Letter from Cantor Radwine

June 11, 2017

Dear Etz Chaim Friends,

I write to you as I tip toe around half-filled boxes, artwork encased in bubble wrap, and the general craziness that takes over a home, as one prepares for a cross-country move.  That being said, please know that I am absolutely thrilled to be with you very soon.  On July 14th and 15th, we will gather together for my first time as the religious leader of what I will be proud to call “our” community.  On Friday evening, we will begin our traditional Shabbat celebration, the first of what I hope to be many shabbatot together. 

One of the things that attracted me to CEC is the great diversity of our membership.  That being said, I’d especially like to call your attention to our first Shabbat Morning Experience together.  It is my hope that there will be something for everyone there.  If you have little or no experience with what Jews do on Shabbat morning, this service is for YOU.  If you find yourself a bit befuddled by all the Hebrew, this service is for YOU.  If you’d like to study Torah, but unsure of how to find your way in, this service is for You.  If you’d enjoy some of the traditional “deveining” that, perhaps, you remember from another time and place, this service is for You.  And, if you merely wish to come and pray with your own words, or simply say the Kaddish for a loved one, this service is for You.  Whether there is only one other person in attendance, or 20 people, together, we will find our way to explore and grow Jewishly, through prayer, music, mediation, and study.

So here’s what I’m asking of you:  whether it be on that Shabbat, or any other time that we encounter each other, I’d like to get to know you.  Please come on Shabbat, or simply call me and say hello.  Tell me about you.  Tell me about your family.  Tell me about your Jewish journey.

Jewish practice is referred to as “halacha,” which comes from the verb meaning “to walk.”  Indeed, let us begin this walk together, and as we go on our way, may we find the holiness that our tradition holds in store.

B’shalom—with blessings for wholeness,

Cantor Sam Radwine

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