Tonight, Leon & Jackie and I joined Karen Modell from The Friends Meeting House in Lake Worth for dinner, and a tour of the house. It is a quaint house right off 10th Ave N & I-95, and it is the perfect space for our High Holiday service.
We are going to hold a full service, including Erev Rosh Hashanah, Rosh Hashanah morning, Erev Yom Kippur, Yom Kippur, N’Eilah, and a light break fast – all for the amazingly reasonable price of $72 per person, not including donations. Leon is a wonderful Rabbi who cuts through all of the ego stuff, and gets right down to the meaning of worship. Have you grown tired of condescending Rabbis who yell at you on the pulpit? Are you over the fashion show that makes you feel like you’re wearing last years sale items? Have you felt like your worship experience is parallel to a used car sales pitch?
We won’t have any of that. Not if we can help it. We don’t care what you wear. We don’t care what you have (or don’t have) We really mean that. The only thing that is limited is space, so it’s first come first serve. We do have to pay for the house, for advertising, and for the food items for break-fast, so of course, donations are gratefully accepted, but not required. If you want a loving, warm, and spiritual place to pray, this is it! We don’t even care if you speak Hebrew. Come and sit for an hour – and just contemplate the year you left behind, and the year you wish to have for yourself. That’s all that is required.
I’m so excited to do something with meaning. Yes, I loved the experience of standing in front of my congregation in years past, especially my solos and my 20 seconds of fame, but this is so much more worthwhile. Even if there are 20 people in our congregation, if those 20 people are praying their kishkes out, then it was worth the trip!
So, I’m putting it out there, and I have full intention of filling the room with passionate, spiritual folks like me, who just want to get a little closer to Hashem this month. Won’t you join me?