13th of Adar II, 5776
Looking for our annual "What's Happening for Purim" e-newsletter?
Just this once, as an encouragement to check out our new Jewish Federation of Arkansas website (see more information below), I've forgone the e-newsletter in favor of having you go to our new online calendar, where all the Purim events around Arkansas are listed. (The "What's Happening for . . . " e-newsletter will return for Passover.)
Have a Jewish community event you want to submit to our new online calendar? Please let us know.
So many of our Jewish community members are hard at work preparing for our annual Jewish Food and Cultural Festival. We are grateful for your efforts. Thank you, too, to the congregations throughout Arkansas who have generously opened up their kitchens for Food Festival Baking and Cooking.
The Jewish Food and Cultural Festival isn't the only event coming up in our Jewish community, though. As you'll read below, a lot is happening at our office and throughout the state.
Of course, there's also Purim. I hope everyone is able to take time out for a joyous celebration.
PSIf you have news or information you'd like to submit, please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
At the JFAR Office
--Check out JFAR's new website. It's been completely redesigned and updated to reflect our current programs and resources, so that we can better serve our Jewish community as a statewide information and resource center.
--We still need volunteers for the Jewish Food and Cultural Festival on Sunday, April 10th, 9:00 am-4:00 pm, at War Memorial Stadium in Little Rock. Click here to sign up online and be part of the fun.
--The 2016-17 cycle of JFAR's Arkansas Grant Allocations is now open; the deadline to submit an application is May 2nd. We are pleased to offer support for Arkansas projects and services that accord with our Mission Statement . Click here to view a list of our current grant recipients. Click here for more information and an online version of the application.
--Save the Date! On Friday, May 20th, there will be a Ceremony Naming the Helena, Arkansas Federal Building after Judge Jacob Trieber, the first Jewish person ever to serve as a federal judge in the United States. Jewish Federation of Arkansas will sponsor a bus to the ceremony and the luncheon, which will follow at Beth El Heritage Hall, formerly the home of Congregation Beth El, Helena's Jewish Temple. Details to follow soon!
--Rabbi Eugene Levy will talk about and sign copies of his new book, A Privileged Encounter: My Unique Experience with President Bill Clinton, 1987-2000, on Wednesday, March 30th, 12:00-1:00 pm in Room 124 of the Arkansas Studies Institute Building. (401 President Clinton Avenue in Little Rock). Copies of the book will also be available for purchase.
--Arkansas's own Meshugga Klezmer Band will play at South on Main (1304 Main Street) onWednesday, March 30th, at 8:30 pm, as part of the Sessions Concert Series. Click here for more information.
--Ati'Day Yisroel Early Childcare Center is holding its annual Trivia Night fundraiser on Saturday, April 2nd.
--Want to know more about "Jews in the Ozarks"? Come hear the talk by Mara Cohen Iannodies, President of the Midwest Jewish Studies Association, on Wednesday, April 6th, at 4:00 pm, in JBHT 149 on the campus of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. The talk is sponsored by the University of Arkansas Jewish Studies Program.
Around the World
-- We join with the Jewish Federations of North America in mourning the loss earlier this week of three Israelis, two of whom also hold American citizenship, who perished in terrorist attacks in Istanbul, Turkey. Our hearts go out to all who were injured. May the memory of those who perished be a blessing.
--The Jewish Federations of North America also released a statement yesterday condemning the terror attacks in Brussels. The Brussels Jewish community cancelled its Purim celebrations.
On behalf of the Jewish Federation of Arkansas Board and Staff, wishing you a joyous Purim!