A Message from Rabbi Frenkel

We read in our prayerbook the words of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel: “We are a people in whom the past endures, in whom the present is inconceivable without moments gone by. The Exodus lasted a moment, a moment enduring forever. What happened once upon a time happens all the time.”  
 
Every moment is filled with sacred potential. As a community, we don’t only look to the past, but also to the present and future for inspiration. It’s what it truly means to be part of a living tradition – each generation adds their chapter to the collective memory, and to the story, of our people. 
 
So too for our congregation. Following a weekend of reflection and celebration, we look ahead to our very first Shabbat service as Congregation Kol Ami, as we write this next chapter (Kol Ami’s first chapter) together. 
 
I hope you will join Cantor Harrison, Cantor Schnitzer, Rabbi David, and me for services Friday evening at 7:00 pm. For those unable to attend in person, the service will also be livestreamed HERE (Shabbat siddur). We will also be celebrating our July birthdays.
 
As this is the first service for our new congregation, if you have names you would like recited prior to our Mi Shebeirach healing prayer, please send those names to us (Rabbi Frenkel and/or Debbie Jeffreys) each week you’d like them recited so we may include them in our prayers. 
 
Shabbat morning, Rabbi David will be leading Torah Study beginning at 9:00 am on Zoom.
 
I very much look forward to greeting you Friday evening, and at programs, events, and services throughout the summer. And please stop by to say hello if you are in the building during the week. We’d love to see you!
 
L’shalom,
 
Rabbi Jennifer L. Frenkel