on Monday, 22 February 2016.
Posted in President's Blog
Message from our president...
Community: A social, religious, occupational, or other group sharing common characteristics or interests
Kehillah is the Hebrew word for community. Jewish traditions and culture teach that our community supports us in times of joy and in times of sorrow. In times of joy, we join together as we celebrate b’nai mitzvah, confirmations, weddings and baby namings. Our Or Shalom community has provided comfort during illness and losses that deeply affect our members. Your outpouring of love, kindness and support during times of sorrow have truly touched me.
While there are many benefits to joining a synagogue, such as attending High Holy Day services and providing a Jewish education for our children, there is another element of joining a synagogue that is even more important. By joining a synagogue, you are becoming part of a Jewish community—a place that offers you a spiritual home, a place where you can learn and grow and a place where you find friendship, support, comfort, acceptance and respect.
At our recent Sisterhood Shabbat service, our Sisterhood President, and my dear friend, Joan Kessler, spoke so beautifully and eloquently when she said, “Each of us has a gift that enriches this community. I encourage each of us to look inward and reflect on our unique gifts. As I look to this congregation, I see the gift of family, the gift of friendship, the gift of humor, the gift of literature, the gift of kindness, the gift of leadership, the gift of strength, the gift of baking, the gift of patience, the gift of free spirit, the gift of music, the gift of trustworthiness, the gift of volunteerism, and quite simply, the gift of one another.”
Jewish communities are now built around other types of institutions, including Jewish Community Centers, schools, camps, local Federations, and Jewish non-profit organizations. But belonging to a synagogue truly defines being part of a community.
Belonging to Or Shalom, you become part of our family, part of a support system and a partner in creating a meaningful and engaging Jewish community. One of our priorities is to continually build a caring community. When each of us brings our special talents and gifts to Or Shalom, we create a community where our presence makes a difference, where we can discover or rediscover Judaism, where we can find life-long friends, where we can make the world a better place, where we can celebrate simchas, and where we can provide comfort during times of illness or loss.
Please join us as we continue to build our community at Congregation Or Shalom.
Andrea ShipBoard President
Congregation Or Shalom21 Hawthorn ParkwayVernon Hills, IL 60061
Office HoursMondays: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.Tuesdays: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.Wednesdays: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.Thursdays: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.Fridays: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.
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