Rabbi Eva's October Letter

10/02/2017 03:08:51 PM

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Dear Shul of NY Family and Friends,

 

I am so proud of our Shul of New York community! The High Holidays were so sweet, upbeat and filled with hope. I want to begin with a heartfelt shout out to the many people who helped make these holidays so incredibly special and meaningful.

 

Abundant kudos and gratitude to our team of volunteers who did such an amazing job of adding their sparkle to welcome congregants and guests.

 

Thank you to all those who arrived early to set up and to those who stayed to the end to clean up.

 

Thank you to the greeters and shleppers, the ones who beautified an already beautiful sanctuary.

 

Thank you to the staff and volunteers who created the fantastically robust and creative children’s program.

 

Thank you to our signers who interpreted not only for the deaf community, but also added such spirit in their magical gestures for all to witness.

 

Thank you to each of you who stretched yourselves to read Torah.

 

Thank you to those who lead us in readings and those who acted.

 

Thank you to the many folks who filled the lobby with bags of food to donate to the hungry and those who transported them to their destination.

 

Thank you to our shofar blowers who carried us into havdalah.

 

Thank you to the many folks who contributed your blessings and hopes to add to our Garland of Wishes for the new year.

 

Thank you to our amazing Shul Band and the Villalobos Brothers and our musician friends who graced us with their angelic music.

 

Thank you to Rabbi Burt for joining us and sharing words of wisdom.

 

Thank you to our co-president, Don, who inspired us with his comments and all of our Shul family and friends who responded by contributing to our High Holiday Appeal.  Click to read the speech.   Click to donate to the High Holiday Appeal.

 

Thank you to our wonderful congregants and guests who graced us with their presence.

 

Thank you to the Shul’s leadership team who share my vision to create an inclusive home for all people to feel welcome.

 

My heart sings HalleluYAH filled with blessings and hope that we each find opportunities to flourish in the coming year. However, I would be remiss to not mention that our real work together in the coming year is just beginning.

 

As I write this letter, I have learned about the horrific mass killing in Las Vegas, the deepening despair or our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico whose lives have been devastated by Hurricane Maria, not to mention all the other victims of war, crime, social injustice, poverty, and natural disasters around the world. My list could go on, as we know there is so much brokenness stressing the psyche of our planet. I hope that each of us can find one way to reach out.

 

May our healing prayers and our actions in the world bring tikkun olam, healing to all people.

 

Looking forward to sharing opportunities for connection together at The Shul of New York.

 

With love,

Rabbi Eva
 

 

Friday, October 6: Shabbat Service back at the Middle Collegiate Church at 6:30pm. We will sing Sukkot tunes and everyone will have an opportunity to say the prayers for the lulav and etrog. There is a tradition of inviting guests, alive, deceased, virtual and Biblical into our Sukkahs. If you could sit with anyone, who would you invite. We will share our stories during Shabbat.

 

Our Oneg is sponsored by Cheryl Jacobs, Diana Cioffi and Cynthia Kern to kick off another year of the Contemplative Shabbat mornings. Click for info and to register.

 

Saturday, October 7: Families @ Shul Shabbat and Sukkot program in Central Park. Join Rabbi Eva as we go on a scavenger hunt to find items to build our sukkah. We will shake our lulav and etrog and sing with our own Adam Feder. There will be crafts and snacks provided. Registration required. Click to register.

 

Please Note: The October 7th Contemplative Shabbat gathering has been changed to October 14th. It will be a wonderful intimate gathering on the Upper West Side to reflect, sing, study and eat together. Register by Oct. 11

 

 

Tuesday, October 10: Community Sukkot Supper. Join Rabbi Eva at Brotherhood Synagogue as we learn about the customs of Sukkot and share a potluck meal together. Registration required. Click to register.

 

 

Wise Aging: There is still time to join our next cohort of Wise Aging beginning on October 19. You may write rabbieva@theshulofnewyork.org to schedule an interview through the end of this week. Click for details.

 

The Monthly Tzedakah Project is Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief. Click for information on how you can help.

 

Stay tuned for upcoming programs!

 

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