Temple Beth-EL

               Rockford, Illinois

Yom Rishon, 28 Av 5777
  • Shabbat in the Park Shabbat in the Park July 2014
  • 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,

 
It seems that the arrival of certain months cause us to reflect of the passage of time, whether slow or fast. For instance, in March, when we’re sick and tired of winter and anxiously awaiting a break from the cold, March can feel like it moves very slowly. The opposite effect happens, at least for me, in August. The arrival of August often surprises me. I think, “How could summer be almost over already?” Like many, I already start thinking ahead to the commitments of the fall – the school year, High Holy Day preparations, shopping for school supplies and clothes and putting away some of the summer activities. Time seems to fly by at an alarm-ing rate and I forget to live in the moment. Does that ever happen to you?
Fortunately, we still have at least a couple more weeks to soak up the pace that is the summer. I hope that we can all try and take a few moments to just be in the moment and enjoy where we are right now without having to jump into the fall urgencies. There are two events this month that will help us do just that. The first is one of our favorites – Shabbat in the Park which will take place on Friday night, August 4th. Here is a refresher on the details. We will celebrate, as usual, with Congregation B’nai Abraham of Beloit. I’m very happy to share that Cindy Michelassi will again join us this year to provide the music. She added so much to the service last summer! We will again be in the Red Oak picnic area in Rock Cut State Park. This is our preferred shelter because it is the only one with a view of the lake and a playground. If you have an Illinois fishing license, you can fish. Shlomo and I will plan to arrive at around 4:30pm, but history tells us that we usually get there closer to 5:00pm! From then until 6:30pm will be a time to just be together casually and have an early dinner. Hot dogs, buns, plates, cups, condiments, plasticware and dessert will be provided. There is some pop left over from Food-A-Rama so we’ll bring a cooler with some of that. If you prefer a different beverage, please bring your own, keeping in mind, please, that alcoholic beverages are forbidden on park grounds.Each family or group should provide their own sides. Feel free to bring enough to share but each person brings home what they brought out there. If you’d like to bring something of your own to grill, that should be fine. There are picnic tables under the shelter, but there is also plenty of grassy lawn for anyone wanting to set up a picnic blanket and chairs. Our Shabbat worship service will start at 6:30pm. We will notify you by email or phone tree if we need to make any changes due to weather concerns. Hopefully though, the weather will be beautiful. This is one of the most enjoyable services of the year so I hope you’ll take the effort to attend.
Then, on August 18th, we’ll have another of our favorites – Pet Shabbat! On Pet Shabbat everyone brings their pets to Temple and we have a very short and casual service on the back lawn. The service starts at 6pm instead of the usual 7:30pm. We’ll also take some time to honor our one high school graduate, Aaron Barenbaum, as he heads off to college. This service too is dependent on weather so stay tuned if it looks iffy. No matter the weather, we’ll still honor Aaron but we may ask you to leave your pets at home!
Enjoy the moments left in the summer and don’t let the last few days slip away without enjoying their sweetness.


Shalom,
Rabbi Wing

 
 

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