Sabbatical time in Israel from mid-October to mid-December
It is with sincere appreciation and gratitude to this congregation that I begin my sabbatical this month. I will be traveling to Israel with Debra on October 17 and plan to study at the Agron St. synagogue in Jerusalem. I will also volunteer at Yad LaKashish, an organization that empowers elderly Jerusalem residents to create beautiful art in workshops, and instills in them a sense of dignity. Also, Debra and I will volunteer at Meir Panim, an organization providing intermediate and long term relief to the impoverished in Israel. I will be visiting Reform congregations in Jerusalem and Modiin over the Shabbatot while I am there. I am very excited to learn what new melodies they sing during their services!
Debra and I (along with Amy Ginsberg) will be participating in The Israel Ride from November 1 through 7, a 200-mile bike trek through the Negev desert from Jerusalem to Eilat. We are all raising money to benefit the Arava Institute in Israel, an environmental organization where Israelis, Palestinians and Jordanians all study and work together to solve environmental problems and concerns in the region. If you are interested in supporting this wonderful organization, please contact any of us.
I will be returning from my sabbatical on December 14, and am looking forward to sharing our experiences with you.
During the Shabbatot that I am away, five of our very capable and musical choir members will conduct the services with Rabbi Berkson and Rabbi Schaller. We have also arranged for coverage with B’nai Mitzvah tutoring – Mara Kleiman will step in and work with our B’nai Mitzvah students. Wendy Cohen will be assisting with our monthly Totpalooza services during October and November.
Thank you to Michael Levin, the Board of Trustees, and the congregation for this wonderful opportunity. Debra and I wish all of you a fantastic two months and will be excited to see you upon our return!
Cantor David Barash