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A Word from Rabbi Schulman - 12/29/17

Everyone knows that Rosh Hashanah is the beginning of the new Jewish year. The High Holy Days are a time for reflection, prayer, and repentance.

I would never ascribe religious significance to January 1. However, the new secular year can be a catalyst for looking to the future with renewed energy.

At Temple Beth Torah, the months ahead are filled with inviting programs and services.

Beginning January 16, three consecutive Tuesday nights will offer delightful opportunities to experience Yiddish culture with Klez California. In February, I will be teaching an adult education course on modern Jewish history.

The Israeli film, “The Women’s Balcony,” is a wonderful, humorous portrayal of women in an Orthodox synagogue in Jerusalem taking charge of their community. WTBT will sponsor this film on Sunday, January 28. Our Membership Committee plans on showing an American film with a Jewish theme on Saturday, February 24.

Upcoming Jewish holidays come “early” in 2018. Of course, Purim and Passover always arrive “on time” according to the Jewish calendar. But I will admit that Purim in February and the first night of Pesach in March feel a little weird.

There are other plans in the works for enjoyable programs for the coming months. Stay tuned to Ronnie Petersohn’s weekly message for details.

As we begin 2018, I wish you a healthy, happy, and peaceful new year.

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