Beginning on Sunday evening, September 9th, our community will come together again for the beautiful, thought-provoking, and inspiring observance of the Days of Awe (sometimes called, the "High Holy Days"). As always, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur provide us with wonderful opportunities for self-reflection and for powerful moments of both individual and shared renewal. They also offer us a terrific opportunity to reconnect with old friends and hopefully make some new ones!
This year, we're excited to welcome our new chazan, Cantor Jeri Robins, for her very first High Holy Days with the congregation. We're also thrilled that our wonderful Rabbi-Educator, Sandi Intraub, will be participating even more extensively in this year's services as she begins her new, full time position with the congregation. And of course, again we're looking forward to using the new machzor (High Holy Day prayer book) of the Reform Movement, Mishkan Hanefesh ("Sanctuary of the Soul") that we inaugurated last year. By all accounts, most of us found these lovely books to be a rich, spiritual resource that invites us to share the experience of the holy days together while also offering a wonderful variety of individual paths and interpretations with which to make the journey.
Finally, a reminder that everyone is welcome to pray with us during these services (whether or not they are official "members" of our congregation) but for security reasons, we do ask that people contact the Temple office in advance to arrange for tickets. On behalf of myself, my wife, Amy, our children, Jacob and Abigail, and Bartlet the Wonderdog, we wish you all a shanah tovah, a "good year", a year of health, joy, fulfillment, hope, and most of all, peace.
Hope to see you soon!
-Rabbi Jonathan Kraus