As the month of Adar II comes to a close, our Shul has truly been filled with much joy and happiness.
We were blessed to celebrate two Bar Mitzvot. On behalf of the Board of Congregation Beth Sholom I would like to wish a hearty Mazel Tov to the Rosenbaum family in honor of Ben’s Bar Mitzvah and The Zaretsky family in honor of Gidon’s Bar Mitzvah. May you both always enjoy much nachas from them together with all of your children!
As we read in some of our Torah portions this month about the Mishkan which B’nai Yisroel built while they were in the desert, we were honored to have Steven Frankel as our scholar-in-residence share his thoughtful insights about the Beit Hamikdash. Next month, the entire Rochester community will be enriched by our first community-wide scholar-in-residence program of the newly established Rochester Synagogue Council. The speaker will be Norma Libman who will explore the topic of hidden Jews and hidden Jewish communites around the world. This scholar-in-residence weekend is taking place Saturday April 2nd and Sunday April 3rd. Beth Sholom will be host to the Shabbat lunch as part of this program. Please call Gerri in the office to sign up for this wonderful community event.
As we enter into the month of Nissan with all its preparation and cleaning for the upcoming holiday of Pesach I am focused on the Seder night and the importance of order and how that guides our Seder. In Congregation Beth Sholom we also have enjoyed the beauty of order and guidance in a time where our Shul could have been thrown into a chaotic state. Our dear Rabbi Kilimnick announced his battle with Lukemia in December, and it was a difficult shock for our congregration to endure. But without hesitation, our beloved assistant Rabbi Avi took over as our Rabbinic leader, with all the responsibility that entails, while also having to comfort his father.
We have been inspired by Rabbi Avi’s guidance, his consistently beautiful voice as he leads us in prayer, and his unwavering care and concern for Beth Sholom, for his father, and for his entire family at this difficult time.
With that in mind, please join us in honoring and thanking Rabbi Avi Kilimnick at a special Kiddush given by The Board of Beth Sholom on Shabbat, April 9th.
Wishing everyone a kosher and meaningful Pesach!
Congregation Beth Sholom President