A Message from Our Rabbi
September 9, 2020

Between stimulus and response
there is a space.
And in that space
Is our power to choose how we will respond.
In our response
Lies our growth and our freedom.
[Victor Frankl]

I love this time of year! The school year begins again, our High Holy Day season is, quite literally, right around the corner, and there are more and more days when a hint of Fall is in the air. Yes, it looks a bit different this year. But there is still so much to look forward to!

Friday evening, our Kabbalat Shabbat service begins at 6:30pm. (Zoom; click HERE for online siddur)

And Shabbat morning, Torah Study will be led by Rabbi Address beginning at 9:00 am, followed by our Spice Up Your Judaism session at 10:15 am led by Scott Kushner as we continue our spiritual preparation for the High Holy Days (Zoom).

At 10:30 am, during our Shabbat morning service, led by Rabbi Frenkel, Cantor Harrison, and Cantor Hochman, we will celebrate the Bar Mitzvah of Matthew Caine. (Zoom; click HERE for online siddur)

Saturday evening, we will begin the formal observance of our High Holy Days with our Selichot study session and service. (Click HERE to register for Selichot and other High Holy Day Service login details.)

Selichot translates as “forgiveness,” and also refers to the penitential service which occurs on the Saturday night before Rosh Hashanah. Selichot is a time to consider who we are, where we've been, and where we are headed. The observance has a somewhat dreamy quality to it. It's late in the evening, the lights are low, the white and gold of Torah covers seem other worldly and beautiful. And yet, the questions Selichot poses to us are very real and this-worldly. As we gather together, Selichot gives us the time and space to ponder - Where has the past year gone? What have I done well? What would I like to do better in the coming year? 

I will be leading a Study Session at 7:30 pm, “Entering a New year: Finding Comfort and Strength in Uncertain and Anxious Times.” And our Selichot Service will begin at 8:30 pm; click HERE to download and follow along in our Service and Song Book. The service will be on Zoom, but I will be leading from our Sanctuary. Cantor Harrison and Cantor Hochman will join me from their homes. While we may not all be physically together, we hope that Selichot provides a little taste of our upcoming Holy Day season.

And Sunday, our Religious School year begins with a activity-filled morning out at the JCC Camp in Medford!
Families must register in advance for Sunday’s program! We can’t wait to see you (with masks on and socially-distanced, of course)!

Here’s to a wonderful year ahead!


Rabbi Jennifer L. Frenkel