We are affiliated with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, the association of Conservative congregations in North America.
This month we think about warmer weather, baseball season, and Passover, which brings along the stress of cooking, cleaning, and family. Our ancestors fought for our freedom from Egypt and now it is our time. It is appropriate for our congregation to stop and think about what Passover means (Time of Our Liberation). Think of this festival in terms of our synagogue now and where we may be headed.
We can relate to a possible merger based upon our freedom as Jews, by the following:
freedom from uncertainty and the unknown
freedom from old baggage that keeps us stuck
freedom to explore all possibilities even if you have no idea what will emerge
freedom to recreate a new identity (much like a relationship)
We have begun the process and there will be many questions and concerns that we don’t have the answers to (yet). Be patient. Our ancestors were.
Please join us on April 15, 2015 for a joint program with three other local synagogues for a Yom Hashoah program held this year at Temple Sinai. In addition, on April 22, 2015, Sisterhood has invited a speaker that will talk about Inside Look at Israel Today. On May 3, 2015, Hazak is inviting congregants to a theatre performance in Port Jefferson. More details to follow. On May 15, 2015 we will be honoring a longtime Sisterhood and congregational member who recently moved to Atria of Plainview.
Last month, with the assistance of community leaders and our wonderful congregational social action chairperson, our food pantry was given over a thousand pounds of donated Passover items from Stop and Shop. Thank you to everyone who participated. With the supermarket’s generosity, people will have food for Pesach. My tenure as President is beginning to wind down, but our synagogue by no means, has done the same. We continue to explore viable merger partners, invited Rabbi Rothschild to lead Shabbat services and festivals on a regular basis, created a slate of officers and board of trustees for the upcoming year, continue to support our food pantry and have excellent Sisterhood and other programs. We need your support, your voice, and your opinions.