It’s so good to be sitting at my kitchen table with the sun shining outside. After a very blustery week in Yorkshire, I really appreciate the weather and the effect it has on all of us. It’s strange how, at this time of year, the weather always takes us by surprise. I have memories of my mother buying us winter dresses to wear to shul for the High Holy Days and it was invariably too warm to wear them and we complained bitterly!
In any case, this is a time of renewal and change. It’s a combination of reflection, anticipation of things to come and hopes for the year ahead. Within our community, we can reflect on a fantastic year with three admissions this Spring alone. Although we will miss Leah, we know that she is furthering her studies to enrich her understanding of her faith. She will come back a richer person and we await news of her blog to keep us in touch with her journey.
It is a credit to our community that members have stepped up to lead our High Holy Day services this year. Particular thanks goes to Kim and Philip who have put everything together for us. Many more people are contributing to our services this year as a result. And then at the end of this month, we’re delighted to welcome Gershon Silins who is very much looking forward to working with us. I’m personally very excited about his ideas to enhance and improve our community singing.
So exciting times lie ahead. We look forward to seeing you on Sunday night, September 8th for our opening Erev Rosh Hashanah service.