This Friday night is Temple Emanu-El’s “Volunteer Shabbat” where we, as a community, get to do something profound.
We allow ourselves to be inspired.
This is no small thing, as you know, for many of us are thirsty for inspiration to live more meaningful lives; and delight when we find inspiration, for it propels us higher out of our everyday routine.
Traditionally, Judaism lionizes those who volunteer their time helping those in need, and for the common good. Why?
Volunteering your time is more than giving of your treasure,
- it is a giving of ‘self’
- it is a giving of your ‘time’
- and it is a giving of your ‘heart’
all precious resources which, once given, can never be regained.
When I am asked what makes Temple Emanu-El different from other congregations, one of the answers that I am proud to report is that we have a very high percentage (around 35%!…relative to other temples, this number is hugely impressive) of adult congregants who actively volunteer with, and through, our synagogue. This is a really big deal.
In addition to story, song, and prayer, our Shabbat service will recognize a select few congregants with the Shirley Schiffer (z’l) Volunteerism Award. They are Hal & Paula Fine, Beth Sherman, Katie Stone, and Robert Wittenstein.
Join us. Revive. Be inspired.