Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


February 21, 2013


Purim Family Service

On Saturday evening, Feb. 23, Temple Emanuel of Andover will have its Purim Family Service and Megillah Reading at 6 p.m. Pizza dinner will be available prior to services, beginning at 5 p.m. for a small fee. Please bring a box of macaroni and cheese as a grogger. All boxes collected will be donated to The Merrimack Valley Foodbank. Temple Emanuel is located at 7 Haggetts Pond Road in Andover.

UU Movie Night

The UUCiA Movie Night will feature the award-winning documentary “The Dhamma Brothers” at the congregation at 6 Locke St.

The movie night is tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 22, at 7 p.m. The movie is 76 minutes long and will be shown for free.

People are invited to “bring a friend, beach chair to sit on, and something to drink. We will provide the movie and popcorn.”

According to the congregation, “‘The Dhamma Brothers’ tells a dramatic story of human potential and transformation as it closely follows and documents the stories of a group of prisoners as they enter into this arduous program. It will challenge assumptions about the very nature of prisons as places of punishment rather than rehabilitation. Despite the difficulty in obtaining permission to film inside a prison, the Alabama Department of Corrections allowed a film crew to document, not only the Vipassana program, but many other scenes and settings revealing the daily lives of prisoners and staff.

“Before the Vipassana retreat, the men openly express fear and trepidation, wondering what they will find when they look deeply within and face the consequences of past actions and trauma. They are shown packing their scant belongings and preparing for the journey inside, a very short walk down the prison corridor but a sea change in their lives as prisoners. We observe the transformation of the prison gym, a frequent site for violent battles among inmates, into a monastery, a separate, restricted place in which the inmate students can eat, sleep, and meditate in total seclusion from the rest of prison society.”

Temple Emanuel carnival

On Sunday afternoon, March 3, Temple Emanuel, 7 Haggetts Pond Road, Andover, will have its Annual Purim Carnival at 1 p.m. The whole family can join the fun with games, face painting and prizes, according to the congregation. Hotdogs, chips and soda for lunch and Hamentashen. The Purim Carnival is sponsored by TEMTY. Visit the website at or call the temple office at 978-470-1356 with any questions.

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