"What's a Synagogue For?"
A synagogue is a beacon of Judaism in the community.
A synagogue is a reflection of your values, hopes, aspirations.
A synagogue is a place for Jews to gather for prayer,
mutual support, celebration and comfort.
A synagogue is a place to enrich your life, challenge
your assumptions and "discomfort the comfortable."
A synagogue is a place for Jews "to Kiddush,"
to sanctify and socialize together.
A synagogue is a place to learn, grow and reach higher
- for each generation.
A synagogue is a place to remember family, friends,
mentors and moments.
A synagogue is a vehicle to highten your sensitivities,
encourage your commitments and expand your horizons.
A synagogue is a place to create memories
and remember creation.
A synagogue is a place to face the One
who is called HaMakom, "The Place."
I hope you will uphold these ideals and add your own thoughts
as to what a Synagogue, namely Temple Shalom, means to you.
I would enjoy hearing your responses.
As we embark upon 5775, I wish you and those you hold dear
a wonderfully sweet year, filled with love, health and prosperity.
May you have a year filled with Torah study, Prayer, Mitzvot,
Acts of Tzedakah and Deeds of Loving Kindness.
Rabbi Marc S. Jagolinzer