Archive for April 17th, 2011

Did You Know? Countdown to Passover (04/17)

Sunday, April 17th, 2011


Did You Know?
Facts, Figures & Folklore about
the Jewish Holiday of Passover

April 17 : 01 day till 1st night Passover

Did you know that at some seder tables a second cup, known as Miriam’s Cup, is also set out?

Miriam’s Cup, in honor of Moses’ sister, is filled with water and symbolizes the miracle of Miriam’s well, which sustained the Israelites during their long journey in the desert. It is also used to highlight the contributions of women to Jewish culture, both past and present.

Spring has arrived and with it comes the eight-day Jewish holiday of freedom. It’s time to clean out your chametz, open up a box of matzah and set up for your seder. So join us for our Did You Know? countdown to Passover, which begins at sundown on Monday April 18, 2011.

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Did You Know? Countdown to Earth Day (04/17)

Sunday, April 17th, 2011


Did You Know?
Facts & Figures about
Celebrating and
Saving Mother Earth

April 17 : 05 days till Earth Day

Did you know that Americans recycle 53.4% of the paper products we consume?

Even still, Americans throw away an average of 600 pounds of paper per person every year. Recycling just one four foot stack of newspapers is enough to save one 40-foot fir tree.

Did you know that if everyone on Planet Earth lived the way Americans do, we would need 5.3 planets to sustain ourselves?

Americans comprise just 5% of the Earth’s population, but we produce over 40% of the world’s waste. Do you know what your carbon footprint is? Take the Ecological Footprint Quiz to find out.

Earth Day is a day to both celebrate the environmental victories of the past and to reflect on the many remaining opportunities for improvement. Whether you celebrate Earth Day by attending a rally, signing a petition or switching to highly efficient light bulbs, make an effort to be mindful of the original vision for this day: to serve as a national learn-in for the sake of the environment.

Join our Earth Day celebration as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day as we countdown to Earth Day on April 22nd!

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Did You Know? Countdown to Easter (04/17)

Sunday, April 17th, 2011


Did You Know?
Facts, Figures &
Folklore About Easter

April 17 : Palm Sunday
07 days till Easter

Did you know that thousands of Christian pilgrims converge on Jerusalem every year to celebrate the Holy Week of Easter?

On Palm Sunday, pilgrims march through the Holy City, waving palm branches and retracing the steps of Jesus as he made his triumphal entrance into Jerusalem. Then, five days later, pilgrims walk solemnly along the fourteen Stations of the Cross, reenacting Jesus’ procession toward his crucifixion.

Easter is the time of springtime festivals, a time to welcome back the Tulips, Crocuses and Daffodils. A time for Christians to celebrate the life, death and resurrection of Christ. And a time of chocolate bunnies, marshmallow chicks, and colored eggs! Join our Easter festivities as we present a new “Did You Know?” fact each day and countdown to Easter on April 24th!

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(April 17) Today we’re observing . . .  Palm Sunday

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

Palm Sunday (Christian)
As Jesus made his entry into Jerusalem, the crowds lined his path with palm fronds. In churches today, observances include the blessing and distribution of Palm leaves to their congregants.

Today is also the beginning of Holy Week, the countdown to Christ’s crucifixion and his resurrection on Easter Sunday.

Note: This years extra palm leaves will be used for the ashes on Ash Wednesday 2012.

Easter on the Net: Palm Sunday

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