I know this summer is going to be a different one. Not only our TRT family becomes familiar with new clergy, but we also are required to mitigate the risks of the COVID-19 pandemic. We created a special taskforce to plan thoroughly the use of the building for education, worship, and other programs while addressing the wellbeing of our members, clergy, and staff.
We not only are saying a meaningful goodbye to Rabbi Weber and Rabbi Stern in our drive-bye and our upcoming virtual gala, but also, we now have created a new space for connection and spiritual growth. Like a painter standing in front of a blank canvas, we get to be creative, empathetic, and innovative.
I am excited to welcome our new clergy as it marks a new chapter in our congregation’s life. And we get to write it! Rabbi Disick and Cantor Levine have already started to work with us on RE-imagining the High Holidays. And their enthusiasm is contagious.
In past summers you would have probably received your High Holiday booklet by now. I want you to know that due to the pandemic, we must take a different look at how to provide a meaningful experience, given the challenges. It requires a new kind of professional talents. This is not going to be just another Zoom meeting, which I value a lot as a tool to run our regular programs and meetings. Some of you may ask: aren’t we saving a lot by not doing HHD services at the High school? In a way, we don’t need to pay for the physical venue. However, understand that all of us are interested in a quality experience, and to pull that one together, we will hire professionals to assist in preparation and the production of these events. Ultimately, the High Holy Days are a high point in Jewish life, and we value that. You can expect to see the HHD booklet mid-summer.
Our Congregational meeting took place on June 22 on Zoom, were our slate of the Board, next year’s budget and Bylaws amendment were voted and approved. It was great to see many of you in attendance. That demonstrate how resilient we are as a community. Your input and feedback are always encouraged, and this meeting is one of many touch points, that I hope you take advantage of.
Throughout the summer, we will continue our programs: from services (6:30 PM on Fridays, 10 AM on Saturday), through Mindfulness sessions, Book clubs, and more. As this is the beginning of a new fiscal year, you have a new chance to participate in our calendar raffle (four winners are drawn every month starting July 22). Check out trt.org/raffle for details.
As an interim Rabbi, Rabbi Disick will start to have zoom Parlor meetings, to meet you and listen to you. We expect these meetings to continue through the fall. Invitations will be sent, a group at a time, and if you want to connect sooner, please reach out to Karen, our clergy administrator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are not zoom savvy, but do have access to a PC, we can help you by setting one-on-one training. Please contact Karen.
Please join our Welcome service for our new clergy on Friday, July 3rd at 6:30pm at trt.org/Friday