Many things have happened in this past year, some good, some not so good. Between my father’s health challenges (he’s doing better) and my own (me, too), it’s been a difficult year.
I am thankful to be able to be around to complain about it! I’m not 100% yet. It isn’t an easy or short recovery, but I am doing much better and my strength is increasing every day.
Thank you for the tremendous amount of support that my family and I have received. So many people have reached out in concern, sent notes of support, and made donations for my recovery. Your support has meant a great deal.
Thank you to all those who have stepped up in my absence to lead this congregation at worship, in the weeks leading up to the High Holidays and now during them. Special thanks to Ira Lacher and Laura Sparks for taking up the mantle of leadership. Thanks as well to the Temple staff, Wendy, David, Erin, and Charles, who have made this challenging time run much smoother for the Congregation. This rabbi is proud of all of you and thankful for all you do and have done. Thanks as well to all of those who have helped to lead Shabbat services and who have participated and will participate in our High Holiday services.
Special thanks to Bill Grund, our Temple President, for all of his help and support for me and for my family and for working so hard to make sure that I am taking the time to heal properly.
The greatest of thanks, goes to my wife Julie, for all she’s done, especially over the past couple of months. It’s been quite a 25th year of marriage so far. Our 25th Anniversary was August 14 and a week later, I was in the hospital. Thanks as well to my friends and to my children, Hanna, Ellie, and Avi, all of whom have been there to help take care of me and cheer me up. Thank you all for your love, support, and care.
May the Jewish year 5780 be a good year, full of health and happiness.
Rabbi David Kaufman