North Shore Temple Emanuel
a Progressive Jewish Congregation
NSTE has had an amazing weekend revelling in our Purim festivities.
It started on Friday morning with a great PlayGroup Purim celebration, featuring music from our President Mark Ginsburg, and Paul Bennett.
Apples and Honey Preschool also held a colourful and fun Purim parade, with Mayor Giles-Gidney present to shake every child’s hand as they completed their magnificent costume parade.
We also had a warm Friday night service, with Cantor Beny Maissner participating - sharing his lovely melodies, his stories, and his warm presence. In addition to our regular shulgoers, we had some guests from the USA who were forthcoming about how warmly they were received by our community.
Shabbat Morning saw over 80 people present at our service, with our fantastic teens (pre and post b’nei mitzvah) participating in and helping to lead the service. Our first “Teen Torah Tag Team” made its debut, leining the parasha. “We were so proud of our teens, who read and chanted beautifully, setting an inspiring example for all our current b’nei mitzvah students to follow in their footsteps.” A big kol hakavod to Rabbi Nicole for introducing this amazing initiative!
A LOT OF FUN was had on Purim evening. Well attended, fancy dress, Cantor Maissner performing, supported by Anthony Pasquil and our choir, a hilariously-acted megillah reading, our inaugural Latke-Hamantaschen Debate (also supported by the choir), and a fancy dress parade up to Raffi’s Restaurant for an exquisite Persian meal.
NSTE was a hive of activity Sunday morning. Over 30 tots with their families enjoyed a “tots’ megillah” reading and crafts with Rabbi Nicole and PJ Library, and then joined together with the Hebrew School for an extraordinary Megillah Reading by Meah teacher and Netzer leader Jess Harrison, and a parade conducted by our Netzer Shaliach Dudu. As stated by our Director of Education, Edana Chilchik: “Purim’s three main mitzvot were celebrated – reading the scroll, mishloach manot, and celebration and happiness – all of which sustain optimism and faith, and were obvious in our VJ hall … I was very proud to be part of our Meah community.” Year 4 student Noah Fox said he had so much fun being part of the morning and playing with his friends, that he even forgot to eat his hamantaschen!
Overall, a wonderful morning of celebration at NSTE, where the full strength of our community was on display.