Blessing of the Animals This Sunday!

Join Rabbi Audrey for a fur-filled event

Everyone is invited! This Sunday, October 14, grab your pets and head down to the Blessing of the Animals at Temple Beth Israel, 3004 Union Ave., Altoona (across from Tuckahoe Park) with Rabbi Audrey Korotkin. The Blessing gets underway at 12:15pm on the Temple Lawn.

What a great way to spend a beautiful fall day with your fur babies! It’s a celebration of our pets as Rabbi Audrey and her own menagerie – Addie and Artie (both adopted from the Central PA Humane Society) – will share blessings, snuggles and treats to mark Shabbat Noah and our responsibilities to the creatures of the world.

Human and canine refreshments will be served. All they ask is for you to bring a donation of healthy treats, bedding, newspapers, or animal-safe cleaning supplies to be donated to the CPHS.

So, what is Shabbat Noah? I myself, needed a bit of education, so I asked Rabbi Audrey to help me out.

According, to Rabbi Audrey, “Noach is the Hebrew for Noah. Shabbat Noach is the Sabbath on which we read the story of Noah and his saving of the animals on the Ark. So I use it to tie into the responsibility we have to care for the animal kingdom and especially for the animals we take into our homes. We have a one-year scriptural reading cycle when we start at the beginning of Genesis and go through the end of Deuteronomy and then start over again – and that began last Sabbath (Friday/Saturday) with the reading of the Creation story. The story of Noah is the second week of the reading cycle.”

“I started this years ago at my former congregation in Skokie, Illinois,” Rabbi Audrey explains, “as a way for me to meet congregants in a less formal atmosphere and let us get to know each other through the animals we love.”

What a wonderful tradition she has brought to Central PA. Load up the car on Sunday and join the Blessing of the Animals with Rabbi Audrey and her fur clan!


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