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Weekly Message From Rabbi Aft

07/17/2015 10:33:38 AM


Information for Hazel Solomon......

I received a note from Hazel Solomon's daughter who says that Hazel would love to hear from members of the congregation.  I hope that people will keep in touch with her and as we have details about ways in which we will be honoring her and Ray, we will communicate them to you.


Contact Information:

Hazel's phone number (843) 800-5111 (There are 2 "s"es... one is for her middle name)"



Dear Friends,


I thought I would mention a number of items in this week's column....


Last Wednesday night I led a session on forgiveness for our Wednesday night Adult Education program.  It was clear to me from our discussion, that the issue of forgiveness is a complicated one that elicits strong emotional responses.  As each of us wrestle with our own views of forgiveness, please let me know if I can be a support of comfort or guidance.  It is not easy to forgive or to give forgiveness sometimes.  Although we are still a number of weeks away from the High Holidays, our own searching for the meaning of forgiveness in our lives is an ongoing process.  Please don't hesitate to call my study line if you would like to meet...703-866-5531.


I want to personally thank Russell Rayman for all his devotion to our adult learning.  As the chairperson of our adult ed committee, he certainly has arranged for a variety of informative and educational program.  Yashir koach!  And...please join us at the home of David and Carla Richter on Sunday, July 26 at 6:15pm (you need to RSVP to the office if you will attend) when we will discuss Jewish Black Relationships!


Last Monday, we had a minyan of people (nine plus me!) who met at Starbucks to have coffee and chat.  We discussed the recent Supreme Court ruling about gay marriage and I believe that all who attended found the discussion to be interesting and informative.  It was a big group and a couple of folks asked if they could meet me privately for coffee.  Please know that I treasure the opportunities to build closer relationships with you and once again, if you want to meet in a private setting for coffee (or whatever you drink or eat...), please call my study line and let's get together.  We have scheduled the next coffee with the rabbi for Tuesday, August 11 at 9am and the location will be publicized!


I wanted to let you know that a member of the congregation, Emil Regelman, is coordinating a book of reflections that will be available around the High Holidays.  I will be meeting with Andrea Cate this week to discuss topics about which people can reflect and please watch for details in next week's column.  This will be a wonderful opportunity to share thoughts with each other on a particular subject or subjects and hopefully will become an annual tradition.  If anyone reading this article would like to help Emil and become involved in this project, please let me know!


Finally, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families of the horrible tragedy in Tennessee that is being reported as I write this article.  All of us hope for the end of such sad stories and we pray for a more peaceful world.


Shabbat Shalom,


Rabbi Bruce Aft


Congregation Adat Reyim


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