Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Every year at the end of our Passover Seders we Jews famously declare, “Next year in Jerusalem!” For countless centuries this prayer expressed our people’s yearning to return to Zion from exile in the diaspora. Today, we live in an age of which our ancestors only dreamed. We Jews have returned to Zion. Our people is no longer in exile. Israel is not a dream but a modern, dynamic, fascinating country, a fulfillment of that age-old Passover prayer and then some.
So, what does it mean to us today when we declare at the end of our Seders, “Next year in Jerusalem?” What will it mean this year to you? May I suggest an answer? Fulfill the age-old dream of every Jew by joining our Temple Sinai inter-generational, congregational trip to Israel at the end of this December. Fulfill your personal dream of seeing our ancient homeland, which is now also the modern, vibrant center of Jewish life. Don’t wait for the messiah! Don’t wait ‘till next year. Join me December 20 – 31, 2014(which actually will be next year on the Jewish calendar) and make you, your family’s and our people’s dreams come true.
A meeting for all those who may be interested in joining us on our grand adventure will be held this Sunday, March 23 at 1:00 p.m. Details about the trip, including registration, itinerary, accommodations, costs, bar/bat mitzvah celebration, etc. will be discussed. Please let Ronni Zlotnick, the chairperson of the trip, know if you will be attending the meeting: firstname.lastname@example.org. (If you are interested in the trip but cannot attend Sunday’s meeting, please contact her as well.)
All the best for a happy and healthy Passover season,
p.s. Don’t miss this Friday night’s service at 7:30, led by Temple Sinai’s Sisterhood, when Shira Pruce of Women of the Wall, will be speaking about the controversy in Israel surrounding women’s prayer groups at the Western Wall.