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Shabbat Message from Rabbi Aft

05/22/2015 11:07:52 AM



Dear Friends,


As we prepare to celebrate Shabbat, Shavuot, and Memorial Day, I hope that everyone is safe and that we all will find someone connected to the military and thank them for what they have done to keep us safe.  In our world I sometimes think we take for granted those who keep us safe both here and abroad.  Most years, Sue and I go to the National Mall for the annual Memorial Day concert where stories are told about the sacrifices that people have made for us to enjoy the liberty that we treasure.  Thanks to all those in our congregation who serve and our thoughts and prayers are with our congregants who have family members who have died in service for our country.  May you find strength in our ongoing appreciation for all they and you have done.


Tonight is a very special night as we celebrate the confirmation of Allan Cate, Jason Katz, Collin Mazeika, Ryan Mazeika, Joshua Rosen, and Myriam Sarment.  

These students, with the guidance of their coordinator, Jessica Schwab, have chosen the theme of the Internet and being Jewish.  I hope you will join us to support them on this significant occasion in their lives.  We will be welcoming back Laura Yarvis, one of their former teachers who is flying in from Texas in order to speak with them at this milestone.  We are grateful to Laura for making the trip here from her new home "deep in the heart of Texas" and to Laura for what she meant and continues to mean to our students.  This will be the first time that we will be having a confirmation at a Folk Service so it promises to be a wonderful evening.


In a recent article, "Group Hug" in the April/May 2015 issue of Hadassah Magazine given to me by Muriel Marcus, Rahel Musleah writes about ways in which to make the modern synagogue a more welcoming place.  As we continue to try to make our services more meaningful and our congregational more welcoming, I want to announce a new custom for us.  Before Kiddush on Friday nights, we will be pausing to ask folks to seek out someone who they do not know and wish them Shabbat Shalom as we prepare to drink our wine and grape juice.


I hope that people will join us tonight at 8pm for confirmation, tomorrow for Shabbat worship with Torah study at 8:45, and services at 9:30.  Tomorrow night at 9pm, we will have a Shavuot celebration marked by the chanting of sections of the Megillah of Ruth by Martin Mould, and a study session led by Maurice Mizrahi.  Sunday morning we will celebrate Shavuot with services at 9:30am and our Yizkor service at 11:30am.  (It is customary to light a Yahrzeit candle either Saturday night or Sunday night, depending upon whether one celebrates one or two days of Shavuot).


Once again, please be safe this weekend.


Shabbat Shalom and Hag Shavuot Sameach!


Rabbi Bruce Aft

Congregation Adat Reyim


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