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Temple Tiferet Shalom is a warm and vibrant congregation based in the Reform Jewish tradition.  We are a welcoming and inclusive community of spirituality, comfort, and life-long learning to individuals and families.  We have a culture of engaging in Jewish life through prayer, study, celebration, and social action to make our world a better place. 

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A High Holy Day Message from our president

September 9, 2021

Chaverim:

To prepare for the High Holidays this year, I searched for inspirational quotes about Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur – quotes that opened my mind in a new way to the significance of the holiday. I shared some of those quotes in my greetings during the Rosh Hashanah services. For Yom Kippur, the resounding theme of virtually all the quotes I found was about giving full forgiveness. What I liked about this quote was it made me consider this more broadly:

Think of Yom Kippur as a lookout on the top of a mountain that you have been climbing all year. See your days and their moments spread out before you. Be willing to look now at the big picture of your life. Your ultimate goals. Your beliefs. See each person in your life as part of that picture. What lesson have they taught you even if you had to learn it through pain? What message is God sending you by putting this person in your life? ~

Author: Sara Debbie Gutfreund

It is my hope that you find the courage to give full forgiveness this season and that you find peace in your prayers on Yom Kippur.

I just wanted to take a few moments to highlight some Temple services and events in the coming week:

 

  • Shabbat Shuvah Service - Friday, September 10, 2021, at 7:30 PM

  • Religious School Starts! - Sunday, September 12, 2021, at 10:00 AM to Noon.  Parents, I hope you will choose to come into the Temple and stay for some engaging discussion.  Bagels and a shmear will be served for parents after Opening Day Tefillot.

  • Reverse Tashlich -Sunday, September 12, 2021 – 12:30 PM at Crystal Lake in W. Peabody Hosted by our Social Action Committee, please join environmentally conscious Jewish communities around the world in celebrating the new tradition of a Reverse Tashlich. Attendees will help to beautify the Crystal Lake area. Bring you work gloves – bags will be provided. For more information see, https://www.repairthesea.org/reverse-tashlich

  • Kol Nidre Wednesday, September 15, 2021 – 7:30 PM

      Our traditional Kol Nidre service this year will feature Concert Violinist          Rebecca Katsenes, in addition to our Cantorial Soloist Jonathan                    Goldblith, music by our Music Director, Bryna Toder Tabasky, and our          Temple Choir.

  • Yom Kippur – Thursday, September 16, 2021

8:30 AM - Morning Service in Sanctuary, Youth Service (for K-6 downstairs), Childcare (please RSVP)

10:45 AM – Yom Kippur Main Service

2:00 PM – Torah Study led by William Gordon (available on Zoom)

3:00 PM – Yizkor Service

3:45 PM – Mincha Service

5:30 PM – Neilah Service / Shofar Chorus

We had hoped to be able to enjoy the High Holidays without masks and COVID restrictions this year, but alas the Delta variant had something else in mind. So, please, let’s everyone work together to keep our

High Holidays as safe as possible. Below are the current TTS policies in place:

  • All people attending Temple services in person should be fully vaccinated or test negative for COVID within 72 hours prior to the service through PCR testing. The vaccination and testing policy will be enforced by an honor system. The TTS leadership trusts our community to do the right thing in caring for each other and therefore will not be asking for proof of vaccination or testing.

  • The only exception to the vaccination/testing requirement will be for children under the age of 12 who attend the 8:30 AM services on Yom Kippur. Everyone attending the later morning services on these days (including children under the age of 12) should follow the vaccination/testing policy described above.

  • Masks will be required for all persons (over the age of two) attending services. Masks should be worn over the mouth and nose. Bandanas and gaiters should not be worn as a mask. The Temple will have one-use surgical masks available for anyone who needs one at services.

  • To promote social distancing, the spacing between rows has been increased. We will also be requesting that at least two vacant seats separate family groups in a row.

  • We continue to strongly encourage everyone in our community to get fully vaccinated. We urge community members to seek medical advice from their trusted medical provider if they have questions about vaccination.

As it has done throughout the pandemic, TTS will continue to offer High Holiday services by StreamSpot (except for the Torah Service on Yom Kippur, which will be on Zoom). The link and password for services

on Yom Kippur are the same as they were for Rosh Hashanah and will be re-emailed to the community.

Over the summer, we made significant upgrades to our video camera equipment in the sanctuary. So, we are hopeful that everyone watching remotely will have a much better viewing experience this High Holiday season.

