We are affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, the association of Conservative congregations in North America.
December is upon us and this year, Chanukah is not the same time as Thanksgiving. Called the “festival of lights,” it was a miracle that the oil lit for the menorah stayed lit for eight days. That flame of selfless sacrifice blazed beyond a single moment. Interesting to note, the Talmud stated once a year had passed, that these eight days were established as the festival of Chanukah.
Chanukah is a lesson of life-dedication and rededication. But it is also a story of light defying darkness. We struggle with darkness within ourselves, our inner world, the outside world, and our shul. But Chanukah also tells us not to fight with shadows. If you light a candle, that darkness will run away. A candle is a mitzvah-a good deed. When darkness looms, make more light by doing more good and make your light shine brighter every day. As in the story of the Maccabees, a little light can chase away a lot of darkness. That light still shines on our temple and helps us in our darkest moments.
However, our synagogue is at a crossroads: we continue to search for a Rabbi, while we look to our future. We have rededicated ourselves to finding viable options that are in the best interest of our congregants. We continue to have wonderful programs and events, services, and Guest Rabbis. We need your attendance and opinions in order to forge ahead. Please attend the next Board of Trustee meeting (December 18, 2014) and a special congregation meeting (January 12, 2015). More information will follow by letter.
From my family to your family: Happy Chanukah!