Following our winter respite, we're all back to the grind of work and school. Meanwhile, your synagogue is vibrant with activity.
On Monday, January 26 we had our first in a series of workshops on the Myths of Estate Planning. Martha Stulman, attorney and sister of our very own John Stulman, is offering this free series to inform and educate. The series will continue on the last Monday of each month for next few months and it's open to the public.
On Saturday, January 31, Men's Club organized another Family Bowling Night. Other Men's Club events coming up are Monthly Poker, Feb 22, and the TBA Annual Golf Tourney on March 8. And don't forget to join your President for Lox and Bagels on Sunday, Feb 22 at 10am. On the Sisterhood side of things, the annual Women's Retreat is this first weekend of February. And, of course, planning is well under way for the Purim Carnival.
Our regular weekly events continue with Tuesday Torah Study, Wednesday Adult Education, and Friday night services with Rabbi Mark and Cantor Kenny. And I'm sure there will be plenty of discussion about this past week's Torah portion, B'shalach.
B'shalach is an interesting portion which portrays what I like to refer to as the Yin and Yan of being human. On the one hand, the Jewish people rejoice their escape from Egypt with Shirat HaYam, the "Song at the Sea". On the other hand, they grumble about how they will survive in the desert. G_d, of course provides mannah, but then they complain about the lack of water. It's this cycle of happiness and gratitude, counterbalanced by ongoing fear and anxiety that, to a large extent, characterizes the 40 years of wandering in the Sinai.
B'shalach reminds me that the TBA community is here to share both the peaks and valleys of life with its members. On the one hand, we provide a variety of events and activities to peak your interest and enthusiasm, as well as provide for educational and social outlets for all ages. On the other hand, we're also here to support our community members when they need us. In that spirit, we've created a new position on the Board called the Mitzvah Trustee, who will work closely with the Rabbi to ensure that we're meeting the needs of congregants who need some extra support.
With that, please continue to participate, donate, organize, and assist! We need you! Shabbat Shalom!