Rabbi Julie's August 2021 Letter to Congregation

posted Aug 19, 2021, 9:56 AM by Congregation Leyv Ha-Ir   [ updated Aug 19, 2021, 2:13 PM ]

August 2021

Dear Chevre,

Let me quote the potent Batya Levine song, "We Rise" by saying, "In hope and prayer, we find ourselves HERE." We Rise - Batya Levine

Here we are, ready once again to enter the journey of the Jewish holy days: Selichot, Rosh HaShana, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simchat Torah. Our community will surge in size and in spirit as we welcome our annual guests in. And once again we will face the exact moment of now, just as we are required to do throughout life.

I have gratitude for our congregation leaders who had to make decisions months in advance about how to hold our holy day services: in person? on Zoom? some of each? Not knowing what would be true months in the future, our leadership decided to plan for maximum health protection and to be on Zoom once again. With the current state of the pandemic, it turns out that this was a wise choice.

I hope each of you will join in as much of this holy journey as possible. I echo our long term member Maria Mackey in saying that there is something special about Zoom where we can be face to face rather than looking at the back of other worshippers' heads in our large room. Let's be face to face and celebrate our New Year.

Blessings to all,

Rabbi Julie