A Message from our Cantor
Not long ago, I was talking with a woman I know. She told me that she had wanted to be a nurse since the age of three. Due to various circumstances, largely concerning job availability and loan forgiveness, she went into teaching. She retired after 31 years in the classroom, and in the 15 years since has worked to train nascent teachers. She said, “I still would like to be a nurse when I grow up.”
Perhaps you are familiar with a piece by Emily Perl Kingsley titled “Welcome to Holland.” Ms. Kingsley describes her reaction to learning that her child has disabilities in the context of someone who planned a trip to Italy, and finds they have, instead, arrived in Holland. She ends the piece by saying, “But... if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn't get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things ... about Holland.”
A Message from our President
More than 60 people celebrated the joint Shavuot celebration! It was a pleasure seeing our community come together for dinner and educational experiences.
In June, we held our annual congregational meeting. Thank you to those that attended and for showing your support to Temple. Our board members remain the same and I thank them for caring.
A Message from our Executive Director
It is again time for a two month bulletin, can Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur be far behind? Rosh Hashanah is Friday, September 21, 2017 and Yom Kippur is Saturday, September 30, 2017.
We did have a good year, lots of activities for all our holidays, some with Temple Emanu El and some on our own. We did not have a Thrift Shop in the Spring, we may reexamine our thoughts on yes or no to a Thrift Shop next year. I'm also hoping to have some Congregational dinners on Friday nights after our 5:30 service. If you are interested in helping to do the extras I miss, please let me know, or if you have any ideas, we can share them. We will also put New Year Greetings in the bulletin again this year.
Temple Beth El's July Calendar