In the just over one year since we moved to Cleveland, we truly feel that we have become friends. Young Israel and its members have played a central role in helping our families feel settled and happy in Cleveland. We arrived at shul to generous smiles and warm “good Shabbos” greetings. That weekly touchpoint (as well as the many Shabbos meal invites and the new member’s open house) helped us to feel so at home despite the chaos that moving brings.
Corona has turned the world upside down and no one is living the life they expected this year. Baruch HaShem most of the kids are in school and our shul has been able to keep its doors open as well. It is still not the same. Many people cannot come to shul at this time , and, for those who can, there are no longer kiddushim at which we can all connect and catch up. We are not enjoying Shabbos meals in each other’s homes. This has had an extremely isolating effect on many members of our community.
Kislev is the darkest time of year and we eagerly look forward to the lights of Chanukah; even more so in this time of distancing. As we celebrate Rosh Chodesh Kislev we invite you to join us in the “Be the Spark in Someone Else’s Day” initiative. Is there someone who you used to see in shul and they are no longer attending? Have you been home and miss saying good Shabbos to someone else you used to see often? Take a moment each week of Kislev to reignite that spark of friendship and give a community member a call, send a text or an email to stay connected until we IYH can all spend time together again. Together we can recreate the warm and generous feeling of community that is Young Israel “בימים ההם בזמן הזה”.
Chodesh Tov from your friends,
Shaindel Bresler Sandi Kaplan Shirah Stern
PS If you don’t have a community member’s contact information, email or call the office so they can share that with you. 216-382-5740 or firstname.lastname@example.org