Last week I attended the annual clergy alumni retreat of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. At this retreat, a group of over 50 rabbis and cantors gathered to meditate, pray, sing, study, and practice silence. I return to you feeling refreshed and renewed, reminded yet again of the power and importance of nurturing the soul in these difficult times. I am also reminded of the power of community in giving and receiving love. I invite and encourage you, if you aren’t already, to dip your toes into the waters of the Temple Beth El community for love, support, companionship, Jewish worship, study, and companionship.
The Kids’ Shabbat Party will gather again on Friday, February 16 at 5:00. Parents are invited to bring a meat-free, shell-fish free dinner for their kids so that they can eat before services. In January we had a chance to see a Torah scroll up close. A new adventure is in store for our February meeting. I hope that you will be there to join us! You do not need to have young children of your own to participate; all members of TBE are welcome to join the children and their families! This is a great way for new and veteran members of the congregation to get to know each other! Please RSVP to me for this event!!
We will celebrate Shabbat on Friday night February 2nd at 7:30 PM, and on Friday night February 16th at 6:30 PM, followed by our Potluck Dinner at 7:15. Please note the new time for the early service, which allows me to spend time with our younger families. I hope that you will join us to create and share the warmth of our community and to enjoy the companionship of being a part of it. RSVPs for Potluck, along with the dish that you bring, ensures that we have enough food for everyone. We are in need of more “potluck people” to set up and clean up. Please RSVP to Ken to help, let him know you are coming and what you will bring.
We have resumed the TBE practice of offering a special blessing to all in the TBE community who have a birthday, anniversary, or other occasion to celebrate. Please do let me know when you come to Temple if you are celebrating a simcha!! Adult chocolate will enhance the occasion!!
Torah Study will meet Saturday February 3rd and 17th. Coffee and Shmooze starts at 9:00 am, and we begin our studies at 9:30. No previous knowledge is needed. Our Lunch and Learn Program continues with our study of Tikkun Middot (improving our soul-traits) and Mindfulness on Saturday, February 3rd and 17th at noon. We have recently returned to the start of the learning cycle, so this is a great time to join the group or drop in to see what it’s all about! This practice helps us to stay calm, focused and aware in a chaotic world. Please bring a meat-free, shellfish-free dish for yourself or to share. No previous knowledge is needed.
At the Congregational Meeting on Sunday, February 18th, there will be a vote to determine my future as your rabbi. The meeting will take place at 11:00 am. I will be present to hear your questions and concerns about our future. Please make every effort to be there so as to be represented in this important decision.
As always, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me at firstname.lastname@example.org at any time.
Kol tuv (all the good),
Rabbi Molly Karp