Friday,March 24, 2017
From Rabbi Peter Stein
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This Shabbat, we reach the final portion of the book of Exodus. As we do each time we reach the end of a book, we add a special prayer to the end of the reading: Chazak, Chazak, Venitchazek! Strength, Strength, My we be strengthened! It is a prayer that gives thanks to God for the strength to have read a book of Torah, and prays for the strength to continue on into the next book and to return next year back to the book once again.
The cycle of Torah reading is an extraordinary tradition, because it allows us to see layers of meaning in the biblical texts. Each year's experience is unique, because it is colored by the personal and communal events that have transpired.
As we complete the reading of Exodus and prepare to begin the reading of Leviticus, I am inspired by the image of our ancestors being on a journey. Their journey was not just a physical one from place to place, but a spiritual one of growing in their relationship as part of the covenant with God.
For us too, I believe we are on a journey. We each have the opportunity and the ability to mature in our relationship with God as part of the covenant we have inherited. I hope that we ask ourselves (and one another!) challenging questions about our responsibilities. What are we to do in recognition of God's presence in our lives? What are we to do when we look at the world around us, remembering that God is the Creator of that world.
May our continued study of Torah lead us to right and good action, that brings us satisfaction and enables us to strengthen our community.
The Sacred Calling - Four Decades of Women in the Rabbinate
We will welcome home all the women that have served TBK as rabbis. Rabbis Rozalind Gold, Judy Cohen-Rosenberg, Alison Kobey and Rebecca Gutterman will join us (along with Rabbi Kelly Levy) for a learning experience centered around this award-winning book.
Thursday April 6 - Congregational Dinner & Panel Discussion
6:00 pm Buffet Dinner catered by Creative Caterers (RSVP required. $15 pp)
7:00 pm Program
The program will feature a panel discussion moderated by Rabbi Levy on how Temple B'rith Kodesh shaped their
rabbinates and how the foundation of service here has led each of them to significant leadership roles around the
Friday April 7 - Clergy Day Program
8:30 am Registration (RSVP required. No Charge)
9:00 am Program begins
10:30 am Brunch
11:00 am Program resumes
12:00 pm Program ends
Friday morning's program will delve into different aspects of the book, from the history and sociology to the theology of
the ordination of women as rabbis. There will be small group conversations in addition to teaching for the whole
group. Participants will be asked to reflect on how the presence of women in leadership roles affects their communities.
Friday April 7 - Shabbat Reception & Services (RSVP Requested for Planning Purposes)
5:15 pm Wine & Cheese Reception
6:00 pm Shabbat Service
Join us for a pre-Shabbat reception and service.
Rabbis Gold, Kobey and Gutterman will be offering comments on the weekly Torah portion.Thursday April 6 - Dinner & Panel Discussion
RSVP by March 27, 2017 with the form