I want to talk about the Hebrew word Avodah. It means work, but there’s more to it. Avodah also brings in the idea of service and worship. Biblically, avodah is often understood as service of the heart, essentially a labor of love and devotion. The work we do in support of our Jewish community is a great example of Avodah.
As we conclude a membership year, the current Board closes out their work and begins to look ahead to the new Jewish year, 5782. Serving on the CBI Board is avodah. Yes it is work, but it is work done in service of our beloved community.
I will be on vacation, and out of the office, for the month of July. Before I head out, I want to make sure to express my gratitude to this year’s Board. Serving during the pandemic, and conducting all the Board’s business remotely, required wisdom, patience, creativity, resourefulness, and deep dedication. Thank you all for being at the helm and guiding our ship safely over the past year.
Arron Rambach, David Green, David Zeichick, and Michael Mulcahy, will be cycling off the Board. We send all of you a huge shout out for the many hours you have given to CBI, and for leading our congregation this past year. I have enjoyed collaborating with all of you. Thank you for sharing your unique talents and for the many years that you have served our community. All of you have given passionately to our Board, serving continuously, or multiple times, over the past decade (or two!). May your work be an inspiration for others.
As we move toward re-opening our building, and bringing life back into our Shul at 1336 Hemlock Street, may we rededicate ourselves to avodah--service of the heart. CBI is a community worthy of our labor of love. Let’s pour ourselves into our wonderful Jewish community. Join me!