A Moment to Reflect

As summer dawns, the strange, difficult and challenging times in which we live continue.  For many the days roll together – another day of being […]

As summer dawns, the strange, difficult and challenging times in which we live continue.  For many the days roll together – another day of being shut in as we seek to protect the health of ourselves and others. Around us the world explodes with unrest and our new normal of uncertainty and anxiety continues.

Amidst all of this – we miss one another.

I deeply miss the daily interactions connected with Jewish community and precious relationships that I took for granted.  To be forced to reschedule events and not be able to visit the ill or gather for moments in life or community celebrations leaves a painful void.

And yet….

  • We have gathered – online and via technology. I am so grateful for the ability to see faces during services and continue to interact during classes and gatherings. These gatherings have allowed a rhythm that was otherwise lost to return to the week as we gather for Shabbat and Festivals.
  • Our Judaism has taken on new meanings. Jewish values and wisdom have given perspective, inspiration and solace. Pieces of tradition and text that have been overlooked in the past emerge full of insights and wisdom.  Meaning and purpose continue to emanate from our community.
  • Quiet moments have allowed spiritual messages to surface and relationships to deepen.
  • Redefined rituals – for all that they don’t substitute for actual presence have provided solace and support.

As we have pivoted to remote operations, we have educated more people, had more attending services and been present for one another in extraordinary ways.  To witness the level of engagement and caring has given me strength during a painful time.

I want to take a moment to share gratitude for the extraordinary CBJ staff and leadership who leapt to adapt and respond so that our community would continue to remain vibrant, relevant and present.  We are finding creative ways to remain a kehillah kedosha – a holy community.

THANK YOU! To a staff whose energy, spirit, dedication and care have defined these past few months.

THANK YOU! To a CBJ leadership who has tirelessly devoted themselves to our community in countless ways

THANK YOU! To all the members of our community who have reached out to support one another, who have jumped into unfamiliar waters in order to remain engaged and continued to make CBJ such a special community.  We are resilient and strong and face these times together.

My heart is full of gratitude.