Thursday, February 1, 2018

Mother Lode Jewish Community’s Purim & Passover Gatherings - Feb 28, Mar 3 & 31

The Mother Lode Jewish Community will have a number of events in late February & March: a Hamentashen Baking gathering on Wednesday afternoon, Feb. 28; a Purim Party - with an “Out of This World/Space Traveler” theme, scheduled for Saturday evening, March 3, both of which are in Murphys; and a Passover Seder scheduled for Saturday evening, March 31 in Sonora.  There will also be several preparation gatherings tied to the Passover event.

Purim, The story of Esther and Hamen
Purim is a festive Jewish Holiday that commemorates the defeat of Haman's plot to massacre the Jews as recorded in the book of Esther.  The MLJC’s annual Purim Party is a potluck dinner affair for the entire family, from 6 to 10 pm, with live music and a chance to participate in, or enjoy the antics of, the MLJC Thespians …as well as eat lots ‘n lots of Hamentashen!  Attendees are encouraged to come as their favorite space traveler.

For those who love to bake or want to learn how to make those yummy triangular shaped, filled cookies known as Hamentashen, the baking get-to-gether a few days before the party is a fun afternoon event.

Passover - Moses, Plagues and the Parting of the Red Sea
Passover is considered a “major” Jewish holiday, an important spring festival that commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from Egyptian slavery.  The MLJC’s Seder will be held in Sonora beginning at 5 pm on the second night of this week-long holiday, Saturday, March 31st.  Rabbi Andra Greenwald will conduct the Seder followed by a traditional Passover meal.   There are several gatherings in the weeks leading up to the holiday where some of these traditional dishes are prepared.

For more information about any of these gatherings, call 209-533-1650, email: or check out the MLJC’s website at  There is no charge for the Hamentashen or Purim events, both are potluck affairs; rates and registration deadlines for the catered Passover Dinner are posted online, along with optional online registration and information where you can mail a check.
The MLJC’s mission is to provide opportunities and events that nurture a vibrant and enduring Jewish identity, culture and community in the Mother Lode, drawing its members from Amador, Calaveras, Mariposa and Tuolumne counties.  New members and guests are welcome.  We’ve been growing in recent years. Come check out why!

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