We are deeply moved by the outpouring of support for our synagogue from our community and people across the country and around the world in the wake of the horrific anti-Semitic attack of October 27, 2018. We will continue to mourn our lost congregants, even as we honor their memories by healing, growing, and strengthening the congregation they loved. We deeply appreciate the many offers of assistance and support of the victims' families and to help rebuild the Tree of Life synagogue. Your support proves that love is truly stronger than hate.
The Tree of Life fund for Victims and Families is closed. You may still help our community heal by donating to the impacted synagogues or other community agencies.
I am writing to wish everyone in the synagogue a happy and healthy new year. Thank you for celebrating the New Year with us. I also want to express my deepest gratitude and thanks to Rabbi Myers for leading an excellent and impressively efficient service; to Sarah Nadler for her amazing voice and ease of collaborating with Rabbi Myers; to Stephen Weiss for his work leading parts of his service; for Irwin Harris for directing our congregants in sharing parts of the service; for Alan Hausman and Alex Speck for all their work behind the scenes to make the services possible; for all of our Torah readers young and veteran who showed us the present and future of the synagogue; to all the other many volunteers who played a role, and to our past presidents, who stood in representation of all that has brought us to this point in the history of the synagogue.
Most of all, I wish to thank all the congregants who volunteered to give time to the synagogue or who showed their financial suppo...
We have passed through the non-stop Fall holiday phase, hopefully feeling grateful for the life that God has blessed us with. We have now entered a nearly two-month period without any holiday celebrations until Chanukah. Now what? What can fill the gap? Just leave it me; I have some suggestions:
Commit to attending weekday morning minyan once per week. By doing so, you will ensure a minyan for those of us reciting Kaddish, be it as mourners or for a yahrtzeit. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy breakfast with a lovely community of fellow congregants. It is a great way to start the day!
Attend either Friday evening services or Shabbat morning services once per month. Friday evening services are one hour, filled with singing and joy. Shabbat morning services are less than 2 ½ hours, complete with Torah discussion and a delicious Kiddush lunch.
I write you at a time of tremendous ongoing change for our synagogue. We have recently witnessed the departures of our esteemed former executive director Mr. Joel Goldstein, our hard working former controller Mrs. Janet Mernagh, and a long term member of our maintenance staff, David Kurban. A year after our change in Rabbinical leadership and two months after our tremendous long term president Michael Eisenberg stepped back to become our most recent past president, these are losses that can sting. More important, they can feel unsettling and provoke sadness and reflection.
I have felt this change as acutely as any of you. This is not the presidency that I signed up for. I thought Michael had done all the hard work! What I have learned however, is that with adversity and change come possibility and opportunity. Despite these changes, much has occurred to continue our upward course. We and Dor Hadash Congregation have agreed to the merger of our He...