"A turkey sat on a backyard fence...." so begins a classic (at least for me) Thanksgiving Day song that I leaned in elementary school. That, along with the story of the Pilgrims, Plymouth Rock and sweet potatoes with mini marshmallows on top were the only important features of the holiday that I remember from childhood. Oh yes, who would get the turkey neck.
A number of decades have passed since my childhood and Thanksgiving Day has become more important to me than ever before. Not only should we the story of the first Thanksgiving at our table, but also our families' story of how, when, where and why they also came to America.
America has been good to us and we to it; it is important for our children and each other to hear our story. Not only will it deepen our appreciation of America, but will also strengthen our connection to one another as we realize that all of us are here because known and unknown ancestors sailed, flew, drove or walked to arrive in America. They came for religious, political or economic reasons, their dreams may not have been identical, but they knew that the opportunity to find it, was on these shores.
God willing, a cease-fire will be taking hold between Hamas and Israel. May it mark, not only the cessation of fighting, but the beginning of talking. And if that occurs, then truly, with America supporting a true peace, we all will have that much more for which to be thankful these holiday season.
Shoshi joins me, Ilana, Todd, Zana, Aliza and Seth in wishing all of you and your a wonderful and meaningful Thanksgiving Day celebration.
Erev Shabbat services this Friday, in the Ennis Family Library-Chapel at 6:30 pm.
TDD’s Green Market at Temple Dor Dorim on Wednesdays, 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm! Come and check out some fantastic organic vegetables and fruit trees from Spykes Grove, Biscotti Girl fresh baked breads, healthy treats, vegan cookies, diabetic muffins, gluten free treats, organic coffee and more.
Book Club Meeting -.You are invited to join us for Temple Dor Dorim’s Book Club featuring The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry, by Rachel Joyce on Tuesday, November 27, 2012 at 7:00pm. Open to the community, bring a friend
“Lighten Up!” with Rosh Chodesh Connections – Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 7:00pm in the Atrium. Open to all women in our community, so bring a friend! Why should children have all the fun? Remember when...? Nourish your soul and celebrate the month of Kislev! Tzedakah Project: Please bring a small cosmetic bag filled with toiletries and cosmetics for teens. RSVP to Jodi Weiss at email@example.com
Rick Recht Live in Concert – Sunday, December 2, 2012 at 4:00pm held at the David Posnack JCC, Orlove Auditorium. Celebrate PJ Library’s Birthday with a special concert! Tickets are only $5 per person. Go to www.jewishbroward.org or contact Marney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
7th Annual Bar/Bat Mitzvah Celebration Showcase- Sunday, December 9, 2012 at 11:00am. Planning a B’nai Mitzvah, Wedding or any type of party? This is the place to start! Meet some of the best Florists, DJs, Photographers, Invitation Experts, Party Planners and MORE! Sample delicious food from our exclusive caterer, Palm Caterers of Weston!! Add innovation & fun to your event by meeting a plethora of specialists all under one roof! For more information, please contact Lara Baker at email@example.com Admission is Free! Bring your family, friends and neighbors!
Chanukah Family Shabbat Celebration and 3rd Annual Moo Shu Dinner Friday, December 14, 2012 at 6:30pm. Don’t miss this exciting Shabbat Celebration! Bring the whole family, your menorah and 8 candles as we light our menorahs together and celebrate the Festival of Lights! Immediately following is our 3rd Annual Moo Shu Chinese Dinner, catered by Palm Caterers. Click here to RSVP on line or call the Temple office at 954-389-1232. Adults: $10 / Children: $5
TDD Family Fun Day in the Park – Tuesday, December 25, 2012 at 11:00am
Join us at Weston Regional Park! FUN for ALL ages! Bounce House, Football, Basketball, hot dogs, hamburgers, drinks and more! Bring the whole family! Free of Charge! RSVP to Stephanie Olinick at Stephs4boys@aol.com.This event is sponsored by: Brotherhood, Sisterhood, Empty Nesters, CHAI & RS PTO.