Neighbors, friends, visitors – a special and warm welcome to Tamid!
I am excited to announce that I am starting a new synagogue in Westchester and I want to invite you to be a founding member. 12 years ago, when Limor and I came to New Rochelle, we found that Westchester was an incredible place to raise a family and where I could make a positive impact as a rabbi.
We still feel the same today. And that is why I am proud to share that we are creating a new community called Tamid – for you, who feel the same, and who want to help start something new.
Some of you may have already heard of Tamid, The Downtown Synagogue in New York City. Some years ago, I worked with Tamid to bring Jewish programs and community to 20s and 30s who grew up in Westchester, but now live in the city. It was exciting, fresh, and uplifting. Tamid NYC has captured the best of 21st Century Synagogue for people of all ages, no wonder they are the fastest growing synagogue community in NYC.
Today, with the blessing of Tamid NYC, I am honored to bring Tamid to Westchester for us to build together. We are going to create Tamid with you as the focus: your needs, the needs of your children and grandchildren, and that of the community as a whole.
It all starts this month and the throughout the summer with friendly gatherings and community building, leading into the fall with the High Holidays and the launch of our Hebrew School. Tamid will have the best programming for children and teens, college students, adults and families, empty nesters, and seniors.
Tamid Westchester will be a synagogue for all who seek a warm, open community, to celebrate new births, bar/bat mitzvah, and weddings. And also, to honor moments of pain and grief, illness and passing.
Early in my career, I had the privilege of serving a small neighborhood synagogue, where I was as likely to be sitting at a community member’s table having coffee as I was to be in the synagogue. I got to be both rabbi and friend, confidant and teacher. Simply put, I was the neighborhood rabbi. I am that neighbor and that rabbi and Tamid Westchester is where I look forward to being together with you for years to come.
To launch this new community, Limor and I would like to invite you to our home on Friday, July 30th, at 6pm, for our first gathering outdoors – filled with fabulous music, good company, and dinner. We have three or four events on the calendar this summer which are posted on this website, with more to come. Let me know which you can attend and invite friends and neighbors, Tamid’s doors are open to all.
Starting in the Fall, we will meet for Hebrew School, Shabbat, and High Holy Days at Generations Meeting House at 592 Main Street in New Rochelle. More information on all that is coming soon. For now, bookmark our website, www.tamidwestchester.org and follow us on Facebook. Please share this email widely and be in touch with me directly at my new e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
Just two days ago, Jews around the world commemorated Tisha B’Av, the anniversary of the Roman sacking of Jerusalem and the fall of the Ancient Temple. Since that time, Jews in every generation have had to create community that suited the shifting needs of their day. It’s our eternal quality.
Tamid is Hebrew for eternal, like the ner tamid, the eternal light.
Now, what is eternal about Judaism – our faith, traditions, and community – burns within us whenever we gather together in Jewish ways, new and old. And so, I invite you to join me in this ancient Jewish custom of creating a new community that we will be proud of, Tamid, eternally. I look forward to seeing you very soon.