Listening to you

August 1, 2018

RabbiWQAidzerheadshot-206x259As I spend this week serving as faculty at the Union for Reform Judaism’s Eisner Camp, as part of the curriculum, I’ve been teaching campers about the Jewish value of shmi’at ha’ozen, which translates as “the listening of the ear.”   I’ve been reminding them that listening to one another and hearing other people’s views and opinions is important in Judaism.

At Temple Beth El, we have been working diligently over the past several years to make sure that everyone’s voice is heard.  In our small and large groups with Rabbi Wolfman, in our congregational discussions and meetings, in the approval of our merger with Temple Beth Or and the purchase of 660 Kinderkamack in Oradell, we have engaged as many voices as possible.  Shmi’at ha’ozen is a value we have embraced.

To that end, we are asking for your help as we take the next steps in designing our new building and choosing a new name for our new community.   The Integration Team wants to hear YOUR voice.  Be on the lookout tomorrow for an email and a link from Survey Monkey.  We’ve designed a survey that will take less than ten minutes to complete and will add your input to the important conversations about our architectural vision and choosing a meaningful name.  Be sure to participate between now and August 17.

Our new community will be founded on the Jewish values we hold so dear, including the importance of everyone having input.  Be sure to fill out the survey so we can hear YOUR voice in shaping our future.   We look forward to sharing our new name and the concept for our new building at the High Holy Days!


–Rabbi David Widzer