The Building Project
February 7, 2019
The old joke goes something like this: A pastor stood before his flock one Sunday
morning. The church’s organ had been
badly in need of repairs for some time, but the budget hadn’t allowed for any
expenditure. “I have good news and bad
news about the organ,” he told his congregation. “The good news is that we have found the
money to fix the organ.” There were
smiles and small cheers from the community.
“The bad news,” he continued, “is that it is still in your pockets!”
Don’t stop reading– this isn’t an appeal for money (though
donations are always appreciated!). Our
Torah portion this week contains the first building campaign in Jewish history,
as the Israelites are asked to bring gifts to help with the building of the Mishkan, the portable sanctuary with
which they’d travel in the desert for 40 years.
And they respond, bringing gold, silver, and copper, fabric and yarn in
a variety of colors, tanned skins, precious stones, wood, and everything else
needed for such a building project. Everyone
“whose heart so moves them” brings their offering, together creating a place
where God’s Presence will dwell.
As you know, we are moving full-steam-ahead into becoming
Kol Dorot, our new Reform Jewish community.
In 19 years of the rabbinate, I have seldom seen as much energy and time
devoted with such enthusiasm to one project.
In the past month alone, there have been conversations and meetings of
the building and construction committee, the finance team, the education
planning group, the joint ritual committee, the integration leadership, the
presidents, the rabbis, the 6th grade students and their families,
the communications team, and the social action chairs. All of them have been doing great work in
planning for our future!
And so the challenge to you is this – what skills and
talents do you have to bring as an offering to this project? What abilities and interests have you been
“keeping in your pockets,” that you could now use in service of building Kol
Dorot? For the Israelites, the building
project was a success because everyone “whose heart so moves them”
contributed. Our project, the creation
of our new community, will need everyone’s input. How do you want to get involved? What areas of Jewish living and learning do
you want to help shape? Contact me or
one of our co-presidents when you’re ready to volunteer your time, your
thoughts, your hopes and dreams. All
donations gladly accepted, as together we create a community where God’s
Presence will surely dwell.