Many if not most of us went to sleep last night filled with a sense of uncertainty about our nation’s future, and so most of us have awakened as well. We may not know the final results of yesterday’s election for some time. We believe that what is most important is that every vote is counted and every voice is heard.
No matter how this election concludes, we want you to know that we are still here for you. Congregation Shaare Emeth continues to be dedicated to our mission: to be a compassionate and inclusive community that makes Judaism relevant, meaningful and joyful.
We are here for you, to serve as a welcoming and caring community, a place where you matter, a place where each of us can work together to live out our values and fulfill the vision of our tradition, as the prophet Micah taught, “to do justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly with God.” We will continue to be a congregation that works together to make sure, as Amos taught, that “Justice will roll down like water and righteousness as a mighty stream.”
Your rabbis and cantor are here for you to listen, to respond, to help if you are struggling through these difficult times, to offer our presence and support, and to pray and celebrate together as our lives unfold.
Michael Walzer writes in his book Exodus and Revolution that “We still believe, or many of us do, what the Exodus first taught, or what it has commonly been taken to teach, about the meaning and possibility of politics and about its proper form: –first, that wherever you live, it is probably Egypt; –second, that there is a better place, a world more attractive, a promised land; –and third, that ‘the way to the land is through the wilderness.'”
Let’s walk that path together.
Rabbi Jim Bennett
Rabbi Andrea Goldstein
Cantor Seth Warner
Rabbi Lori Levine
Rabbi Rachel Bearman
Rabbi Emeritus Jeffrey Stiffman