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As mounting instances of identity-based violence arouse memories of historic, mass atrocities, alarmed communities across the U.S. increasingly counter with public vigils and calls for peaceful resolution to conflict.

Here in Terre Haute, UHC’s sanctuary provides a welcoming venue for such events. On April 7, the 25th anniversary of the day Rwanda’s Hutu majority unleashed a genocide that took the lives of 800,000 people, mostly of the Tutsi minority, UHC welcomed survivor Emmanuel Habimana and the Terre Haute South Vigo High School STAND club to present a special program entitled #TogetherWeRemember.

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Sisterhood will meet at noon Tuesday, April 16, at Rick's Smokehouse, 3102 Wabash Ave. in Terre Haute. Please join us!

Last month, we got together at the Fly-IN Cafe at Terre Haute Regional Airport. I think everyone enjoyed watching the planes as we ate some delicious food.

We held a brief meeting after our meal, allowing us to take care of a few tasks and make some decisions.

As we have for many years, Sisterhood will make a donation to CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center. The museum is an important part of the past and the future. We also decided we will help military veterans this year.

I know some of you ladies still considering Sisterhood but have not yet joined. We would love to have all the women at our Temple to be a part of our organization. You can still make a difference as a member of Sisterhood, even if you can’t make it to meetings!

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What is the holiday celebrated by most Jews, no matter their observance level? You have three guesses and the first two don't count.

And the answer is ... Passover! The Passover story that we recount every year represents the seminal event in the history of our people. This story sets the stage for our ongoing spiritual development.

Passover is the one holiday that really needs a joyous group in order to have a meaningful celebration. And we will celebrate! Join us for for a Kabbalat Shabbat and seder at 6 p.m. Friday, April 19, at the Temple.

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Our Jewish tradition presents us with a framework from which to approach and to accept some of life’s most trying times, acting as a source of comfort.

Drawing upon the wisdom of our ancestors, Jewish tradition emphasizes the importance of both community and reflection for the process of healing.

Each of these two aspects is present in the Kaddish Yatom, also known as the Mourner’s Kaddish.

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UHC will once again welcome the community to its sanctuary when the Terre Haute South Vigo High School STAND club presents guest speaker and Rwandan genocide survivor Emmanuel Habimana, from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, April 7, at the Temple.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Rwandan genocide, when members of the Hutu majority murdered some 800,000 people, mostly of the Tutsi minority.

The event is part of #TogetherWeRemember, an “annual international campaign to transform remembrance into action to end identity-based violence for all humanity.”

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I have enjoyed my continuing involvement with UHC religious school, since my daughter, Jennifer, is teaching there. I find our CHAI curriculum can lead students of all ages to think and reflect.

Religious school students are aiming to contribute tzedakah funds toward one good cause per month. During February, they bought three trees to be planted in Israel.

Purim begins the evening of March 20. We hope everyone enjoys the holiday -- and the hamentaschen!

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It seems like only yesterday when Sisterhood began its winter break. They say time flies when you are having a good time, so I must be having a great time!

I did enjoy the experience February 8 at the Temple when a a large group from First United Methodist Church in Robinson, Ill., visited for Shabbat services with Student Rabbi Jonathan Falco.

By now I am sure you have received your flyer about our Sisterhood meeting at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12, at the Fly-IN Cafe at Terre Haute Regional Airport.

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A central practice of Judaism is studying Torah, which includes the commentaries and Midrash and sometimes other topics grounded in our sacred texts.

Recently, I began subscribing to the My Jewish Learning series on studying Torah.

Yes, you can read on your own, but the dialogue in any learning situation is what makes learning richer.

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The PBS program "There Are Jews Here" follows the untold stories of four once-thriving American Jewish communities that are now barely holding on. As communities struggle with aging congregants and dwindling interest, families are moving to larger cities with more robust congregations.

A portrait of people who are doing their part to keep the Jewish spirit alive, the film celebrates religious diversity in small-town America.

Beyond that description, I found the 90-minute show to provide an excellent representation of our own experience and many of the ideas we have tried or considered in order to encourage engagement.

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Recently, Cathy and Steve Jolliff sent a contribution in memory of Dr. Jack Weinbaum.

I sent the notice to Bobbie Weinbaum and she was curious as to who the Jolliffs were. I told Bobbie I knew the Jolliffs as very nice people who attended services on special occasions and were friends of Louise and Walter Sommers.

I emailed Cathy for further details to pass along to Bobbie. When Bobbie received this information, it warmed her heart to know how Dr. Weinbaum had touched the Jolliffs' lives and still remembered him after all these years.

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