Sometimes a simple phrase resonates with me. I feel that Rabbi Dean’s words. “…a thoughtful and careful balancing of needs…” describes the tightrope act that TBH leadership is attempting. In light of the pandemic, we are trying to balance our need for social contact and community with protecting our health. In light of recent attacks on synagogues, we are trying to balance our need for security and safety with our commitment to our Jewish values of inclusiveness and openness.
Excuse the musical theater allusion, but it seems that we are like a Fiddler on the Roof trying to keep our balance. Like the people of Anatevka we have our tradition to guide us, but as Tevye learns we also have to adapt to changing and challenging conditions.
It is a responsibility that we take very seriously and at times seems overwhelming, but we move forward, do the best we can, and seek help whenever we can. If you have knowledge and/or skills that can help us, please don’t hesitate to contact me. (firstname.lastname@example.org). Together, we can get through this.
If I am not for myself, who will be for me?
If I am not for others, what am I?
And if not now, when? -Rabbi Hillel
~ Michael R Cohen, President, Temple Beth Hillel