Dear Friends,

Between Passover and Shavuot we have the period known as the Counting of the Omer. Since 2012 we here at TBA have turned it into an amazing program called Every1Counts (E1C).

One of the central ideas of this project is literally that everyone counts – each individual is important in their own right, and everyone’s participation is important to the community as a whole. You can count on the group, and the group can count on you.
This really all comes down to relationships: the individual with the group; person to person; and each person with themselves.

For 2019, we shared a daily email with congregants.  Each of the seven weeks of our Omer counting had their own theme, and suggested actions or behaviors that you might use to bring that theme into your life.


In 2018, we shared your voice with the congregation! 



The biblical word for measure is omer.   In biblical times, the Jews used to take a measure of barley, called an omer, to the Temple in Jerusalem as a sacrifice to God to say “thank you” for giving them a good harvest. From the second day of Passover until the festival of Shavuot, we count each day for seven weeks, and each day in ancient times an omer of barley was brought to the Temple. This period between Passover and Shavuot is called the “counting of the omer”. At Passover we escape from Egypt and spend 49 days traveling across the Red Sea, through the dessert to the base of Mount Sinai where we receive the Torah. The journey from slavery to Sinai moves us as a people from slavery to chosen-ness and with chosen-ness comes responsibility.

As Jews, we are taught that we all stood at Sinai and said, ”Naaseh v’nishma: we will do and we will listen.” This year we enhanced our community by listening to each other.  We asked you to tell us, in 150 words or less, “What Does Being Jewish Mean to You?” Then, each day of the 49 days of the omer, we shared one response to the question (via email and on our blog.)

Peace and Blessings,

Rabbi David K. Holtz                                                 Cantor Margot E.B. Goldberg