Mizrach Omer Calender*, by Moses H. Henry, Cincinnati, 1850. Ink on paper. Courtesy of the HUC Skirball Cultural Center Museum Collection, Los Angeles. A mizrach serves as a symbolic orientation towards Jerusalem, the direction towards which prayer is oriented. This highly complex mizrah illustrates Moses Henry’s patriotism with the motif of the American eagle astride a shield and bunting of the Stars and Stripes. The architectural images also make reference to the ideals of Freemasonry, as during the nineteenth century many Jews began to join Masonic orders. This mizrah has a second function as an omer calendar, as the forty-nine roundels in the border count the seven weeks between the holidays of Passover and Shavuot. The legend at the top reads “If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand wither” (Psalms 137:5). *This misspelling is part of the file’s name in Wikipedia.
A note about the Haggadah chosen by the Ritual Committee and used in our congregational Passover Seder held April 15:
It is Telling the Story, adapted by Barry Louis Polisar.
Copies are for sale online, or you can download a PDF of it without cost by clicking this link https://drive.google.com/file/d/1vzEOCV7iX9s9_sflHMuuQtkx-jgjWVRM/view?usp=sharing
You can view it online or print copies from the PDF file.
We have most of our usual and ongoing events – except for Torah study, which won’t be until June – PLUS the Sisterhood Installation of Officers at the Shabbat service on May 20.
Siddurim (prayer books) for Shabbat/Weekdays/Festivals services
We will continue to provide Zoom access and Facebook Livestreaming of the services, as we have been, so that you can still participate and view the services without coming into the building.
If you would like to pick up a Shabbat/Weekdays/Festivals prayer book – Mishkan T’filah – simply call or email me (the rabbi) and we can arrange for you to pick up the book at a convenient time. Call my cell phone 304-989-4014 or email me RabbiJoeB@gmail.com to let me know you would like to borrow a prayer book.
Prayer books available for free online
The CCAR (Central Conference of American Rabbis) provides online access to prayer books. Click here to navigate to the CCAR website to access the flipbook version of Mishkan T’filah for Shabbat, Weekdays, and Festivals.
– Rabbi Joe Blair