When I was a young, Jewish kid growing up in Northeast Philadelphia faking stomach cramps every Tuesday and Thursday to avoid having to go to Hebrew School, I figured the chances of me becoming president of a synagogue one day, were about as remote as Judge Judy playing in the NFL.
But this being America, as it is, that actually happened. Talk about a mechayah. Sadly, my Dad didn’t live to see this, but thankfully, Mom did. When I told her the good news, she said, “Every Tuesday and Thursday – for five, long years – you tore my heart out about going to Hebrew School. I was just happy to live long enough to see you become a Bar Mitzvah – and now look, he’s a gontza knacher – the president of a synagogue!”
In truth, I was quite humbled when approached about being president of Temple Beth El. After all, holding such a lofty position in a synagogue, was, at least to my mind, reserved for only the most Jewish savvy and learned members of the congregation. Thankfully, my fellow members of the Temple Beth El board decided to think outside the box.
For me, Temple Beth El is a very special place. It is near and dear to the hearts of myself and my wonderful wife, Karen. With our most special TBE moments coming when our lovely daughters – Alexis and Nicole- were called upon to be a Bat Mitzvah. Thankfully, they did not succumb to those psychosomatic pre-teen years, that had befallen their father. And, unlike Dad, they both thoroughly enjoyed the rather unique learning experience at Temple Beth El.
Hebrew School, however, is but one aspect of what makes Temple Beth El a special place.
Both of our girls were meticulously groomed for their big day by our spiritual director, Abby Michaleski, who – for Temple Beth El – has truly been a gift from God. Abby is a gifted communicator and to watch her conduct one of her wonderful ecumenical services, is a sight to behold. If you’ve never had an opportunity to see Abby for yourself, may I suggest that there’s not a better time than during the upcoming High Holy Days.
There will be no need to purchase tickets to attend, as the doors to our sanctuary will be open to you and yours. All that is required to participate in High Holy Days services, is your presence. We always enjoy meeting new friends. Hopefully, we can add you to our ever-expanding list.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish you and your family a year brimming with abundant amounts of peace, love, health, happiness – and much nachas, too.
Please remember that love is the answer – as only love can conquer hate. So, let us all live and be well!
Warmest personal regards,