From the President, October 2023

As the echoes of the High Holidays begin to fade, it’s essential to find ways to maintain this sense of spiritual connection and community that was vibrant during this special time. The journey of faith and community does not end with Yom Kippur; it continues, and it’s up to all of us to keep the momentum going.

Embrace Ongoing Learning Opportunities
Learning is a cornerstone of our faith, and there are numerous ways to continue expanding our knowledge and understanding. I encourage members to participate in Torah study groups or participate in book club. By fostering an environment of continuous learning, we can deepen our connection to our heritage and each other.

Engage in Acts of Tzedakah
Acts of charity and kindness are integral to Jewish life. I encourage you to find opportunities to give back to the community, whether through volunteering, donations, or supporting local causes. Creating a culture of giving not only helps those in need but also strengthens you.

Promote Regular Shabbat Observance
Shabbat provides a weekly opportunity for rest, reflection, and communal connection. I encourage families and individuals to light candles, say blessings, and attend synagogue services. For those unable to attend in person, join us through our streaming service. By making Shabbat a central part of our lives, we create a rhythm of spiritual and mental renewal.

Organize Social Events and Activities
Developing a sense of community requires more than just religious observance; it also involves creating opportunities for us to connect on a personal level. Volunteer to help plan social events, such as potlucks, game nights, or making freezer meals for Rabbi to share when he visits members going through challenging times. Building friendships and bonds outside of formal religious setting will help strengthen the overall fabric of our community.

Encourage Involvement in Committees and Projects
We need members to take an active role in shaping the future of the community. Whether it’s participating in committees for education, outreach, or social justice initiatives, because getting involved in decision-making processes can foster a sense of ownership and investment in the congregation and community’s well-being.

Technology for Outreach and Engagement
In today’s digital age, technology offers powerful tools for staying connected. You can help us maintain an active online presence through social media, email newsletters, and virtual events. This allows members to stay informed about upcoming activities and provides a platform for discussions and sharing of ideas.

The High Holidays mark a pinnacle of spiritual reflection and connection, but the journey doesn’t end there. By actively engaging with our community through learning, acts of kindness, observance, social events, and meaningful participation, we ensure that the spirit of the holidays continues throughout the year. Together, we can build a vibrant and enduring Jewish community that supports and uplifts its members in every season of life.

Ann Berman
P.S. At the time of this writing, Hamas has just declared war with Israel. Our hearts and prayers go out to the people of Israel and condolences to those who lost their lives in this act of war. Am Yisrael Chai – I hope and pray that by the time this article goes to print this war has been resolved.