My Dear TRT family,
My first temple event for this month was in the desert. Seriously.
Some would say I experienced the wilderness like B’Nai Israel leaving Egypt. I have to chuckle here for a moment as this was in the midst of the transition of our clergy.
July 3rd was our Welcome service for Rabbi Disick and Cantor Levine; and here I was, in some SRA (State Recreation Area) in Nevada. At 3:30 p.m. PST, I logged into the Zoom App on my phone to connect with all of you here at the Northeast. Friday service had started. It felt surreal on the hills of unknown mountains, surrounded by deserts. Of course, I had sent a pre-recording of my welcome words to our clergy. Who knew I could even get a connection? And when Cantor Levine played her guitar, I got goosebumps. The melodies touched my heart while the desert breeze blew in my hair, and I knew that the physical distance was immaterial.
This experience summed it up for me – although we are not in the same physical space, the technology that has been implemented at TRT allows us to break through time and space and be connected as a strong community.
Truly, we are set up to accomplish just that during the High Holidays. The best of minds and talents are already in high gear to make the online experience a remarkable one, regardless of the platform. With this in mind, please complete the online registration at trt.org/HH so we know where best to send you a link.
Our partnership with our new clergy is taking shape as we plan TRT’s future. I invite you to take part in Rabbi Disick’s Parlor Meetings, to send me an email, or even ask for the link to our Board meetings or any of the committee meetings. Our leadership is accessible to you.
The pandemic evoked the cooperation of Jewish leaders at all levels including national URJ, regional Jewish Federation, and local council of temple Presidents. Through Zoom calls, we share experiences and discuss what works and what does not. We are all looking for ways to connect our members safely for these meaningful High Holidays. Virtual seems to be the solution for reform and conservative congregations across the nation.
With all that in mind I know we can all connect as a strong community moving forward.
Tmima Grinvald, Temple President