Temple Beth-El  

Rockford, Illinois

Yom Chamishi, 9 Heshvan 5779

Rob's Rant ....


There’s an old joke that goes something like this: How do you get the Jews out of the Temple? You throw an orange on the side of the building, and all the juice (joos = Jews) comes out.

After the High Holidays, it seems like I always let down my Jewishness. Just when you get a rhythm going (and even if you don’t make it out for Sukkot or Simchat Torah), there is a cliff ahead that seems to be a Jewish drop-off. Sure, there’s something happening at the Temple most weeks for a while after Yom Kippur, and most weeks we remember to light Shabbat candles. But then ‘regular’ life picks up – at least for those of us with school-age children. We get busy with other things. Maybe we get to Friday night services occasionally, or we make it to one of the Religious School activities over the coming months. And if you have kids in GRTY, there’s something happening there, too.

Here’s a short checklist to make sure you don’t miss out on Temple events and activities:
If you didn’t pick up a Shalom Memorial Jewish calendar, get one. Call Joyce or Goldie. Then use it.
Don’t just automatically delete or skip the Temple’s phone tree menus – do watch out for kids play-ing the message first and missing the messages.

Read your bulletin and use the calendar. If you don’t get the email versions, please let Joyce know – the PDF calendar is an amazing reminder as long as you don’t delete or lose the email.

The Temple website (http://templebethel-rockford.org/) is surprisingly current for the most part, and on the homepage is a won-derful calendar of events.

Facebook and other social media are wonderful ways to keep up to date, too.
Also, in case you missed the sign on the corner of the Temple over the High Holidays, planning and preparations for the Art Auction are well under way. Please come out and join us on October 20 at Mid-way Village, and help support local artists, your Temple, and enjoy a wonderful evening.

Maybe the point of this rambling is that despite com-ing down off the High Holiday high when nothing seems to be happening, there is always something happening at the Temple, and that’s just ‘regular’ Jewish life. Sometimes it might take a little digging to find out what’s happening or when, but this is one orange that’s worth the squeeze: get involved!