Rabbi Jack Luxemburg of Temple Beth Ami in Rockville, MD, sent this letter to members of the congregation prior to the High Holy Days.
Each year, as the High Holy Days approach, I begin my preparation by taking
time to reflect on my years as rabbi at Temple Beth Ami. I find that no matter
how many times I engage in this exercise, the most important element in that
reflection is the warm feeling I have when I consider the friendships and
supportive relationships I share with congregants I have known for many years.
As the new year of 5769 approaches and we anticipate celebrating together, I
want to thank you for being part of our Temple Beth Ami congregational
I write this letter to you with great appreciation. You have remained
members of Beth Ami through so many years and so many different phases of family
life. Now, even after your children have grown and gone off to make their own
way as Jews in the world, continued support of our congregation reflects your
understanding of the role each generation of our people has embraced to enable
as many as possible, young and old, to form their own Jewish identities within a
supportive and nurturing congregational community. I thank you for your ongoing
dedication to Beth Ami and love of Judaism and the Jewish people.
Over the years, I have come to consider each and every one of you as an
important member of my extended congregational family. We have rejoiced at the
simchas and supported one another through the sad moments. We have studied
together, prayed together, danced together and walked together on our path of
Jewish life and learning. Temple Beth Ami is our shared Jewish home our
spiritual home, our educational home, our social home. I want to assure you
that Beth Ami remains the place you can come all year long, every day of the
week, and someone will be here to greet you and to help you meet your needs as
best we can.
Among my hopes for the New Year, is that you will strengthen and deepen your
connection to Beth Ami. Our congregation provides multiple worship experiences,
educational opportunities and enriching programming for a wide range of
interests. We have arranged to offer programs and activities at more varied
times in order make participation a little easier for those whose schedules are
very busy ... and for those whose schedules are not as busy any more. I hope you
will be able to find the time to join me and your fellow congregants at a few of
these wonderful events over this next year.
I look forward to seeing you during upcoming High Holyday season, and pray
that the coming year 5769 will bring good health, peace and happiness to you