A Message from Our Rabbi
January 13, 2021

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” 
[Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr]

Friday night we will celebrate our 18th year honoring the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with our Unity Choir. While we are not able to gather together in person in our Sanctuary, literally joining hands and singing together, our service this year will include a number of video recordings from our Unity Choir, along with montages highlighting our journey together in Dr. King’s light. The service will be led by our Clergy with participation from all of our Unity Choir directors, as we share in a night of hope, prayer, unity, and the powerful words of Dr. King, as we recall his legacy and come together as a community. In this challenging year, and in these days of national significance, we remember the message of Dr. King, calling us to recognize the “fierce urgency of now,” and urging us to keep working, to keep marching, with love and justice, until the "jangling discords of our world are transformed into a beautiful symphony of brotherhood.”

The service Friday evening begins at 6:30 pm on Zoom (please log on 15 minutes early so we can get everyone admitted from the virtual waiting room before the service begins). Please also make sure your device is identified with your first and last name, and remember that advanced registration is required in order to receive the Zoom link information. For Zoom security purposes, please do not share or post the Zoom link information when you receive it. We will only be able to admit those who have pre-registered (it’s free and easy to do on our website!).

Shabbat morning, Torah Study begins at 9:00 am led by Rabbi Address, following by Spice Up Your Judaism at 10:15 am led by Scott Kushner on “The Kabbalah of Anger.” (Zoom)

And on Monday, we will participate in Community Mitzvah Day with our Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Although we may not be able to meet in person, we have found creative ways to celebrate this important day.

The morning will begin with a virtual program at 10:00 am for our ECC and Religious School students. The program, led by members of our Education Committee, Rabbi Frenkel, Cantor Harrison, and Morah Jill, will include a short presentation about the spirit of the day and how we are honoring it with our service projects. That will be followed by a sing-along focused on the values of tzedakah and tikkun olam, and then a workshop on card-making for essential workers at a local hospital.

From 11:30 am – 12:30 pm, we will be setting up collection stations in the synagogue parking lot for everyone wishing to participate in the Day of Service, where we will have volunteers on hand to collect food items for the JFCS Food Pantry, supplies for Operation Yellow Ribbon, personal care items for Cathedral Kitchen, and gently used children's books for Booksmiles. 

Please check the synagogue website for the list of items that are most needed by these various organizations. You can stay in your car and our volunteers will happily (and safely) collect donations from your trunk. We look forward to seeing you during the drive-thru collection event at M’kor Shalom on Monday!

L’shalom,

Rabbi Jennifer L. Frenkel