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August at Agudas Israel is an incredibly busy month: Sister-hood Fashion Show (Aug 2), Coffee and Dessert (Aug 3), Sisterhood Installation Shabbat (Aug 12), an outdoor Shabbat service (Aug 19), and, of course, Mountain Jewish Festival (Aug 21). And, this year, Tisha b’Av (Aug 13). I am sure you will hear about these other events elsewhere in this issue of the Chai Lites, and therefore I would like to touch on the meaning of Tisha b’Av.
Not only does this date, the ninth of Av, commemorate the destruction of the First Temple, the Second Temple, and other calamities in Jewish history, but it also represents the start of the High Holy Day season. This date comes exactly seven weeks before Rosh Hashanah, a time meant for reflection and renewal. In a book by Rabbi Alan Lew, This is Real and You are Completely Unprepared: The Days of Awe as a Journey of Transformation, he says this of Tisha b’Av:
[It] is the moment of turning, the moment we turn away from denial and begin to face exile and alienation as they manifest themselves in our own lives—in our alienation and estrangement from God, in our alienation from ourselves and from others. Teshuva—turning, repentance—is the gesture by which we seek to heal this alienation and to find at-one-ment: to connect to God, to reconcile with others, and to anchor our-selves in the ground of our actual circumstances, so that it is this reality that shapes our actions and not just the habitual and unconscious momentum of our lives.
In between all the festivities, and there are many, we should each take some time to reflect about our true reality. We should take the time to look at the relationships in our lives and see that we are bring-ing meaningfulness to them. We should take the time to look into ourselves and slowly start the internal conversation of turning, of teshuva. For all the other conversations we will have in the coming month, and we will have plenty, I hope that this can be among them.
May you have an enjoyable and meaningful month!
With blessings, bivracha
Rabbi Rachael Jackson
July brought together a new Board of Directors for Agudas Israel Congregation. We gathered together for our first meeting in the sanctuary in order to re-mind ourselves of the meaning of the work we will be doing. We acknowledge, first and foremost, our job is to keep our place secure as our Jewish home and assure that our congregation will be there for the generations that follow us.
I feel very positive about the coming year. We are energized by the new members coming into our con-gregation, by the programs and activities ongoing and planned, and by our Rabbi who inspires us in so many ways.
All that we do, all that we accomplish, is done by you, our members. The way that occurs is through the work of the committees. Committees are the life-blood of the congregation. Our current committees include Membership, Ritual, Caring, Security, House, and Fundraising. I encourage you to consider your own interests and expertise, and to see which committee is the best fit for you. If you have any questions or ideas please don’t hesitate to speak with me. Committee participation is a bond that keeps us together, fosters relationships, and ultimately helps us accomplish our goals.
Dr. Linda Perkel, President
Read the our Newsletter "Chai Lites" for June by clicking Chai Lites August 2016