DAY 555: The Purpose of Community

January 6, 2014
By bethmordecai
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DAY 555: The Purpose of Community

Dear Hevreh,

There are many purposes for being a part of a Jewish community — to build a social network of friends, to have a place to celebrate and honor lifecycle events, to learn about and experience the wisdom of Judaism, and to experience a connection with God among others. All of these purposes were on display this past Shabbat morning as more than 20 members of our extended community us braved the cold and the snow to help Rachel and I bentsch gomel after last week’s accident. As Rachel shared with me later, more significant than the act of reciting gomel is the community that came out to make sure that we could recite gomel. It was a special feeling and one we will never quite soon forget.

Yet, it doesn’t need to take a car accident or some other unfortunate event to bring our community together. Whether it’s observing a yahrtzeit, or celebrating a simhah, birthday, or anniversary, or sharing our unique Torah through a d’var Torah like Gary Blog shared in November and Harriet Pearlman will share THIS UPCOMING SHABBAT Saturday 1/11 at 10 am, or simply to experience the joy of our Jewish heritage and rituals, there are many reasons to come to shul and experience the purpose of being in a community.

Kol Tuv,

Rabbi Ari Saks

If you are interested in celebrating the purpose of community, please consider sponsoringkiddush on Friday nights and Saturday mornings. Sponsoring kiddush is also a wonderful opportunity to honor a loved one or celebrate a special occasion. Please email me for more information.

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