We live in a world today in which it is sometimes difficult to find things to cite as helping us be optimistic about the future. It is easy to look at the national news, or even the state or local news for that matter, and find ourselves depressed. In fact, lately, we might even have difficulty talking with our own friends and family members about what is going on. We fear that the opinions of others might be upheld and our own dismissed. There is so much anger and hate out there, but there is also a lot of love and caring.
There are good things going on, especially at the Temple. We have many new families in our community, new members, prospective members, Jews-by-choice, those who are journeying, and many others who want to learn. Family Shabbat in March was so moving that I spoke with more than one person whose eyes were teared up because of the love and joy in the room, something that can be too rare to encounter these days. At that Family Shabbat, at our Purim services, and at services throughout the month, we see long time members, new members, Latino Jews, African American Jews, Indian Jews, LGBTQ Jews, interfaith couples and families of all ages. A number of young adults and teens regularly attend.
We’re also getting together to play games at Brotherhood and Sisterhood game night, studying together in Book Clubs and classes, dining together at the Meno of TBJ and WE DO lunches, participating in social action projects together and more. We are a vibrant, hopeful, and joyful congregation.
April will offer opportunities to join us at some special events including the Ron Wolfson Scholar in Residence weekend and our Temple’s Passover Seder. The Youth Group will also have two special events, visiting a Bosnian Mosque and speaking with the Imam there about Islam and then an opportunity during Passover to invite their friends to learn about and experience a Passover Seder.
During these days, when things can get very stressful, I hope you’ll consider joining us, if you are not already doing so. We would love to see you!
Rabbi David Kaufman