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Yom Kippur Address 2020

10/01/2020 01:29:39 PM


Shana Tova,

Each year at our High Holiday services I deliver a message during Rosh Hashanah welcoming everyone and wishing you a happy new year. During Yom Kippur I usually talk about what a special place Temple Beth Am is and I ask for you to support us by donating to the Yom Kippur appeal. As we all know, this year is very different for all of us. Our worlds have been turned completely upside down. We are concerned about our health, our families and our livelihoods.  We can’t socialize much, and our leisure activities and travel are limited. Things are very different for our Temple also. Our building is closed. Services, including these are being conducted remotely. B’nai Mitzvahs are being conducted differently or being postponed. The Religious School experience will be very different for our students. We have adapted in these ways and by offering new and innovative ways to stay connected with our congregants.

So this year I really don’t need to tell you how special and important Temple Beth Am is to our congregants and to our community. Instead this year I want to tell you how special each and everyone of you is to us. Through community, faith and compassion you keep each other strong. You are all here for one another and together we will all get through these difficult times. After all isn’t this what Judaism is all about. We are survivors and each of us understands the meaning of tikkun olam; we strive to make the world a better place.

My appeal to you this Yom Kippur is for you to take care of yourselves. Stay healthy and safe; be there for your family and your friends. If there is anything that your Temple family can do for you, please do not hesitate to let us know by contacting the Temple Office, our clergy or myself.

Of course we can still use your help. If you are able, please consider contributing any amount that you can to this year’s Yom Kippur appeal. Contributions can be made here.

In conclusion,

I would like to thank all of those individuals who have worked tirelessly to make these High Holiday services possible. Thank you to:

Our Ritual Committee

Our Security Committee

Our Board of Trustees and the Executive Board

Our Choir

And to all those who have worked on the technical and production aspects of these virtual services

And a special thank you to our wonderful clergy for conducting the services and caring for us


Please stay safe and healthy

Shana Tova,

Ken Usen


















Wed, October 21 2020 3 Cheshvan 5781