Like many smaller congregations across North America, Temple Israel has an aging membership. Much of our time is spent supporting families through illness, and sadly, at the end of life. The early years of our history, where our religious school served dozens of students, are becoming a distant memory.
So when simchas come, and multiple simchas at that, we are especially grateful. This year, we will have had four b’not mitzvah by the end of August, with 3 or 4 more scheduled for 2020. I am officiating at an unprecedented four weddings in that same me frame; I have had at most two per year since arriving in 2010.
Plus, we have younger families with new babies and preschoolers in numbers larger than we’ve seen in many years, and students on the path to conversion.
Synagogues are a place of community; community enriches every life cycle event we observe. We have an active team of volunteers assis ting us with Bikkur Cholim and yahrzeits. With the incredible talents of Ailene Witstein and Elizabeth Teevan, we continue to build a home and school in London for Jewish families of diverse backgrounds.
Todah Rabah – Thank You – to everyone in the Temple family who honours us by sharing their milestones, and the volunteers who enrich our experience. You inspire us, comfort us, and bring us joy. Have a wonderful summer!
Rabbi Debra Stahlberg Dressler