A Message from Our Rabbi
January 8, 2020

The Book of Genesis comes to a close this Shabbat. Jacob makes Joseph promise that, when he dies, Joseph will not bury him in Egypt, but instead bury him with his ancestors. And, as he is about to pass away, Jacob takes the opportunity to speak t o eac h of his sons, giving them each a unique blessing. And then the narrative re-focuses on Joseph and his brothers, and the brothers’ concern, now that their father has died, that Joseph will take revenge on them for how they treated him so many years ago. The story ends with a “white lie” and an emotional maturity on the part of Joseph that was so missing decades earlier. It serves as quite a reminder that none of our biblical figures are perfect, but rather each one of them grows and matures and changes in different ways.

This Friday evening , our Kabbalat Shabbat service begins at 6:30 pm in our Chapel. We will offer a blessing for the 50th wedding anniversary of Mel and Sheila Grossman, and we will also honor Zane and Zoe Goldberg, two of our teens who became B’nai Mitzvah in Israel.

Shabbat morning , Torah Study begins at 9:00 am, led by Edmond Weiss, followed by Spice Up Your Judaism at 10:30 am, led by Scott Kushner.

And, don’t forget to mark your calendars for NEXT Friday evening (January 17), for our annual MLK Shabbat Service with our Unity Choir beginning at 8:00 pm.


Rabbi Jennifer L. Frenkel