In recent years, Temple Beth-El has sought to broaden the Jewish cultural experience of its members and the greater North Shore Jewish community and become more inclusive of Jews whose customs and identity originate beyond the Ashkenazi (European) tradition. Specifically, we have sought to be more inclusive of Mizrahi (North African and Middle Eastern) Jews, whose presence is increasingly felt in our congregation and is already an important part of our surrounding community.
One of the highlights of these efforts is our Maimouna Shabbat, celebrating the end of Pesach in Moroccan fashion. This year, we expand this program to include the Persian counterpart to Maimouna, known as Shab-e Sal (Night of the Year) on Erev Shabbat, Friday, April 14 at 7 p.m. Join us for a delicious oneg dessert reception after services!
Following Passover, we will mark these celebrations welcoming the return of chametz with a special Erev Shabbat service featuring celebratory Sephardic melodies led by Cantor Davis and the Koby Hayon Trio.