A letter from the Rabbi:
If you've been to Aish in the last two months, you can feel it: this is a community that is being reborn. There is a palpable sense of possibility, of purpose, and of movement.
Aish's rebirth is in the context of a larger rebirth—that of Jewish Boulder. As the center of our greater community moves east, we are seeing rabbis working more closely together, communities interacting and co-programming more effectively, and Jews choosing to live in the same neighborhood, hosting each other and hanging out on Shabbat afternoon. The possibilities seem endless.
This movement is more important than ever, because American Jewry is transforming as well. New concepts of community, denomination, membership, participation, and ownership are replacing old, out-dated ones. For the first time, people are encouraged to ask, “What do I want from my synagogue and my community?” And institutions are encouraged to ask, “What is it that we can best offer?”
Changing needs, changing concerns, changing possibilities. Sort of a funny time to be inviting people to join, huh?
Not at all. Now is exactly the time to join—when your ideas, hopes, and excitement can combine with the excitement of others to form something new and compelling.
How useful, comforting, and supportive can community be? Can I learn what I'd like to learn, how I'd like to learn it? Can we do programs that combine my interests in Torah, nature, family, music, and culture? Can prayer services be genuinely meaningful and vibrant? Can my Jewish identity and the people I share it with mean more to me than ever before? Is there anything out there that can get my kids excited about being Jewish?
The short answer is yes. The long answer is Aish Kodesh 5773.
Looking forward to an exciting year,
Rabbi Gavriel Goldfeder