DAY 44: Long Days

August 13, 2012
By bethmordecai
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DAY 44: Long Days

Dear Hevreh,

It’s been a long weekend and a long Monday, but the days (and nights) have been full of blessing and productivity.  It began on Friday with uplifting and well-attended services at Shabbat by the Sea which was followed by a delicious dinner and even better conversation.  Saturday services were also very nice, though we did not get a minyan after the strong attendance on Friday night.  Hopefully we can have a strong minyan next Saturday morning as Rachel and I will sponsor a kiddush lunch for the community to honor our 6th wedding anniversary!  

Sunday was an incredible whirlwind which started by converting a woman to Judaism after I’ve been working with her every week for ten months.  She then proceeded to return to Perth Amboy so our sanctuary could host a Jewish wedding ceremony for her and her-now-husband.  (A conversion and a wedding on the same day — pretty intense!)

Then today I returned to the meaningful work of preparing for the High Holidays, recruiting for our Hebrew School, and building our community.  After four more one-on-one meetings with David and Clare Bennett, Alan Roy, and NEW MEMBER Narda Shomsky, my total number of personal conversations with members is up to 32…and counting!

Yes, these days have been long but there’s nothing else I’d rather be doing.

Kol Tuv,

Rabbi Ari Saks

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