March 3 Family Shabbat Dinner & Learning: Get Ready for Purim!
Families with children of all ages are invited to this exuberant celebration of Shabbat, featuring a delicious dinner with wine, Purim-themed fun and activities, and a very special interactive puppet show.
The award-winning Yellow Sneaker Puppets will take us on a musical adventure to ancient Shushan with their Harry the Hamantaschen puppet show. Kids will cheer (and boo!) as the Purim story unfolds and Esther and Mordechai save the day (with a little help from a hamantaschen in a fedora).
March 19: Mekonen: The Journey of an African Jew
Viewers of Netflix’s Beneath the Helmet: From High School to the Home Front will recognize Mekonen Abebe, then a new recruit to the IDF parachute regiment. Mekonen: The Journey of an African Jew is a documentary that elaborates on his incredible story as he matures from a frightened shepherd dealing with the loss of his father to an impoverished immigrant struggling to adapt to Israeli society, before flourishing as an IDF officer. After the film we will continue our study of Ethiopian Jewish immigrants to Israel through discussion with activist Pnina Agenyahu, who was named one of Haaretz's most influential Israeli women for her advocacy work.
Celebrating 30 Years of Purim Spiels by Norman Roth
What do Frank Sinatra, ABBA, Walt Disney, and the Beach Boys have in common? Each has been the theme of a Purim spiel by Norman Roth, whose brilliant, 30-year run at Stephen Wise will culminate with his thirtieth and final spiel, Billy Joel: The Megillah Man, on Saturday, March 11.