Welcome from Rabbi-Cantor Didi
It's A New Year!
It's a new year and now we are tasked with making our dreams a reality. All the great Holy Day work needs to be put into action. Anything is possible. We can manifest our destiny and create our world however we wish - we just have to be proactive and DO IT!
Thank you to our President, Board, Musical Director, and amazing cadre of volunteers who make everything we do at Temple Emet possible - particularly High Holy Days. This year was truly exceptional.
As many of you know, I was a guest this past month on a Radio talk show hosted by our fabulous Kol Nidre cellist - RusLan - thanks to everyone who took the time to tune in. It's always great to have your support!
Here is a link to a video of the show:Tashlich this Rosh Hashanah was quite special. We were all blessed to spend a glorious moment with Nancy Benowitz just prior to her unexpected passing a few days later. It was a real reminder (during our 10 day period between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur) of exactly how fleeting this life can be and what a gift. The joy Nancy radiated from her love of family, Temple, Judaism, and God, is something I hope we all can learn from and carry forward into this new year. May her family be consoled and her memory be for a blessing.
We had a fabulous Simchat Torah celebration where we unrolled the Torah around the Sanctuary and Social Hall. Mark Reichard and Wendy Wengrow reprised their roles of chanting the last verses of Deuteronomy and the beginning of Bereshit as we wrapped up one year's cycle of Torah reading and embarked upon the next. Roger Peterson chanted from his Yom Kippur afternoon verses and Hope Witowsky chanted from her Bat Mitzvah portion. If you have never attended this service, it's really something to see and experience. (Make a date for 5778?!)Please join us on@ for our 2nd annual Pet Blessing. We will celebrate Parsha Noach, and all of our beloved pets, as well as have a light nosh. (Feel free to bring tasty treats for your pets to eat too.) This event was such a delight last year many wanted it back. If you don't have a pet, please come anyway and share in the fun!
Our Adult Education programs begin this month. A copy of the brochure has been sent out as well as sign up information. Make this year the year you decide to expand your mind and connection with advanced learning. You can learn to read Hebrew, the prayers, become a Bar or Bat Mitzvah (for the first or second time), Confirmed, Converted, or receive a certificate as Master Scholar. You can delve into the Torah, experience great Bible stories, or discover insights into your own self with Mussar or Reiki. Anything is possible when you are willing to keep learning and are open to grow. The Rabbi's classes start TONIGHT!
If you are one of our fabulous ladies, please be sure to get your RSVP in for the annual Sisterhood luncheon. Lunch is free for all who have joined. See the Sisterhood column for more details.
We have so much to be thankful for as we move deeper into 5777. As you gather around your Thanksgiving tables may your abundance be plentiful for the support you give to Temple and the gift you all are!
B'ahavah, with love, Rabbi Didi
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