Now that Thanksgiving is over, we hope that you are looking forward to Hanukkah, which begins on December 10, 2020. As you light the candles to celebrate the miracle, you will bring more light into our world today.
The world needs light this Hanukkah more than ever.The pandemic has been a dark time for so many. For anyone who has experienced illness or social isolation, or the death of a loved one,the light of Hanukkah can bring renewed hope.
Please join us as we celebrate the 8 days of Hanukkah.
Hanukkah Mitzvah - we ask that you bring a new toy in a box unwrapped. As they will be given to children to celebrate the holiday. We will be collecting thru December 11th. Toys may be dropped off at the Temple office.
Thursday Dec 10 (Virtually)
Join the Rabbi as we light the first candle and go over the story of Hanukkah
Friday, Dec 11 (Virtually)
Join us as we do Shabbat, light the candle of Hanukkah and sing some songs
Saturday, Dec 12
Join us for Shabbat - Hanukkah Services and Potato Latkes and Sufganiot
Tuesday, Dec 15
Join us as we deliver toys to the children
Wisdom comes with Years - Part 4
6 Essential Reads on Judaism and Aging
The following books on Judaism and aging are written by Jewish writers, with many of them drawing profound lessons from Jewish texts and traditions
Getting Good at Getting Older by Richard Siegel and Rabbi Laura Geller
The authors are longtime, spiritual leaders and Jewish educator. “Getting Good and Getting Older” brings Jewish wisdom- ancient and contemporary question on how to cultivate wisdom in the second half of life. This book is about life, meant to empower, delight and challenge and whet our appetite for whatever comes next.
From Aging to Saging- A Revolutionary Approach to Growing Older. By Rabbi Zalman Shalomi
This book looks at the opportunity for self-renewal beyond middle age, and beyond the pinnacle of our professional career. The Rabbi offers an alternative aging narrative, one not focus on frailty, futility and fear, but one that helps the reader embrace the inner sage.
What will They say About you When Your Gone? – Creating a Life Legacy by Rabbi Daniel Cohen
This book draws on the Rabbi experience and helps readers create a roadmap to organize and orient their life around what they want most in the present and what will matter most at the end. It describes how to channel the Jewish prophet Elijah through fostering sacred connections with those we encounter by choice or by chance.
Getting Over Getting Older – An Intimate Journey by Letty Cottin Pogrebin
This book is a beacon of Jewish feminism is uplifting and often funny. Shedding light on the realities about what it’s like to hit 50, 60 and beyond. She addresses fears about aging bodies and minds. It explains living beyond middle age means learning to live with decay, growth, impermanence, immutability, losing and letting go.
Wise Aging – Living with Joy, Resilience and Spirit by Rabbi Rachel Cowan and Dr. Linda Thal
This book looks at the importance of developing a spiritual practice as we age, and offers up a range of reading, meditations and journaling exercises, both Jewish and secular. The authors draw on wisdom about aging from ancient texts and contemporary sages.
Jewish Wisdom for Growing Older – Finding the Grit and Grace Beyond Midlife by Rabbi Friedman
An intersection of Judaism and growing older. She takes on prevailing, but destructive ideas about aging, looks at the possibilities that the years beyond midlife may afford us Jewish wisdom along the way.
Now is the time to find the spiritual connection inside, not inside a physical structure, but inside ourselves. The community will connect with the help of technology. But we must also find the way to create our own spiritual connection. Perhaps we can make the environment in our personal home help ignite the spirit. For some candles, artwork and religious symbols could help decorate the environment, and feel like a personal sanctuary. For some it might be the presence of family or friends in the same room, or even over a computer screen. Many will want to take a quiet time before or after the recorded services, contemplating the previous year and the next year, meditating on the hopes, dreams, expectations and potential surprises the world offers. We take time to remember the blessings and the challenges, while trying to feel blessed by both especially this year. We are truly challenged to make our home our sanctuary. Let us see Hashem before our eyes, in our home and in our hearts. Starting from such holy hearts, holy homes and holy minds, together we will make it a very sweet New Year.
This year will be like no other NEW YEAR. Nobody can underestimate the impact that the Coronavirus pandemic will have as we observe the High Holidays this year. This current situation with COVID-19 pandemic has presented challenges to almost every aspect of our lives, and the way we worship is no exception. It has become necessary to envision this year’s High Holiday services differently. Usually we are excited to embrace each other in a full room, singing and praying together, wishing each other a Happy New Year. Keeping all our members safe and healthy has become a bigger priority.
Even though our community will not be able to worship together, physically, we have been working hard to make sure that The Cuban Hebrew Congregation members and our broader Jewish community can have a meaningful worship experience this year. Rabbi Stephen Texon will lead services of Slichot, Rosh Hashana, Kol Nidre , Yom Kippur and Simchat Torah. The services will be prerecorded. You will be able to click on to each service. High Holiday books will be made available upon request for you to use at home. You will be able to check out the prayer book and return it after the High Holidays.
We have begun to work on our Yiskor Book. (In loving memory of our dearly departed) We are counting on your participation as you have in the past. All forms and payments must be sent in by September 6, 2020 to secure that your names will be published.
Countless times, calamities either initiated by people or nature, has turned our world upside down. And we continue to survive and thrive. And we do this due in large part, to community members coming together to support each other. Sometimes horrible catastrophes have led to new ways to improve the world.
Perhaps the isolation we experience due to the Coronovirus can lead us to new ways to reach out and connect with each other. Part of the Torah reading on Yom Kippur states “I set before you, life and death, blessing and curse… Choose life! (Deut 30:19) In the midst of our most difficult times, may we discover some blessings, especially this year!
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