Rabbi’s Message – December 1, 2020
This year has sent us into such unchartered territory, but fortunately, we have been able to weather this storm together as a congregation. As we continue to navigate these waves of challenges, we can reflect on the ways we have adapted to our new environment.
Our caring committee spearheaded outreach efforts to help alleviate feelings of isolation and loneliness. We also developed new methods to continue meaningful Jewish living as a community. It was a year of firsts: our first online annual congregational meeting, a “Zoom-Mitzvah,” virtual High Holiday services, and even holiday drive-thru experiences. Our regular, ongoing programs such as Shabbat worship services, Torah study, and religious school look different, but still evoke the essence of Temple Israel. While we may be physically separated, we are finding creative ways to lift one another up, increase our connectedness, and grow in our knowledge of Torah.
All of these things have only been possible because of members like you who have stepped up your participation and giving. Your donations directly support the work of our rabbis and staff, and the programs and services that directly impact you, our friends, and our neighbors. Thank you for your continued generosity even as you, too, have experienced the impact of this pandemic.
Today has been designated as “Giving Tuesday,” which reminds us that we all have gifts to give and every act of generosity, big or small, makes a significant impact. Please consider lending a helping hand to those most impacted by this pandemic by making a year-end donation to Temple Israel in honor of Giving Tuesday. Your support will enable us to remain connected through kindness even without physical proximity. Together we can continue to provide the financial, emotional and social supports that nurture our families and communities.
Every act of giving, big or small, moves us closer in our quest of tikkun olam, repairing the world. One day the storm will be over, but until then we must walk together in the rain. Thank you for considering a year-end donation to Temple Israel.
May we all go forward in strength and good health.