Opportunities to participate in our Jewish community

By: Dr. Howard Warner

Time passes quickly, but the people you meet help make memories that remain throughout your life. My term as president will be coming to an end shortly, but I note that this last month will highlight the many organizations and synagogues within our community. This is a busy time of the year for Jews because of the holidays and the activities prior to the snow bird migration to warmer climates.
To highlight some of the activities, I wish to emphasize the varied opportunities for each person to participate in our Jewish community. The College of Jewish Studies is offering two lectures on the 50th anniversary of the student uprising at Columbia University and other campuses. For many who were coming of age at the time, this will be an interesting series. Younger people will be reminded that rebellion and resistance did not originate two years ago.
Between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, we continued the tradition of memorializing those who perished in the Holocaust. I trust that this service will be performed for many years into the future. On September 30, a Day of Caring involved cleaning graves of indigent people at the Temple Israel Cemetery.
Our synagogues have incorporated programs that we endorsed into their schedules. The adult education program jointly run by Temple Concord and Temple Israel will present a Sunday morning learning session on October 14 as part of the Temple Concord Scholar-in-Residence program. Beth David presents a Shabbat learning session during the second Saturday of the month. We point to the session in September given by Rabbi Zev Silber on issues of the High Holidays; coming in November will be a talk on Israel.
Chabad is sponsoring a Mega Challah Bake on Thursday, October 25, and a Salute to Womenhood program on Sunday, October 28. Hillel Academy is planning a short presentation of song and prayer on Sunday, October 28. We hope that you will observe the efforts of our community’s children.
We recently had a dinner and movie event. Many thanks to the crew who made and managed the food. The movie, “The Little Traitor,” is an excellent reminder of the period just prior to Israel’s independence. It portrays the friendship between a young Israeli boy and a father-figure British sergeant, and their conversations about the Bible and life. The lesson for today is that individuals may not control the missions that their superiors and leaders assign them. In the spring, we will have a film festival.
The i-Engage program (a joint Temple Israel/Temple Concord program) will resume later in October. This effort provides Jews with the means to communicate about the issues confronting the Israelis in regard to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. There is no practical solution to the 70-year disagreement. However, the course attempts to provide information for thought.
We can be proud of our community. We are small in number, but strong in spirit and enthusiasm. Please volunteer to continue these worthwhile programs and organizations.
Don’t forget to join us for Super Sunday Brunch on October 21 when the Annual Campaign begins. And pick up the phone when we call and make a monetary commitment to our unique community.