When we feel alone or are in pain, we look inward for courage and inner peace to endure the hardships of life. When life seems unfair and unjust, we turn to friends and family and community for comfort and support. (From our Shabbat Service)
We know there is a tremendous amount of work to be done, especially in Staten Island, New Jersey and the South Shore of Long Island, to restore services and put peoples’ lives back in order. Most of us were very fortunate and were spared the impact of the hurricane. Some barely knew it happened. Others lost power, which may or may not have been restored yet, and they may still be waiting for the return of hot water. All of us are heartbroken over the devastation that we saw on the news or on-line or heard about first-hand from friends or relatives who went through the worst of the storm.
We couldn’t have gotten together last week for Shabbat even if we wanted to because power was still out in the neighborhood of the Y. But it is now restored and the Y is open for business and can accommodate us this Friday. So we’re organizing an impromptu Shabbat gathering and we hope you can join us. We think it is important to come together as a community and not wait until our next scheduled Shabbat, which is still planned, for Friday, Nov. 16.
Our service will start as usual at 7:30pm. In place of a planned program, we’ll have plenty of time to share stories, catch up with each other, debrief after the election, and simply be together.
Please join us. And don’t forget to bring a Pot-Luck Dessert!
All are welcome at this free event.