I want to share with you plans for this weekend. Along with congregations throughout the country we are opening our doors to the community and asking people to #ShowUpForShabbat. Please bring your friends and neighbors to worship as one as we draw strength and comfort from one another and welcome our Scholar in Residence, Rabbi Dr. Samuel Joseph (click here for more information) on this Solidarity Shabbat.
Danny Glassman has been in conversation all week with law enforcement and security experts. We have reviewed and upgraded our security with a keen eye towards balancing safety and security with our warm and welcoming approach. We will continue to evaluate and adjust. On the advice of the experts, we will have uniformed police officers at the building throughout Shabbat and on Sunday morning. We feel that this is a sad but necessary step at this time. You can click here for a resource to help talk to children about the attack and anti-Semitism. And, as always, you can call Danny with any questions about our plans.
I want to close with the beautiful lyrics of a song dedicated to the memories of the 11 victims from the Tree of Life Synagogue which we will include as part of our worship on Friday night.
“The Tree of Life” Nefesh Mountian
(Eric Lindberg and Doni Zasloff)
O sweet spirit
Hear my prayer
Help these words
Heal someone, out there
I am but a voice
Just a cry in the air
But I sing nonetheless
Through this pain we share
O sweet friends
Come and dry your eyes
And hold each other
By this tree of life
I am angry, and I am tired
Of this great divide
But I sing nonetheless
With love on our side
O sweet souls
Who feel broken now
We’ll heal together
Time and again
We have been let down
But we sing nonetheless
Still whole and still proud
I look forward to being with all of you Friday night.
Rabbi Paul F. Cohen, D.Min, D.D.
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