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From Our President 

Dear Congregation B’nai Shalom Community,

As we head toward Thanksgiving, with the lights of Hanukkah not far behind, it’s a good time to reflect on all that we have to be thankful for. It’s also a good time to think about how we can bring more light into our communities. Tikkun olam, the act of repairing the world, holds a central place in Reform Judaism. We are bringing that concept home to Congregation B’nai Shalom this year with the Brit Olam Initiative (https://www.cbnaishalom.org/brit-olam.html).

The idea is simple — we are asking each individual or family to sign a brit olam (a promise to the world) and commit to doing one action between now and next April to help change or help heal the world. Even better, you can do this together with others and multiply your impact. The CBS Social Action Committee is providing some mitzvah opportunities each month, or you are free to come up with your own activity. Something that you’re already participating in is great — now take a friend with you and magnify your mitzvah! We’ll be sharing our acts of loving-kindness on social media and will recognize all that we’ve contributed with an exhibit and video next May as part of the congregation’s 40th anniversary celebration.
You can find ideas for how to help at the brit olam page on the temple website (from the home page, click on “Community” and then “Mitzvah Opportunities” from the drop-down menu).

Imagine how much positive change our 450-family congregation can make in our communities by taking action together. We live in contentious times and hear a lot these days about all the things in the world that are wrong — join us, and let’s see what we can make right together.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead

“You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to abandon it.” ~ The Talmud

L’shalom, Rob Blumberg
president@cbnaishalom.org

Fri, November 16 2018 8 Kislev 5779