February 2, 2023 /
Even with all the familiar notes of our High Holy Day Services, even with all the pageantry that remained the same, services this year had a feeling of being different. Certainly all the new technology in the sanctuary was different for all of us. However, I hope that you will join me in the belief that despite the fact that they felt different, they still felt sacred.
Our holiday services were just a taste of the new normal, a world with a split congregation that is at home, but also in person. Yes, there will be hiccups along the way as we struggle with unmuting ourselves, or bad Wi-Fi or even broken links. However, with each class and each service, we will get better at moving into this brand new world. This is new for all of us, but I want to assure all of you, that no matter where you are joining us, we are all part of the same Temple family. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur coupled with Sukkot are our season of rebirth. I hope you all felt it strongly because we all need seasons of rebirth from time to time. “Tomorrow” always marks the next chapter in our lives and we will take that next step together as we walk out into a new technological day for our temple and community.
I want to take a moment and thank everyone who was part of the process of bringing this new technology into our Temple as well as everyone who also helped to make the High Holy Days a sacred experience for all.
Philip N. Bazeley