When we first got together to plan the High Holy Days a couple months ago I began with a question, “Why are you here?” I meant it specifically in regards to the matter of our personal interest in coming together to create the Ad Olam services. But it also had a double meaning for what is the essence of the High Holy Days if not to reflect on our ultimate purpose?
All of the stories we shared in answering the question came down to our recognition that the services we create are unique in the community, have deep personal meaning for us individually, and we feel called to share our experience with all of you.
In writing this letter I took a few moments to review the messages I shared at this season over the last few years. I was particularly drawn to the Letter From the Rabbi 2009. I realized that it says most of what I want to say in regards to the changes going on in Ad Olam. The letter can be found on our new website. Please take a look at it.
Speaking of our new website. I was so excited to view both it and the Facebook page. They are both wonderful places to visit. Thank you Lisa and Jordan. Don’t miss out on Jordan’s profound teaching in his letter to the High Holy Days.
On a personal note, in March I celebrated the birth of a new grandson, Eli, son of my son Avi and his partner Naomi. I also attended the 50th anniversary of my ordination where I saw many friends in colleagues I have not seen for years.
I am honored to work with all who make our happenings happen. I look forward to seeing all of you on Rosh Hashanah.