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Chag Pesach Sameach! Nextdor newsletter - april 2019

What's Your Mitzrayim?

Tomorrow night begins Passover, a holiday when we commemorate our ancestors' escape from slavery in Egypt. The Hebrew word for Egypt, mitzrayim, literally translates as "narrow straights". So when our ancestors fled Egypt, they weren't only fleeing physical bondage, but a place where they were mentally and spiritually confined, where their very essence had been squeezed into a metaphorical place of confinement.

Thus the Mishnah's commandment for each of us to "regard ourselves as though we actually left Egypt" isn't just a suggestion that we place ourselves in our ancestors' shoes, imagining what it would be like to escape from physical enslavement, but an imposition to investigate our own lives and find the mitzrayim that are confining us in "narrow places" — phsyically, mentally & spiritually.

This year, as you recline at your Seder table and consider the plights of those in need of physical liberation, take a moment to ask yourself, "What is my personal mitzrayim? What are the "narrow places" in which I am trapped and what will liberation look like?"

May you all enjoy your journey out of "Egypt" this year. Chag pesach sameach!

- Derek Holodak, NextDor Coordinator

In Search of a Seder?

Here’s a list of Seders around town that are open to the community.

First Night Seders (all at 7 PM):

Other Nights:

Hosting your own Seder and need resources?Try these (all printable):

Multifaith Rock to Rock Ride, Hike & Picnic

During the past year, individuals with hateful hearts attempted to instill fear into our respective faith communities. This bike ride/hike is New Haven's testament to their lack of success. As a response to hatred, we bond together in solidarity. Now it is time to celebrate good times with the same passion with which we mourn horrific ones.

Join together with your Jewish, Christian and Muslim friends on Sunday, April 28 at 11:30 AM to support the 11th Annual Rock to Rock Earth Day Ride. Connect with members of your New Haven community for a post-Passover, post-Easter, post-Shab-e-Barat multifaith day of cycling and hiking to support lots of great causes, culminating in a celebratory picnic in East Rock Park.

Please note: this event is taking place on the Sunday AFTER the official Rock to Rock ride (which occurs on Saturday, April 27) to accommodate observant Jewish riders/hikers who would be unable to participate on Saturday due to the laws of Shabbat observance.

Not a cyclist? Join us for a hike up East Rock.

Not a hiker either? Come straight to the mountaintop picnic afterwards for a kosher/halal picnic beginning at 1:30 PM. There’s something for everyone!

More details available on the RSVP and team registration pages (links below).

An Evening with Chanie Apfelbaum

Thursday, May 16 | 6 - 8 PM

JCC of Greater New Haven

Chanie Apfelbaum, creator of world-renowned kosher food blog Busy In Brooklyn, has made her cookbook debut with a collection of modern, cultural, trendy, and bold dishes that reflect her passion for reinventing traditional foods with a Millennial vibe. And now, she’s coming to share her favorite recipes with NextDor and the JCC community — for one night only!

$18 admission includes food samples

Last Call for Campers

May 24 - 27 | Waynesboro, PA

Join Derek at Camp Nai Nai Nai this Memorial Day weekend for 4 days of creative Playshops (there is no “work” at camp), rest & relaxation on the lake, spirited song sessions, color war, cozy all-camp meals, and more.

Not convinced? See what you’ll be missing out on:

Registration is $300 and includes bunk accommodations, three meals per day & all of your activities*. Register as a group of 4+ and save $25 off each.

Registration closes May 10.

*You are also responsible for your own transportation to/from camp. If you plan to drive, parking passes are limited and cost $10 each. If you would like to take a bus from NYC, Moishe House will be chartering one and tickets cost $70 per person. If you want to carpool, contact Derek directly and he will help you find one.

Other Events Coming Up in Jewish New Haven

  • Friday, May 10 at 7:30 PM: YJP Shabbat Social at 129 Church Street, New Haven. Unwind and mingle with other Young Jewish Professionals over Kabbalat Shabbat, kiddush (+ open bar) and a small bites buffet. FREE. RSVP NOT required.
  • Monday, May 20 at 7:30 PM: Torah Cocktail Book Discussion with YJP at the home of Scott and Jessie Pearl in Hamden. Come discuss the book “The Joy of Intimacy” by Rabbi Manis Friedman over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. RSVP to Mendy or Dina Hecht. Address provided upon RSVP.

Fun Retreat Opportunities!

Our friends at Moishe House have three amazing retreats coming up in June and July that are 100% FREE TO ATTEND and even come with an unbeatable $150 transportation subsidy. Don’t miss out!

Shabbat is by far the most frequent (and arguably the most special) Jewish holiday since we get to celebrate it every week! It gives us an opportunity to reset, relax and reflect. At this retreat, we'll learn how to invigorate Shabbat programs by enhancing our understanding of the day of rest beyond just a Friday night meal into a 25-hour experience with several opportunities for new and innovative perspectives. Apply Today
Havdalah, or "separation" in Hebrew, is the hallmark ritual that marks the transition between Shabbat and the rest of the week. We will learn how to curate Havdalah and other Shabbat programs for your home community and how best to utilize the public, outdoor resources available to you at home. Being in the beautiful setting of Sonoma County, California gives us a wonderful opportunity to be outdoors together and create an unforgettable Havdalah experience. (Warning: please DO try this at home!) Apply Today
Have you ever wanted to spend Shabbat under the stars? This is your chance! With professional outdoor educators, we will venture into the woods of Rocky Mountain National Park for an amazing weekend of hiking, rock climbing and exploring the Colorado Wilderness. We'll also learn about why the outdoors are so important in Judaism. Join us for an incredible weekend of a shared outdoor experience that you won't forget! Apply Today

Host Your Own Event

While you can always approach Derek with ideas for events you want to help make into a reality, these organizations can help you host a private event (like a Shabbat dinner or Seder) for your friends and peers:

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