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Our response to Va. Tech tragedy: plant trees

     Dear friends,
     
     The recent tragedy at Virginia Tech has pained us all and we need to find a fitting response to remember those whose lives were taken. Planting trees in Israel in memory of someone is a time-honored tradition. Many of us remember buying stamps of leaves to help plant a tree, or the JNF Blue Box, or the certificates around Tu B'Shevat. Last summer's war with Hizbollah destroyed over a million trees.
     
      I am asking you to join with me in raising $5000 from our congregation (and its supporters) to plant a grove of trees in Israel (1000 trees). An appropriate plaque from The Hebrew Congregation in memory of those killed will be placed at the grove of trees and also at Virginia Tech.
     
      Please send checks made out to Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas (indicate trees for VaTech) – or call the synagogue (774-4312) with credit card information. May God grant comfort to all of the mourners.
     
     L'shalom
     Rabbi Arthur F. Starr

A challenge to congregants: Make Jewish living a priority
   In his D'var Torah and report to the congregation at our annual meeting, Rabbi Moch urged us "to push your Jewish living -- both at Synagogue and at home -- to the top of your personal priority list."
  
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2010-04-20 17:00:34
Don't miss 'Purim on Broadway'Haman and King Ahashuerus, aka Wechter and Pomeranz
   One night only! This sensational performance, directed by Cecil B. de Silverberg, starts at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, at the Synagogue after Rabbi Moch's Megillah reading.
  
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2010-02-08 16:41:09
Opportunities to Worship with Us
   From Shabbat services to Tuesday Torah Topics to lunches with the Rabbi, we offer multiple opportunities for you to worship and learn with us.
  
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2009-10-22 12:08:21
Meet Rabbi Shimon Moch, our spiritual leader
   Rabbi Stephen Fisher Moch joined the Hebrew Congregation on Dec. 1, 2008, becoming our seventh Rabbi since our founding. Here is more about his spiritual journey and his background.
  
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2009-06-06 19:16:34
Synagogue group visits Cuba's Jewish communityRabbi Starr, Marilyn Blackhall, Adela Dworin and Helen Goldman
   Twenty-one members of the congregation went to Cuba during the first week in June to visit with the Jewish community there. Traveling under a U.S. Government license obtained by Rabbi Starr for a religious trip, the group visited with members of five different congregations.
  
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2007-06-13 15:14:12
Our response to Va. Tech tragedy: plant trees
   The recent tragedy at Virginia Tech has pained us all and we need to find a fitting response to remember those whose lives were taken.
  
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2007-05-03 10:36:21
Glitz isn't part of island Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebrations
   One of the hottest topics on rabbinic bulletin boards these days is the escalating cost and lavishness of Bar and Bat Mitzvah celebrations. This isn't a new debate.
  
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2005-12-15 14:38:27
Check out TORAH4KIDS.net
   Congregants, their children and grandchildren can now take advantage of a website that makes Torah interesting and informative for kids of all ages. It's called Torah4Kids and it's available here.
  
  
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2005-09-07 16:33:03

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