The Presser Committee usually plans one social justice event a year, but this year we are on a roll. We've planned many Purim events to help us stay connected.
Thanks to all who have helped pull this off!
Chag Sameach from the Presser Gang:
Malkah Binah Klein, chair
Donald Joseph, Chair Emeritus
Here is how we've organized the four mitzvot of Purim
1. Mishloach Manot (Gifts of food to our friends)
Bags of love, in the form of goodies, are being picked up today by those who sent back the form.
Coordinator: Betsy Teutsch
Co-Assembling: Margaret Shapiro
Levanah CohenFredi Cooper (thanks for the recipe!)Dayle FriedmanPenina Kelberg, and Ellie and Kayla Kelberg-GrossPesha LeichterBob Tabak and Ruth LoewJennifer PagetAllison PokrasGenie RavitalHeather ShafnerHoward Spodek (see his note on the baklava!)Elyse Wechterman and Sharon Nerenberg
Delivery Elves: Michael Blackman, Mark Pinsky, Donald Joseph, Betsy Teutsch
Artwork: Micaiah Kimmelman-DeVries
2. Matanot L’evyonim (Gifts to the poor)
Dorshei Derekh has donated $500 to each of the following three local organizations. We encourage you to learn about these organizations and lend your support:
Philadelphia Interfaith Hospitality Network (http://philashelter.org)
Germantown Fridge (https://www.
Philadelphia Bail Fund (https://www.phillybailfund.
Additionally Debrah Cohen is delivering 15 bags of goodies (our bakers really outdid themselves!) to her clients and to the Germantown Fridge, with a note explaning Purim gifts.
3. Reading the Megillah
We encourage you to join GJC for Megillah reading on Purim night, February 25, and on Purim morning, February 26. See GJC emails for timing and details. In addition, Dorshei will be hosting a Melaveh Malkah (a special gathering for escorting Queen Shabbat on Saturday night) on February 20 to prepare for reading the Megillah.
Saturday evening, February 20, 2021, 7PM, begins with havdalah
Listening for the Voice of Queen Esther
Join Rabbi Malkah Binah Klein for an intimate evening of creative encounters with Queen Esther, the heroine of the Purim story known for her courage, beauty, connection with spirit, and friendship. Bring pen and paper, as there will be opportunities for writing, and if you are so moved, wear some jewels or a crown.
4. Purim Day Seudah/Feast
We won’t literally be feasting together this year; however, we will be coming together as a community for a feast of joy, on Purim Day, just before Shabbat. Join us, even if you have traditionally thought that Purim isn’t your thing.
Friday afternoon, February 26, 4PM
Dorshei Zoom Purim Party Extravaganza
Come sing, play, and laugh, and most of all, let loose your inner, zany child with special guests Rebekka and Gedalia. Silly hats/costumes are welcome. The Zoom link has been shared.