In Ecclesiastes we are told:
For every season there is a purpose under heaven:
A time to be born, a time to die…a time to build, a time to tear down. (Ecclesiastes 3:1ff)
This Shabbat is my final service at Congregation B’nai Torah in Highland Park, Illinois. Next week, is the congregation’s final service before it closes its doors for good on June 30th.
I will be moving to Stony Brook, New York to become the rabbi of Temple Isaiah.
For me, I get to begin a new chapter in a vibrant and vital community.
For my B’nai Torah community, however, the congregants have to cope with the pain, loss and anguish of watching their beloved congregation of almost 60 years cease to exist.
Congregation B’nai Torah was once the center of liberal Jewish religious life on the North Shore of Lake Michigan. As the sun sets on this once prestigious synagogue, it represents the end of an era.
This is a sad day for us all. But just as the sun sets each evening, a new dawn does break. It will take time to find the beauty in the new day. To find a way back toward healing and wholeness.
I will offer these words to my beloved community this evening:
Rabbi Evan Moffic, of Solel Congregation also wrote a beautiful piece:
Shabbat Shalom – may it be a Shabbat of peace, healing and community.