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I want to convey thanks to all those who made the High Holy Days so incredibly beautiful and meaningful at CJC. It was a complex process. Without the cooperation of many people, nothing would have been possible. There are really too many names for me to list here, but I want you to express your gratitude to them personally when you see them in shul: all those who led services, read Torah/Haftarah, offered English readings, served as gabbayim, assigned honors, prepared the building, arranged the children’s program, set out food for the break-fast, and performed a myriad of office duties.
I have learned that there are three types of people –selfless, selfish, and self-interested. Most of us, myself included, fall into the latter category. We are not bad people–on the contrary–but there are certain things that motivate us, and other things that turn us off. What CJC needs is to find out more about the interests of our members, so that we can serve them better and tap into their pool of talents and energy. I would welcome your input. Let me know what makes you feel engaged, alive and motivated.
Let our legacy be that both our selfless and self-interested members worked together as a congregation for even higher ends.
THE VIEW FROM THE “PEW”
If you haven’t heard about the recent Pew Report on the American Jewish community, you should Google the New York Times, Jewish Week or Forward articles about it, or go directly to http://www.pewforum.org/2013/10/01/jewish-american-beliefs-attitudes-culture-survey/.
Some will say that the report shows that Conservative Judaism is “doomed.” But I personally do not see the Pew Report as either positive or negative. A decline in numbers is not an end to mission. Rather than shrie “gevalt” or condemn people for their “lack of commitment,” what we ought to be doing is living thankfully, contributing generously and focusing ourselves on our purposes as a community. Again and again, we have to explore why we come together as a Conservative congregation and how we can make a difference in people’s lives.
Read about the Pew report, and post your comments and questions on our Facebook group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/99899746937/ Let’s start a conversation!
Best of life,
Rabbi David Klatzker