Rabbi’s Message

Happy Fall!

I am writing this the evening of our TBT garage sale, the brain child of our devoted congregant Denise Gabino who worked tirelessly for months to bring this idea to fruition, in order to help raise money for our congregation.  I appreciate Jed Login stepping up to the plate over the past several weeks to help Denise and each person who volunteered, including the Leboe’s, Stuart Eisen, Steve Levy, Autumn Torres, Mardy Schweitzer, Scott Vickers and Shelly Frank, and Denise’s family.  Thank you to everyone who donated items.  Please see pictures below.  For those of you who aren’t aware, Denise cleans our temple every other week, saving us money on the cost of our cleaning service, with Arlene helping her out.  We so much appreciate our members stepping up to the plate to help us in any way they can!

The ERJCC Jewish Book and Arts Festival begins November 2nd at 8 pm with Isaac Mizrahi speaking about his book, I.M.: A Memoir.  For a complete list of authors and events please go to the erjcc website.  I look forward to attending a number of these exciting events and hope you will make the time to do so as well… it’s worth the drive to Houston!

Finally, November 22nd is our next joint service with Shaar HaShalom at Shaar HaShalom beginning at 7:30 pm.  This will be in place of our Shabbat service at TBT that evening.  It’s always nice when our communities pray together.

Our adult education study book, thanks to Stuart Eisen’s recommendation, will be The Art of Inventing Hope, Intimate Conversations with Elie Wiesel, by Howard Reich.  It is a MUCH less dense read than Rise and Kill First, our last book, but quite thought-provoking.  We will meet twice to discuss it, the first time, Saturday morning December 21st,at 10 am, provided enough people who would like to join us will be in town.  Please let me know if you are interested and available at rebdeb18@comcast.net.

As we will be celebrating Thanksgiving later this month, let’s use this time to reflect on the blessings in our lives that we sometimes take for granted.

We keep Jean and Emily close to our hearts and deep in our prayers for complete healings as they continue undergoing their cancer treatments.  Hugs and love to them and their families.

Hindy Pearson has been reaching out to various Jewish communities to bring attention to cat overpopulation. Her goal is to start a large scale spay/neuter initiative in order to reduce breeding, and end the suffering of Jerusalem’s street cats. She is working on a program with the Jerusalem Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (JSPCA), and has attached a link to a detailed article she wrote about the project.



Rabbi Deborah