Our Friday night gathering will be one to remember and a wonderful kickoff for a great summer.

At 6:00, we will welcome Rich H into the Jewish people with a special ceremony.  Earlier in the day, Rich will have met with a Bet Din and undergone the rituals of conversion at the mikvah.  Our evening ceremony will enable him to conclude that process in the midst of the community that has provided the avenue for his journey and that has embraced him so warmly. Please note that this replaces our usual “wine and cheese” hour and be sure to arrive on time.

At 6:45, we’ll transition into our Kabbalat Shabbat service, one which I’m sure will be especially spirited.

After dinner, I’ll share a few teachings about Shavuot, which occurs this Tuesday night and Wednesday. Then, our program will feature storytelling a la The Moth.  Rachel is looking for one or two more storytellers; she already has a several.  In honor of Shavuot, our theme for these stories is “Revelation – A Time When A Powerful Truth Entered My Life.”  Here is a description of what we’re looking for:

Shavuot is known by the rabbis as Z’man Mattan Toratenu the time of the gift of the Torah, by which God “revealed” to us truths and laws and knowledge and wisdom – things by which we might craft our existences into meaningful lives.  Sometimes in our lives we experience our own revelations, or revelatory moments – moments when some stunning realization or important truth breaks through our everyday mindset or experience – and helps (or forces) us to grow because of it.  On Friday night, June 2, we’ll share those stories in tellings of no more than 5 minutes.

If you’re interested in sharing a story, contact Rachel right away: [email protected]; (847) 602-1549.

Rachel and Rich will host our evening at their home in Northbrook.  To register for the potluck dinner, copy and paste this link:

In the meantime, have a good week and best wishes for a Memorial Day filled with reflection on the blessings that are ours living in this country and the debt we owe those who fought so that we can enjoy them, particularly those who were injured or killed.

Shavua tov,