The Gift of Community

September 20, 2013

E.B. White is best known perhaps as the author of Stuart Little and Charlotte’s Web. He also wrote a slim but deep homage to our city called Here is New York, in which he says: “New York blends the gift of privacy with the excitement of participation.”

That sentiment reflects our feelings about services at The Village Temple. You can find a haven from the crush of daily responsibility that comes with New York life.  And feel the excitement of participation in a safe and welcoming community, seeking spiritual fulfillment together.

The gift of private reflection and communal adventure was palpable throughout the Days of Awe, with Rabbi Koster and Gerard Edery’s brilliant guidance. Join the two of them and our marvelous soloist and choir director Anita Hollander this fall, as we continue this ongoing experiment in kesher, or connection through music, reflection, education and friendship.

The more we get to know our fellow congregants, the more humble and grateful we feel to play our part in helping this community tighten its bonds. We have an enthusiastic and dedicated board of trustees and other volunteers. Our office staff—Sandy Albert and Sandy Gonzalez-Wilson with help from Lily Shapiro—not only work at The Village Temple, they do their countless tasks with endless grace and affection. Alex Tansky, our religious school director, brings remarkable life experience and knowledge to our children and families. Our custodians—Santiago, Yvette,  Andrew, and Julio—approach their job with warmth and caring.

E.B. White had another fine quote in that same book: “No one should come to New York to live unless he is willing to be lucky.” We feel very lucky to be here in New York, and to have The Village Temple and all of you as part of our lives.

Looking forward to a sweet, good, kind, and creative year together.

Warm regards,

Julie Salamon and Stephanie Kanarek