Shofar Sept Oct 2016 – Thirty Days Hath September

Thirty Days Hath September…

By Stephanie Green and Karen Ehrenberg, Co-Presidents

We can’t believe it is already September! How quickly the days fly by – even when it is 90° with a real feel of 103° – when you are energized, working toward, and anticipating a great year at Temple Har Shalom. So, what are we most excited about? You.

The only reason our home and our community thrives is because of you. We, and the entire Board of Trustees, along with clergy and staff, are happy, humbled, and so very grateful that you have chosen to worship, learn, work, share, support and socialize alongside with us, and our communal partners as we strive to strengthen the Jewish community here, in New Jersey, in Israel and around the world.

So, if you are the best part of September, how can we reconnect?  

Commemorate and Learn. Sunday, September 11th is the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Join us for Kabbalat Shabbat, Friday evening, September 9th at 7:30pm as we are honored to welcome Jill and Jamie Pila to the bimah as we reflect and remember this painful anniversary. On Sunday, 9/11 at 9:30am THS and JNF (Jewish National Fund) jointly host “The Impact & Consequences of 9/11 on Presidential Politics, America and Israel” with Rebecca Shimoni Stoil, Washington correspondent of the Times of Israel and Avbnet Kleiner, a member of the IDF at the time of 9/11. Of course breakfast will be served!

Educate and grow. September means we welcome back our Mountain Top (9/8) and Religious School (9/11) students allowing them to catch-up with friends they may not have seen since May! Our youth groups, Club Yeladim, Giv’aot and HSTY all have events scheduled in September too! So – if the kids are getting together, so should the parents! Dropping off. Picking up. Arrange to meet while the kids are engaged in community. 

Rejoice and fulfill. We can reconnect through celebration too! We invite you to celebrate four B’Nai Mitzvot in September and join us for Selichot services, September 24th, as we prepare for the arrival of Yamim Noraim, the Days of Awe, beginning with erev Rosh Hashanah services Sunday evening, October 2nd at 5:30pm.

Information on all of this and more will be communicated through our weekly newsletter In the Coming Weeks, or ICTW, and through special mailings. We ask that you pay close attention to each e-mail as it is our primary means of communication, aside from our web site. High Holy Day information, security information, and more will be sent electronically and it is important that you stay informed. 

We welcome our new staff, our returning teachers and each of you. Please reach out to us volunteering your time, your ideas, your feedback and your support – it is appreciated so very much.

See you soon. Shalom Aleichem.