A few of my fond memories of Adath Israel include –enjoying morning minyan and Shabbat services, our wedding, our children’s Bar Mitzvah celebration, and becoming re-involved in the day-to-day activities i.e. building and grounds committee.
For many years I have enjoyed listening to Ira prepare in our home to lead the Shacharit and Torah service at Adath Israel for Rosh Hashonah and Yom Kippur services. A few years ago I was inspired to learn one of the Torah Readings for the first day of Rosh Hashonah so I could participate in the service too.
There are so many memories over that past 23 years, that it is truly difficult to narrow it down. The happy times are the easiest to name, Bar Mitzvah of our boys, to name two.The first that comes to mind, though, is all the love and support we received from the Adath family while I was sick several years ago. Even people we hardly knew reached out, and it meant so much to us. Maybe that is why it is so hard to find a new synagogue in our new community.
I notice when a new family comes into the synagogue, someone always welcomes them as a guest or new member.