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Wednesday Wisdom & Wit

05/31/2023 04:11:42 PM


Rabbi Daniel Sherman

It’s hard to believe that today is the last day of May.  What a busy and exciting month it has been – with lots of wonderful moments and events at Temple.

            Now it is time to look ahead to the summer.  One of the highlights of every year is our Summer Union Shabbat Services.  I do not know of any other community where the local Reform Congregations join together for worship for the entire summer.  I think it helps us to get to know our neighbors and to reinforce the sense of community that we share.  I know that I look forward to worshipping in the chapels and sanctuaries of our fellow congregations.  A reminder of the schedule this year: Congregation Gates of Prayer will host the month of June, Temple Sinai will host July, and Touro Synagogue will host August.  All of the details can be found in our weekly e-blasts, the Temple website, and the June/July Bulletin.

            For many of our families, summer means camp.  I am excited that so many of our Temple Sinai students will attend the URJ Henry S. Jacobs Camp this summer.  We know that they will have a fantastic experience.  We are also excited to have students visiting Israel this summer – an unforgettable summer experience.  We look forward to hearing reports about all of our students’ activities and experiences this summer.

            I am also curious this week to read about the trial that has now begun in Pittsburgh, PA for the accused shooter from the Tree of Life Synagogue Massacre on October 27, 2018. I feel for the families of the victims and for the greater Pittsburgh Jewish community.  All of this is happening while we witness alarming rises in anti-Semitism throughout the country and around the world.  Please know that we take safety and security very seriously at Temple and throughout the Greater New Orleans Jewish Community.  I want to thank all who are working very hard to keep our community protected.

            I hope that everyone has a wonderful summer.  Wishing you safe travels, some rest and relaxation, new experiences, and lasting memories!



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