Dear Congregants, I want to begin by quoting our famous and illustrious past president Arthur Greenberg, who said at numerous occasions "Kvell from Temple Emanu-El." If you don't know what the word kvell means it is a Yiddish word meaning swell with pride and brag about it as well. Why should you "Kvell from Temple Emanu-El"? Because the Temple is an outpost of Judaism and the Jewish people. It stands for the preservation and continuation of the Jewish way of life. It’s a place where we do Judaism, not just think about or talk about our feeling proud to be Jews. This is especially important because our faith is one that must be practiced. It is based on action and observance more than on sentiment or even beliefs. At Temple Emanu-El we celebrate Shabbat and holidays, study Torah, educate our children and learn about what is going on in the Jewish world. We are there for each other in times of celebration and help each other in times of need. We are also a place where the arts are encouraged through the wonderful music of our Cantor and Choir. We are very traditional but at the same tine welcome to all wherever they are on their religious journey I think that is a lot to kvell about. So if any of these things are important to you, share the news of Temple Emanu-El with your friends, family and acquaintances. Encourage them to join and take part in our activities. The Temple upholds tradition while at the same time welcomes everyone wherever they are on their Jewish journey. They will most likely thank you for introducing them to life-enriching experiences. Also, I want to remind you that the Temple never is open for the full schedule of services over the summer. If you perhaps did not have time during the rest of the year, you might find time over the summer. Our Temple represents Judaism and its heritage. It is up to you for it to grow and prosper.
Rabbi Gerald Sussman