As I sit at my desk today it’s very difficult to find appropriate words to write, in light of the attack on the Tree of Life / Or L’Simcha Congregation in Pittsburgh last Saturday. Most of the victims were elders; it’s so terrible for them to have lost the cherished senior members of that community. We will mourn for them and keep their families and friends in our hearts as we move on with our lives.
As you review our calendar you will see that we have one of our monthly Torah services this week, and another one on December 14. We are enjoying the opportunity to have regular Torah services, lay led by Allan Finkel, who has kindly offered to help us in this way. I am grateful for his offer, and appreciate having the Torah as an important part of our weekly ritual more often.
On November 7th at 7 pm at the Temple there will be a presentation by Chapel Lawn on Jewish funeral practices and services at our Bet Chaim, Mikdash Shalom. It will be worth your while to learn what is entailed in planning a funeral, to give you a clear idea of what to expect when the time comes. The presenters are well-informed, very thoughtful, and ready to help us in our times of need.
Rabbi Tepper will give us an entertaining talk on Nov 8th, “Jews and Tattoos – the Good, Bad, Ugly and Beautiful” – sounds terrific. It’s at the home of the Huebners, always a lovely location (and good refreshments).
Movie night is back! We will be showing “Crossing Delancey” on November 17. Join us for the movie, snacks, and stimulating conversation afterwards. Also, don’t miss our annual Hanukah potluck with homemade latkes! And the following evening there is a catered Hanukah party for adults, with supper, a re-gift swap and prizes.
I’ve outlined a few of our activities which are also highlighted elsewhere in the Bulletin. As a member of our Jewish community, I encourage you to attend one or all of our events, to keep the Temple active and a part of your life. If you have any questions or ideas, I’m always available for coffee and a chat.