As we approach the cold winter months, GRS is undertaking a warm coat drive for those in need. Please bring coats, sweaters and other warm clothing, as well as sheets, towels and blankets, in good condition to the GRS office which we will donate to Neighbor to Neighbor.
I begin with words of gratitude to you, my congregational family, for so graciously inviting me to continue serving as your rabbi.
The relationship between rabbi and congregation is often described as a “sacred partnership,” and I am blessed to reaffirm the bonds we first established more than five years ago. Of course, this is a most exciting time to renew our vows. With the creation of a new temple structure, now a reality before us, we will have the opportunity to see our many dreams for GRS truly come to fruition.
Relationships are, of course, a two-way street. While I hold a vision for our temple, including the many programs we will offer, most sacred to me is the relationship I share with each and every member. Over the past five years, I have had the privilege of being invited into so many of your lives, as we have shared both moments of joy and challenge together. Still, there are others, whom I have not had the opportunity to walk with. As we journey together as a congregational family, let me express once again, that most dear to me are the partnerships I experience with my congregants. Your voices, your thoughts and feelings are so important to me. Please know, I am truly here for each and every one of you.
With deep appreciation,
Rabbi Andrew R. Sklarz, MSW
On Friday, November 29th at 6:30 pm, join Rabbi Sklarz and Cantor Lipton for a Shabbat Service in the Sanctuary of the GRS Office located at 1037 E. Putnam Avenue in Riverside, CT. The service will be followed by an Oneg Shabbat, sponsored by Barbara Lehrman.
Our Jewish tradition instructs us that we are responsible for the health and welfare of all human beings. Indeed the Jewish community is always ready to be of service to those whose lives have been hit by challenge or tragedy. Immediately following the reports of Typhoon Haiyan, Israel sent a team from the military over to the Philippines. Concurrently, Jewish organizations world wide have mobilized to provide necessary aid and supplies to our brothers and sisters in the Philippines. We should be assured that by donating to either to the Union for Reform Judaism Disaster Relief Fund our our Greenwich UJA, funds will care directly for the needs of those devastated by the typhoon.
I know that we all share the commitment to reach out to those in the Philippines at this most difficult moment. Please see the information supplied below.
L’Shalom uvrachacha – with peace and blessing,
Seventy five years ago, the night of November 9th, 1938 the Nazis stormed through the streets of both Germany and annexed
Austria, ransacking Jewish homes, businesses, schools, hospitals, and synagogues with sledgehammers. By the morning of November 10th, over 1,000 synagogues were burned, more than 7,000 Jewish businesses were destroyed or damaged and countless Jews became victims of torture and humiliation. Subsequently, the Jewish community was fined and forced to clean all the remnants of the pogrom known as Kristallnact (Night of the Broken Glass). Of course, all this was a precursor to what the Nazis would later call, the Final Solution of the Jews.
This Shabbat, the students of our Olim class (Grades 6 and 7) will be leading, along with Cantor Sabrina and myself, a service commemorating that terrible night, which is often described as the beginning of the end of two thousand years of Jewish life in Europe. We encourage you to support our Generation J students as we recall this dreadful chapter in Jewish history, pay homage to all those who perished during the Shoah, the Holocaust, and pray for a better future for our people and all humankind.
Rabbi Andrew R. Sklarz, MSW
This past weekend, Susan, Alex and I were in Washington, DC to join Dani for Freshman Parent’s Weekend at American University. From the time she was born, we have been taking Dani to Shabbatservices. Last Shabbat however, brought about a reversal in roles, as it was Dani who brought us to her service.
Following a large welcome from the staff of Hillel, the group divided for students and their families to attend either the Reform or Conservative service. Subsequently, we joined together for a spirited Shabbat dinner, replete with prayer and song.
Shabbat services were student led, and ours followed the model established by NFTY (National Federation of Temple Youth of the Reform Movement). How wonderful it was to see students, parents, and siblings so engaged, as we participated together in worship.
As one who has worked in various settings with Jewish youth, and as a parent, this was a very heartwarming moment. Most of all, it was reassuring to see young adults, who are so invested in Jewish life.
This Shabbat, GRS will have the privilege of celebrating the youth group installation of our invested teens. We invite you to share in this special occasion for the youth of GRS as we honor their commitment. Indeed it is so meaningful to witness the love of being Jewish pass l’dor vador, from generation to generation.
Celebrate Chanukah with Greenwich Reform Synagogue!
Friday, November 22, 2013, 6:30pm at St. Catherine of Siena Church in the Church Hall.
Join us for Latkes, Dreidels, Menorah Lighting & Lots of Fun!
$18 for adults and $5 for children, includes a catered dinner, music and Israeli dancing.
Please bring an unwrapped holiday gift for a child in need.
All are welcome! Please click here to RSVP.
Tuesday, November 19, 11:00am
Please join us for a docent-led, one-hour tour of The Compromised Land exhibit at The Neuberger Museum of Art, located at Purchase College, 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY. The group will meet at the museum at 11am.
Following the tour, at 12:45pm, the group will enjoy lunch at The Cobble Stone Restaurant also located nearby in Purchase.
The Sisterhood will sponsor entry to the museum, and each person pays for her own lunch.
CLICK HERE To RSVP for the tour and lunch.
*Not sure if you’re already a GRS Sisterhood member or not? You can check with the temple office to be sure. You probably are, but if not, the annual dues are only $36.
To say that GRS was rocking last Shabbat would be a mere understatement!
While the festival of Simchat Torah, which celebrates the continuous cycle of the reading of Torah, is in and of itself, a time of great rejoicing, the events that took place last Friday night, truly raised the roof with spirit! In an evening that spanned the generations, and included the musical talents of our GRS House Band, B’nai Shir – our wonderful and ever growing junior choir, the consecration of the many new students to Generation J, a “tour” of the fully unrolled scroll as we looked at pivotal junctures, and festive dancing, we experienced the joy of being a temple family.
While it will be another year before we re-experience Simchat Torah, our Jewish calendar is filled with moments of great joy and celebration. I look forward to you being with us throughout the year as we celebrate Shabbat and all our holidays, GRS style!
Rabbi Andrew R. Sklarz, MSW
Friday, October 11th, 2013 at 6:30pm at the home of Rabbi and Susan Sklarz.
We would like to invite you to this Family Shabbat Service, led by Rabbi Sklarz and Cantor Lipton, along with B’nai Shir, our Junior Choir. October birthdays will be given a special birthday blessing.
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