On Friday night Rabbi Deborah Hirsch stepped onto the bimah for the first time as spiritual leader of The Village Temple. As it happened, that Erev Shabbat coincided with Erev Fourth of July weekend, not quite propitious timing for starting a new job!! Happily, a great many of you chose to begin the holiday by welcoming Rabbi Hirsch to our community. The sanctuary was delightfully full—not just with people, but with good will and open hearts. Accompanied by the beautiful music of Anita Hollander and Holland Hamilton, Rabbi Hirsch conducted a moving, intelligent service that invited participation as well as introspection. With eloquence and respect, she spoke about the importance of healing, for our little congregation and for the large, troubled world around us.
This summer you have the opportunity to have a voice in directing the future course of The Village Temple. Please come to one of several small gatherings taking place in congregant homes for conversation and connection with fellow congregants. Rabbi Hirsch will lead discussions that will allow you to talk about your experiences and hopes for the synagogue, what would make you feel more engaged, why is it important to you. Supper will be served at the evening get-togethers.
Two dates have already filled up. Please reserve as soon as possible, so your hosts can begin to plan. To RSVP please email Sandy Albert in the VT office firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 212-674-2340.
Tues. morning 7/19—11 a.m to 12:30 a.m
Thursday evening 7/21 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Tues. morning 7/26—11 a.m to 12:30 a.m
Tues. evening 7/26 – 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Mon. evening 6/6 6:30 pm to 8:300 pm
Thursday evening 8/11 –6:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Please indicate your top two preferred dates and times. You will be notified of the date, time and location a few days in advance.
Meanwhile, we encourage you to come to services when you can over the summer. Anita and Cantor Nancy Bach and guest musicians will join Rabbi Hirsch in making Shabbat at The Village Temple inspirational and engaging, a lovely respite from the hubbub of everyday life.