Asking Questions, Looking Ahead
During last evening’s, Grade Seven classes at Holy Blossom, students explored ‘ethical dilemmas;’ that is, the vast array of issues Jewish communities and their leaders – rabbis in particular – encounter on a daily basis. We considered matters relating to Jewish ritual, lifecycle events, education, Israel, and our relationship[s] with God. The consensus is that no matter what dilemma we have faced in the past, there will always be something new and challenging to be engaged in the future.
In the second half of our evening, representatives from HABSTY, the Holy Blossom Temple Youth Group – and an affiliate of the North American Federation of Temple Youth [NFTY] – gave a presentation to the Grade Sevens – sharing with them the range of benefits acquired through Youth Group participation: connecting with the larger Temple community, with their peers throughout Canada, the United States and abroad; and most importantly: connecting with one’s Jewish sense of self.
I know this much is true: my son Max, now in his 20s, benefited enormously from his involvement in Youth Group during our years with Rockdale Temple in Cincinnati, Ohio.
We look forward to a joyous and celebratory ‘wrap’ of our 2017-2018 Grade Seven year next Monday May 14.
Rabbi Bill Tepper
Sh’vua tov – a good week – to all!