A Message from Cantor Kurt R. Schmidt
A point of pride in Judaism is that Jewish traditions and faith practices are passed "
" - from generation to generation. This mindset recognizes that the past, the present, and the future are all part of the life and story of a community.
Here at Zion, we have inherited not only traditions and practices of our Christian faith, but a specific legacy at the intersection of 10th Street and 6th Avenue in Deerfield Beach that has carried us for over 62 years.
We are all a part of that legacy. I was baptized, communed, and confirmed at Zion. I was a student in the school and returned 20 years later as a teacher. My mother worked here for almost 30 years. My parents renewed their wedding vows here, And, my father rests in the Memorial Garden. I have specific memories from specific places at Zion. My story is not unique.
On Zion's campus, there are almost 50 boxes of files filled with the names of students that attended Zion for a part of their educational journey. We have 3 tall filing cabinets filled with transcripts from our graduates. Our church records are overflowing with names of individuals and families who are part of the story of Zion - church, preschool, school, and community. Our heritage is a point of pride, but we also look to the future that God has planned for us.
We have a campus, an identity, and a legacy that we have inherited from the generations that came before us, and our charge and challenge remains the same. What will we do today that will allow us to pass on the story of our faith "
," from generation to generation?
Everyone that has ever been a part of Zion has a "Zion story."