From the Rabbi:
Temple Shalom is a year-round, full-service synagogue. We have weekly Shabbat services at 7:30 P.M. on Friday evenings and at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday mornings. And we have services on all Jewish holidays as well as an adult education program. The following are some forthcoming events:
Sukkot begins on the fifteenth day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei, which is only five days after Yom Kippur. Sukkot is a seven day holiday described in the Torah, which is celebrated for two reasons. It commemorates the forty years the Israelites spent wandering in the Sinai wilderness after their liberation from Egyptian slavery. During that forty year period, they lived in temporary dwellings called sukkot (plural of sukkah). It is also celebrated as a harvest festival on which we are grateful to God for providing us with food to sustain us. The Pilgrims were avid readers of the Bible and they patterned the American holiday of Thanksgiving after Sukkot.
Then immediately following the last day of Sukkot, in the Reform movement we celebrate the combined holiday of Sh’mini Atzeret-Simchat Torah, on which Yizkor memorial prayers for departed loved ones are recited and we also complete the annual Torah reading cycle by giving every congregant an opportunity to dance around the sanctuary with a Torah.
Our Sukkot service begins at 7:30 P.M. on Sunday, September 27. Following the service, congregants will have an opportunity to visit the temple’s outdoor sukkah and because Sukkot is celebrated as a harvest festival, there will be a HARVEST DESSERT BONANZA. Congregants are asked to bring fruit and vegetable products – symbols of the harvest – for consumption by those in attendance. The following are some possibilities: vegetable platter, potato dishes (knishes), fresh fruit, fruit pie, nuts, beans, etc.
Our Sh’mini Atzeret-Simchat Torah service will be held at 7:30 P.M. on Sunday evening, October 4, and will include Yizkor as well as the completion of the annual Torah reading cycle, with a lot of singing and marching around the sanctuary with our Torahs. According to tradition, there are only two times a year when it is permissible for a Jewish person to get a little tipsy. One of these occasions is on the holiday of Purim and the other is on Simchat Torah. So following the service on Sunday, October 4, there will be a WINE AND CHEESE CELEBRATION. Members of the congregation are asked to bring either wine, cheese or crackers for consumption by those in attendance.
Our Adult Education program will begin on October 7. Classes are held from 7:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. on two Wednesday evenings per month and will continue until the end of May. The specific dates are listed in the calendar in the temple’s monthly bulletin and you will also receive special emails listing the dates of the classes. This year, there will be two topics. The topic for the first part of the year will be JEWISH CONCEPTS OF GOD and will deal with the following issues: Is God a Being, a Force or a Power? Is God all –controlling? Does God listen to and answer prayer? Does God reward the righteous and punish the wicked? What are differences between the biblical concept of God and the views of modern Jewish thinkers?
The second part of the year will be devoted to a discussion of JEWISH PRAYER and the following issues will be discussed: What is the significance of the kippah (head covering) and the tallit (prayer shawl) worn during prayer? What is the purpose of prayer? What is the structure of the siddur (prayer book)? What is the significance and meaning of various prayers in the siddur? Is it important to understand the meaning of the prayers? Should the meaning of prayers be understood literally or metaphorically?
I hope you will take advantage of Temple Shalom’s many offerings.
Rabbi David Weissman
President Lily Ann Revitch
To our Members and friends,
I hope it was a good Rosh Hashanah and an easy fast for all of you. As always we send a grateful thank you to our Rabbi, David Weissman, for making the services so meaningful for all of us. Our new Temple home shone and accommodated all of us and our many visitors so well. I know we all felt the pride of saying “this is ours, our Temple home”.
My compliments to all those that took part in the services: Ze'ev Revitch for his Torah readings, Cookie Brenner for her rendition of Kol Nidrei- both so well done, Sandy Lempert for blowing the Shofar and holding on till the last breath to conclude the final note and all the readers and those that took care of the Torah Scrolls. Our Rabbi's sermons delivered so well and imparted such thoughtful insight. Last but far from least, I thank our ushers and those that welcomed each and every guest. My pride for our congregation was over flowing, thanks you to all of you.
Most of you have seen that the kitchen has a very new look. It is fresh and sparkling with its new attire. The board voted to allot $3500.00 to complete the job, not including the appliances. We have had a few members that have said they would be willing to help financially with this project. Please consider helping at this time. We would love to see your name on a plaque on the kitchen wall.
At our September Board Meeting we discussed the social side of our Temple. We would love to have a fun evening once a month from October through April, such as a movie night, a game night, or any other ideas you might have. We will ask Sisterhood and Brotherhood to host one of the nights. If you would like to plan a fun evening at the Temple, let me know.
I wish each of you a wonderful year.
Lily Ann Revitch