Celebrating our synagogue

Posted on May 5, 2019

May/June 2019

It’s nice to look back on this past year.  Our High Holy Days were beautiful with the voices of our choir and Cantor Linder.  Music always has and continues to be our forte.  Coming together for Lay led minyan on Saturday morning is a wonderful opportunity to connect with others in an intimate setting.  I continue to enjoy having our Body, Mind, & Spirit Shabbatot where we eat a good breakfast and then walk, hike, do yoga, paint, draw, or kayak.  And our Friday nights whether they are our family service with our enthusiastic Junior choir, Choir night, Shabbat alive, or Torah service are wonderful ways to welcome the Sabbath.

I continue to be amazed by our Sisterhood and Brotherhood programming.  From their informative brunches, social programs, and mitzvah work, they continue to give our members a place and home to celebrate and develop lifelong friendships.  Adult learning continues to inspire through our lecture series, Torah study, and Lunch and Learn.  And our holidays, whether we are noshing in our succah, dancing with the Torahs at Simchat Torah, lighting the menorah at Hanukkah, laughing and acting out the Purim story, telling the story of the Exodus at Passover, or celebrating the revelation of Torah on Shavout are always meaningful.

I’m especially proud of both our preschool and Jewish school.  Our preschool is an excellent education for our youngest of children and gets them in great shape for elementary school in an environment infused with Jewish values.  Our Jewish school starts in Kindergarten and goes through confirmation in tenth grade, not only prepares our children for their Bnei Mitzvah but fosters in them a great love for Judaism.

The thing I love most about Beth David is how inter-generational we are.  We have babies who are just months old and members going strong into their nineties.  Our members are not only of different ages but also varying stages of life.  We have singles in every decade, couples, and families.  Our strength comes from our diversity and from the willingness of so many to invest in our community, in our home.

I would like to invite you to join us for an end of year celebration at our congregational meeting on May 23 at 6:00 p.m.  There will be dinner as we recognize Robin Harrison and Gloria Schwartz.  Please RSVP to the Temple office.  

I’m proud of Beth David and I am grateful to all of you for joining, participating, and helping our synagogue be the best it can be.