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The Rabbi Speaks

Rabbi’s Rosh Hashanah 5781 Message

I want to begin by wishing everyone a Happy, Healthy New Year.  Since March, the past year has been extremely challenging in so many ways.  Nothing in our lives has been normal and that includes our High Holyday observance this year.  Our synagogue leadership has been planning for months to accommodate the most people in the safest way and I am grateful for their dedication, hard work and the results of their efforts.  Whether on Zoom or in-person, we look forward to seeing you at our Holy Day services.  As we enter the New Year, we hope for much better things, however there is still a lot of uncertainty about what lies ahead.  Looking backward, I am proud of what we have accomplished as a community.   We have created new means for contact, worship, study and meeting.  We have been reaching out to each other for support and assistance when necessary.  We have continued living as normally as possible.  And, thankfully, most of our members are safe and healthy, at least with respect to Covid.  Our world has changed and we cannot know, at this point, whether these changes are temporary or long-lasting.  Many of us have learned lessons about what is truly most important to us.  Some of us have explored new areas of interest with all the ‘free’ time we suddenly discovered.  Since the conditions under which we are presently operating will most likely continue for some time, let’s apply our ingenuity and creativity to sharpening our focus even more on those things that truly matter and fill our days with meaningful activities and even additional contact with those we care about.   May God grant us all a year of blessing, fulfillment and good health.  From our house to yours, Rabbi and Michele

Rabbi Art Vernon