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Last week, our b’nei mitzvah students did an activity called “People of the Book.” They had to come up with a plan to get all of their feet to touch a book on the floor at the same time for at least ten seconds. Proposing several different ideas, they tried to stand on it all at once, but toppled over pretty quickly. Finally, coming up with a new strategy, they got in a circle on the floor, propped themselves up with their hands in a sort of crab-walk pose, and rested their feet on the book in the middle.
There’s that old saying that goes, “two Jews, three opinions.” I mean, even the Talmud is 63 volumes of rabbis arguing and debating. It’s part of our tradition; the word “Israel” means “wrestling with God.” Though we may not always agree, we have somehow managed to stick together for several thousand years as one people. Challenging our traditions has allowed us to adapt and survive. We may drive each other crazy sometimes, but in the end, we’re all part of this Jewish family.
We want to hear your feedback – what’s working at Beth Shalom, and what do you think needs to be improved? What’s an event you’d be really excited to come to – either something we’ve done before, or something brand new? Though many of us have varying opinions on these things, please know that yours is welcome and will help us as we plan for the year. Feel free to email me and let me know, or let’s set up a time to meet and talk more in depth.
Like our b’nei mitzvah students, may we recognize our common connection (shoes not required), and continue to challenge ideas while growing together.
Amber Ikeman, Director of Music & Community Engagement
It was so nice to see so many members of our community attending the various events during Rabbi Lotker’s July visit. I personally loved attending Havdalah at the ‘Beach’ and watching the flames of the candle be extinguished at sundown. Overall, I was struck by how much enthusiasm there is for the next chapter in our temple’s history, and a sense of anticipation for what is to come. The staff and board have been hard at work reviewing and improving various aspects of how the temple runs: membership (please get your affiliation forms in by July 31!), finances (treasurer’s annual report coming soon), a new website (just launched!), and a more active Facebook page (going strong – find and follow us at “cbshalom”). The building committee is also commencing work to re-do a storage room and the foyer. (Yes, I know you will miss seeing the freezer when you walk into the temple.) And don’t forget, Sweet Pea is upon us. Please volunteer for a shift at the temple booth by clicking here or stop by for a slice of apple pie.
Sara Schwerin, Temple President
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Congregation Beth Shalom is a place where affiliates of all ages come together to be a learning and spiritual community who joyfully pray together and celebrate Jewish history and tradition. We cultivate in our affiliates a lifelong connection to Judaism through the lens of the Reform and Renewal movements.