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Section 2, part 2

(1) Natalie K. in PA: THE PYRAMID CODE on Netflix …   It’s absolutely fascinating.  Watched another episode last night.  We can’t stop watching.  It’s all about Ancient Egypt and the Mystery Schools and what’s been hidden all these years – what the ancient peoples understood goes way beyond our technology today.  I think you would find it as mesmerizing as I do.

(2) Death, the Prosperity Gospel and Me

(3) Chuck Schwing in NJ (with a request for HELP):
Support GeorgeLindstrom in the 2016 10th Annual Valentine Plunge

Note: Even though the event has already taken place, you can still make a contribution. And see below for a picture of my friend Chuck as he came out of the water after the plunge.


(4) What type of exercise is best for the brain?

(5) How Meditation Changes the Brain and Body

(6) Tom S. in NY: That’s great news on Cynthia’s progress. I’m very happy for both of you.


Section 12A, NC events

(1) Walking the Camino: A Spiritual Quest, a presentation by Barbara Brady
Monday,Feb. 22, at 7 p.m.

Jubilee Community Church
46 Wall St, Asheville, North Carolina

In the fall of 2014, I took two months off to walk the 500 mile El Camino de Santiago, a spiritual pilgrimage in Northern Spain. Join me to view a colorful slide show from my walk, hear stories, and ask questions. Topics will include:
*Intentions for Walking
*Living Fully on the Camino
*Heart Connections
*Synchronicities & Seinfeld Metaphors
*Challenge & Learning
Questions? Contact Barbara Brady at (828) 989-1980; A $5-$10 suggested donation is asked to cover our operations guy (Jay) with any remaining proceeds going directly to Jubilee.

(2)  Carolina Jews for Justice/West will preview a new documentary produced by the Asheville nonprofit, Just Economics, entitled “Faces of Poverty,” The film focuses on the lives of five Buncombe County residents.

Wednesday, Feb. 24
7-9 p.m.
Congregation Beth Israel
229 Murdock Ave, Asheville, North Carolina

“At the core of its vision of a just society, Judaism demands compassion for the economically less fortunate: You shall open your hand to your brother, to the poor and needy in your land. Deut.15:11. Other passages of Torah require that the worker’s wages be sufficient to sustain life. Our ethical mandate does not permit us to turn aside from our obligation to help those in need,” says Judy Leavitt, Chair, Steering Committee, Carolina Jews for Justice/West.

Panelists will include: Vicki Meath, Executive Director of Just Economics; Bella Jackson, co-owner of Ujamaa Freedom Market, member of the Asheville Transit Committee, and Chair of the Just Economics Board; and Anthony Thomas, Employment Services Manager of Green Opportunities. The panelists will share their personal experiences of living in poverty here in Buncombe County and ideas about what to do about it. Jackson is profiled in the film, “Faces of Poverty.” Rabbi Justin Goldstein of Congregation Beth Israel will give welcoming remarks, including a brief teaching about the connection between Jewish values and economic justice.

“To act in a way that makes a difference, we must understand the condition of those who need our assistance and advocacy,” Leavitt added.

For more information about Carolina Jews for Justice events and projects go to and sign up to get regular e-blasts.

In the event of inclement weather, please call Congregation Beth Israel at 828-252-8860 for news of a cancellation.


Section 12B, PA/NJ events


(2) The Delightfully Ghoulish “Addams Family” Comes to MCCC’s Kelsey Theatre Feb. 26 to March 6

West Windsor, N.J.  – A generation ago, they were the quirkiest, hippest family on television. Today, they are the stars of a Broadway musical that’s coming to Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC) Kelsey Theatre in February. “The Addams Family,” in all its devilish and delightful absurdity, is presented by Playful Theatre Productions Fridays, Feb. 26 and March 4 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Feb. 27 and March 5 at 8 p.m.; and Sundays, Feb. 28 and March 6 at 2 p.m.

Kelsey Theatre is located on the college’s West Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. A reception with the cast and crew follows the opening show on Feb. 26.

Meet the Addams Family, the ghoulish misfit clan that is happily insulated from the “normal” world until darling daughter Wednesday brings home Lucas, the boy of her dreams. He’s from an upstanding Ohio family that is about to get a window into a weirder way of life when he and his parents go to dinner at the Addams’ mansion. Everyone will have to give a little – and change a little – if the young couple is going to make it work.  First produced on Broadway in 2010, the show’s original cast starred Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth and was created by Jersey Boys authors Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice.

The Kelsey cast stars Elio Lleo of Princeton as Gomez Addams; Cat Tierney of Princeton as Morticia Addams; Shannen Doyle of  Kendall Park as Wednesday Addams; Josh Silverstein of Richboro, Pa., as Pugsley Addams; Justin Giachetti of Robbinsville as Uncle Fester Addams; Linda Joan Brown of Newtown, Pa., as Grandma; and Evan Bilinski of Franklin Park as Lurch. Wednesday’s boyfriend, Lucas Beineke, is played by Zach Mazouat of Bloomfield; Jaimie McMillin of Bordentown is his mom, Alice, and Kurt Penney of Pennington is his stuffy dad, Mal Beineke.

Featured in the ensemble as the ancestors are: Kaitlyn Anthony of Bordentown, Rachel Benoit of Trenton, Chris Bey of Hamilton, Vianna Fagel of Lambertville, Lucinda Fisher of Flemington, Matthew Immordino of Pennington, Eric McNeill of Yardley, Pa., Emily O’Sullivan of Hamilton, Sasha Saco of Hamilton, and Liam Smith of Yardley, Pa.

The production team includes Director Frank Ferrara, Musical Director Shannon Ferrara, Associate Musical Director Michael Gilch, Stage Managers Ruth Kresge and Nancy Scharf, Producers Hilary Leboff and Suzanne Smith, and Choreographer Rachel Tovar.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for senior citizens, and $16 for students and children. Tickets may be purchased online at or by calling the Kelsey Box Office at 609-570-3333.  Kelsey Theatre is wheelchair accessible, with free parking next to the theater.  For a complete listing of adult and children’s events, visit the Kelsey website or call the box office for a brochure.

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