From Rabbi Binah Wing
As many of you know, during the summer months in downtown Rockford, there is an event every Friday evening known as City Market. At City Market there are a wide variety of booths that sell food and other items. There is also entertain-ment. For more info, you can see their website http:www.rockfordcitymarket.com/. It has become VERY popular. The problem is that this great event always takes place on Friday night which makes attending Shabbat services and City Market difficult. I have had a few different congregants mention to me how many Temple members they see there on a regular basis and some who suggested that we use this to our advantage.
Which is why I’m so excited about this announcement: On Friday, July 25th we will be having our 1st ever City Market Shabbat!! We will gather at Roni Golan’s art gallery, State of the Art Contemporary Art Gallery (218 E. State St.) at 6:00pm for a short Shabbat evening service (about 30 minutes) and then we will have the rest of the evening to wander around and enjoy the many offerings of the Market. This will be a great way to mark the arrival of Shabbat and have a leisurely summer evening downtown at the same time. I hope that, if you are a “regular” at City Market that you’ll take advantage of this great opportunity to celebrate Judaism and Shabbat together with the joys of summer and that if you are a Temple “regular” that you will also come and enjoy this great Rockford tradition. Please pay attention to your email inbox if the weather is questionable. We may still have the service at the gallery or we may need to relocate back at Temple Beth-El.