normally associated with the account. The book of Esther, in truth, is about politics – the politics of a Jewish nation newly in exile. It is about a disempowered Jewish people, struggling against idolatry, against assimilation and against the most ancient of enemies, Amalek. And it is also about the Jewish idea of the good state, depicting how good leadership, Jewish or gentile, makes decisions for the welfare of its people.
[Hazony] addresses the question that many are afraid to ask: Once the Jewish people are cast into exile, deprived of their land, their kings, their armies, their prophets and the Temple in Jerusalem, how are they to face the challenges that continue to confront them? How can they now stand up to their enemies? How can they prevent themselves from assimilating into oblivion? In short, how can the Jews survive now that God has ‘hidden [God’s] face’ from [God’s] people?” – from Urim Publications
Sunday, February 28
Join NVHC and The Bible Players for a fun, wacky retelling of the Purim story! All students enrolled in Kehillat Limmud will receive the Zoom link automatically. If your child is not enrolled in KL but would like to attend, please click here to sign up so we can send you the link! The cost of the program is free.
Would you like to purchase some fun new groggers and other items for this year’s Purim activities? NVHC’s Sisterhood Judaica Shop is now online for your shopping convenience. Check out their selection and pick up from NVHC.