I hope this message finds everyone well and grateful for all that we have especially in light of recent tragic events in Pittsburgh. I would like to remind and encourage all of you to hopefully attend several events that will be taking place at our synagogue which will involve outside guests.
The AJC and Jewish Federations have declared tomorrow and Saturday a “Solidarity Shabbat” and encourage us all to attend services in order to take a stand together as a community. In addition, we have interfaith events scheduled this weekend and into November:
On Friday night, November 2 at 5:00pm, we will welcome some of the youth from the First Church in Sterling to continue their study of Judaism through a discussion with us, followed by Kabbalat Shabbat at 6:00pm. It would be delightful to have the families of Congregation Agudat Achim participate. Please make every effort to attend and represent our community.
Then on Sunday, November 4 from 12:00-2:00, a group of Christian and Muslim students will visit our synagogue and Rabbi Zehavi will lead a program introducing them to Judaism. I hope you can attend and participate to help welcome them and take part in the program.
Finally, Congregation Agudat Achim received an offer from several local clergy to move the interfaith Thanksgiving service from the Congregational Church of Christ to our synagogue as a demonstration of solidarity in light of the Pittsburgh attack. The event is still scheduled for Sunday, November 18 at 3:30 pm but now will take place at Congregation Agudat Achim. I told Rabbi Zehavi this is a very gracious offer and we’d be delighted to host it. I hope that you are able to attend this service as well that we will now host.
I wish you and your family a very happy and safe rest of the week.