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Thanksgiving Message – Rabbi Gartenberg Message

I am finally catching my breath from the High Holidays as I write this on the second weekend of October. I had a chance to do my first fun event since I arrived, going to Balloon Fiesta in between Yom Kippur and Sukkot. It really is a unique event and made me feel part of the ABQ scene.

Thank you for all the kind and helpful feedback over the High Holy Days. I now finally have the time to share with you my plans for the congregation during the fall. I am following up on requests from congregants to offer an adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah program which I have called Anshei Mitzvah.

I am also following up on requests to revitalize our Torah reading rotation at the congregation. In the Shofar you will see the classes we will be offering in November and December.

I also encourage folks to chec kout the special gatherings for Kiddush during November and December.

I am introducing two musical and singing experiences to the congregation, one on Friday night and the other at Havdallah. Come and check this out. I hope they will open up some new spiritual paths within our community. paths within our community.

Most important for me is to meet the members. There will be a lot of opportunities to do so between Kaffee Klatches hosted by members and the Shabbat Kiddush gatherings when you will have a chance to meet me as well.

Please come to one of these events so I can get to know you better, learn about your connection here, your concerns, and your hopes for the future.

I have also posted my drop-in hours and ways you can make one-on-one appointments with me. Please take advantage of these opportunities to share what is going on in your life.

November, of course, is Thanksgiving month. In general, I view every Shabbat as a Thanksgiving day, so I don’t get too excited about the American one because it happens once a year.

I think it is a good idea and an important act to help the poor and homeless on Thanksgiving, because of the hardship of their lives. That is what I plan to do this year.

I wish each of you a Happy Thanksgiving and 4 wonderful Shabbatot full of Thanksgiving.


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