Rabbi’s Message

THIS FRIDAY, Sept. 4th, we will have a special guest joining us and sharing a D’var Torah. Dave Bailey, a former congregational minister who has a long background working with spiritual communities, community development, and professional development of church leaders in Africa, will give a talk entitled “Insights into Goodness.” Dave is a thoughtful, deep, and engaging speaker. We are planning to have him teach a series of Adult Education classes at a time TBD in the fall/winter which you will not want to miss!

It is hard to believe we will be celebrating Rosh Hashana socially together while physically distant in just three weeks. Cantor Francyne, Deb, Joe and I are working hard to make our High Holy Days services on Zoom meaningful ones and you can help us by saying, “YES” when Joe asks you if you’d like to do an English reading, and for those of you who are game, a Hebrew passage. I look forward to our synagogue community celebrating this unique and undoubtedly historic time together, creating beautiful memories with one another.

If you would like to join together on Yom Kippur afternoon at 2 p.m. for an interactive time of reflection and discussion (the time we usually have had for meditation), I’m happy to add that into our day, prior to our 3 p.m. afternoon service, IF THERE IS INTEREST.

I can send out prompt questions beforehand for you to contemplate. Please email me at rebdeb18@comcast.net or text me at 832.978.4624 if you are interested in adding such an introspective time to our day’s schedule.

I have reached out to Rabbi Barry at Temple Sinai in Lake Charles to see how we can support them in the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Laura. I will let you know after I receive direction from him.

Finally, speaking of helping, we have so many in need of support, and my discretionary fund has greatly dwindled because of these needs. If you can help replenish my discretionary fund so I can continue to help those in need in our Temple community and beyond, I would be most appreciative.

Looking forward to seeing you this Friday night at 7 p.m. as we kick off Labor Day weekend and enjoy the insights of our virtual guest this Shabbat.

Warmly, Rabbi Deborah