OUR point of view is this: We believe that spirituality is defined individually, not universally. That money should never be a barrier to participation, but rather a personal expression of community. It’s a simple proposition. We didn’t invent it, we just believe it!
FINDING COMMUNITY THROUGH WORKING TOGETHER
For the last few weeks, the Torah has been giving lots of instructions about how to build the Mishkan—the Tabernacle. The Mishkan was the portable Sanctuary that traveled with the Israelites throughout the desert.
Here’s what’s interesting. The previous Torah portions were the just the directions. It’s as if the Israelites were given the Ikea manual, but not the actual parts. Now, in parashat Vayekhel, the whole thing comes together: we have the instruction booklet and the parts, and we begin assembling.
To do this, Moses assembles the entire community together. In fact, the word Vayekhel literally means “gather together.” Moses could not build the Mishkan on his own, but needed the participation of the entire people. The community participated in two ways. First, they brought all the materials, from their own possessions, to help to create the Mishkan. Generously, they brought skins, wool, special woods, precious metals and stones. They gave freely, from their own hearts. Secondly, master craftsmen were gathered from amongst the tribes to create the Mishkan. They were endowed with skills to accomplish the specialized tasks required to complete the Tabernacle.
Before the Mishkan was created, the Israelites were struggling. They were complaining, and often rebelled against Moses and God, even creating the Golden Calf. When God sent Moses down the Mountain, the Torah says the people were peruah, meaning “wild, disorderly, chaotic, unruly, tumultuous.” Moses “saw that the people were running wild and that Aaron had let them get out of control and so become a laughingstock to their enemies.” This was not a community. This was not a people.
With the building of the Mishkan, the Israelites become not peruah, but a kehillah – a community. By bringing their generosity, their hearts, and their skills to creating sacred space in the desert, they not only found spirituality, they found themselves, and their sense of community.
~ Rabbi Allison Vann
How to Say “Yes, and” to Inclusion
We are so proud of the work that Rabbi Nyer continues to do to make inclusion a central component of our educational strategy. Congratulations Rabbi Nyer on the publication of your article “How to Say ‘Yes, and’” on the Union for Reform Judaism blog!
Wednesday, March 29, at 7 pm | Executive Committee meeting Gries Library
Friday, March 31, at 6 pm | Kabbalat Shabbat Services | Livestream
Saturday, April 1, at 9:15 am | Torah Study Gries Library
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Monday, April 3, at 7 pm | Board of Trustees meeting
Tuesday, April 4, at 6:30 pm | Adult B’nai Mitzvah class
Wednesday, April 5, at 5:30 pm | Kol Nashim Women’s Seder
Thursday, April 6, at 5:30 pm | Tikkun Olam Committee meeting
Friday, April 7, at 6 pm | Kabbalat Shabbat Services with Torah reading and Kolot Kol Ami | Livestream
Saturday, April 8, at 9:15 am | Torah Study Gries Library
Sunday, April 9, at 10 am | Menchkins at Talespinners Children’s Theatre
Monday, April 10 | Passover Begins at Sundown – FIRST SEDER
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Thursday, April 13, at 7 pm | Music Taskforce meeting Gries Library
Friday, April 14, at 6 pm | Kabbalat Shabbat Services | Livestream
Saturday, April 15, at 9:15 am | Torah Study Gries Library
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Monday, April 17 | PASSOVER ENDS AT SUNDOWN
Tuesday, April 18, at 6:30 pm | Adult B’nai Mitzvah class
Wednesday, April 19, at Noon | Vintage Film Festival – Monuments Men
Thursday, April 20, at 7 pm | Solomon’s Circle Our Tent sample session
Friday, April 21, at 6 pm | Kabbalat Shabbat Services | Livestream
Friday, April 21, at 6 pm | Come Grow With Me! Shabbat
Saturday, April 22, at 9:15 am | Torah Study Gries Library
Sunday, April 23 | YOM HASHOAH (Holocaust Remembrance Day)
Sunday, April 23, at 9:30 am | Mitzvah Day
Monday, April 24, at 9 am | Case Book Discussion Day
Wednesday, April 26, at 7 pm | Executive Committee meeting
Friday, April 28, at 6 pm | Kabbalat Shabbat Services | Livestream
Friday, April 28, at 7:15 pm | Congregational Dinner with Our Tent sample session
Saturday, April 29, at 9:15 am | Torah Study Gries Library
Saturday, April 29, at 6 pm | Parents’ Night Out
Sunday, April 30, at 9:30 am | Religious School Families’ Our Tent sample session
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