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Friday, February 24, 2012

02/25/12 The Raw Greenwich News Feed - ( 8 News Articles ) - FIRST STORY: Greenwich thrift shop makes national TV

News Reports About Greenwich, CT
Greenwich thrift shop makes national TV
Greenwich Time
Greenwich resident Lara Spencer, the lifestyle anchor for "Good Morning America," looks at wedding gowns at the Greenwich Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012 for a segment for a featuring on thrift stores. The shop is showcasing its ...
Greenwich man charged with home invasion
Greenwich Time
Joshua S. Smith, 19, of 63 Pemberwick Road, Apt. C, Greenwich, is charged with home invasion, first-degree criminal trespass, interfering with an officer, intimidating a witness, second-degree falsely reporting an incident, disorderly conduct and ...
Greenwich police blotter: Town man faces assault charge
Greenwich Time
A Greenwich man was charged with third-degree assault and disorderly conduct in connection with a physical dispute with a woman Thursday morning. Police said they went to a backcountry residence after receiving a call from Greenwich Hospital that a ...
Greenwich Firefighters Train for Water Rescues
The Daily Greenwich
by Anna Helhoski - GREENWICH, Conn. – Many of Greenwich's firefighters grew up in town and, as kids, came to the Boys & Girls Club, where many learned to swim. This week, 90 firefighters received water rescue training there.
Greenwich Sports Roundup: Feb. 24
Greenwich High School will try to end that streak on Wednesday when the Cardinals face New Canaan in the FCIAC championship game at 4 pm at Stamford's Terry Conners Rink. Olivia Hompe scored four goals as New Canaan reached the final with a 6-1 win ...
Greenwich Landmarks: The Yasukata Murai Home 1889
By Susan Nova *Editor's note: This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Greenwich Historical Society's Landmarks program, formerly known as "Signs of the Times." The program was created in 1987 to recognize, document and preserve the architectural ...
Greenwich's Backcountry Jazz to Perform Free Show
The Daily Greenwich
GREENWICH, Conn. – Backcountry Jazz, founded by Greenwich resident and tenor saxophonist Bennie Wallace, will perform a free concert Tuesday at the Roosevelt School in Bridgeport, thanks to a grant from the Bernstein Family Foundation.
Greenwich Player Returns to NHL Team
The Daily Greenwich
by Tom Renner - Cam Atkinson, left, received the Fairfield County Sports Commission's Sports Person of the Year for Greenwich in 2010. GREENWICH, Conn. – Greenwich native Cam Atkinson was called up Friday by the Columbus Blue Jackets and is ...

02/24/12 Breaking News: Former CT Resident Among Marines Killed In Crash

Former CT Resident Among Marines Killed In Arizona Helicopter Crash

Thomas Budrejko, former Oakdale resident, among Marines killed in Arizona helicopter crash.

02/24/12 A Word From Rabbi Mitch At Temple Sholom In Greenwich

Weekly Teaching
By Rabbi Mitchell M. Hurvitz



March 4th - 6th, 2012

Washington, DC

The annual AIPAC Policy Conference is the largest gathering of the pro-Israel movement. Thousands of participants come from all 50 states to take part in three of the most important days affecting Israel's future.

The 2012 conference will be held March 4-6, 2012, in Washington, D.C. Thousands have already registered, don't miss out on this truly remarkable experience to be in our nation's capital with thousands of fellow pro-Israel supporters.

Confirmed Speakers:

President of the United States Barack Obama
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Israeli President Shimon Peres
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY)
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA)
Senator Carl Levin (D-MI)
Senator Joseph Lieberman (I-CT)

For more information and to register, visit www.AIPAC.org.

Dear Friends:
I hope you will enjoy this beautiful and meaningful reflection on our Sholom Center Misson trip to Israel, written by Alma Rutgers, which was printed in a recent edition of the Greenwich Time.

Shabbat shalom -- with peace and blessings --

-- Rabbi Mitch

Weekly Teaching

Parashat Terumah
Friday, February 24th, 2012

Tel Aviv, Israel -- There are forty-eight of us traversing the Land of Israel, including eight children. We are Jews and Christians on a trip organized by the Sholom Center for Interfaith Learning and Fellowship.

The center was co-founded two years ago by Temple Sholom's Rabbi Mitchell "Mitch" Hurvitz and the Reverend Jim Lemler of Christ Church. It is intended to expand opportunities for those of all faiths to learn, study and socialize in meaningful ways.

