Since our last newsletter, two families have chosen to celebrate the birth of a daughter with our congregation, filling the chapel with friends and family and the sounds of babies, toddlers and children. Mazal tov to the Dropkin and Pantirer- Poirier families, and thank you for sharing your simchas with us. In the four years since I became MJC’s rabbi, these are the first two baby namings, and I hope they won’t be the last.

Summer is officially here, and a variety of programs are coming up which offer something for everyone.

Want to save the planet? Join us for the movie Bag-It and learn about plastic pollution and how the new “plastic bag ban” in NY State will affect us and where we shop.

Have you been putting off having a conversation with your loved ones about advance health care planning, because you’re afraid it’s a ken-a-hurra (that it will bring on the evil eye)? Given that life comes with a terminal diagnosis, thinking about how we want to live and what we want to be able to do with our lives going forward, and getting the planning in place, will help us live more fully and meaningfully. See page 6 and join us on July 15.

Want to know what Jewish traditions have to say about today’s medical ethics issues? We’ll have a three-part series to discuss that.

And in August, we’ll be bringing Om Shalom yoga to MJC, which is appropriate for all ages and fitness levels.

I will be working with people individually and in groups to learn or brush up on Hebrew reading skills,so if you’d like to feel more comfortable participating in services, let me know!

Finally, we tried an experiment with streaming Shabbat morning services via Zoom. It’s easy to log onto, so if you’d like to give it a try, we’ll send you an invitation. We‘re also considering streaming via Facebook live, so if you’re out of the area on Shabbat morning, or unable to attend, you’ll still be able to “join” us.

Enjoy the summer… with plenty of sunscreen and water, friends and family, and your Malverne Jewish Center community.

Rabbi Susan Elkodsi