The Season of Our Joy
With Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur behind us, our attention now turns to zma’an simchateynu — the season of our joy. Joy, of course, takes real work, and maintaining this Jewish Center is an enormous joy coupled with a lot of work for everyone involved.
Without the Board of Trustees and Synagogue Officers, the many and various Committee members, and Chairs, the office staff and Edith, the custodial staff and Anderson, and without our beloved clergy, this would really be a difficult place to find joy in.
It is with our friends and colleagues at EMJC, that we plan events, attend lectures and movies, daven and pray at daily and Shabbat minyans, listen to Torah, and learn what it means to be Jewish in Brooklyn, USA in the 21st Century.
We raise our children in this community and teach them the joy of being Jewish. We tend to the elderly in our community, and share the joys of being Jewish. We say bruchas over mitzvot together, bless the Sabbath and holidays, enjoy simchas together, and kvell at each others’ blessings and good fortune. We tend to each other’s tragedies and shortcomings, wish each other good health, visit the sick, and are present when our friends mourn, and say Kaddish. We say amen together.
Summer is really over, yet, we are joyous. Our lives together are joyous, and we’re thankful for all of the blessings that the East Midwood Jewish Center has offered us. Primarily, we are thankful for the blessing of Community.
Our joy is in working to ensure that EMJC thrives on a solid footing and will be here for many tomorrows, as it is for us, today.
Larry Isaacson & Michael Sucher