As we begin to wrap up another civil year, I want to thank you all for all the good wishes, concerns and blessings during the recent months. For the first time since I’ve started working at PSC, nobody seems interested in how the cantor’s doing ... just his wife! I wouldn’t have it any other way.
As I’ve done with an email to our school families, I wanted to share a few thoughts on coverage during the three weeks I’ll be away once the babies arrive (which may well be the case by the time you read this). The Board, the Rabbi and I have worked together to ensure smooth sailing while I step aside from educator and cantorial duties for some paternity time. Here are the basics in no particular order:
SERVICES: I won’t be present for any Shabbat services, dinner/community events or minyanim, though you’ll, of course be in the most capable hands of Rabbi Helfand and our cadre of service volunteers. FAMILY EDUCATION PROGRAMS: All of them (e.g. B’yachad, Tot Shabbat) will continue on. If 11/18 Junior Congregation falls during this time, we’ll have another leader present. ADULTS PRESENT IN OFFICE: We have a rotation set up for at least one member of our Education Committee to be present each Sunday morning and each Wednesday afternoon.
KABALAT TORAH: We’ll have a substitute for my 8th grade class. Rabbi oversees program overall. There’s a possibility the 11/13 K.T. class will be cancelled for both my students and the Rabbi’s. Again, we’ll let you know in advance. SCHOOL TEFILLAH: Led by Rabbi Helfand. 12/08 3/4/5 PICNIC: Happening! LATKE IDOL ON 11/24: Latke Idol would NOT happen on this date and will be postponed until January. Chanukah Fair (latkes, raffle, music) would still take place on this date. MAH CHADASH & E-UPDATES: You will likely receive one overall update during the middle week of this period. BAR/BAT MITZVAHS: I may not be present BUT will make my very best effort to attend and officiate with Rabbi. B’NAI MITZVAH TUTORING: Will continue with a substitute for those six whose dates are through March 1, 2014. Rabbi will also check in on those students. For students with dates after March 1, there will be no tutoring but assignments will be given in advance to do at home.
With many thanks in advance for your support—and with joyous Chanukah blessings—and with the hope we’ll see many, if not all, of you for a double bris in the near near future, blessed -/ Chag Samaeach & happy 2013!