September 17, 2020
Shana Tovah to everyone:
On Rosh HaShanah, (The Jewish New Year) we say “Shanah tovah um’tukah,” which means “May you have a good and sweet new year.” The greeting can be shortened to “Shanah tovah” (“A good year”). The more formal expression is “L’shanah tovah tikateivu v’teichateimu”, which means “A good year, and may you be inscribed and sealed (for blessing in the Book of Life).”
Rosh Hashanah, which starts tomorrow evening, is a time of hope, introspection, and new beginnings both physically and spiritually. It is when we think about all that we have done, and all that we continue to do for the people in our lives—in our homes, in our JCC, in our communities, and for the land and people of Israel. It is when we rededicate ourselves to our purpose and mission as we strive to be a light unto others.
We have all had quite a year. Who would have thought a year ago we would be in the middle of a global pandemic? But here we are, a year later, on the eve of celebrating another New Year. This year though, our local Temples & Synagogues are having virtual services online.
“New beginnings bring…opportunity. New beginnings bring…hope and excitement. Rosh Hashanah 2020 is different. The whole world is different. And this year, we face [many] challenges. But we are all in this together. May you all have a year of good health and happiness.
Chief Executive Officer