2710 Genesee St.
Utica, New York 13502
Phone: (315) 724-4751

A Conservative Jewish Congregation
Established for the Worship of God, the Study of Torah,
and the Practice of Righteous Deeds


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February 2 - 4:56 P.M.
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Temple Beth El President’s Message

With all that is happening in our world, I decided to join friends at the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. observance at St. John's Baptist Church. There were attendees from all faiths, backgrounds and cultures and yet everyone had the same inspiration Dr. King emulated in his speech, "I Have A Dream. The gathering brought a true sense of community with the goal of getting along, acceptance of differences, understanding, and making the world a better place. Our community has its share of undesirable issues it has to face, but does that mean we need to allow it to continue? It has to start somewhere, so why not here? Let us, as a community, start building bridges, be more accepting of others, and continue to educate our community so that more understanding of each other can prevail.

I would like to share a couple of paragraphs from the book, ―The Brigade,‖ by Howard Blum. This thought is from a young girl, Leah, trying to survive on her own since there is no one to help her during the Holocaust:

What is the difference between Heaven and Hell? her brother Arie had once playfully challenged. In Hell, the rabbis say, we're seated at a long table filled with delicious food. But our arms are chained. The chains are loose enough so that we can reach out for the food, but tight enough so that we cannot bring the food to our mouths.

In Heaven, it is the same situation. The same banquet table. And the same constricting chains. But in Heaven, Arie had explained, people had the spirit to realize they could raise their arms high enough to feed the person next to them. People helped one another, and it was a perpetual feast.

We need to ask ourselves whether we are going to be bystanders and allow those who are struggling to continue to struggle, or are we going to lend a hand and make life a little bit easier? Thankfully we are not living during WWII, but are we doing all we can to help one another make our country a better place? History tends to repeat itself unless we make the effort to change it. Every little bit helps. Lets start with our own community.

Thank you to Cantor Socolof and all those that worked on and attended January's Lunch and Learn.

As we prepare to celebrate Purim, in the kitchen and on the Bimah, think what you can do for someone else to make his or her day a bit brighter.