June 13, 2024 /

A Place of Purpose – June 2023

I always have a bittersweet feeling when it comes to writing the June article for our bulletin. This essentially marks the end of our programmatic year. While the Senior Staff of the Temple is looking towards the future and all the exciting events and programs we are planning for next year, we always look back at what we just concluded. We have delved into substantive topics such as our connection as Reform Jews to Israel, LGBTQ inclusion, racial segregation in NJ schools, the place of doubt and certainty within our faith, how we create a sacred world to live in for ourselves and others. We laughed and we cried, we celebrated wonderful simchas together as well as held each other up as we mourned tragic loss. We have engaged with topics that typically drive people apart, and we have looked out at a broken world and have attempted to heal it.

Looking back at this past year, I hope you believe what I believe: that being part of a synagogue community offers a profound sense of purpose and meaning. It provides a spiritual home where individuals can connect with their faith, find solace, and deepen their understanding of Jewish traditions and teachings. Within this supportive community, one can engage in prayer, study, and acts of kindness, fulfilling the core values of Judaism. By participating in communal activities, celebrations, and rituals, individuals forge bonds, cultivate relationships, and contribute to the greater good. The synagogue community becomes a space where personal growth, learning, and service intersect, offering a profound sense of purpose and a meaningful connection to Jewish identity.

I can’t wait to continue our journey together in the fall. May we all move from strength to strength, and may the power of this community help strengthen ourselves and all we embrace. Amen.