Simcha – a few thoughts

These are a few thoughts fresh off the very first simcha for one of my children.

Nothing really prepares one for the experience.

You begin to get a sense of the emotion when the kippot arrive and you realize the event is just around the corner.

kipah embossed

The synagogue looked beautiful, part of the visual memory of the occasion.

bimah flowers

The special רוח from the synagogue being packed with friends and community. Our few guests from out-of-town all remarked on how welcomed they felt and what a friendly community this is. Everybody truly celebrated with us.


An adorable young guest post-chocolate fountain!

And most important, we are so incredibly fortunate to have a Rabbi who takes the time to get to know each child on the cusp of his/her adulthood. Our Rabbi shepherds them gently with authority not just from his status as Rabbi but from the warm and trusting relationship he has developed with each student. Thinking about the twin concepts of power and influence really brings to mind how very appropriate was the Parshat Korach.

A couple of days out and I also sense the family dynamics are subtly changing, my child has a new-found confidence from the experience, entirely appropriate for the formal transition to Jewish adulthood.



Anne Frank Tree Dedication Ceremony Wednesday June 12th

AnneFrankTree poster copyThis event is to celebrate the planting of a sapling from the “Anne Frank Tree” in the Southern Cayuga School District. Read more about this project in a New York Times article.

Holocaust survivor Marion Blumenthal Lazan will be the keynote speaker at this event. She is the author of “Four Perfect Pebbles“, a Holocaust memoir and a noted speaker.

The event is taking place at:

Southern Cayuga High School, 2384 New York 34B, Aurora, NY 13026

Google maps estimates this as a ~30 min trip from Ithaca.

google map

Contact me if you would like to carpool.


Social Media Policy for Temple Beth-El

Posted at the request of Brian Rubineau:

Social Media Policy for Temple Beth-El

The TBE Board of Trustees is developing a Social Media Policy for Temple employees. Board members Gale Halpern and Brian Rubineau are leading this effort. We invite any Temple members interested in helping with or contributing to this effort to send a message to Gale Halpern at or Brian Rubineau at  (synagogue members only, please.)