Rosh Hashanah is a time of renewal. It appears that this year renewal will mean both revisiting themes of yesterday and reclaiming and revitalizing them. As events of the summer fold into fall, I am aware that the words of our prophet Isaiah repeated each High Holy Day season resonate loudly. I am proud that the Ritual Committee worked diligently this past spring and through the summer to create a new Avodah Service for Yom Kippur afternoon. Under my guidance, the committee reviewed our existing service and new liturgies of various liberal movements in Judaism, including our own, and curated a service that touches on the ancient, timeless themes of this point in our liturgy and brings them to the contemporary worshipper. I think you will find the mixture of classic and contemporary readings meaningful and prayerful.
We must rededicate ourselves to the pursuit of justice for all those who fall into the modern iterations of Isaiah’s exhortation to care for the widow, the orphan and the stranger. Immediately following Yom Kippur, we will join in Mitzvah Day (Sun. Oct. 1, 2017 10am-noon), to learn about community organizations that work toward the eradication of human trafficking, infant mortality and other social ills. We will join them in concrete responses as well. Along with those activities, we will also heed our ritual call by helping to build and decorate our Sukkah, the symbol of our partnership with God.
I look forward to greeting you all as we enter into this High Holiday season of renewal. Let us all renew our commitment to the practice of Judaism, the support of the Jewish people, the pursuit of justice and the growth of our beloved CRT.
Mike, Micah, Leora and I wish you all a sweet and wonderful New Year!