If you've happened by TBE this week you might have noticed quite a bit of activity going on, especially if you happened to look up. We are getting a new roof (I call it our Uf-ROOF :)). You may notice that the workers, in strict accordance with Deuteronomy 22:8, installed a parapet at the edge to minimize the danger of falling. When our James Taylor sound-alike joins us for Temple Rock Cafe on Feb. 2, no doubt we'll expect him to sing, "Up on the Roof."
We are leading the effort to educate our families about the dangers of gun violence, to engage interfaith dialogue, to support both public and Jewish education, to encourage voluntarism of all sorts along with vibrant, life-affirming prayer and meaningful engagement with Israel. In short, we are doing what a Conservative synagogue should be doing and, as such, are making an important contribution to the movement. But for us to be able to make those investments, we needed to, ironically, leave the synagogue arm, at least temporarily. We are still very much Conservative, but we are helping to reinvent it.
It is thirty days since the death of my beloved father. I want to express my profound gratitude to you and the members of the daily minyan. From the very first day of my joining the minyan, I was welcomed and included with warmth, friendliness and sensitivity. I have truly felt healing and comfort during this period and want you to know how much I have appreciated the community in the small chapel."