If you look around the walls of our sanctuary, you will see the words of our evening prayer, Hashkivienu. In an amazing architectural feat, you can read the words from the inside as well as the outside. Simply put, our prayer is for peace. We ask God to spread over us a sukkat shalom, a shelter of peace.

A shelter of peace; what an incredible prayer. Here at Temple Israel, we strive each and every day to make that prayer a reality. We want Temple Israel to be a shelter of peace for all who enter it. We pray that every person who walks through our doors feels welcome, accepted, embraced, and loved. But it is not enough to demonstrate these values inside the walls of our building alone, we have to make sure we are embodying these values each and every day, inside temple, and out of it.

This is one of the many reasons that we are so excited that Temple Israel will have a strong presence at the Heartland PRIDE Parade this year. Partnering with Beth El, our two congregations have created a joint Task Force to mobilize our communities. Our communities will walk together, hand-in-hand, to demonstrate our support and embody the values that we hold dear. We hope that you will join us on Saturday, June 30 for this event as we celebrate Shabbat by praying with our feet. Together, we can take another step in spreading our sukkat shalom, our shelter of peace, over all of our Omaha community.