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Weekly Worship | The Temple Beth Or community

 

December 18, 2019



The reasons for joining a religious institution such as Temple Beth Or are as various as the number of its members.

Temple Beth Or offers a place for Jews to worship together in the manner to which we are accustomed.

For those with school-age children, TBO is a place where those children can learn about the myriad aspects of Jewish life – religious practices, history, ethics, and the like.

Temple Beth Or is also a meeting place for like-minded adults to learn and socialize. Through our rabbi, Rachael Kort, the synagogue also offers the full range of life-cycle rituals, such as baby naming, bar and bat mitzvahs, marriages, and funerals/mourning.

We provide all of these “services,” some better than others, yet none of them are the thing we do best. Temple Beth Or excels in offering a warm, compassionate, vibrant, spirited, inclusive, and participatory Reform Jewish community.

As a member since 1991, I’ve known this to be true, but didn’t realize its significance until only very recently. I don’t think I fully appreciated what it meant to be part of a community that I could count on like TBO. I do now.

At the end of November, I had an unexpected health emergency develop requiring a significant surgical intervention. I’m well on the way to recovery thanks to the love and care of my wife, children, and siblings.

Yet it was the response from my Temple Beth Or family that let me know there was a whole lot of people out there (not related to me by blood) who care for me and think I’m special enough to spend effort to comfort and support.

While in the hospital before my surgery, I was visited by several TBO members to reassure me things were going to be all right. Post surgery, after I returned home, Rabbi Kort visited me to discuss what all clergy are interested in, my mental and spiritual well-being.

I’ve received many “get well” cards and several members have provided dinners for my wife and me even, though we really didn’t need them. In this case it’s true; it’s the thought that counts.

Other synagogue members have stepped up to help “babysit” me to give my wife a break in providing me 24/7 care to lessen her burden a little bit.

As I write this, a mere two weeks after my surgery, I’m well on my way to recovery as evidenced, if by nothing else, by my ability to compose this column.

I am beyond thankful to both my families for helping me get through this -- both my blood family, which I always knew I could count on and my Temple Beth Or family, which I should have known I could always count on, but didn’t.

I am certain that without their support and encouragement I would not be where I am today-- ready to resume my normal life in the not too distant future.

 

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