An invitation to join mini minyan members to pick apples for Rosh Hashanah and visit the Velvet Ice Cream factory in Utica drew a crowd of happy people. Blessings abounded with blue skies, sunshine, perfect temperatures, delicious apples, delightful people, extraordinary picnic fare (Little Minyan people REALLY know how to make GREAT food!), and yummy ice cream. So many wonderful Little Minyan members and friends turned out to kick off the mini minyan season. For more information about our mini minyan youth and family education program, click here. Co-chair Yutan Getzler found a new use for the apple grabber poles provided by Legend Hills orchard to get the hard-to-reach apples. The pvc tubing made a very resonant shofar and Yutan treated us to a spontaneous Tekiah G’dolah!
Caring for the Environment …May it BEE a Sweet New Year ... as we turn to our tradition of apples and honey, consider the effects of CCD (Colony Collapse Disorder) on the honey bee. Jewish tradition and values treasure all life, including bees, and their loss of life at the hand of dangerous chemicals is tragic. In addition, these bees are one of the most-relied on pollinators in the US. Thus, the loss of the Western honey bee would have detrimental effects on agricultural cycles. One third of the crops we eat—including foods like broccoli, bell peppers, avocado, and our beloved Rosh Hashanah apples—rely on honey bees and other pollinators in order to reproduce year after year. Read more at hazon.org and take action!
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