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WSJD Pre-Passover Seder

Announcement from the Washington Society of Jewish Deaf (WSJD):

WSJD Pre-Passover Seder and Celebration
Gallaudet University, Ole Jim
800 Florida Avenue, NE
Washington DC 20002
Sunday April 10, 2011
2 pm  - 5 pm

Rabbi Rebecca Dubowe will lead the Seder in ASL.
Welcoming remarks by President Dr. Hurwitz.

Limited to 150 people. For reservations, contact Suzy Rosen Singleton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Source: Washington Society of Jewish Deaf (WSJD).

WSJD town hall meeting + Purim carnival

The Washington Society of Jewish Deaf (WSJD) has announced they are hosting a town hall meeting and Purim Carnival on Sunday March 20, 2011, It will be held at Washington Hebrew Congregation Julia Bindeman Suburban Center 11810 Falls Road, Potomac, MD 20854.

Purim Carnival:  12 pm  - 3 pm, 1st floor
Optional fee for carnival and food for purchase.

WSJD town hall meeting:  3 pm - 4:30 pm, 2nd floor, Room A254
Admission is free

Source: Washington Society of Jewish Deaf (WSJD).

JDMM Video: Parshas Pekude

ParshasPekudeParshas Pekude is the last parsha in this book.

The theme of this week's parsha is the building of the Tabernacle. As in Parshas Terumah, Parshas Tetzaveh, and Parshas Vayakhel, we read in detail about how the Tabernacle was constructed.

Why does the Torah extensively discuss the construction of the Tabernacle, to the point where it describes the building process twice? And what personal lesson can we learn from the Tabernacle and what it means to G-d?

Watch the video and get the two answers at http://jewishdeafmultimedia.createsend1.com/t/r/l/yulrhdy/ukliltwh/y

Memorial planned Sunday for Marin's 'barefoot rabbi'

RabbiWinstonBy Will Jason
Marin Independent Journal
Posted: 02/11/2011 04:43:24 PM PST

A memorial service will be held Sunday for Rabbi Jerry Winston, a spiritual leader known for conducting interfaith marriages at a time when many mainstream Marin rabbis refused to do so.

Rabbi Winston died Dec. 19 in San Rafael of complications from Parkinson's disease. He was 74.

The founder of the defunct congregation, "Barah, The Creative Center for American Judaism," he is credited with reaching out to hundreds of Marin worshipers seeking an alternative to traditional synagogues.

"He helped create a community of people who just felt disconnected from Judaism," said Janet Lipsey, a former member.

Rabbi Jerry Winston, seen in this March 27, 1996 IJ file photo, died Dec. 19 in San Rafael from complications of Parkinsons disease. He was 74. (IJ photo/ Marian Little) Marian Little

Rabbi Winston was born on Sept. 9, 1936 in Brooklyn, N.Y. He moved west and attended Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles and later served as a rabbi for deaf congregations in Los Angeles and New York.

He moved to San Francisco in 1973 to serve as program director for the San Francisco Jewish Community Center. In 1975, he founded Barah with the stated mission of being a service organization for "the deaf, the blind, the poor and the unaffiliated" throughout the Bay Area.

After the state-sponsored schools for the deaf and blind moved from Berkeley to Fremont, Rabbi Winston's group focused on serving the unaffiliated. Barah began meeting in a chapel at the San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo.

Larry Becker, 74, of Greenbrae, was an early Barah member and leader. Disenchanted with the orthodox tradition in which he was raised, he credits Winston with restoring his interest in Judaism.

"His sermons were about what was relevant to your life and the times you were living in and the current political and social situation," he said. "That was so completely different from the Judaism that I was brought up with."

In 1988, Rabbi Winston officiated the wedding of Sarah Evers Hoffman, who was raised Episcopalian and married a Jew.

"At the time, no synagogue in the area would marry us," Hoffman said. "In my mind, Rabbi Winston encompasses what a rabbi should be — available to everyone."

Rabbi Winston became known among some congregants as the "barefoot rabbi," both for his nontraditional style and his attire, which included sandals and flowing white garments.

"He had this shock of white hair and a white beard and he wore these white garments," Lipsey said. "He looked almost other-worldly, out of some other time."

At its peak, the loosely organized congregation included as many as 250 families, according to former members. At times, some members attempted to create a more formal organization with regular fundraising activities but Winston showed little interest, they said.

"It would have been good for Jerry to have some of that but that was not who he was," said Eva Seligman-Kennard, 72, of San Anselmo, a former member. He spent his time and energy in a much more personal way, to connect with people."

In the late 1990s as the organization began to dissolve, Rabbi Winston developed symptoms of Parkinson's disease. He spent less time in public as his condition worsened.

His wife, Pamela Mosely Winston, gave up her job as a Realtor to serve as his caretaker and the couple suffered financial problems, eventually losing their house. Pamela died of breast cancer just a few weeks before her husband.

Rabbi Winston is survived by a brother, Bud, and sons Jonathan, of San Anselmo and Oliver, of Berkeley.

The memorial is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday at Montgomery Chapel, San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo. Donations can be sent to Eva Seligman-Kennard, 76 Suffield Ave., San Anselmo 94960.

Contact Will Jason via e-mail at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Source: http://www.marinij.com/sananselmo/ci_17365424

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