Temple Beth-EL 

Rockford, Illinois

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Yom Rishon, 10 Adar 5778
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  • City Market Shabbat 2014 at State of Art Gallery
  • David Syme Lecturing David Syme talking about Jewish Roots and the Classics
  • David Syme David Syme performing at Temple Beth-El, June 6th 2014
  • Our Sanctuary
  • GRTY at Rock Cut Park Greater Rockford Temple Youth (GRTY) having fun at Rock Cut State Park in Love's Park
  • Unwrapping the Torah Unwrapping the Torah during Sinchat Torah
  • Simchat Torah Simchat Torah 2005
  • Sukkot In the Sukkah
  • Shabbat in the Park
  • City Market Shabbat 2014 at State of Art Gallery
  • David Syme Lecturing
  • David Syme
  •  Our Sanctuary
  • GRTY at Rock Cut  Park
  • Unwrapping the Torah
  • Simchat Torah
  • Sukkot

Rabbi Wing

Dear Friends

From Rabbi Binah Wing

Chaverim,  

 

There are not words enough to express my gratitude, and that of my extended family, to all of you for all that you did to care for us following my mother’s death last month. We were amazed and so touched by all of the notes, texts, calls, FOOD, love and care you showed to us during our time of grief.

My family was especially appreciative of the meals and the shiva evenings which you so lovingly provided. We were especially grateful for all who attended the shiva evenings allowing us to recite Kaddish each of the evenings. I am loathe to name people because there were so many who helped but I will say a special thank you to Nanci Soriano and Karen Zussman who headed up much of the food coordiation. Most of all, we just felt so, so loved which helped make this painful, sad time somewhat easier to bear. I believe that my Mom would have been really happy with how everything went.

My niece Sarah wrote this lovely note which cap-tures so much of how we all felt about your kindnesses to us and how much they appreciated our Jewish home:
 
To our friends at Temple Beth-El,
I would like to express my sincere gratitude for every kindness shown to my family in this time of mourn-ing during my Grandma Sherry's memorial. Although many of you knew and loved her as we did, our family had not had the privilege of experiencing the warm and imgenerous community at Temple Beth-El as our Rockford relations have. As we traveled from all corners of the world to commemorate her extraor-dinary life, we were touched by your thoughtful-ness, community mindedness and generosity dur-ing our time of grief. It is clear what a special place Temple Beth-El has in Rockford's communi-ty. Your beautifully maintained building and grounds, your exquisitely uplifting sanctuary, the plentiful kitchen, the cozy library and welcoming community room - even despite all these niceties - the members and friends who lent comfort and memories of Sherry were the brightest ray of sun in a freezing, sad time. We promise to pay your kindness forward. Thank you on behalf of the Brownstein and extended families.
Kind thanks,
Sarah
 
My mom’s death was not exactly unex-pected. She had been on hospice for about a month and had increasing difficulty with her breathing, due to the progression of her lung can-cer. And yet, the day before she died, she was fully functional, doing some planning for long-term home care, eating meals and carrying on conver-sations. She had one really bad day and then she died. She was never alone that whole day and my sister and I were by her side when she drew her last breath. Even though it was not unexpected, it is still hard to lose a loved one, especially a par-ent, as many of you know. My mom was pretty spectacular and we all loved her so. We will miss her terribly.

January was not exactly the month that I thought it was going to be and now we move for-ward in a new normal. On a practical note, I am working on getting back into the swing of things Temple-wise. It may take some time before I’m caught up. I ask for your continued patience as I work through the back-log.

Last month, I wrote about the year 2018 being the year 20CHAI with its Jewish emphasis on appreciating life. My mom did that in many ways and I hope that we can all continue to do that in our own lives.
Todah rabbah, thank you, thank you, thank you again dear friends,

Rabbi Wing and family
 
 

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