President’s Message July/Aug 2017

President’s Message July August 2017

As I sit down to write this message to our congregation I am struck with frustration at what’s happened in Israel this week. It’s hard to know what will happen next, but the Reform movement and others are clearly going to make themselves heard. As Jews we have many different opinions on how to practice our Judaism, but on the subject of Israel, we are all committed to our spiritual home.

From the WRJ (Women of Reform Judaism) statement today I quote: “On Sunday, June 25th, Israel announced that it is suspending its promise for an egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall (Kotel). In addition, the Israeli government advanced a bill that would give exclusive control for conversions to ultra-Orthodox rabbis. These actions will deepen the divide between Israel and the Diaspora communities. WRJ is outraged that the Israeli government would renege on its prior negotiated agreements.  WRJ is working collaboratively with our partners across the Reform Movement to convey our strong views on these matters and to convince the Israeli government to uphold its previous commitments.

Their partner-groups have made their thoughts known; you can read their statements here:

 

On the home front, I can tell you that we will of course be holding Kabbalat Shabbat services every Friday through the summer, at 6:15 p.m. It’s a chance for connecting with friends every week, sometimes followed by supper together at a local restaurant. Please join us as we mark the Shabbat.

Be sure to read Rabbi Tepper’s message in this Bulletin – it’s chock full of wonderful suggestions for summer entertainment and stimulation, on various Jewish themes. This summer he will continue with his Shabbat greetings to us, which are always thoughtful and enjoyable.

Summer is upon us, although the jet stream is stuck in its current configuration and we’re not getting seasonal weather; however that’s about to change from what I hear. Hooray!

I wish you the very best for the summer and look forward to seeing you at the Temple in the Fall.  

Linda Freed