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Members' Musings

Reflections on a Very Different High Holy Day Experience

Nancy Gorman and Jeff Kaufman :

We are very appreciative of all you have done and do to support our Temple Community, keeping it vibrant, warm, and caring, during a very challenging time.  The High Holiday services and study provided hope and were spiritually uplifting.  We have never attended a more poignant and moving Yizkor service. It was lovely to see our sanctuary come alive. We applaud the commitment of so many to create such a meaningful experience, including the sound system, the camera, the incredible music, the Torah readers, etc. 

Arlene Gleicher:

This Holiday Season was very different.  We had a new Rabbi, and we knew we would not be spending it in our Temple.  Yet somehow the staff and board of directors and all our of our congregants strived to make it very special. From the gift bags that we received at the Temple before the High Holidays started, to the extraordinary sermons our Rabbi provided, somehow we coped and made this a very heartfelt time.
 
The cantor and the choir worked very hard to provide singing that would embellish our services and add warmth to the whole process ;even though all our services were remote, we still felt like we were a community.  I attended the Simchas Torah celebration, which was very festive, although not located inside our Temple, we compensated by sitting outside our Temple and we were surrounded by the turning colors of the trees as nighttime descended.  The Rabbi and Cantor and two other helpers brought out four Torahs and danced and made merry.  It was wonderful how everyone improvised and created new rituals while keeping the old.  It was a wonderful feeling to know that we could surmount all our difficulties.  Thanks to everyone at Temple Sinai. I am very glad that I am a member.
 
Barbara Gilford:
Dear Rabbi Glazer,

Thank you so very much for the profound and beautiful High Holy Day services. You selected readings in English that brought new reflections and dimensions to our observance of the Days of Awe. You have a way of conveying your spirituality that is refreshing, inclusive and very meaningful. I love the way you set a certain tone as you invite us in, to join you in worship and celebration.

Especially in these difficult times, I am not only comforted and grounded by Shabbat services but I feel such gratitude that I am Jewish and belong to the this wonderful Temple Sinai community. I am so grateful that you said yes to Temple Sinai and hope that you and your lovely family will find fulfillment here.

With warmest wishes, Barbara (Gilford)

Lenore and Larry Lerner:
We loved the HHD services, in spite of the technical difficulties. Rabbi Glazer's sermons were wonderful, from helping us find a way through the pandemic through understanding that good and bad exists in every year and despite it all, we can still hope for a good year, a year where we "find good, notice good and do good," to a challenge for us to learn about 'the stranger,' and be introspective and involved in ways that may make us uncomfortable. We found it all very spiritual and moving.

One other thing: I was recently checking out at the supermarket when a woman I know shouted out my name. She waited a few minutes for me to finish just to let me know how much she enjoyed services this year, even though there were some technical glitches. She thought the Rabbi's sermons were amazing. We heartily agree. Bravo Sinai!

Sun, November 29 2020 13 Kislev 5781