Sunday, March 8, 2015

A Warming Trend


From the pages of Kadima, the newsletter of Congregation Adas Emuno:

A Message From Our President

Dr. Lance Strate

A Warming Trend

As I write this, we are enjoying the first day in a long time when daytime temperatures have gotten higher than 40°, and this brief respite has not been enough to melt away the mounds of frozen snow and ice that surround us. This has truly been a terribly challenging, difficult winter, and we know that it isn't over yet.

We all have every right to complain about the bitter cold and severe weather. And yet there also is much to be thankful for. For starters, we can give thanks that we don't live in Boston. And on a more serious note, we can give thanks for the fact that the cold will not last much longer, that springtime is coming, sooner or later, in name and in fact. Warmer days are around the corner! 

And even on the coldest nights, our Friday night Shabbat services and Saturday morning Torah study sessions continue to be better attended than their counterparts at much larger shuls. They are the perfect way to warm the heart and soul during the winter season, and all year round. If you're wondering what’s our secret, all I can tell you is, come join us and find out. 

The wonderful warmth of our congregation was on full display back in January during our successful Talent Show fundraiser for our Religious School, which showcased the marvelous skills and abilities of our children and adults alike. Kudos to all who participated, to our dedicated volunteers who organized the event, and to all who turned out to enjoy our performers and support our school.

One of the first signs of spring is the holiday of Purim. And this year was marked by a particularly joyful celebration: a complete Purim service, songfest, and spiel on Sunday morning, March 1st, bringing together shul and school like never before! And if that's not enough, a Purim party featuring an encore performance of the Purim spiel on Wednesday evening, March 4th, complete with food and drink and fun and games!

The Festival of Passover is the season of our celebration of freedom, and also of the season of spring. And this year we plan to bring back our congregational Seder, to be held on the second night of Passover in our social hall.

And there's so much more to look forward to, but what I want to stress is the warmth of our congregation, our intimate and caring little shul on the hill, and the warming trend that we are experiencing, that owes much to our rabbi, Barry Schwartz and our Cantor and Religious School Director Sandy Horowitz, along with all of our volunteers who contribute their time, energy, and resources on behalf of Congregation Adas Emuno.

In the final analysis, everyone is capable of contributing to our warming trend, to some degree or other. Even if each one of us can only add a degree or two, together we can generate enough warmth to withstand the wildest of winter storms. And with all of the warmth that we have been generating, and will continue to in the future, all that's left to say about Adas Emuno is, when you're hot, you're hot! 

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