Chatting With Chapey
by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey
West End Temple Welcomes New Year
I would like to wish a happy and a healthy New Year to all our Jewish
friends and neighbors.
My husband and I had the honor and privilege of being invited by Rabbi and Mrs. Joseph Weiss, President and Mrs. John Shure and the officers and trustees of the West End Temple to attend an open house in honor of the New Year on the afternoon of Rosh Hashanah at the West End Temple.
Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of a 10 day repentance period which ends with Yom Kippur. It is a time when one pauses to allow God to examine their activities and determine their merit. Accordingly, the fate of each person for the coming
year is decided and written into the Book of Life, which is opened on Rosh
Hashanah and shut on Yom Kippur.
We enjoy being part of the temple celebration each year. Rabbi Weiss and Bot welcome everyone. They convey a sense of hope and enthusiasm for the coming year. Their loving manner embraces everyone. They appreciate a person’s positive qualities and promote an air of festivity and celebration. They are very inclusive and make everyone feel a sense of vitality for a new beginning of a New Year.
President and Mrs. John Shure greeted everyone and welcomed the New Year. They provide excellent leadership. They create an environment built on such virtues as mutual respect and responsibility.
A special thank you at this time goes to Sylvan, Rose and Alonna Klein. Through their publication of Temple Topics, they allow everyone to keep informed and to participate in the temple activities such as religious
services, bible classes and religious school classes. They alert us to the
activities of the Ladies Guild, Men's Club and Youth Group. Through the
newsletter Rose fosters a spirit of togetherness and cohesiveness among the members and friends of the temple. She puts a concerted effort into these publications and is constantly listening for events or news items that would be of interest to everyone. We appreciate Rose's caring concern for others. She invests her time, her talent and her considerable computer skills in this undertaking. Everyone looks forward to her publication.
Each month they publish a special message from Rabbi Weiss to the
congregants. In the latest edition he talks about the generosity of a young
girl who came to the temple with a picture that she had drawn and included a donation for charity. As the Rabbi notes this was a beautiful mitzvah and reflects the spirit of the season which is to help our fellow man without regard to a return or a reward.
Dr. John Shure, the temple president, reflected in this month's
newsletter, on the importance of each child's Bar and Bat Mitzvah. He notes that the most impressive part of the ceremony comes as the family is moved by the significance of their child standing before them in the temple. As Dr. Shure states the only word for this experience is "Naches", which characterizes the special delight that one finds in their children.
As the New Year begins, we celebrate our families. Best wishes to everyone at this holiday season.