Happy New Year

“In These Times”

Elul / Tishrei / Cheshvan - 5779-5780

VOL. 53 NO. 10


Aliza Goland, FTA, Executive Director Marcy Goldberg, Director of Education Donna Becker, ECC Director

Juli Rycus, President Alan Greenbaum, Rabbi Emeritus

Barry Diamond, Rabbi David Shukiar, Cantor

From the Rabbi’s Desk

New Year – New Opportunities There are several heavy themes woven into Rosh Hashanah and the Ten Days of Repentance. Rosh Hashanah itself is called Yom Hadin , the day of judgement and Yom Hazikiron , the Day of Remembrance. It focuses on the consequences of our actions and how our mistakes can catch up to us over time. But implicit in these ideas of remembering and judgement is another fundamental and beautiful Jewish idea. While it is true that our actions of the past are remembered, it is also true that judgements made against us can be tempered, if we decide to change our life-path. In a process known as teshuvah , repentance, we can address and often fix the missteps that hold us back. Suddenly, this time of the year that seemed so filled with dread and fear, is also be filled with hope and growth. But it need not only be missteps that we improve. The process of teshuvah can help us to enhance our lives in general. We know that many of our members wish to develop meaningful connections with one another. Some people want to share their enthusiasm of a common interest; others want to connect over more serious topics that deeply affect their lives. Connecting with other people combats the loneliness that can permeate our society and creates a greater sense of meaning and joy. It’s Time to Sign Up and Make Connections As we enter this season of beginnings, we are delighted that our TAEngage program is now underway. Those people who wish to connect with others can now do so easily in small groups where each person is welcomed and cared about. Here are just some of the groups that are already on offer. • Being Healthy @ TAE • Benjamin Franklin Circles (discussions of the virtues we live by) • Bowling

• Constructive Conversations Around Politics & International Relations • Jazz Lounge • Parents of 6th Graders and 7th Graders (preparing for Bar/Bat Mitzvah) • Parents of Adult Children with Special Needs • To Live Again – Recent Widow Support Group • Wine tasting • Writers Workshop • OUR ONLY LIMITS ARE YOUR IMAGINATION Small Groups = Big Warmth In order to maintain a warm, welcoming environment, each group can have up to 10 people. So, if there is a topic that interests you and you don’t see it currently offered, we’ll help you start a new group. It’s that easy. Make the Choice to Connect As we approach Rosh Hashanah, I hope you will choose connection over isolation, engagement over detachment, and welcoming over exclusion. Together we will create a community that enhances our lives and strengthens our community.

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