Just before Rosh Hashanah Adath Jeshurun Congregation received a beautiful note from faith leaders in Minnetonka.
It began, " As you prepare to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, we offer our love and prayers to your community of faith."
Read the full text HERE
A Gift Strengthening Community
Adath is deeply grateful to an anonymous family for donating $250,000 to expand our innovative engagement model with young families as well as young adults through Makom. It provides startup capital and builds on the success of relationships that are growing inside and outside the walls of the synagogue.
Showing Support and Solidarity
By Andrea Potashnick
Written Tuesday, August 8
I'm sure many of you are aware of the bombing at Al Farooq Islamic Center in Bloomington over the weekend. On Friday morning I will be dropping off flowers and a handwritten letter from my family. I thought more people from our community might be interested in doing the same as a show of support and solidarity. These can be notes that you write yourself, or perhaps along with your kids if you'd like.
By Rabbi Aaron Weininger
My brother, sister, and I learned melodies in junior congregation we still sing today. We ran through the synagogue’s hallways after our teen congregation deli lunch and when we got tired running the maze, we went to somebody’s house to hang out, play chess, or toss a ball in the park.
This exact experience doesn’t need to be the reality for everyone, but it makes me wonder what it takes for a community to feel this way. Judaism is not a performance for some to produce; it’s a home for all to build. One of the challenges in synagogue life is for families to feel that kind of ownership of Judaism, an authenticity and comfort to be at home in an ancient tradition, as their full selves. Many synagogues respond to that challenge with programs that reinforce a producer/consumer mindset. Staff produces a program. Congregants consume it. Repeat.
To read the rest of Rabbi Weininger's essay go to TC Jewfolk
by Natalie Zamansky
Playdates are not easy to squeeze into our busy schedule and they're even harder to prioritize when I don't know the child’s parents. But, for the past several weeks, our daughter, Mia (age 6), has been asking for a playdate with her friend Nahla from school. I don't know Nahla well, and I don’t know her mother at all, which has been part of the barrier for making plans.
Adath clergy, staff and congregants share