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Back for Sabbatical

08/01/2016 11:54:43 AM



It is wonderful to be back at Bnai Keshet and to be welcomed with the warm embrace of our community! I feel such good fortune to be a part of this community and to serve as your rabbi. I want to begin by offering my deep gratitude to everyone who stepped up while I was on sabbatical and, in particular, Rabbi Ariann. I know that my sabbath from normal responsibilities meant more service for many. It is a testament to the strength of our community, volunteer leadership, and staff, that I can dedicate myself for several months to study outside the synagogue and that life within our synagogue can continue to thrive.

Many have asked what my sabbatical was like. The answer is: productive and meaningful. Sabbatical allows for time to do the important, sustaining work we all long for, but rarely carve out space for, both professionally and personally. My primary areas of focus were liturgy, music and, of course, my family. With these and other endeavors during this time, I tried to work on things that would continue to sustain and transform my service as your rabbi well after the sabbatical.

With Rosh Hashanah 5777 on the horizon, I am eager to continue our work together strengthening our community and doing our part to strengthen Judaism. I am so glad that as a rabbi I get to do the work of building our Jewish community and our Jewish future together with you.

I can’t wait to catch up with all of you personally.

With love and gratitude,

Rabbi Elliott

Sat, June 15 2024 9 Sivan 5784