A Word from The President
Tevet - Shevat 5774
Albert Einstein said, “The only reason for time is so that everything doesn’t happen at once.” It is questionable as to when mankind invented the calendar, but the first indication of time being marked was the discovery of bones and sticks with notches carved into them, most likely to count the passing of each full moon. So thousands of years later we are doing the same thing. Instead of carving notches into a stick or bone, we mark time by using various tools, from church bells, to clocks and watches, to cell phones, ipads, and computers, to calendars – all to keep things from happening at the same time.
Most of us live our lives by multiple calendars. We have the Gregorian calendar, the Jewish calendar, our work calendar, the school calendar, our family calendar, and the CSI calendar, just to name a few. It is up to each of us to merge these calendars to find just the right balance that creates the composition of our lives.
The end of December marks many things. Winter is upon us. The school year is almost half over. The secular year is coming to an end, and a new year is about to begin. Reflecting on this past month, we continue to stay busy at CSI. Teva Ilan earned his Eagle Scout Award and the presentation was at CSI; our ISJL Education Fellow, Elaine Barenblat, visited us; Junior Congregation and Davenology Adult Ed classes continued; congregants continued to volunteer at Macon Outreach and made donations to DAYBREAK; our second Rockin’ Shabbat was, once again, well attended; and another Drum Circle and Covered Dish Dinner happened at the Rubinsteins. Also, plans for Noa Baum, (Storyteller, Actress, and Educator), and for CSI’s big fundraiser, High Stakes Bingo, are moving along. Everyone is invited and urged to come and participate in any of our CSI events! As the calendar year winds down into the quiet of winter, CSI is pulsing along.
I wish everyone a happy and healthy 2014. Soon after the December 31st-January 1st secular New Year’s celebrations, we will be celebrating Tu B’Shevat - one of the four Jewish New Years, the Birthday of the Trees. When at CSI, take a look at the bulletin board in the hallway to note the wonderful explanations our religious school students created when learning from Elaine Barenblat about the different Jewish New Years’ celebrations. Test yourself to see if you can name all four!
As we try to harness time, my hope is that we can all see the value in every moment. Benjamin Franklin said, “Lost time is never found again.” My wish for you is that you never feel the loss of time, only the richness of what time has to offer. See you next year!