A synagogue is like a body. The organs are interdependent and each has a specialized role. Incoming resources (air, food) are shared; out-going activities (standing, singing) are always a group project. No one organ is in charge. In a healthy body, the interdependence is celebrated.
A synagogue is a loose affiliation of people with a variety of interests and skills. Resources come in (volunteer energy, financial gifts) activities go out (programs, services). No one is in charge. In a healthy synagogue, the interdependence is celebrated.
The challenge for us is to bring our gifts to temple life with a wish to serve. Our ancestors brought their best fruits, animals and spices to the sanctuary at the center of their camp. Each individual contributed to something greater than themselves. Thus they and the whole community was enriched. This is our model for a sacred community.
This summer, I am inviting all cells of our body ~ you! ~ to contribute to the creation of our outputs this year. Meetings are planned to guide family and adult education; diversity of worship; accessibility, beauty and safety in our building. It gives me great joy to welcome your energy and skills to the sacred intent in the center of the camp. Please watch for these planning sessions in the How To Participate emails.