Dear BJBE Members,
BJBE is proud and honored to be welcoming Rabbi Larry Hoffman into our community as our 2011 Scholar-in-Residence for the weekend of November 4-6. Rabbi Hoffman has been an innovator, visionary and leader in the American Jewish community for decades. He has made a lasting impact on the transformation of synagogue life and prayer and spirituality through his teachings at Hebrew Union College (where both our cantors were his students), his dozens of books and articles, and his work as the co-founder of Synagogue 2000.
I hope you are all having a good Sukkot, the Festival of Joy. As you probably know, the final day of Sukkot is a special holiday called Simchat Torah and celebrates the ending and beginning of our annual reading of our holiest text. BJBE will be holding Simchat Torah Services on both the evening and morning of Simchat Torah and we hope you will attend.
It is the same thing every year: four days after Yom Kippur, we join together again to celebrate the Festival of Sukkot. This mandate to shift ourselves from the intensely spiritual activities of the first to the intensely physical activities of the second reminds us that life is a balance.
L'Shana Tova, Happy New Year! What a beautiful and spiritual Rosh Hashanah we all just shared together. It was such a pleasure to see and to greet so much of our community as we gathered together to welcome the new year. A few quick High Holy Day notes to get us started:
By all reports, the overflow service in the Chapel was a meaningful experience for the participants. We have received many suggestions as to how to make the service even more meaningful in the future and will be implementing some of these in time for Yom Kippur.
Happy New Year! We are busy right now getting everything ready for you all to arrive on later this week for Rosh Hashanah. I ask that if you have any last minute reqeusts or concerns, that you please contact us tomorrow, Tuesday, and we'll get everything all settled. The BJBE Office will be closing early on Wednesday and we'd hate to miss you.
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