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Weekly Message From Rabbi Aft

07/03/2015 11:22:52 AM




Dear Friends,


As we prepare for the 4th of July weekend, I hope that everyone enjoys a safe Holiday celebration.  As we enjoy Independence Day, I hope each of us remembers how thankful we should be to live in a country where we are free.  We have picnics, go to ball game, travel somewhere, and hopefully spend time with our families and those who are dear to us.  In the midst of all these special moments, please give thanks for the blessings of our liberty.  We see so many reminders of discrimination and prejudice in our world and must rededicate ourselves to causes that facilitate better understanding and tolerance.


I want to share some important news with all of you.  At Shabbat morning services last week, a beloved member of our congregation who has touched so many of us announced that she was moving.  Hazel Solomon is now living near Charleston, SC. Hazel moved this week and will be living with one of her sons and near other family members.  


Although we are happy for Hazel and her family, we are saddened since Hazel has been a fixture almost every Shabbat for all of my 24 years with Adat Reyim and before that.  She and her husband, Ray, gave so much to our congregation and as teachers, mentors, friends, surrogate parents and grandparents, they clearly made a significant impact on our lives.


We are a better community for their presence and have been enriched by Hazel's love and devotion to us.  Hazel did not want a major celebration.  She told me shortly before she left that she was moving and her daughter sponsored a special Kiddush for the "regulars" on Shabbat morning last Saturday.  Please watch for details later in the summer about how we will honor all her (and Ray's) service to us.  


May Hazel and her family go from strength to strength in their new home.


Shabbat Shalom,


Rabbi Bruce Aft


Congregation Adat Reyim


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