Vice Chairman Shaun Borstrock’s Message

Vice Chairman Shaun Borstrock’s Message

Hello to our wonderful Community

We have all been experiencing a difficult week, with the sad passing of our friend, Chazzan, Ba’al Tokeah and community member, the late Malcolm Siegel.  To see how our community has rallied around the Siegel Family in offering prayer, support  and plenty of food, has quite simply been astonishing – but also expected, as these traits of care, concern and action is what defines us as the special Community we are.

As we re-engage with this period of new normal, I urge all families to please remain vigilant and cautious as we see a spike in infections, and the emergence of a second wave of COVID cases. Please avoid all group gatherings, remember to always social distance, wash hands and wear a mask!

The UOS has issued a notice to congregations, that the community will be able to commence consecrations in November. Please be sure to read the protocols and procedures that need to be observed in the attachment to this week’s TGIS.

In last week’s Parsha of Bereishit, we learn of The Creation of our world. Creation of life. And the concept of co-existence within this world, with other creatures and plant life.

We see a world that Hashem has built with perfection, order and precision. It all works. But then Man creates dis-harmony. Violence. Terror.  And in the words Rabbi Jonathan Sacks “all flesh had corrupted its way on earth.”

Hashems answer to this is the Flood.  A purification of sorts. Hashem instructs Noah to build the Ark for his family of two of every species on this earth. The rains pours for 40 days. And the flooding continues for a further 150 days before Noah sends the raven and doves out to seek dry land before Noah and all life on the Ark may disembark after 365 days aboard. And we start again.

Creating life; Creating relationships; Sustenance; Societies; and the harmony for co-existing and caring. Caring for our own, and caring for others. And with these values, we have formed the bed-rock of our Community that we will go out of our way to try and be of service to one another when times are tough and the going gets rough.

I ask myself many difficult questions, and frequently I have no answers. But, if we can take anything away from Parshat Noach it is that after the storm there will be a calm. Whatever “the storms” that we all have had to endure in this past week, may this Shabbat bring calm, serenity, peace and love back to our families and Shabbat tables.

Shabbat Shalom from myself, Jonah and Ella!