Rabbi's Message - June 22, 2021
Energy. Once upon a time, in a land not-so-far away, before the pandemic… a song-leader at 6-Points Sports Camp, taught me that much of the success of a song session came from the energy in the room. You could have the best song-leader around, and the worst song-session if the room lacked the ruach (energy) that would elevate the songs from a concert to a shirah (song-session). This past Shabbat, I had the opportunity to lead a small group of congregants in-person for a Shabbat service; it was quite the treat. “For the first time in forever…” (to quote the character Anna from Frozen) the doors were open, there were actual real live people, but wow, was I ready for that change!
For the first time in a long time, we could pray in the same room, with the spirit and energy in the air that adds so much to our worship and singing experience. (Some of you lucky members also attended the first in-person service back with Rabbi Bodney-Halasz two weeks ago.) The feeling of being physically together and audibly connecting our voices is something I truly missed. I can’t wait to lead services again on July 10 at Temple.
We have another upcoming opportunity to be together. This coming Saturday, June 26 at 4:00 p.m., after over a year hiatus, I will be standing with open arms, to welcome our youngest group – Prayer and Play – to Temple’s lawn, to sing, pray, and play together. We will still operate within the guidelines of our Covid protocols, but it will be so wonderful to see those small smiling faces in person, hear their laughs, and enjoy time together outside.
I invite everyone with (grand)children ages 6 & under to join us. You may RSVP or be added to the reminder list by emailing me - firstname.lastname@example.org. Some of our “graduates” who have begun school are welcome to come as well! Bring a snack or dinner, your mask, your sneakers, and your energy!