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October 21, 2016  RSS feed
Rabbinically Speaking

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Sanctuaries of Israel

By RABBI GARY KLEIN Temple Ahavat Shalom, Palm Harbor

At Temple Ahavat Shalom, we are busy preparing to soon celebrate the 40th anniversary of our congregation. As I have been fulfilling my tasks related to this upcoming celebration, I’ve been thinking a lot about the purpose of a Jewish congregation.

When I think about why Jews should be part of congregations, I am often drawn to the words that I first read many years ago in one the Reform movement’s earlier prayer books: “The synagogue is the sanctuary of Israel, born of Israel’s longing for God. Throughout our wanderings it has endured as a stronghold of hope and inspiration, teaching us the holiness of life and inspiring in us a love of all humanity.”

I thank everyone who is a member of a synagogue in our region and the members of the staff of those synagogues for their commitment. They have enabled their synagogues to be sanctuaries of Israel by making them second homes for all their members, homes that use the tools that Judaism provides to nurture the best in each of us. May our synagogues continue to do this for many years to come.


The Rabbinically Speaking column is provided as a public service by the Jewish Press in cooperation with the Pinellas County Board of Rabbis. Columns are assigned on a rotating basis by the board. The views expressed in the column are those of the rabbi and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Jewish Press or the Board of Rabbis.

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