A Message from Our Rabbi
May 27, 2020

The Journey began the second night of Passover. Leaving mitzrayim, the narrow place, we set out to explore the wilderness. Seven weeks have passed and each of the 49 days have been woven into our souls.

Everything that has happened has prepared us for this moment, this 50th day, when we stand together at Sinai.

Sinai is an experience of revelation, the tradition teaches. The Mystery speaks to each of us according to our strengths, according to our abilities. With thunder and lightening or in a still small voice, the Infinite breaks through and shows us something true. Something we can live by.

We come to this 50th day and strive to say Hineni, Here I am. I have counted the days. I have walked the path. I am ready. I am open. I am willing to listen. And I am willing to take on mitzvot, actions, practices that will help cultivate my capacity to live in relationship with all life in honesty, love and grace.

We listen to a story our ancestors tell. We ask that it enter our souls and inspire our imagination and commitments.

  [Rabbi Yael Levy]

Join us this Thursday evening at 7:00 pm for our Erev Shavuot Service , during which we will be discussing texts on the theme of: “Finding God in the Holiness and Brokenness of the Tablets and Our Lives."  The service will also include Yizkor memorial prayers. (Zoom; click HERE for our festival siddur.)

Friday morning , our Shavuot Morning Service begins at 10:00 am, and will include the traditional Festival Torah reading of the 10 Commandments, and will also include a Yizkor service. (Zoom; click HERE for our festival siddur.)

Friday evening (6:30pm), I will be joined by Cantor Harrison and Cantor Hochman as we will welcome Shabbat with a “Camp-style” Service , celebrating the generations of campers who have attended Camp Harlam and other URJ and Jewish camps throughout the years. Lisa David, Director of Camp Harlam will join us to bring greetings from Camp, and we encourage you to wear your “Shabbat whites” or a camp shirt. (Zoom; click HERE for this week's special service booklet.)

Shabbat morning , I will be leading Torah Study at 10:00 am, and Rabbi Address will lead our Spice Up Your Judaism session at 11:15 am. (Zoom)

We look forward to gathering together (from our homes) for Shavuot and Shabbat!


Rabbi Jennifer L. Frenkel