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It is with great sorrow that we note the passing of Edan Shai Shapiro, infant son of Max & Sara Shapiro, grandson of Judy & Jerel Shapiro.  Edan lived in Baltimore and passed awaySunday morning.  Judy & Jerel are in Baltimore, and are planning on returning Sunday.  We extend our condolences and sympathy to the entire family and wish them no more sorrow.
 
Darchei Noam and Beth El present a new class on Soulful Education.  In Soulful Education, the ultimate question for the teacher, educator, and rabbi to ask is not "what do the texts mean?", but "What do these texts mean to me?"  If you are coming to the first class, 7:00 pm, this Thursday, May 12, let Bob Karasov know: robert.karasov@parknicollet.com.
 
Four IDF soldiers from our sister city, Rechovot, are visiting the community, hosted by the Israel Programs Center and the Federation.  Two of the soldiers will be joining us at Darchei Noam this Shabbat, and will address us after kiddush Major Roey Kochavi served in the Duvdevan Unit from 1996-1999 and is currently commander of the Territorial Defense of the Northern Brigade, ensuring that communities are properly prepared for emergencies.  During Operation Protective Edge, Roey responded to an infiltration of terrorists into Zikim and Kibbutz Nachal Oz, in which 4-year-old Daniel Turgeman, z"l was killed when a rocket fell on his house.  Roey represents the relationship between the army and Israel's citizens, which it protects.  Captain Dvir (last name withheld for security reasons) was drafted in 1998; serving first in the Air Force Pilot's course, then joining the Givati Brigade as a combat soldier in the Combat Engineering Corps.  Since 2002, Dvir has worked in the Ministry of Defense, and since 2011 in the Intelligence Corps.  He experienced a terrorist infiltration at a post where he was deputy commander; during the operation, Dvir and his team killed one terrorist, but unfortunately a commander and two soldiers were also killed during the operation.
 
The May classes on the minor prophets, originally scheduled for Tuesday, May 17 and Sunday, May 22 (with the Berman shul in Rechovot) have been postponed.  The next class is scheduled for June 14.
 
Our next evening to serve dinner to the residents of St. Stephen's Homeless Shelter is Monday, May 23.  We need five cooks (tuna, egg, potato salads; veggies; fruit or cookies), and four servers.  If you can help with this important and rewarding project, please let Lee Snitzer know,jsrulke@aol.com or 952-925-2976.
 
Save the dates!  The Darchei Noam Annual Meeting will beSunday, June 5, 9:00 am.  We will have updates on shul business, and election of new directors.  On June 24-25, we will have a Shabbaton with scholar-in-residence Yoel Finkelman, curator of the Judaica Collection at the National Library of Israel.
 
Darchei Noam provides a wheelchair for those who need it.  Whoever used it last did not return it.  If you have it, can you please bring it back to the shul?  Thanks!
 
You will soon notice a new box in the lobby next to our STEP box.  This will be for donations to care packages for Yoni Israelson.  Once a month, around Rosh Chodesh, kids will be collecting items from the box and making care packages, which will be sent to Yoni who is deployed with the Marines in Afghanistan.  We can't ship liquids, but suggested items from MN Marine Moms include granola/protein bars, Chapstick, solid deodorant (no aerosols), peanut butter crackers, or trail mix.  For more ideas or information, contact Debbie Baumgarten Kusnetz.
 
Save the date for the Darchei Noam Annual Meeting -Sunday, June 5, 9:00 am.  We will have updates on shul business, and election of new directors.
 
Save another date!  On June 24-25, we will have a Shabbatonwith scholar-in-residence Yoel Finkelman, curator of the Judaica Collection at the National Library of Israel.  More information to follow.
 
The Darchei Noam library is certainly for your use, but we need to make sure we know where our books are.  Sephorim(Gemarot, Chumashim, commentaries, etc. – generally books on the west wall) should not be taken out of the library without the specific permission of the Ritual Committee (Shira Krebs, Rob Portnoe, Allan Baumgarten, Max Donath, Debbie Kusnetz).  General literature (on the east wall) should not be removed without either leaving a note indicating you are taking it, or telling Bob Kusnetz or Mickey Kamel.  Currently, we are trying to locate volume one of Sotah and volume one ofKedushin, as well as our copy of The Glory, by Herman Wouk.  If you have any of these, please reply to this note!
 
We have had a generous donation from anonymous donors to purchase new chairs for the synagogue.  They have offered to match what we fund raise and thus far we have contacted a little more than 20 families who have elected to help us purchase chairs.  These chairs are $150 each and there will be no names or plaques or other assignments to these seats.  A donation simply secures a place for someone's tush!  We are going to purchase a total of 100 chairs.  So far, we have raised a little more than $6100, about $2000 shy of our goal.  If you are interested in donating for these chairs, please contact Wendy Khabie.
 
Many thanks to the generous donors of our new compostable flatware!  Except for wrappers, everything else on the kiddush tables should be compostable, so only the organic/compost bins are set out in the usual "trash" areas.  If you haven't finished your drink, please pour out the liquid in the sink before tossing the cup in the composting bin.  There is one regular garbage can for wrappers and personal trash, and three large recycling bins are under the kitchen table to dispose of recyclable items as necessary.
 
Please remember that several members of our congregation have allergies or sensitivities to scents, and they have a difficult time being in shul with people who are "perfumed".  Please be considerate of others and do not wear perfume, cologne, after shave, or other scents when coming to services or events.
We wish kol hakavod to Mitch Burke for his years of service to Darchei Noam as our treasurer.  Thanks to Mitch, our synagogue's finances are in order and we are very grateful for his guidance and leadership at our board meetings.  Mitch will be stepping down and Joel Ribnick has been selected by the board of directors to take his place as our new treasurer.  Next time you see them, please thank Mitch for his service, and welcome Joel to his new role.
Free transportation to the MSP airport if you are on your way to Israel!  Please call Marshall Mintz at 952-927-0081 or e-mail tommintz02@gmail.com to arrange a free trip.