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Week in Review: March 4th, 2011

Shabbat Shalom! One Adar is just about over and that means Purim is coming! But before that, this weekend has a couple of things of national note.

First is Shabbat Unplugged. This is a national effort to encourage all of us to “reboot” this Shabbat – turn off the electronics and take a break. Click through to the articles using the links below to learn more about the intent and organizations behind this effort.

Also this weekend is the Boulder Community Concert honoring the legacy of Debbie Friedman. Co-sponsored by many local organizations, this will be held on Sunday at Congregation Har HaShem. Here’s the link for more info.

Connecting the dots for both programs is Jewish camping.  Debbie Friedman’s music has reached thousands at Jewish camps since the 1970s. It’s part of what made “camp Shabbat” so special for many of us and why one of the metaphors for Shabbat Unplugged is the “camp Shabbat.” The little graphic? Why that’s an iPhone in a sleeping bag!

Looking past this Shabbat, and Purim (March 19/20), next up is Passover. Yes – Passover food is now in the local grocery stores. And yes – Passover dishes can even be found at Target (check the end caps). They have a cute, inexpensive “kids” seder plate.

Finally – another bit of news we learned late this week – Adventure Rabbi has received a grant that enables 21 to 30 year olds the opportunity to participate in Passover in Moab at 90% off the regular price. What a great opportunity for young adults to connect. Contact Adventure Rabbi for more information.

May you unplug and have Shabbat peace this weekend!

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I'm David Fellows, and I've served as a writer, photographer and/or an editor on my junior high and high school newspapers; the Daily Trojan at USC (where I earned my journalism degree); the student newspaper at the Anderson School at UCLA (where I earned my MBA); and I've written and edited countless business documents and presentations in the ensuing twenty years. I was also a professional photographer from 1978 to 1988 (although you never really stop...). I've been involved Jewishly since my bris and in Boulder since 1995. I'm married to my Executive Director Cheryl, and we have two children, Lauren and Ethan.

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