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THE AVENUE

August 2017

Notebook

Tisha B’Av begins at sundown on July 31 and is the saddest Jewish holiday of the year. Tisha B’Av is about mourning and remembering tragedies that affected the Jewish people throughout history.
Tisha B’Av (Hebrew for “the Ninth of Av”) is an annual fast day in Judaism, named for the ninth day (Tisha) of the month of Av in the Hebrew calendar. The fast commemorates the destruction of both the First and Second Temples in Jerusalem. This occurred about 656 years apart but on the same Hebrew calendar date.
Other tragedies include the Jews’ expulsion from England in 1290 and again from Spain in 1492, the outbreak of World War I in 1914, and the mass murder of Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto in 1942.
Tisha B’Av is a day of mourning unlike Yom Kippur where fasting is a self-afflicted demonstration of our ability to control our impulses and understand how it might feel not to have enough to eat. The purpose of Tisha B’Av is to deprive ourselves of the pleasure of eating. On Yom Kippur, Jews fast and atone for themselves as individuals, but on Tisha B’Av, mourning and atonement are done as a community. The day is marked by assembling in synagogue in an atmosphere of mourning, reading the Book of Lamentations and elegaic poems called Kinnot, and fasting. It is known as the Black Fast, in contrast with Yom Kippur, which is the White Fast. It has been called the “saddest day in Jewish History.”

Calendar of Events – Elyse Feltman

August 3, Thursday – Ice Cream in the Garden
4:00 Ice Cream

August 17, Thursday – Lemonade Under the Trellis
4:00 Lemonade & Cookies

August 23, Wednesday – Entertainment w/Ashly
2:00 Desserts & Drinks

August 31, Thursday Ice Cream Cones
4:00 Ice Cream Cones

NEWS FROM THE RSC

I am looking to bring new Educational Hours to you. Please let me know if there are any topics that you would like to hear about. If you have any speaker ideas, I would appreciate hearing from you as well!

The State of CT put on hold the Farmer’s Market coupons due to lack of a 2018 state budget. The coupon books that were distributed may still be good in the future but cannot be used at this time. Bloomfield Social Services was able to get some coupons (from a different series) that are usable now. If you are interested, go to the BLOOMFIELD SENIOR CENTER on August 1st (11:00AM-12:45PM) or August 2nd (12:30PM-1:30PM). Coupons will be distributed on a first come first serve basis.

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Gardening club

All our gardeners are having a fabulous time in the garden now! Many participants have started picking their produce- mostly cucumbers, squash and green beans at this time. Our “Federation Homes Gives Back” program has begun distributing vegetables to the food pantry at Bloomfield Social Services. Town residents are delighted to receive our fresh vegetables along with pantry items.

MONTHLY BLOOD PRESSURE CLINIC

We are very fortunate to have Global Horizon’s Home Care provide a monthly blood pressure clinic on site. The clinic is held the LAST WEDNESDAY OF EACH MONTH, from 1-2pm in the Meeting Room.

FYI
Just a reminder: The food pantry is available to you Monday to Friday.

Please note the signs for exiting and entering the Federation Homes parking lot. There is only one way in and out! Please remind family members and visitors.

PLEASE DO NOT OPEN DOORS FOR ANYONE BUT YOUR OWN GUESTS. TOO MANY PEOPLE ARE LET INTO OUR BUILDING WITHOUT USING THE SECURITY SYSTEM. YOUR SAFETY IS OUR PRIMARY CONCERN!

The Fax and Copy machines are for Federation Homes staff only.