We celebrated our Adult B’nai Mitzvah with five amazing women who made all of us proud and inspired us to never let the challenges of social distancing keep us from feeling the warmth of community.
At our virtual General Meeting in June we outlined our plans for the future, and since then we have purchased and are now in the process of installing cameras and sound system to allow for professional recording of our programs from TBA. I want to thank everyone who has participated and lent their energy to making this a wonderful community and congratulate those taking on the mantle of leadership. You should be proud that the tradition of dynamic leaders at TBA continues. With our new trustees, supported by those who have been involved since the beginning, TBA is an influential force in Santa Clarita, throughout Southern California and now on a national level.
We are committed as a congregation to continue reaching out. We know there are literally thousands of Jews in the Santa Clarita Valley who remain unaffiliated and unconnected to our community. We need your help in bringing people in. We need to be placed in contact with them, and you can help by making sure that people you know are on our mailing and e-mail list or are following us on social media like Facebook. It seems such a small thing, but it can be so powerful. In my 20 years as rabbi I have seen so many individuals become important connectors and conduits, changing lives, in some cases saving lives by providing holy connections.
Temple Beth Ami’s strength has been made possible through the hard work of so many of our congregants; board members, volunteers, parents and students, people of all ages, members of our community for years and recent arrivals. As we introduced our new sustainable model of membership last year, we have a system in place now which enables even those with uncertain economic situations a way of being an integral part of our community.
The road ahead is challenging and exciting, but with all of our continued commitment, we will assuredly have much to be proud of this time next year. We are working hard at making the High Holidays an experience that is spiritual, meaningful and memorable.
Let’s take the steps necessary to protect ourselves and others, and let’s make the most of the summer as we do our part together to prepare to enter the New Year!