We just read an article on a syndrome called Election Stress Disorder. Not kidding, you can google it. As we near the end of this long, disturbing presidential campaign, it will be a relief to join one another at Cooper Union for the High Holy Days. We all need a chance to pause, to take stock, to consider what our values are. For our congregation, the High Holy Day services this year feel particularly momentous, coming at the end of a trying period of disruption and the beginning of an exciting process of change.
We have been blessed to have Rabbi Hirsch come to us as our interim rabbi, to guide us through a process that, while difficult at times, is invigorating and will make us a stronger, more self-aware congregation. We look forward to her wise and comforting words during the Days of Awe, and the inspiring music of Cantor Nancy Ginsberg for Rosh HaShana and Cantor Ellen Allard for Yom Kippur.
As for the rest of the year: Every week at Shabbat services and in between we are reminded how lucky we are to have the musical and spiritual gifts of Anita Hollander and Cantor Nancy Bach and the smart and gracious administrative talent displayed every day by Sandy Albert! In the summer’s conversations with congregants, there was enormous praise for our Hebrew School and Alex Tansky, who never faltered in the most difficult times and who is so enthusiastic about building for the future. Liotte Greenbaum is doing a wonderful job engaging our teenagers and has jumped into her new position with energy and creativity. Our board of trustees has been incredible—giving unstintingly of their time while supporting our community financially. It is a privilege to be part of such a committed, thoughtful and good-hearted group.
These will be the thoughts on our minds as we enter the Great Hall at Cooper Union during the High Holy Days and throughout the year at our spiritual home at The Village Temple.
Wishing all of you a sweet, healthy and hopeful New Year.
Julie and Jerry