Rabbi Mitch describes this trip as an opportunity for Christians and Jews to share each other's narratives. This anchors us in our own faith, while leading to an appreciation of the other. We are each on our own path as we "climb God's Holy Mountain," says Rabbi Mitch. "We can help one another if we stumble."

The Reverend Lemler says that, from his Christian perspective, an interfaith trip is more powerful than a purely Christian Holy Land trip. It provides greater depth and helps non-Jews understand the complexity of the issues Israel faces. It's his hope the center will make this interfaith experience more widely available in the Greenwich community.

A high point in our shared experience was Natalie Lilien's Bat Mitzvah at Masada. By becoming Bat Mitzvah, Natalie strengthened the long chain of Jewish continuity in a setting where that chain could have been broken nearly 2,000 years ago when the Romans crushed the Jewish revolt.

Inspired, I began my column at the spa where we stopped for lunch and a swim following the Bat Mitzvah, before we left the Judean Desert for the Galilee. As I wrote, I looked across the still, mineral-laden, salt-heavy Dead Sea toward the Jordanian shore. This body of water, at 1,368 feet below sea level, is the lowest point on Earth.

The next morning, continuing to write, I watched a sunrise over the gently lapping waters of Lake Kinneret, Israel's only natural freshwater lake and a major water source, also known as the Sea of Galilee.

Now finishing my column, I watch the waters of the Mediterranean break in crashing white waves on the sandy beach below. The sea, in ever-changing shades of green and blue-gray, meets a cloudy sky at the distant horizon. This is the view from my room in the Tel Aviv hotel where we are staying on the last leg of this 10-day journey.

I marvel at the diversity of terrain in this tiny land, barely larger than New Jersey. From the lowest point on Earth to snow-capped mountain peaks, from the Negev Desert to the fertile Jezreel Valley and the Galilee's lush green, from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, this Promised Land is a special land.

Over the centuries, millions of Christians have flocked here because it's the land of Jesus. One can follow the Christian messiah, or Christ, from cradle to grave. The word "Christ" is simply the Greek translation of the Hebrew "moshiach," or anointed one, which refers to an anointed king.

Jews, on the other hand, are drawn to this land because it's our ancestral homeland, promised by God to Abraham and Abraham's progeny. This eternal homeland is at the core of the Jewish experience across the millennia. The land cannot be separated from the people.

We began our travels together, as Jews and Christians, in Jerusalem experiencing Shabbat at the Western Wall.

We toured the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, which marks the place of Jesus' crucifixion and resurrection. The Reverend Lemler offered an ecumenical prayer, invoking light, life and compassion.

We recited Havdalah at the close of Shabbat, standing in a circle and singing "Elijah the Prophet," arms around one another.

We went to Bethlehem where the Church of the Nativity marks Jesus' birthplace and to Nazareth, where the Church of the Annunciation commemorates the story of Jesus' miraculous conception.

At Capernaum and the Mount of the Beatitudes, we encountered the Jewish Jesus in his original setting and reflected on our common Jewish roots.

I'm thinking, perhaps in some small way, interfaith endeavors like this can help realize Isaiah's prophetic vision in which nation shall no longer lift up sword against nation, nor learn war any more.

But then I remember I'm in the Middle East, and the vision slips away.

Alma Rutgers has served in Greenwich town government for the past 25 years. Her blog is at http://blog.ctnews.com/rutgers/.

Temple Sholom
300 E. Putnam Avenue
Greenwich, CT 06830

02/24/12 The Greenwich First Selectman Report

News Reports About Greenwich First Selectman Peter Tesei
Budget discussions show concerns over GEMS proposal
Greenwich Post
... new Greenwich Emergency Medical Services (GEMS) station for Northwest Greenwich, but the project still has First Selectman Peter Tesei's full approval.
Marzullo to request partial leaf blower ban
Greenwich Post
In a letter sent to both First Selectman Peter Tesei and Selectman David Theis, Mr. Marzullo outlined a series of proposals that does not include an ...
Ex-BET Chair Steve Walko to Run for State Rep
Livvy Floren following the announcement by First Selectman Peter Tesei that he will run for a third-term. Barely 12 hours after veteran state Rep.
Cell tower fight looks headed to court
Greenwich Post
Selectman Drew Marzullo has urged the selectmen to join the suit in the board's last two meetings, but First Selectman Peter Tesei and Selectman David Theis ...

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