Beth Israel Congregation - Ann Arbor, Michigan


November/December 2016

I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated in our High Holy Days services, whether leading a service, reading Torah and haftarah, blowing Shofar, reading a prayer, opening the ark or, and never underestimate the importance of this participation: singing loudly and with great spirit.

The feeling over these High Holy Days was truly remarkable. We had opportunities for serious reflection, inspiration and celebration and while I won’t say I’m already looking forward to next Rosh Hashanah, I will say that I look forward to continuing this spirit at services and programs throughout the year.

As our thoughts turn to Thanksgiving, I want to remind you of one of the most beautiful and inspirational programs that takes place in our community each year: the annual Thanksgiving celebration sponsored by the Interfaith Round Table of Washtenaw County. This program features readings, music, dance and other expressions of joy and thanksgiving from the perspective of the many different faith communities which comprise our community.

This year’s celebration will take place at the Chinmaya Mission, the center for our local Hindu community, on Sunday, November 20 at 7 p.m. I invite you all to join in this beautiful celebration.

This year’s program will be preceded by a special dinner at 5 p.m. called “Tastes of Faith”. The dinner will be a vegetarian feast prepared by members of 6 local communities- including Beth Israel Congregation- which will feature foods used for holiday celebrations by those communities. It promises to be a wonderful evening.

If you would like to attend the dinner, please contact me. Tickets to the dinner are $25 and there is an opportunity for an additional contribution to the Round Table by purchasing a ticket for either $50, $75 or $100. There is no charge for attending the celebration itself which will include a dessert reception. I hope to see you there!

Rabbi Robert Dobrusin