Dear friends,

Chag sameach everyone, the Festival of Sukkot begins Monday evening, and the last day we celebrate is with Simchat Torah, Wednesday, September 29th. What a month this has been and continues to be!

Another thank you to everyone who made our Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur services possible and connected. We are all grateful to our tech crew, Sam Margolis and Anton Nikl, and especially to the one and only Aaron Devor who continues to bring his tech expertise to Kolot Mayim.

Thank you to Char Ashford, who works for us by keeping track of all our Yartzeit dates – this is very complicated as our Jewish calendar is quite independent of our secular calendar. As Charlyne notes in her announcement, while we restrict reminders to immediate family members, if you would like to name someone during the service you are most welcome to do so.

Thank you to David and Dorothy Torontow who forwarded a very thoughtful and timely d’var to me from Rabbi Lisa Grushcow in Montreal – I can forward it to you if you would like to read it. Rabbi Grushcow opens with a memory of seeing a pile of children’s shoes when she was on the March of the Living in Poland when she was a teenager. Today, we are seeing shoes collected in memorials dedicated to the memory of thousands of Indigenous children who died while “in care” in residential schools. As both Indigenous and Jewish peoples we share far too many memories of genocide, far too much generational trauma. Today we have opportunities to learn about and support all efforts towards true reconciliation, and real recognition of all our peoples have survived. I would be happy to forward this meaningful d’var to anyone who would like to read it.

A sincere welcome to all our new members; it was lovely to welcome you – and everyone to our Yomtov services.

Finally, chag sameach to all. The rains are so very welcome, our gardens and forests and streams are very much in need of replenishment. On the last day of Sukkot we change the wording in our Amidah prayer from asking for dew to asking for the winds to blow and the rain to fall. May we too feel replenished with the joy of this season.

Rabbi Lynn