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Rabbi's Week In Review - 3/21/2022

03/21/2022 03:45:05 PM

Mar21

If you know me at all, you know that my favorite forms of prayer are prayers of gratitude. (The other categories being prayers of petition — asking G-d for what we need — and prayers of praise.) My go-to saying, for my rabbinic ordination, was Midrash from Vayikra Rabbah — that in Messianic times, when all forms of prayer are unnecessary, we will still need to recite prayers of gratitude. (As an aside, we are studying the whys of prayer in our adult study, with fascinating and in-depth discussion. Join us for the next study gathering on Saturday, April 2, at 9:30 a.m.)

Something for which we should be grateful — and something, I think, we may take for granted — is our Kol Ami newsletter, which comes out every week. I have been continually amazed at the content produced on a weekly basis — amazed as to its quantity, quality and creativity.  

I want to thank Wynne Begun and Ellen Karp, who have been driving the content of the newsletter and who somehow come up with the next new content idea week in and week out. Just one example is the series of interviews with non-Jewish partners of some of our interfaith couples. Highlighting these valued and vital members of our Kol Ami community has been a special way to honor their contributions, and to let them know they matter in our synagogue world. A thank-you, also, to Deborah Hirsch, who has been serving as our editor.

Thanks to each of you who has contributed an article over the course of the newsletter. The publication is a beautiful representation of who we are at Kol Ami — a diverse and inclusive Jewish community that cares about one another. Every person, every voice, adds to the fabric of our shul.

Finally, encourage others to subscribe to the newsletter. The excitement of reading about who we are can be infectious and lead to an even stronger community.

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