Kiddush at a Crossroads

Kiddush Crossroad 1.2Ḥaverim,
We do indeed find ourselves at a crossroads – we are at a point where we need to reinvent how we organize and pay for our regular kiddushim, i.e., those which are unsponsored or non-catered. Continue reading Kiddush at a Crossroads


Todah for the honour

Another texting pictureTo our dear congregants,

RaeAnn and I thank you for the great “Surprise Kiddush”. We felt incredibly appreciated and supported. When RaeAnn mentioned the Kiddush to our dear friend Rabbi Tsafi Lev, whom many will remember from his scholar-in-residence visit last year, Tsafi was blown away commenting that being a congregational rabbi is supposed to be a thankless job. He remarked that not many rabbis and congregations have the kind of relationship based on care, mutuality and ḥesed that we at Emanu-El share.

Our congregation has come through a difficult time – in the world and in the life of our congregation. We held on to each other. We showed the courage, kindness, caring and supportiveness that reflects a balanced and spiritually connected life. RaeAnn and I are thankful and super glad that our congregation does not take these things for granted  and that all work together to cultivate the positive.

With huge thanks, Rabbi Harry and RaeAnn Brechner.