Religious : : Religious Committee Report

In the month of May, we observe many holidays. Some are joyous and some are solemn. Some are Israeli, some are American, but all are recognized by Jews.

On May 2nd we observe Yom HaShoah. On this is sad day when we remember those who perished in the Holocaust. As the years pass by it is becoming more and more important to remember the Holocaust, as there are many in the world who already do not know about the Shoah and those that will deny that it ever happened. Here at Temple Judea we continue our traditional observance of this day with a special program to remember those who perished and honor those who survived. Please join us on Wednesday, May 1, at 3:00 pm for this very important community event. Re- freshments sponsored by Celia Markovitz in memory of her husband, Ed, will follow our special program.

May 8 is Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day, when we remember those who were lost in Israel’s wars and other attacks. Here in the United States we observe our country’s Memorial Day on May 27, where we remember those lost in our wars. As Jews we recognize both Memorial Days.

In Israel the sad day of Yom Hazikaron is followed the very next day by a day of celebration and joy, Yom Ha’atsma’ut, Israel’s Independence Day. We have all seen the pictures of joy as Israelis learned they now officially had a country. For me, personally, one of the most poignant and emotional moments of my last trip to Israel was be- ing in Independence Hall in Tel Aviv and singing Hatikvah along with a recording of Holocaust survivors singing it when independence was declared.

There is also a Jewish holiday in May, Lag B’Omer. It is literally the 33rd day of counting the Omer. It is the one day during the counting of the Omer when celebrations (such as weddings) may occur since the counting of the Omer is otherwise a semi-mourning period.

It wouldn’t be May without Mother’s Day. Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers among us.

As you can see May is a month full of different celebrations and observances. We are all part of many families, our personal family, our Jewish family, our American family and our Temple Judea family. We are glad to be part of all these families. Thank you for being part of our family.

Sandy Shapiro and Arnold Miller, Co-Chairs