Membership : : President's Message

Monthly Message from Temple Co-Presidents Arnold Miller and Sandy Shapiro

For some of us, receiving a telephone call, rather than an e-mail or text message, from a child, grandchild, other family member, or friend is important.

For some of our congregants, being called to the Bimah to receive an Aliyah on Shabbos or a holiday is important. For some of our physically challenged members, being able to simply get out of the house is very important.

In some cases, our perception of importance has changed over the years. In our teens, having the flashiest, most powerful car was very important; as was wearing the most stylish outfit and being the most popular student in school. For some, the need to be the center of attention persists to this day; for others, the importance of this goal has long since faded.

Temple Judea friend, Rabbi Gershom Sizomu, again visited us in April from Africa. He is the Chief Rabbi of Uganda and spiritual leader of the 100-year old Abayudaya Jewish Community. For him, merely securing a reliable source of clean drinking water is critically important for the 2,000 Jews of his village – something we take for granted. Clearly, what is important varies from individual to individual.

We have just concluded our celebration of Passover at Temple Judea. This holiday commemorates both the exodus of the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt and the establishment of the organized Jewish Community in the Holy Land of Israel. This is indeed important.

On Wednesday, May 1st at 3:00PM, we will be observing Holocaust Remembrance Day at Temple Judea. The Yom HaShoah Program includes the lighting of remembrance candles and inspirational readings by survivors and refreshments. Continuation of this event assures that we never forget the horrors of the Holocaust and the resilience of the Jewish People. THIS IS IMPORTANT! We look forward to seeing you there.

Warmest regards,
Arnold Miller & Sandy Shapiro, Co-Presidents