Presidents' Message

December 2022

Fellow Congregants,

It was wonderful to see so many people at the beginning of last month, both at our community Shabbat dinner and helping to cook on the previous night.  We may be a small congregation, but we have a nicely sized, haimishe community that is great to be a part of.

In December, we have many more opportunities to join together.  On December 7, we will be gathering in the synagogue to watch and discuss the documentary Space Torah, about astronaut Jeff Hoffman and the Sefer Torah he brought with him on the Space Shuttle.  On December 16, we will be having an in-person Kabbalat Shabbat service, followed by a discussion of the book “Morality: Restoring the Common Good in Divided Times” by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks z’’l, led by Rabbi Zucker.  On December 18, the first night of Chanukah, we will light the Chanukiah at Or Hadash, and then cross the street to the WML Clubhouse to join the larger community in a Chanukah celebration.  On December 25, we will be having our own Eighth Night Game Night, complete with lots of board games and a (traditional) Chinese dinner.  (We rescheduled our Chanukah events a bit, so please make sure that you have the correct dates in your calendars.)

To be able to accommodate more participants, the Women’s Journey Group has expanded to two sessions per month, one in the afternoon and one in the evening.  The group meets in a congregant’s home, holding interesting discussions on a variety of meaningful topics, prompted by Jewish texts. The same topic is discussed at both the afternoon and evening sessions, so you can come to whichever one is more convenient for you. This month, both Journey Groups will meet on December 21, with the topic “tzedakah / philanthropy.” 

We hope to have a kick-off meeting for the revitalized Va’ad Gemilut Chasadim, or Caring Committee, toward the end of the month.   We need you to participate in this vital component of our community, looking after our own members when they need our help.  Please watch your email for the meeting announcement.

Chag Urim Sameach – Happy Chanukah!

Co-Presidents Bernie Rosenfeld & Howard Sislin

Please feel free to reach out to us – [email protected] – to volunteer, to provide suggestions on programming and existing events.