Today is January 20, 2020 -
Temple Shalom is proud to have been among the first cohort of congregations to adopt Mishkan HaNefesh, the new Mahzor (Holy Day Prayerbook) of the Reform movement, published in 2015. Mishkan HaNefesh makes strides towards creating a space for all worshippers to inhabit. Through updated translations, elucidating essays, rich commentary, and a beautiful selection of poetry, Mishkan HaNefesh provides an environment for those of all backgrounds to find meaning in the High Holy Days. The addition of English transliteration for all the Hebrew prayers ensures a sense of inclusion that is central to Temple Shalom’s values.
Mishkan HaNefesh has been years in the making, and Temple Shalom joined congregations across North America in piloting this new and engaging liturgy. And since its publication we have made it our own, adapting its new directions to our cherished traditions, such as bringing our children into the Sanctuary for the Shofar calls on Rosh Hashanah and making available a full day of worship and reflection for our adults on Yom Kippur.
Our High Holy Days Appeal directly impacts Temple Shalom’s ability to keep our promise that we will never turn away any family due to financial constraints.
Judaism is under attack globally and anti-semitism on the rise, even in modern, democratic countries such as our own. One powerful thing we can do to impact future generations of Jews is to make sure that every single family who wants to be connected to Temple Shalom, regardless of their financial ability, can be members of our congregation and religious school.
It is said that charity begins at home, and our Temple community needs your help. Last year we provided over $100,000 of dues assistance to nearly 250 Temple Shalom families. Your gift enriches our worship, sustains our programming, and most importantly, is an investment in the future of our community.
On behalf of our wonderful clergy, staff, teachers, and volunteers
thank you very much for your participation.