A Congregational Note from Rabbi Cohen

P1020333Dear Friends,

The weather has finally turned from cold and dark to bright and gorgeous. Even though we are approaching the end of our programming year, there is still a great deal taking place at temple and I wanted to bring a few things to your attention.

First, a note about worship: this Friday night is one of our bi-weekly
6 PM services. Our intent in moving some services to 6 PM is for you to
“come as you are” and join together for a Shabbat evening that ends no
later than 7 PM. This allows each of us to come straight from wherever
we are, share in a worship service together, and then head out to have
dinner with family or friends or, pursue whatever is planned for the
rest of the evening.

If the weather is agreeable this Friday evening, we are going to take
the service outside and pray informally on the Mansion Terrace. We will
make the decision right before services, and let’s hope for a clear
warm evening so we can celebrate in song and prayer.

Summer services, which begin the last week of June, will be at 6 PM
each week (with a return to the every other week schedule in the fall).
Whenever possible, we hope to hold services outside as the summer
progresses. This will allow us to enjoy the outdoors and worship in the
fresh air.

Second, this coming Wednesday evening (May 18) is our congregation’s
annual meeting. This is an opportunity to review the year that is
ending, vote and ratify the slate of new leaders and the budget that
has been so carefully prepared by our volunteer leadership, and to hear
what is planned for the year to come. I can assure you that this is
going to be an interesting and important annual meeting. There are a
number of exciting initiatives to be announced during the meeting; and
I/we hope to see you there.

Third, the following day (May 19) is our annual Spring Gala. If you are
a golfer, you’ll appreciate the marvelous course at Mountain Ridge
Country Club. If you are not a golfer, come join your friends for cards
and mah jong; and stay for the evening gala. It’s a great opportunity
to relax with your temple family, where food, drink, auction and
dancing are always a highlight of the year. This is also an opportunity
to help support our congregation — building on the strong foundation
we already have. I look forward to it and hope to see you there.

And finally, last Friday evening our high school graduates lead the
service and did so beautifully. On Friday, June 10 at 7:30 PM, this
year’s confirmation class will be leading us in worship. They are a
wonderful group of individuals and, as a class, are a terrific part of
our community. I cannot encourage you strongly enough to come out and
support our teens as they celebrate this milestone in their Jewish
education. This is not just a celebration for them as individuals, as a
class or for their families, but a celebration for the entirety of our
temple family.

As you can see, there is still a great deal to come this year. Join me
at the annual meeting and at the gala the following evening, when we
can simply enjoy one another together as a community.

Best regards,

Rabbi Dan Cohen

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