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A Message from Rabbi Steven Schwartzman

Rabbi Schwarzman

How is your soul doing?                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

That may not be a question you’re used to hearing. In Beth Shalom’s Nefesh Project, we’re asking you.  And it really means two related, but different things.  First, how are you doing physically during the pandemic? Do you have everything you need?  Is there something that we can help you with?


And the second part of the question is this: even if all your physical needs are being met - you have food and shelter and medicine and all the rest - what about your spiritual needs? Are you living alone, or in isolation?       If you're working from home, and working more hours than ever before, do you need some food for your soul? If you're  feeling sad or depressed or bored, what might brighten your day? 

                                                                                                                                                                                                As a synagogue, we are embarking on this project because we care about each other. We want every member to feel part of a community of friends working in common purpose - that's what gives us meaning in life.

                                                                                                                                                                                                 You'll be hearing more about the Nefesh Project elsewhere in this bulletin and in communications that will soon be coming your way. It's really just a way of connecting with each other, and building more and deeper connections as we work together on things like poverty in Edmonton and getting to understand Israel and Israelis more deeply.



The Nefesh Project is our new initiative at Beth Shalom to:  

· Connect with each of our members

· Connect our members to each other

· Connect our members to Israel

Connect our members to social action needs in Edmonton

                                                                                                                                                                                                 And it all starts with YOU. Join one of these task forces, or suggest a new one:

· Connecting - we need you to help make calls to other members to see how they're doing and just plain connect

· Caring - we need you to help give friendly support to members in need (shivas, new babies, job losses, new in town, etc.)

· Social Action/Tikkun Olam - help us reach out to people in need in Edmonton as we take on projects to address poverty and help immigrants

· Israel - help plan and create new ways to connect our members with the people and culture of Israel (including our shul trip)

· Youth, Family, and Singles - help create new programs for families and singles, including       hands-on, experiential Jewish learning and fun

Give your soul some soul food. Let's help each other, let's work together, and let's build together.

Rabbi Steven Schwarzman






Sat, 31 October 2020 13 Cheshvan 5781