From Our President

Friends are the family we choose…….

The High Holy Days, in all of their splendor and spiritual significance, are now another memory for our TOS Congregation.  The month of October finds us looking forward to yet more opportunities to join together in prayer and unity.  Since Biblical times, the months and holidays of the Jewish calendar have been established by the cycles of the moon, and so we look forward to celebrating Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, and Simchat Torah.

Sukkot (Feast of Booths):  We are joyful and grateful when we remember that God provided shelter for our ancestors who traveled through the desert from Egypt to the Promised Land.

Shemini Atzeret:  We recognize the importance of the agricultural history of our people.  We join in prayer for rain to harvest a good crop, while also remembering our dear departed ones with Yizkor services.

Simchat Torah:  We complete the reading of the Torah and immediately begin again with Genesis. Dancing with the scrolls is our joyful heritage. We demonstrate our ongoing unity and belief in each other. 

I want to take this opportunity to thank each of you for your commitment to our Congregation.  You have once again demonstrated recognition of the importance of our future through your annual donations and “Paying It Forward.”

Every time we take the time to smile and say hello to each other as fellow congregants we recognize that we are FAMILY.  May the year ahead bring us the strength, energy, and love that we seek to continue to grow and feel fulfilled.

With love and admiration,

Deena Chontow




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