on Tuesday, 30 June 2015.
Posted in Rabbi's Blog
Shalom, Or Shalom Family!
It is an honor to be introducing myself as your new rabbi. I am extremely excited to have the opportunity to get to know you and to journey alongside you in the weeks, months and years to come.As we begin our journeys together, I want to share words of Jewish philosopher, Martin Buber: “The world is not comprehensible, but it is embraceable: through the embracing of one of its beings.” With all that confronts us in the world, each day can be confusing and challenging. But we have the opportunity to counter the overwhelming nature of the unknown by anchoring ourselves in what we can know—lasting memories and meaningful understandings that fill our souls and help us feel a sense of belonging. I look forward to embracing your journeys and strengthening the bonds that emerge from the moments we share, since it is our community that bolsters us through challenging moments and heightens our times of celebration.
If I am going to ask you to share your journeys with me, then it is only fair for me to do the same with you, albeit briefly. I came to the rabbinate by way of the world of chemical engineering, the field in which I attained my undergraduate degree at Northwestern University. For the past five years, I have served as assistant and then associate rabbi at Temple Beth Or in Raleigh, NC. Though I have not acquired a southern accent, I have mastered my use of the extremely functional word, “y’all.” I am joined here in Vernon Hills by my wife, Rachel, our five-year-old daughter, Laila, and our three-year-old, Adaya. Rachel is a Jewish educator, who has been innovating religious school education, most recently running a successful community-based religious school in Durham, NC. Laila and Adaya are already avid Chicago Cubs fans, an identity that has been passed from generation to generation in my family.
Upon seeking a change of position, my family and I were not only looking for a rabbinic job, we were hoping to find a community we would want to join. We know that we have found it here at Or Shalom. It will be my main mission to continue to help strengthen our community while I have the privilege of serving as your rabbi.Rachel, Laila, Adaya and I wish you a wonderful summer. We look forward to getting to know you as we learn, grow and rejoice together along our shared journeys.
L’shalom,Rabbi Ari Margolis
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