Synchronize Your Watches



As Old Doc Brown told Marty McFly when he went Back to the Future, if we’re going to do this thing, we have to synchronize our watches. Literally.


Though it can be very convenient for me to send an email when it's good for me, and have you respond when it's convenient for you, community is built when real people are in the same place at the same time, talking and kibitzing.


Sometimes, things like storms get us all on the same schedule, but in general, it's hard, because you’re free on Thursday, but that’s when my kid has piano lessons, and I’m free on Sunday afternoon, but you are going to visit your grandkids in Brooklyn then, so it doesn’t look like we can get together now. Maybe let’s try again next month?


Shabbat has always been the center of Jewish time and community; Ahad Ha’am famously taught that “More than the Jews have kept the Sabbath, the Sabbath has kept the Jews.”


So for the next few weeks, we’re going to be putting Friday nights, when we welcome the Shabbas Queen, at the center of our community schedule. We hope that everyone will come together for eating, singing and community, and to help that happen, we’ve got a full range of programs on Fridays, starting this Friday, November 3rd.  


Pre Game

  • From 4:00 - 6:00 PM, MASA will meet for kids in grades 3-7. If you are not currently enrolled in MASA and would like to take part, please be in touch with Director of Education, Ashley Baker.

  • From 5:15 - 6:00 PM, kids aged 3-4 are welcome to join our MASAela program, with song and dance led by Bekah Starr. Registration is required for this program.

  • From 5:15 - 6:00 PM, kids aged 5-7 years old are welcome to join Rabbi Brent for snacks and stories in his office.



  • From 6:00 - 700 PM, Everyone (no exceptions!) is welcome to join us for a vegetarian potluck dinner. If you can’t cook at home, grab something around the corner at Ellas Bellas, pick up a pizza, or just show up! Also, if you would like to come and cook in our vegetarian kitchen on Friday, that would be wonderful!


  • From 7:00 - 7:30 PM, I’ll be teaching adults (this week we’ll be looking at the Zohar on the binding of Isaac)



  • From 7:30 - 8:30 PM, all are welcome for davvening - kids and adults alike.


In our community Vision Statement, we say “Judaism is a pool of living waters in which to swim, not a precious, fragile heirloom we're afraid of breaking.” and this is a ten-week experiment very much in that spirit. It is a safe bet that this effort will generate unintended challenges and perhaps unintended blessings as well. We’ll come together in January (tentatively January 4th) to see what worked, what didn’t and how we want to move forward.


I look forward to learning, celebrating and growing with you!