From the President–April 11, 2019

At the beginning of every Kabbalat Shabbat service, whichever clergy is leading it offers the congregation a moment to quiet down,clear our thoughts and be present for the prayers and interaction with Adonai. This is particularly helpful if it has been a tough week.

Personally, this has been a tough week. I will take that time, even without being at Shul. Many of you have heard me say that I am not an especially religious person. My attraction to Judaism, and to Temple Beth Hillel, is Tikkun Olam or Social Justice. And yet I go to Kabbalat Shabbat regularly. Why? It is comforting to reflect, offer thanks, and express the hope for a better world IN COMMUNITY. Community is why we form a congregation. We share common values, we share common culture, we share common identity.

Community requires engagement. Temple Beth Hillel is blessed to have a high percentage of involved members – almost everyone volunteers for something. And somehow everything gets accomplished.

But this wouldn’t be a President’s message without a plea for further commitment. Please help! We need volunteers for the TBH Community Seder on April 20, 2019. If you are able to help set up, serve, clean or just be a mensch and help, please contact Jane Durango. Please make plans to help improve the playground April 28.

And please consider stepping up to the Board – especially if you have no experience in such matters. New ideas are essential to growth.

We are what we do.

-Neil Zarchin