Thank you all for an exceptional High Holiday experience. The communal participation including those who read Torah, led readings, opened the Ark, carried the sifrei torah, or took part in other ways made Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur wonderful. A special thank you to Cantor Marty Eisenstein.His music and song enhanced the tefilot for us all. We were blessed to be able to share Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur with him again.
There is a tradition, observed by some people in our community, of wearing white clothes on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Thiscan help set the tone for the High Holidays, reinforcing its unique nature and inspiring us.By wearing white, we enfold ourselves in a rich vocabulary of symbolism and meaning.
Unfortunately, our Hebrew School’s head teacher, Alex Licht, will be leaving the Hebrew School this year. In the short time that we have worked together, it became abundantly clear how lucky we are to have someone with the energy, commitment, great ideas and real love for the Hebrew School students, their families, the bnai mitzvah students she tutored, and the IJC. Luckily, Alex will remain a part of the IJC family. We wish her success in her final year studies and on her onward journey.
One of the things that I treasure about the IJC is its commitment to being egalitarian and inclusive. The Religious Affairs Committee and I have been working together to embed those principles in all aspects of our communal lives. We are also working to build more entry points to explore Judaism’s rich heritage and how it can add meaning and spirituality to our lives.
The IJC has had a busy few months. It has been a pleasure working with all the incredible, committed people who have so generously given of themselves in numerous ways to make all the wonderful events possible.Over the next few months we will be planning for the coming year.
Thank you all for an extraordinary first six months with the IJC. While it has been a point of change and transition, it has also been incredibly fruitful and for me personally, extremely rewarding. Again and again, the IJC family has demonstrated its warmth and inclusivity.
As we look outside, we see life returning to nature- crocuses blooming and winter grey giving way to the green of spring. Soon we will be celebrating Pesach, Passover, the holiday of spring. The IJC has a wonderful communal Seder planned for Friday night 3 April.