Friendship has been on my mind recently.
One of my oldest friends (we have shared Thanksgivings together for the past 30+ years) let us know that, yes, they were getting a Borzoi puppy. Trooper will join their home this month. Can’t wait to meet him. Ann shows Borzois and they have had several Champions. If you don’t know what a borzoi looks like, look it up. We call them small horses!
This congregation has exhibited great friendship to both Randy and me over the years we have known you. I was touched when one of our members who has not been able to attend worship in person called me this past week to ask how I was doing. She had read last week’s Young Thoughts and knew that I was coping with a common vertigo condition.
Greenbelt Community Church had a wonderful friend in Rabbi Jonathan Cohen. While he was living in Greenbelt, he was a living example of the word friendship. As a result, Mishkan Torah and GCC developed strong ties that ranged from the lectern in the sanctuary to Christmas Eve evening when the overnight dinner and sleep for homeless men (Safe Haven) was covered by our friends from the synagogue so we could celebrate our observance of Jesus’ birth. There were education events, confirmation class attendance at the synagogue and countless other ways our congregations related to one another.
This Sunday we will dedicate a cedar tree in memory of Rabbi Cohen as part of our morning worship. We have invited members of Mishkan Torah to join us, either for worship or for the dedication (we are aiming for 11:00 AM on the lawn beside the tree). The service will be ecumenical in style in order to honor each of our traditions.
See you in worship Sunday to honor friendships and to honor our memories of Rabbi Jonathan