Jewish Center of Northwest Jersey

September 2018 Message from President Howie Hirsch

What makes us a community? This is my question for the fall.

What I think makes us a community is the simple act of caring about one another. When you are sick, we should be there to support you. If you are under the weather or dealing with an illness and you share that with the community, we better be there to help you. When you have lost a loved one, we need to be there to help you grieve and remember the good memories. When you need a hand, we’re sailing right behind.

What makes the temple community work?

With my respects to Rabbi Emerita Lewis, I am going to re-write her sermon of a few years ago.

How does a temple run?
From the one who looks after the building
From the one who looks after the Torahs
From the one who sings the prayers in temple
From the one who practices their part to be ready for the high holidays
From the one who organizes the rituals and prepares for the high holidays
From the one who lights Shabbat candles at home
From the one who attends board meetings
From the one who chairs a committee
From the one who participates in a committee
From the one who pulls the weeds in the garden
From the one who cleans the overhead lights
From the one who changes the light bulbs on the memorial board
From the one who checks the lights on the memorial board
From the one who runs the Sunday School
From the one who attends the Sunday school
From the one who teaches the children
From the one who attends Torah study
From the one who attends adult education lessons
From the one who travels to Israel
From the one who gives what they can
From the one who gives a little more
From the one who plays music at our services
From the one who participates in the Purim spiel
From the one who directs the Purim spiel
From the one who picks up the temple mail
From the one who delivers the temple mail
From the one who sends out sympathy cards
From the one who sends gifts to our college students
From the one who arranges for speakers
From the one who blows the shofar
From the one who hears the shofar being blown
From the one who plays music at services
From the one who plays music at Sunday school
From the one who provides crafts for the Sunday School
From the one who tutors our children
From the one who keeps our kitchen clean
From the one who sponsors an Oneg
From the one who Cleans up after the Oneg
From the one who orders supplies
From the one who keeps an eye out for the temple
From the one who gives blood
From the one who gives freely of their time
From the one who gives freely of their money
From the one who gives freely of their energy
From the one who smiles as they greet each other
From the one who puts up the Sukkah
From the one who takes down the Sukkah
From the one who prepares the services
From the one who cleans up after the Bark Mitzvah
From the one who we see only on the High Holidays
From the one who arranges security
From the one who tries to find new members
From the one who gives of their property for picnics
From the one who finds prayer books
From the one who brings new life to the temple
From the one who brings in goats for the Sunday School
From the one who bring their pets to the Bark Mitzvah
From the one who runs the website
From the one who edits the newsletter
From the one who sends out the eblast
From the one who approves the eblasts
From the one who keeps our finances in good shape
From the one who organizes Mitzvahs
From the one who works quietly and behind the scenes to do good work for the outside community
From the one who receives a Hebrew name
From the one who reminds us of yahrzeits
From the one who keeps the Misheberach list
From the one who hugs you when you arrive at temple.
From the one who says THANK YOU to all the above people.

If I missed tasks that are done around the temple, please email me so I can add them.

L’Shanah Tovah,
Howie

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