Keeping Connected with Rabbi Perry
JUNE 2020 KEEPING CONNECTED
I have this gut feeling that at this time of year I write about the same thing in my newsletter article that I wrote about in years past. Although I am a hard worker, I am a bit too lazy to look up these past articles, however, to know if this is true. Can I chalk this all up to the challenges of memory loss and aging?
My 2020 Keeping Connected
By the time you receive this update, a group of our volunteer members and staff will have begun making “Shalom Cares” calls to the members of our community. I hope you have received such a call or a follow-up e-mail. Because of the inordinate amount of spam calls we receive, I know that many of us are hesitant to answer our phones from people we do not know. Perhaps in this situation you may want to answer and have the personal connection. Either way, through calls or e-mails, we hope these efforts of communication, will elevate your spirits during this difficult time and remind you of our congregation’s deep commitment to building a caring network of support. I am deeply grateful to all the members of this cohort who stepped up to volunteer. All I did was simply ask and 12 people quickly responded with open-hearts and generous spirits. Thank you. More
April 2020 Keeping Connected
These are challenging times for all of us. None of us could have imagined in mid-February that we would so suddenly be plunged into the situation that we are now facing. I know we are concerned about our health and the well-being of loved ones. I know that we are sad about not being able to visit with our family. I know that many of us have suffered losses: missed graduations and proms, abbreviated trips, the inability to go to school or work and so much more. I know that we are feeling uncertain about the economy. We are bound together by the feeling that we are not in control of what is going on.
Clearly we are not the first generation to have faced such challenges, nor are the challenges most of us are facing insurmountable. In some strange way, I personally find it comforting to know this. It gives me a sense of hope that prior generations, who did not have the same scientific knowledge and technology that we have, were able to harness inner-strength, courage and perseverance and not only survive, but oftentimes became stronger. Even more, as a result of the challenges they faced, some people and some societies were able to learn from their experiences and make positive, significant changes for the future. May we be such a generation. More
KEEPING CONNECTED FEBRUARY 2020
In this month’s blog, I would like to invite you to learn more about the World Zionist Congress and your ability to participate in an important election. The WZC elections are the ONLY way for American Jews to democratically participate in issues about Israel. Below is important information More
Keeping Connected January 2020
Recently I was visiting an art class in our Chai School, where for the prior 6 weeks the students had been learning about collage. Their project was to take the techniques that they had learned and apply them to a subject matter that meant a lot to them. It could be a personal issue or theme, or something they cared about in society, in particular with a focus on Tikkun Olam. I was very moved by all of More
Keeping Connected December 2019
The Jewish world is like a family in which there has been and will always be vigorous debate about issues, beliefs, practices and more. This has been the case since Judaism emerged as a civilization. Seeking to understand and engage with this debate gets at the core of what being Jewish means. There have been so many, many debates through time: More