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Weekly Message 10.11.19

Dear friends,

The High Holy Days at the JCC were inspiring and deeply meaningful.   Chris and I would like to convey how much we appreciate everyone's attendance and participation at our many events and services (Selichot, Rosh Hashanah, Tashlich, Shabbat Shuva, cemetery visitations, and Yom Kippur).  We were overwhelmed with the warm thoughts and friendship that you all conveyed to us and to the entire community.

With Yom Kippur behind us, we now enter the most joyous period in our Hebrew calendar, that of the festival of Sukkot.  We begin the Sukkot weekend with our Shabbat services on Friday evening at 7:30 pm and Saturday morning at 9:30 am.  We will be reading the next-to-last portion of the Torah, that of Ha-azinu which features Moses's farewell song to the Hebrew nation. 

It is one of only two songs in the entire Torah, the first being the song after the crossing of the Sea of Reeds while escaping from Egypt.  To add to the day's grandeur, we will be celebrating our beloved congregant Gary Brevoort's very special birthday with a beautiful Kiddush luncheon.

Then we immediately turn our attention to Sukkot.  The lulavim and etrogim have arrived and will be put together prior to Friday evening's service for all to see.  Then on Sunday morning at 11 am, we will be decorating the Sukkah.  PLEASE plan to volunteer some time to help out so that we can finish quickly and have the Sukkah in beautiful shape for services on Sunday evening at 6:30 pm and Monday morning at 9:30 am. 

Please try to attend as many of our Shabbat and Sukkot activities as you can so we can build on the momentum from the High Holy Days and enjoy this very special season. 

See you in shul and at the Sukkah!

Ron Becker

Spiritual Leader

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