Friday Dec 16, 2016

Daniel A. Weiner

Rabbi Temple De Hirsch Sinai

“Holiday Breakfast”

Scribe: Traci Tenhulzen Introduced by: Steve Goldfarb

What is Chanukah?  Festival of lights at the darkest time of year.  Commemoration of Maccabean Revolt to the Cerean Greeks.    Rabbinic refocus on God and on the miraculous.  Minor festival!

History of Chanukah

331-334 BCE: Alexander’s Conquest of Israel

  • Hellenization as Stratey

3rd/2nd centeries: Ptolemies and Seleucids+

  • Alexandria

175-163: Rule of Antiochus IV Epiphanies

167 BCE: Antiochus gets serious about subversion

  • Pegan Temples port-eating and circumcision ban
  • Matthies and Judah lead revolt

Temple captured, reconsecrated and beginning of Hasmonean Dynasty.   This is the celebration of Chanukah.  Taking back the temple and lighting the menorah.  They had enough oil to last one day.  The menorah was lit and the light lasted for 8 days.

A menorah has 8 candles plus one extra candle to light the other candles.

Chuaukah is celebrated on the 25th day of Kislev of the Jewish Calendar.




Club Announcements

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By Kit Bowerman

Join us when the BBRC (and guests) travel to Everett to Comcast Arena Feb. 4 to watch the Everett Silvertips battle the Vancouver Giants at 7:05 pm.  20 tickets have been reserved, and if we exceed this amount, we can get more.  Cost is $18.00 per person.  There are good restaurants in and around the arena.  Contact Kit Bowerman @ (425) 391-0188 for tickets.

Fundraising: Bellevue 10K Run/Walk

Registrations for BBRC's "All in for Autism" run are now open

By Kaj Pedersen

Please take the opportunity to promote our All in for Autism run registration page amongst your friends, colleagues and social media contacts.  The more you can spread the word the more registrations we can generate for the run next year.

The link for registrations is shown here:  We appreciate all the support you can provide through the simple act of sharing and to help with the promotional effort we are offering a $5 discount to get the ball rolling for a short period of time.

This is our biggest fund raiser for the club and it takes everyone’s engagement to make it a success, so please take a few minutes of your time to help us with the promotion.  As they say, “if not you, then who?”


Community Svc: Service Projects Committee

BBRC Annual Turkey Drive - Gobble Gobble!

By Adam Mihlstin

Thank you to all who generously donated to this year’s annual Turkey Drive.  We were successful in raising enough money to purchase 60 turkeys that’ll be delivered to HopeLink, Issaquah Food Bank and the Snoqualmie Valley Food Bank.

A BIG thank you to QFC (Bellevue Square store), Cary Kopczynski / CKC Engineers, Tom Leonidas / Wood Harbinger and Rick McManus / Bellevue Optometry for kick-starting the fund-raising with donations of $250 each.

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” – Oprah Winfrey.

Any additional funds raised will be donated to Rotary First Harvest.

Have a great holiday season!

Your Turkey Chairman – Adam