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February 2018 - Message from the Rabbi

rabbi gary mazoShalom to all in the TABI family!

Winter has certainly hit us hard this past month – hopefully, Spring is around the corner! Just because it is cold that doesn’t mean that programming comes to a halt at TABI. I want to share two very exciting programmatic opportunities.

One God One Community

We had a very powerful and inspirational evening with Christian Picciolini at the Victory Theater on January 22nd. It is now time to plan for our next series of educational/social events. The new One God One Community series will be: “A Journey through the Life Cycle.” We will have an opportunity to experience and learn about key life cycle ceremonies and rituals in each of our faith communities. As we have been teaching over these past few years, the more we can learn and understand one another and our unique traditions and customs – the more we can appreciate the similarities and the more we can be better equipped to help each other celebrate these milestones. The schedule of programs will be the following:

Sunday, February 25 –
Birth and rituals to to enter into the covenant/Religious community including Baptism, Brit Milah/Naming and more. 6:30 PM at Saint Benedict’s Cathedral – 1328 Lincoln Ave, Evansville

Sunday, March 25 –
Rite of Passage rituals in each traditions including Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Confirmation, First Communion and Completion of Koran Study. 6:30 PM at Temple Adath B’nai Israel – 8440 Newburgh Rd, Evansville

Sunday, April 22 –
Marriage and Divorce rituals and customs in each tradition. 6:30 PM at First Presbyterian Church – 609 SE 2nd Street, Evansville

Wednesday, July 4 –
One God One Community Family Picnic (Time TBA) Hosted at Islamic Society of Evansville – 4200 Grimm Rd, Newburgh


This year, we will celebrate Purim on Sunday, March 4th. We begin at 10:00 AM with the Purim Carnival for our kids (and grandkids) and then we will move into a congregational lunch at about 11:30.

At noon, we move into the Sanctuary for what has become one of our most enjoyable ritual events of the year – the Purim Service and reading of the Megillah. This year, we have another special “musical” rendition of the Purim Story – Billy Joel – the Megillah Man. All you favorite Billy Joel songs will be incorporated into the retelling of the story of Esther, Mordecai, Haman and King Ahashueros. I hope you can plan to join us on Sunday, March 4th.


Gary A. Mazo, Rabbi