Words from Rabbi Lev

L'shanah Tovah!


How we want to be

Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the High Holidays, are much more than just sitting quietly, or even sleeping(!) during a service.  How you show up for the 'whole day’ is the mark of true celebration.  So, this year we’ve planned for activities throughout each day, virtual and socially distanced.  We’re looking forward to you being part of our day.  

For more information and to register for the High Holy Days, check out the dedicated page here


How we want to be

This past week, we marked Tisha B’Av, the saddest day on the Jewish Calendar, when the ancient temple fell (twice!).  That means we are exactly seven weeks away from the high holidays.  The holidays will take part with two major crises as their backdrop, the Covid-19 pandemic and the stark reminder that our “more perfect union” is far from perfect for people of color in our country.  Despite the sad truth of needing to be held by Zoom (and at safe social distances whenever possible), I am hopeful about the work and celebration we can do together.  Judaism’s longevity can be attributed to its focus on the future, how we can partner with each other and with God to make life better for more people.  The truth is, we need these high holidays to ask ourselves the central question of our faith, of our lives, “How do we want to be?”  
For me,  it’s an open question, one I don’t confidently have the answers to.  I do have confidence that a strong, caring, loving community is a big part of it, so I’m glad we will be bringing in the new year, however awkwardly because of Covid, together.

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