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Celebrate Jewish Holidays

Early To Bed (ETB) Shabbat Dinners
These kid friendly and cost effective dinners (catered by Holy Cow) are designed to bring our diverse MJCC community together for a pre-Shabbat ‘Shabbat dinner’ during those late summer nights. All the trappings of a traditional Shabbat dinner completed in 1 hour, so you can get your kids to bed before the sun goes down.

July 27

$8 Kiddy Box:
Pasta with meatballs or plain, garden salad with Italian dressing

$11 Bigger Box:
Turkey chef salad

No Box (FREE)
Ensures a place at the Table for anyone accompanying but not eating.

August 24
$8 Kiddy Box:

BBQ chicken, potatoes, carrots and ranch dip

$13 Bigger Box:
Southwestern BBQ chicken salad

No Box (FREE):
Ensures a place at the Table for anyone accompanying but not eating.

Ahavat Chinam Challenge

July 1–22 & July 27
Ahavat Chinam, Hebrew for ‘altruistic love’, is love given freely with no strings attached. During the Three Weeks, a period of mourning recalling the destruction of the Jewish Temples – which our Rabbis teach was a consequence of needless Jewish infighting – the MJCC Ahavat Chinam Challenge seeks to build bridges, strengthen existing bonds, and make a bold statement of our mutual caring and interdependence. We encourage all of our individual members to make special efforts during this time to perform unprompted deeds of kindness toward one another.

Additionally, when you witness or are the beneficiary of kindness during the Three Weeks, we ask that you share your story by posting it to our wall of kindness documenting the character of our stellar community.
Also look for information during this time about our SAGE (Secret Agency Gift Exchange) program involving all our local Jewish agencies.

Elul Enrichment
Begins Sunday, August 12
The Jewish month of Elul, which precedes the High Holidays of Rosh HaShana and Yom Kippur, functions as a traditional time of personal reflection and self-improvement. Various inherited customs actively seek to increase our Jewish learning, strengthen our ritual practice, and improve our human character and relationships.

Throughout the month of Elul, Rabbi Harris will offer a daily guide with suggestions for enrichment. Each Elul Enrichment guide will include some timely Torah tidbits, guided questions for introspection, and practical suggestions for implementing positive activities seamlessly into your daily routine.

Sukkah Sukkariya (Candy Sukkah)
Building Thursday, September 20, from 4:30-6:30pm
Stop by the MJCC lobby between 4:30pm and 6:30pm to learn about making a traditional Sukkah for the Sukkot holiday. Transform your newfound knowledge from theory to practice by constructing your own model Sukkah with Candy. Yum!


Questions? Contact Rabbi Mordechai Harris, Director for the Center for Jewish Living and Learning, at mharris@jccmemphis.org or (901) 259-9227.

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