We have been blessed over the last few weeks to celebrate B’nai Mitzvah with one of the largest classes ever in TBA history. These remarkable young people will be celebrating this transition with us on virtually every weekend through June and July. Please join us on a Friday night to meet them and join us in this community simcha.
This month you should be proud, as the tradition of raising dynamic leaders at TBA continues. With the next generation of trustees, supported by those who have been involved since the beginning, TBA is an influential force in Santa Clarita and indeed throughout Southern California. Each individual has a spark lit or nurtured by the work we do as a kehilla kadosha, a holy community. At Temple Beth Ami we work to instill that feeling in every person who walks into our shul or comes in contact with our people. We welcome the new leaders and board members led by our president Lori Litel. 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. We hope that each of you reading this will find a way to give back this year through TBA– by engaging in an activity that you haven’t participated in before, by bringing your own friends in for the first time, and simply by continuing to support our shul with your energy and economic means.
Shavuot, our next major festival, begins Saturday night June 8th. In ancient times, the Jewish people made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem three times a year to mark pivotal moments in the agricultural cycle. Shavuot became identified with the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. It has long been a custom to inaugurate a Jewish child's education at Shavuot. In many contemporary American Jewish communities, confirmations and graduations take place at this time.
For 18 years our community has revitalized an ancient tradition, Tikun Leyl Shavuot, by celebrating Shavuot with the study of our sacred texts. Temple Beth Ami and Congregation Beth Shalom have taken turns hosting an evening of dessert and study on Erev Shavuot. This year we will be hosting the Shavuot Study Session at Temple Beth Ami, Saturday evening, June 8th, beginning at 7:00 PM. The subject this year, Creating a Legacy: Using centuries of Jewish wisdom to help create a meaningful future for those we love and the world around us. We look forward to your participation in this program, a celebration of Jewish learning and community connection.
On June 15th we’ll be having our first Havdalah of the season in the park at Valencia Meadows, 25671 Fedala Rd., Valencia. Bring a potluck dinner to enjoy starting at 7 PM. If you can’t make it, don’t worry we will be having a Shabbat in the Park on July 5th at 7 PM, and our tradition of Beach Havdalah continues on August 8th at Marina Park in Ventura.
Wherever your travels take you this summer we wish you blessings of safety and enjoyment. A special congratulations to all of our high school and college graduates, may all of you be blessed on your next journey as well.