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Congregation Brothers of Joseph 2 Broad St Norwich CT 06360

FOR THE WEEK OF  1/22/18

Shabbat services for Shabbat Beshalach will be conducted at Congregation Brothers of Joseph, 2 Broad Street, Norwich. Candlelighting on Friday is at 4:38 p.m. Kabbalat Shabbat services will begin at 6:00 p.m. and will be held in the UPSTAIRS SANCTUARY followed by Shabbat dinner.. Shabbat morning services will begin at 9:15 a.m. and will be held in the UPSTAIRS SANCTUARY followed by a SPECIAL kiddush sponsored by the synagogue. Mincha will immediately follow the kiddush. Shabbat ends at 5:42 p.m. A concert featuring Rabbi and Cantor Johanan Bickhardt, accomplished Rabbi, Cantor and Founder of Dot Time Records will begin at 7:00 p.m. 

This Shabbat is Shabbat Shirah (the Shabbat of Song), the Shabbat on which the Torah reading contains the song of praise and gratitude sung by the Jewish people after the crossing of the Red Sea. We will be celebrating this special Shabbat with a dinner on Friday evening and a special kiddush and a concert on Saturday.

Soon after allowing the children of Israel to depart from Egypt, Pharaoh chases after them to force their return, and the Israelites find themselves trapped between Pharaoh’s armies and the sea. Moses raises his staff over the water; the sea splits to allow the Israelites to pass through, and then closes over the pursuing Egyptians. Moses and the children of Israel sing a song of praise and gratitude to G-d. In the desert the people suffer thirst and hunger, and repeatedly complain to Moses and Aaron. G-d miraculously sweetens the bitter waters of Marah, and later has Moses bring forth water from a rock by striking it with his staff. He causes manna to rain down from the heavens before dawn each morning, and quails to appear in the Israelite camp each evening. The children of Israel are instructed to gather a double portion of manna on Friday, as none will descend on Shabbat, the divinely decreed day of rest. Some disobey and go to gather manna on the seventh day, but find nothing. Aaron preserves a small quantity of manna in a jar, as a testimony for future generations.
In Rephidim, the people are attacked by the Amalekites, who are defeated by Moses’ prayers and an army raised by Joshua.

We will be holding a very special event this Shabbat. For details click here.