We’re hosting the Seders and End-of-Passover meals. Click here for the Passover 2015 schedule at Shabbos House and Sign-Up form. RSVPs are never required at Shabbos House but they are very helpful for us to be best prepared on a holiday like Passover.

For those students traveling home or away for the Seders, best wishes and best regards to your families.

Here are two online Passover reads you might enjoy: Haggadah Tweets are quick and concise Seder tidbits (most are self-explanatory, but some need explanation) each one is under 140 characters as a Tweet would be. We also posted “That time a Muslim guy in a hatchback car made my day” which is a story that illustrates a Haggadah insight that’s in one of those tweets.

Here are some more Passover posts: Rabbi Galperin’s memories of Matzah Baking and Passover Prep in Tashkent Russia, a story of why the Chozeh thought the second Seder was better than the first, and an inspiring handwritten prayer from Bergen Belsen in 1944.

The Lchaim Unite 2015 video is up! Visit: www.tinyurl.com/LchaimUnite2015 to watch “The Fresh Prince of Lchaim” (a lively 1 minute spoof on the theme song of Fresh Prince of Bel-Air). Any support you contribute (even $5, $10 or $18) via the Unite website earmarked for Lchaim goes to Lchaim/Shabbos House programming, plus it enables us to win valuable bonus prize funds (in past year’s it bought an extra fridge, a commerical mixer, the sound system we use for Jamming nights etc).

Purim was amazing, especially the well-attended and much enjoyed Purim Carnival in the Campus Center Ballroom. See this post for links to 3+ photo albums of the Purim Carnival event. And we also had the Purim Morning Minyan, an active tabling in the Lecture Centers with Mishloach Manot and speedy between-classes Megillah, and the Meatballs, Megillah and M! Purim Seudah towards evening that was uplifting and warm.

Nearly every Shabbat this semester had a special theme. From Bukharian Shabbat on the first weekend back with special foods and treats. On the weekend of February 6-8 we had 3 different special events, from Twin-Shabbat, to the AEPI alumni reunion at Shabbat Lunch and the Mega-Challah-Bake for women on Sunday.  And most recently the Sheva Brachos Shabbat for Ben and Stephanie and the Krieger Twins Bar-Mitzvah anniversary celebration. Good times!

The bitter cold seems to be behind us now, snow is melting everywhere. Best wishes to all for a refreshing, rejuvenating, relaxing and enjoyable Spring Break, and when you come back  it will be getting quite close to Passover! Yes, we will be hosting the Seders and holiday meals for those who won’t be going home, see all the Passover at Shabbos House details here. 

Our Burn the Mortgage in 2015 thermometer has been inching upward, one contribution at a time! Thanks for investing with us. The thermometer reflects actual in-the-bank contributions since this campaign was announced in December 2015, there are additional pledges that are being paid over time.

Our Talmud class is moving along, just about a page and a half left toward our chapter completion. We hope to schedule a “Siyum” Talmudic completion celebration. Stay tuned!

Have a great Spring!

Rabbi Mendel and Raizy Rubin
Shabbos House Directors