Shavuot was one of the best and best attended that I can remember for this holiday that’s been trying to make a name for itself from Biblical times. Since then, I confess to have mostly been thinking about myself. Yesterday was my last day in the office. In a few hours we are off to Israel for our synagogue mission which lasts until June 7 (or longer for the Petra folk.) I am using up the vacation days I have earned in June and then my retirement officially begins. In actuality, I have two Bnai Mitzvah and five weddings and a few unveilings in the summer and early fall, so apparently I will seamlessly merge into my Emeritus status.
At some point, an official communiqué will indicate what my Emeritus status entails. If you can’t wait, I will do some empty nester and gray panther activity, a little bit of programming, visits to homebound/ ill congregants, weddings and (hopefully very few) funerals – all in coordination with our active duty clergy. I have a long list of other activities not directly related to Beth El. I think I will not be lacking things to fill my time and expand my horizons as I begin a new chapter in my life.
It’s Wednesday concludes today. I am not sure you will miss it as much as I will, but it has to stop. A very major communication with the congregation cannot come from a rabbi who will not be involved in the real workings of the shul. Since I still plan to entertain thoughts about the world, I hope to do a blog, but it needs to wait a while. My Monday and Tuesday evenings (prep time) and Wednesday mornings (pushing the send button and hearing back from you) won’t be the same, but I am sure we will get used to the new reality. Human beings can adjust to new circumstances, and I am sure I/we will. New circumstances can lead to new opportunities, and I am sure they will.
Best regards. Have many good Wednesdays. And thanks again for being such wonderful partners in the building of the very special community that is Beth El.