May you all be sealed in the Book of Life! G’mar chatima tova!

Bryna Rosen Misiura

TTS President

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All Saturday Service Snack and Study begin at 9:30am

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A Message from the Rabbi

Friends,

 

As I write this message in late July, it is already about the rainiest July on record. That may be why I have been thinking a lot about Noah! Remember the story of Noah and the Ark? Imagine the joy that Noah and his family felt when the dove he had sent forth returned with an olive branch. That image, the sprig with its verdant leaves in the beak of the white dove has several meanings. The one which strikes me now is the idea that the olive branch is a symbol of hope and renewal. When Noah saw the olive branch in the bird’s beak, he regarded it as a sign that life would thrive again. He and the noisy throng of animals would soon depart that crowded boat! Relief was nearly in sight. Noah knew that if the dove brought an olive branch, there were trees somewhere on dry land and thriving again. So, Noah felt hopeful joy in anticipating that soon the flood waters would recede enough for all of his charges from Zebras to Alligators, Sheep to Dog to Kitten to walk again on dry land.

 

The end of the journey would come soon – but not right away. There was still a time of waiting. Noah would still have to wait for the floodwaters to recede and for the earth to become ready to sustain him and all animal life. Only when the Dove went out again and did not return could Noah know that there was indeed enough dry land to walk and to rebuild life on earth.

 

In this stage of the Corona pandemic – we may be in a situation similar to that of Noah after months at sea with the animals. There is much progress, especially in our neck of the woods. We can see the olive branch, but we are not yet on dry land. We believe there is hope for us and our world – vaccines and public health measures have shown us a future in which we can return to normal life. We are confident that we will again thrive as we did before.

 

But we are not there yet! Still, we believe that, with attentiveness and faith, with responsible action and wise planning, we may soon reach that continent of reconstituted life.

 

Rosh Hashana 5782 offers us a time to reflect on our resilience, to give thanks for having reached yet another sacred time, another year of infinite possibility. We are grateful for our families and our friends, for the caregivers and healers, the first responders, the ordinary workers who have provided extraordinary service to us during the crisis, bringing us food, and keeping the machinery of life and livelihood functioning.

 

And These High Holiday are meant to give us time to take stock of our responsibility to bring healing to others, to care for our earth, to rethink our commitment to fairness and justice, to inclusiveness and sustainability in all spheres of our personal, communal, national, and global existence. Events of the past two years have heightened our awareness of many problems that have shaken our society and the world, in addition to Coronavirus, we have had to confront the effects of Global Warming, Refugee Crises, Racial inequity and violence, Political Conflict, A plague of misinformation, and increasing Pollution.

 

We have much to reflect upon, and much work that we need to do. Rosh Hashana and the Days of Awe provide us with an opportunity to reflect on our responsibility to our world and other people. It is a time to ask ourselves the most fundamental questions, questions that often get pushed aside

as we deal with our daily lives and responsibilities.

 

We don’t know why the Torah was written – but I like to think that the Torah points toward an answer to the most important questions of all: Why are we here? What is the purpose of human life? Rather than give one answer, the Torah gives many, multiplied many-fold by interpretation and commentary. Some of my favorite answers involve God telling us that we are meant to be the caretakers of the earth – God’s helpers in maintain and protecting His creative work. Tradition tells us that we were created last among the animals because we are God’s crowning achievement. Lest we get too big for our britches and think we can exploit the earth without consequence, tradition also provides a second interpretation: We were created last to remind us that even the lowly worms and bacteria were created before us. Maybe we are even an afterthought. In that case, we really need to work hard to prove our worth! Taking together, the two interpretations help us to seek our proper role in the scheme of creation.

 

In this New Year 5782, may we seek to remember our place in the created world. May we not be so self-centered that we think only of our own comfort and privilege, and may we be confident enough to take on the hard tasks of healing and protecting the world around us. May we seek to be God’s eyes and heart, ears and hands in maintaining, and repairing creation. May we honor and appreciate the abilities and power we have to effect positive change in the world. May we live with hope and courage, patience and passion in this New Year, and may we bring healing and blessing to our world.

 

L’Shana Tova Tikateyvu ve-Teychateymu

 

May you already be inscribed for sweetness and blessing in the Book of Life in this New Year!

 

Rabbi David Kudan

Temple Tiferet Shalom

Peabody, MA

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Temple Tiferet Shalom is thankful to CJP- Combine Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston,for their generous donations and continued support to our Temple, Preschool and Religious School through the Covid-19 pandemic.