Elul is the period before the High Holidays when we take time to reflect.
This year has given us a great deal to reflect on. COVID-19 has turned the world upside down! It has affected everyone on every level of everyday life. I hope that all our members and their family and friends have managed to stay safe and healthy.
On Rosh HaShanah, we will ask the almighty to grant us a year of peace, prosperity and blessing. This year we will also ask for good health and safety for everyone; a return to “some kind of normal” and hopefully a safe and effective vaccine and treatment. Also a special blessing for all the healthcare and emergency workers who have worked so tirelessly through these harrowing times. And for the business owners and their employees for keeping their stores on 37th Avenue open.
Though we have not been together (in person) for service since March, we have been together on Zoom for Shabbat. We will be “together” for the High Holidays on Zoom this year. It will not be the same as greeting each other in person, but it’s the best we can do under the circumstances.
May we all enjoy good health, good humor and strength to continue.
Suzanne and I wish all our members, their family and and friends, and our Jackson Heights community a shanah tova tikvatevu v’ techatemu.
May you be inscribe for a happy, health and good year.
Shalom & Zei Gezunt,