Congregation Etz Chaim - Fairport, NY
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April 24, 2014   24 Nisan 5774

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We are a Reform Jewish Congregation, in the Rochester, New York area welcoming diverse appreciation of our shared synagogue traditions.  We fill a unique niche in the Rochester Jewish Community.

Congregation Etz Chaim has an open-door policy.  We enjoy having guests and welcome new memberships.

Please feel free to attend any services (including High Holy Day Services).  Our Rabbi and our members will greet you and you can be assured of a warm reception. 

Congregation Etz Chaim, 2 Mountain Rise, Fairport, New York 14450,  (585) 223-5344



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Purim Shabbat -
Friday, March 21, 7:30pm

Purim is the Jewish festival that commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people in the ancient Persian Empire where a plot had been formed to destroy them. The story is recorded in the Book of Esther

Haman, royal vizier to King Ahasuerus (presumed to be Xerxes I of Persia), planned to kill all the Jews in the empire, but his plans were foiled by Mordecai and his adopted daughter Esther who had risen to become Queen of Persia. The day of deliverance became a day of feasting and rejoicing.

Purim is celebrated by:

- Exchanging reciprocal gifts of food and drink known as mishloach manot.

- Donating charity to the poor known as mattanot la-evyonim.

- Eating a celebratory meal known as a se'udat Purim'.

- Public recitation, usually in synagogue, of the Scroll of Esther known as kriat ha-megillah.

- Reciting additions to the daily prayers and the grace after meals known as Al HaNissim.

- Other customs include drinking wine, wearing of masks and costumes, and public celebration.

We are sad to announce the passing of Grace Priceman, a longtime member of Congregation Etz-Chaim. She passed on March 16, 2014.

Grace is survived and missed by her loving children, Joanie (Randy) Hunn, Ann Beth (Connie Schartz) Priceman & Alan Priceman, and extended family. Please see the link below for a listing of her obituary:

Rabbi Abrahams has requested minyans, especially for Shiva on Wednesday, March 19 and Thursday, March 20, at 7:30 pm. The family has requested that each visitor bring a dish to pass and must be pareve. The address is 45 South Ave., Fairport NY 14450.

Thank you to all who participate.
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The Perinton Food Shelf

The food shelf has been blessed with many generous donations from churches, businesses and community groups.  But, inevitably, as food items come in, they also go out as they are delivered to the needy in the community.

At the present time, the Perinton Food Cupboard needs:
Canned beef stew, Canned corned beef hash, Coffee (regular, small cans preferred), Flour,Kids' juice boxes or packets, Paper towels, Pudding mix, Salad dressing, Sugar (1 lb.) and Toilet paper.

No glass containers, please !

IMPORTANT:   The Perinton Food Shelf is also looking for volunteers.

The group also needs more volunteers to pack and deliver food -  Very part-time but certainly needed !!!!  If you could help with any of these tasks and/or for further information, please phone 425-7410 and leave a message.

Thank you for your generous contributions !

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