Reflections by the Rabbi

Dear Congregants and Friends,

We are in the midst of the counting of the Omer; the forty nine days counted between Passover and Shavu’ot (May 27th and 28th). On Passover, we commemorate our escape from Egypt. We then count the days, Omer, which led to the arrival at Mount Sinai, and the receiving of the Ten Commandments and the Torah.

The idea of counting is very much a part of our history and psyche as Jews and as human beings.  How often have parents said, “I’m going to count to three?” Haven’t we all been told to count to ten before we say anything we might regret? And, how many of us have counted the days to an upcoming event?

HTBEL is now counting the years past, as well as the days to come, as we start to plan for a once in a lifetime event. We are approaching our ninetieth year as a Jewish institution, and our sixtieth years in our current building. WOW!! As this milestone approaches we are cultivating the blueprint for a Jubilee event that will be worthy of this very special time.

We plan to have our 60/90 year Diamond Jubilee in November, after High Holy Days, and we hope that you will be a part of this momentous occasion. We are already forming committees, setting up interest and brainstorming meetings, and encouraging everyone and anyone to add their voice, perspective, experience, skill, time, resources, muscle, etc., etc. This is going to be a huge and memorable event: Don’t miss out.


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