As I write this, there is talk of Irma, a major hurricane (along with one or two more) approaching the United States. These storms follow Hurricane Harvey, which, for so many of us, brought to mind another horrific storm, namely Hurricane Katrina, which hit our Gulf Coast Aug. 29, 2005. Those of us who were here at that time certainly can empathize with those in Texas, where Harvey struck.
We have Jewish connections in Texas — both personally and through our synagogue. Rabbi Marshal Klaven, who has a congregation in Galveston, was our rabbi for several Simchat Torah celebrations coming here via the Institute of Southern Jewish Life. Lu Dorfman, currently the executive director of Beth Yeshurun synagogue in Houston, was a leader, along with his wife Robin, at our synagogue for many, many years. We’ve reached out to these friends and, thankfully, they are fine. Their synagogues and some of the congregants, however, are not.
Our congregation will soon be launching a drive for donations and gift cards to places like Target and Lowe’s. We will also be signing cheerful Rosh Hashanah greetings to send to those who will somehow, in the midst of all this, be getting ready for the High Holidays. Watch for more information.
And, as the hurricanes continue, we, too, are getting ready for the High Holidays. Rosh Hashanah will be here before we know it. Cantor Linda Shivers and her husband Albert will also be here. We are so pleased to have her back again leading our services. She has also agreed to lead Shabbat Shuvah services on Friday, Sept. 22, at 7:30 p.m. That is a very special Shabbat.
And don’t forget — if you want to get the names of loved ones who have passed away in our new Yizkor booklet, please email the synagogue right away. We really want to honor as many as we can. We will be using these books during Yizkor on Yom Kippur and throughout the year.
We hope you will join us for Rosh Hashanah, Shabbat Shuvah and Yom Kippur. Don’t forget — we will have our traditional break-the-fast supper after the final Yom Kippur services on Saturday, Sept. 30. For so many reasons, this festive, holiday meal is one of our best — and one of my favorites. Please bring a dairy dish to share and be sure to join us. Let me know if you need help deciding what to bring!
In this newsletter you will read some wise words from Rabbi Hillel Norry, who
will be our visiting rabbi for the year. He will spend five weekends with us
this year (see the dates on the front of the newsletter). We are excited to have
him with us.
If I don’t see you before Rosh Hashanah, I want to extend
to you on behalf of the board of trustees best wishes for a
very happy and sweet New Year.
L’Shana Tovah U’Metukah!
Lori Beth