January 2023

Happy Secular New Year!   As each new year begins, and they seem to be coming faster and faster, I ask myself the following questions: What were the highlights?  Were there “moments of awe”?  Did I spend enough time with family and friends? Did I make time for the things I wanted to do for myself?  Sometimes I can answer the questions with a hearty yes, and sometimes there is the occasional no. To the no’s, I want to remind myself to be mindful in the upcoming new year and take time for those things that I didn’t do this year. However, the year goes by like the Starship Enterprise going into warp drive.  It starts out slow, stretches out into the warp, shoots by in a flash, and then comes to stop.  I’m always in shock at how fast the year goes by.  Life is beautiful and we are only here for a short time.  Roy Bennett said, “Don’t waste your time in anger, regrets, worries, or grudges.  Life is too short to be unhappy.”  Life is too short to let it pass you by.  Do the things you want to do, and see the things you’d love to see.  Spread love and kindness over family, friends, and people you meet along the way.  In this new year of 2023, may we remember to keep our eyes open to the beauty that surrounds us, our ears open to the melodies of nature, and hearts open to loving and helping those around us, as we work towards living our best life.

There is still room for you to be a part of Cabaret!  Step out of your comfort zone, sing, dance, play a song on your favorite instrument, or maybe read poetry or a short story! Cabaret is an evening of fun entertainment with friends as we raise money for the Essential Services Fund.  If you are interested in being a part of our Cabaret fundraiser, please contact Armi Rowe or me.  Keep an eye open for more information!

Barbara Senges and I will be working together again to bring some light and fun into your homes with Havdalah and games.  Please join us Saturday evenings, January 7-28, at 6:30 p.m.  Bring your hot chocolate and marshmallows and enjoy an hour on Zoom with friends.

Thank you to Jeff Elkin, who will be chanting January 13, and Eileen Schapiro for chanting on January 20.
If you are interested in chanting Torah, please send me an email.