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Being Open to Discovery

This sacred season is replete with holy days, each unique yet wedded to one another through the theme of teshuvah - turning, returning, repenting, and renewing. As we step into each holy day we encounter opportunities to celebrate; to contemplate life, eternity and forgiveness; to raise up harvest, hospitality and spiritual protection; and finally, to dance as we celebrate Torah and the gift of new beginnings. This month is an invitation to find meaning and inspiration through sacred time. Let's clear a path for these occasions and open ourselves up to discovery as we embrace them. Wishing you sweetness and blessing as we step into this new year - 5779 - together.

Shana Tova U'metukah, Rabbi Linda

A Call to Conscience on Tisha b'Av

We are proud to announce that our Board voted to co-sponsor a Tisha b’Av service and protest that will be held outside of the Philadelphia ICE field office at 2nd and Chestnut. The service will be on Tisha b’Av morning, July 22nd from 11:00-1:00, and will include prayers, songs, brief speeches, and the chanting of Eichah. The purpose is to raise a Jewish communal voice around the message of ahavat ha-ger, (love the stranger), of our own people’s experience of marginalization and demonization, and a refusal to remain silent in the face of injustice. May our observances bring us nearer to personal teshuva and to societal justice and healing.

LOOKING BACK - LOOKING FORWARD: An Awesome Beginning & Thank You

Dear Friends,

As we move more deeply into summer we enter the book of Deuteronomy in our cycle of Torah readings. Devarim, as it is known in Hebrew, offers words from Moses encouraging the Israelites to prepare for their future by taking a look at their past. Inspired by Torah, we’d like to take a moment to reflect on the first year of our rabbinic transition to a unique way of filling one leadership position with two rabbis in leadership. We remain very excited with this new model.

Spiritual Nourishment In Times of Transition

Ten years ago I created a support group for members who were in transition.   At that time most of the vicissitudes were professional but some members were dealing with health crises, relationship or family changes and various types of loss.   We met for many years until there seemed to be no need.  Recently I have wondered if there may be renewed interest in a similar group.   If you are going through any kind of significant change in your life and would like some support please join us.  We'll engage in personal sharing, mutual respect, helpful learning and prayer and meditation.  Please let me know if you are interested as it will help me plan.  The first meeting of this monthly group will be held on Thursday May 10th from 4-5pm in my office at BI.  Here’s to finding strength through community as we move through life!   L'Chaim!

Rabbi Linda

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