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.
We are very excited to once again partner with Community Day School on a wonderful and innovative program called the Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha/CDS Minyan Makers.
Starting in the coming weeks, we host 8th grade students at our morning minyan. Their participation, in part, ensures that we will always have a minyan when they are here. It’s a great feeling to walk into our building on those mornings and to see these kids sitting, standing, and praying in our Pervin Chapel. Even at 7:30 AM, their energy levels are high and I know that they enjoy being a part of our minyan.
And I am positive that they enjoy the special breakfast hosted each morning by the Morning Minyannaires!
The best part of the Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha/CDS Minyan Makers program is that it is the essence of an intergenerational program. Young kids and teens coming together to share the meaning of prayer with other people of all ages. Thank you to the Morning Minyannaires for welcoming the kids...
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.
The Talmud teaches us Mishenichnas Adar Marbim B’simcha: With the arrival of (the month of) Adar, our joy increases. How interesting that the month in which we celebrate Purim is the only month with this moniker. What is it about Purim that would be the cause of this statement? Certainly, the defeat of Haman is cause for celebration, but there have been other defeats in our long history. We are also taught that it is a mitzvah to imbibe sufficiently to not know the difference between the phrases “bless Mordechai” and “curse Haman”. This can lead, however, to embarrassing behavior, poor choices, and even dangerous consequences.
Much of our celebrating is frequently geared towards children, and that is good to the extent that it engages our children in the joyous elements of Jewish life. By focusing on our children, however, we have sometimes created what I call “pediatric Judaism”. There is much that is beautiful and glorious that adults can and sh...