“Make me a sanctuary and I will dwell among them.” – Exodus 25:8
Our spiritual journey towards the Jewish new year is about to begin, and we are entering it as we learn to navigate a new normal. Many of us approach this New Year of 5782 having experienced loss, resilience, and hope in new and unanticipated ways.
5782 presents us with a special opportunity: to mark this time of prayer and song, introspection and repentance with our community (whether physically or virtually), as we renew our unique celebration of Judaism and Jewish life. Coming together will allow us to remember that the Jewish calendar continues, as does the story and the important, sacred work of the Jewish people.
As Jews, we are no stranger to challenging moments. As a people, we have experienced what our rabbis describe as the reality that in each generation, there are those who have risen to annihilate us. Yet, through all of this, we have more than just endured. We have demonstrated resistance and resilience. We have actively contributed to society through the academic, the scientific, and the artistic character of society. Indeed, not only have we survived, but we have [and continue] to thrive. How so? To paraphrase the words of our sages: “Our tradition, values, and understanding of the interconnectedness of the universe has sustained us.”
With this New Year of 5782 ready to greet us, even with the background of ongoing intolerance, senseless violence and hatred, let us use these prayerful moments together at Beth Israel to focus on the sacred work ahead of us: heeding the words of our sages to stand up against the ills of oppression and prejudice, while contributing to the betterment of our local and global communities in whatever ways we are able. Let us come together, in our synagogue community, to explore and learn more of the beauty of our tradition. Together, let us make 5782 one of hope and simcha (joy), where we maintain our support of one another along this journey we call life.
We look forward to seeing you at Beth Israel for High Holy Day worship and discussion as we come together in strength and comfort. May this Shanah Tovah (New Year) bring you and your loved ones, wholeness, health, love, and peace.
Rabbi Jason Nevarez Dan Jones, President
Beth Israel will be offering services with diverse access! Our High Holy Days information will be online soon, including ticket reservations.