A message from Rabbi Debra Stahlberg Dressler

It’s always a little backwards for Rabbis. Somewhere between January and June, we begin feel like weare having a “break.” Then Summer rolls around. When everyone else is saying, “Enjoy your break,” our thoughts and efforts turn back to the fall. Yes, we take time, and sometimes even remember to relax. But as each week of summer comes and goes, we feel that inevitable march toward the High Holy Days and the beginning of the school year.

Don’t get me wrong. I LOVE the fall holidays, from Selichot to Simchat Torah. Chanukah is also an exciting and busy time, but never on the “ritual” scale of September and October. But it sometimes leaves me feeling a little out of sync with my colleagues who follow the rhythm of the Gregorian calendar. Between sermons and letters, you will hear a lot from me in the coming weeks. So this issue, I am going to direct you instead to the some of the new things you will see this year, below.

May I be among the first to wish you and your family a Shanah Tovah – a good and sweet new year!

Rabbi Debra Stahlberg Dressler