Shabbat Shalom! It is hard to believe that the choir and I are already preparing for the High Holydays but it is even harder to believe that this High Holyday season will be my 20th at TBA (b’ezrat haShem, with the help of God). As I look through my notes from past High Holydays and prepare for the next it is amazing to see that, while many things have changed, so much has stayed the same. TBA continues to be a welcoming community with a pluralistic view that welcomes everyone with open arms. I felt that embrace when I started at TBA and have felt it through meeting and marrying Barry, bringing Tamir into our family, and the ups and downs that will naturally occur when you are in a relationship for so long.
But I have to admit that your outpouring of love and kindness at the “Bash” in my honor this past April was an overwhelming blessing and I want to Thank You again! The “Bash” was wonderful and I am still floating on air. The party itself was amazing and I want to thank Jen Schwartz and her Committee for all of their hard work. The purple paper flowers from the centerpieces are in my office and serve as a constant reminder of your tribute. I reread some part of the journal and the scrap book daily and am overwhelmed by your kind words. Every time I hear Anna Nalick’s “Breathe” or Adele’s “Rollin’ in the Deep” on the radio I am transported to the Ballroom at Elmwood Country Club and how much fun it was to sing with Scott Freiman’s band. Thank you so much for letting me sit in. Thank you to Leslie Kahan for lending her talents and taking beautiful pictures that will continue to help me remember that glorious night for many years to come. I would like to take this opportunity to share those photos with you all. To view the pictures from the Bash either one at a time or in slideshow form click here http://albums.phanfare.com/isolated/4FfEckJi/1/6036488. As you view the pictures feel free to download any of them that you would like to save to your computer and then either print them on your own or send them to your favorite picture printing website or retail store. Thank you again for making me feel so loved.