Once again, I find myself far from home as I start to write this column. Distance gives a certain perspective and another year having passed adds to that. I also have the opportunity to reflect on a Presidency almost over. In just four months, another member of our kahilla kedosha – our holy congregation – will have the responsibility of leading us forward and I know that whoever will be taking on this responsibility will do a wonderful job because we have so many talented members in our midst. As we enter our 30th year as the Reform synagogue in London, Ontario, we can be proud of where we have been. We have provided Jewish Londoners with a liberal interpretation and practice of Judaism and a place where people can pray together, celebrate holidays and holy days together, and share sorrows and joys together. It is a place where we have provided a Jewish education for our children – and for ourselves if we take advantage of the opportunities provided. We have also grown by approximately thirty memberships/families in the past few years. I take no credit for this but we must be doing something right!
Temple Israel also brings us together to perform acts of gimilut hasadim – loving kindness – whether that be in the form of visiting the sick, making hearty soup for victims of family violence, knitting soft, warm hats for preemies and making fuzzy blankets for kids at Merrymount, providing a minyan for a shivah service, or any number of other things. Since I made my plea last year for a new chair of Social Action, not one but two committed young women have come forward and are making a big difference. Please contact Nancy Davis and/or Lisa Faden and let them know that you, too, want to become involved and make a difference.