May 2012 At a Glance
Brotherhood Dinner with Rabbi Lief Thursday, May 3 6 p.m.
JAFTY First Friday Senior Send-off Friday, May 4 7 p.m.
Temple In Your Neighborhood Saturday, May 5 6 p.m.
Costumes and Choreography Monday, May 7 7 p.m.
Sisterhood Shabbat Friday, May 11 7 p.m.
Mother’s Day Brunch Sunday, May 13 10 a.m.
Temple Board Meeting Monday, May 14 6—9 p.m.
Blue Jeans ‘n BarBQ Dinner Friday, May 18 6 p.m.
Young Family Shabbat and
Traditional Worship in Chapel Friday, May 18 7 p.m.
TIR Closing Ceremony Sunday, May 20 9:30 a.m.
Rosh Chodesh in Chapel Wednesday, May 23 6 p.m.
Lunch ‘n Learn: Shavuot Thursday, May 24 12 p.m.
Friday, May 25 6 p.m.
Shavuot Worship with Yizkor Sunday, May 27 10:30 a.m.
Hear O’ Israel
Tuesday, May 29 11 a.m.
From the Execuve Director
Endings and New Beginnings As we return the Passover hagaddot to the Book Room, the end of the program year comes into view. Each year closes with Senior Send-Off, Confirmaon and TIR closing ceremonies. This year, we added Nosh and Notes, just one week following Passover. In nine short weeks, Sam Griswold’s idea became a weekend celebraon with expert leadership provided by Dea Sims, the support of almost 100 volunteers and parcipaon from the congregaon. Thanx to everyone who helped sponsor the event; who bought ckets; who provided Temple tours; who secured vendor support; who created children’s acvies; who spread tablecloths and created centerpieces; who distributed the publicity; who provided transportaon for Alan Goodis and his band members; who shared their musical talents and cooking skills; who issued hearelt thank yous to Jo-Ellen; who created RSVP lists; who welcomed newcomers to the congregaon; who came to eat and came to parcipate in the musical extravaganza. It was a glorious weekend for our Temple family. It created a buzz in the community. And, yes, with your help and support, it will return again next year.
Endings are biersweet. This year we will say l’hitraot (farewell unl we meet again) to Jo-Ellen who has shared her talents with us for nine years. She has taught us and we have learned with her. We have celebrated together and we have prayed together. We have made music together and we have laughed together. Soon we will welcome a new educator, who will teach us and we will learn. We will celebrate together and we will pray together. We will make music together and, I trust, we will laugh together. This instuon, we call Temple, is stronger than any one person. We are grateful for the me we have together and we look forward to welcoming another whose talents will enrich us yet again.
Soon we will welcome Rabbi Ma Cohen into our Temple family. I have the pleasure of speaking with him regularly as we plan for the year ahead and the opportunies a new year with new leadership presents. Amidst the details of office space, technology needs and robe size, we are planning the program year, the division of responsibilies between Rabbi Lief and Rabbi Cohen. We are building the foundaon for the new work group that will include the three of us and the educator. It is an excing me as we explore the possibilies that new people create. We wish to retain the best that is Temple and we are focused on those aspects that new talent can help us improve. A second clergy member creates opportunies for expanded worship styles. A second clergy member means new educaonal possibilies. Rabbi Cohen’s thesis focuses on the Amidah, which when recited in full is a compilaon of 18 blessings. His research and understandings will make for a fascinang learning series. I hope you will join us. Rabbi Cohen’s musical talents will ensure that The Jew Crew connues and that music connues to be an ever-present component of Temple life. Rabbi Cohen will be ordained on June 2 and shortly thereaer will arrive in Jacksonville. As with every new Temple member, we will welcome him, Erin and Ayden into our Temple family.
Endings are beginnings. Let us cherish each of the waning days of this program year as we prepare for the start of the new year and embrace the possibilies that it holds.
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