We are affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, the association of Conservative congregations in North America.
Is it October already? We begin to see leaves fall, wear warmer clothes, football season is upon us, we turn the heat on occasionally, we get back into a routine and we have many synagogue events planned. All good things!
Thank you to our esteemed High Holiday clergy, Rabbi Edelman and Cantor Polt for providing meaningful services. This month we continue our holidays and festivities with Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), Succot (huts-temporary dwellings for the Israelites during their Exodus from Egypt), and Simchat Torah (rejoicing over the completion of the Torah).
Please join us for program, services, minyans, guest Rabbi weekends, and Rabbi audition weekends. Much gratitude goes to my Officers, Board of Trustees and the knowledge of the Executive Board. It takes many volunteers to run a temple and we continue to need your help. I hope during this Jewish New Year we will find a Rabbi and our synagogue will continue to excite and invite congregants.
There have been several notable celebrity passing’s, some that have personally touched my heart. James Garner, Ruby Dee, Robin Williams, Lauren Bacall, and Joan Rivers to name a few. It’s interesting to note that although Lauren Bacall was Jewish, she downplayed her Judaism. On the other hand, Robin Williams, who is not Jewish, embraced Jewish humor and many thought he was actually Jewish.
As we read Jewish Week and the Pew reports, Conservative Judaism is going through an identity crisis. On Long Island, there are growing numbers of unaffiliated Jews by choice. Talking to the younger generation, being Jewish is not a priority, as it was with so many of us growing up. There is a lack of belonging or connectedness that we had. Identifying with Judaism, has, in a sense, lost its way. We need to help others regain confidence in our religion, in our faith, in our synagogue. We are a shul where everyone knows your name. We are the “little engine that could.” And we can!