The end of summer, the start of school a new Jewish year is upon us. Traditionally, we use the month of Elul to prepare ourselves for the High Holy Days. Each morning, we are taught that the shofar was sounded to begin to spiritually prepare us for the new year. Some use the month to study text each day to enter the right frame of mind. For all, it is a time of anticipation and excitement.

This will be our second year in our new home. Our memories are still being formed and new traditions are still being internalized. There is a Jewish concept – L’Dov VaDor – from generation to generation. We are all linked together here at Temple Israel by our deep rooted history whether you have been a member for many years or have just arrived.

The holidays are also a wonderful time to be with your family and friends. It is a great time to form new family traditions. Go apple picking and then use the apples for your Rosh Hashanah meal. Take a family picture when you all sit down to eat and do this again year after year. Build a sukkah and invite friends and family to join you each night for dinner, it is a great time of the year to be outside. Come celebrate the cycle of reading the Torah on Simchat Torah and be with us for consecration.

High Holiday Guests
Each time we sing or study Ma Tovu we are reminded:

     “How lovely are your tents, O Jacob, your dwelling places, O Israel!
     As for me, O God abounding in grace,
     I enter your house to worship with awe in Your sacred place.
     To You, Eternal One, goes my prayer: may this be a time of your favor.
     In Your great love, O God, answer me with Your saving truth.”

Temple Israel is our “dwelling place,” and one that we are very proud of. Again, this year we are expecting an overflow of people coming to worship together. We ask that if you are planning on inviting out-of-town guests or unaffiliated members, please let us know so we have an idea of how many people to expect. We want to make sure that we have places for all to worship.