I am Fred Basch, Co-President of the Village Temple with Julie Salamon. I am very grateful to be here to share this evening. It has been a tough week. My father was admitted to hospital on Sunday evening with potentially life threating problem in Cape Cod and while my Sister and I struggled to find out what happened and make our way to the hospital I received a phone call from the Rabbi that could not have been better timed. So thank you.
My father Sheldon is a fellow congregant at temple and in the last week we received a host of good wishes from temple members, the Cantor, Rabbi and staff. We felt the love some 300 hundred miles away and I think it made a difference. So thank you.
While in the hospital we had time to remember what happed at Cape Cod hospital during this same week of September in 2015. My mother was admitted to the hospital with nasty case pneumonia. Today is the second anniversary of my mother’s death. Today is also the yartsite of my grandmother Elizabeth Woloshin my mother’s mother. My Dad, my sister and I all wanted just one thing this last week and that was to leave the hospital before the 29th. On Wednesday evening, I was able to take my Dad back to his house and we had a meal of penne with garlic and oil heavy on the garlic and for that I am thankful to the staff and particularly the nurses of cape cod hospital who made that happen. So thank you.
I would not be here tonight if it were not for the efforts of my Wife who was able to get me off jury duty while I was with my Dad in Hyannis. There is a legal limit to how often you can postpone serving but she worked some magic and that was a load off of my mind. I am also grateful that my Sister who cleared her schedule to stay with my Dad so I could join you in services tonight. So thank you.
Given the events of the last week and the last two years I take nothing for granted (mostly I still complain about some things) so when I say I am grateful to be able to spend the next 23 hours fasting with you I mean it. I appreciate the help I received this last week and in a moment, we are going to ask you to help this congregation. We, none of us, can make it just on our own. So thank you.
I am Julie Salamon, Co President of the Village Temple with Fred Basch.
I am so thankful to be here this evening with all of you.—for many reasons. Above all, my mom. She lives in St. Petersburg Florida, less than 100 yards from the beach. I am thankful to say she faced down Hurricane Irma and got here in time to celebrate her 95th birthday with us—yesterday. And to hear her grandson play the Kol Nidre—beautiful job Eli.
On Monday she will speak to 100 high school seniors who are immigrants. They are students at Flushing Internatoinal, a high school in Queens for students who are new immigrants, where our daughter Roxie teaches.
My mom will talk to those students about her life as an immigrant and a Holocaust survivor. She has spent her life inspiring people. After Auschwitz, she could have turned her back on Judaism. Instead, she has always encouraged our family to be part of a Jewish community.I am grateful to be part of this one—for all of you.
Thank you Rabbi Hirsch and Cantor Bach for these services, which mean so much, and to Vica Schwartzman, our wonderful pianist, and Eli.
And thanks to the many who have already stepped up to support the synagogue with a High Holy Day donation. For those who haven’t given yet, I hope you will do so tonight. Your contributions are essential. Dues and ticket sales and religious school tuition cover only two-thirds of our costs. The rest comes from your donations.
So I will close with a joke I heard on Sunday, when I stopped by to visit Harriet Zimmer, one of the founders of The Village Temple.
When I told her my mother was here for her 95th birthday, Harriet said, “Oh, a youngster.”
Harriet is 98.
But that’s not the joke.
Here it is:
A minister was trying to raise money to build a new sanctuary for his church. At services, he announced to the congregation.“We have enough money for the sanctuary!”
As people murmured, he said, “That’s the good news.”
“The bad news is, the money is still in your pockets.”
So please help your Village Temple thrive by reaching into your pockets now and making a pledge. While the Gates of Repentance close tomorrow at sunset, our website remains open. You can always donate there.
With all best wishes for an easy fast and a good and hopeful year.