As Beth Shalom offers more in-person options for Services and meetings, I feel the need to emphasize that safety and caring for one another is a top priority.

For safety, we all know that masks and social distancing by unvaccinated teens and adults is important. We also know that some teens and adults can’t wear masks for health reasons, so social distancing may be the only available safety precaution. 

But what I’d really like to talk about today is the importance of coming together, in-person, as a sacred community. I share with you a reading from George Odell that reminds us of the power of sacred community: 

“We need one another when we mourn and would be comforted.

We need one another when we are in trouble and afraid.

We need one another when we are in despair, in temptation, and need to be recalled to our best selves again.

We need one another when we would accomplish some great  purpose and cannot do it alone.

We need one another in the hour of success, when we look for  someone to share our triumphs.

We need one another in the hour of defeat, when with encouragement we might endure and stand again.

We need one another when we come to die, and would have gentle hands prepare us for the journey.

All our lives, we are in need, and others are in need of us. We live best when we bring to one another our understanding, our solace.” 

This is the power of sacred relationships… this is the power of sacred community. Anyone who knows me, knows that creating, nurturing, and sustaining community is one of my mantras — one of my top priorities– as a Rabbi…as a Jew.

Let us all turn our energies to rebuilding our sacred community at Beth Shalom.

Kol Tuv ~ Rabbi Teri