Dear Prospective Member,
I am glad that you are interested in learning more about or hopefully joining our community at Temple Sholom. As the Rabbi of the congregation, I would like to extend a personal invitation to you and your family to get to know us a little better.
You are, of course, invited to join us for Shabbat worship on Friday evenings and Saturday mornings. Twice a month, members of the congregation lead Shabbat morning services and teach Torah to see what we can find in the parasha of the week to apply to our modern lives.
That Torah study is actually a good metaphor for how I see my role as Rabbi of the congregation. In addition to being available for members’ lifecycle and spiritual needs, I am also the resident expert on what resources Judaism has to offer. I am always happy to share what I know (and, more importantly, where more information can be found) to help you figure out how to create and maintain your own Jewish home. Judaism has a lot to offer – not only in guiding our relationship with the Divine, but also with ourselves, our family, and our neighbors.
Please feel free to give me a call, set up an appointment, or e-mail me with any questions that you may have, or even if you just want to introduce yourself. My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to getting to know you and your family and to sharing occasions of joy (simchas) and helping in periods of sorrow. After all, that is what a community is for – to help and to cheer, to come together and to console.
From strength to strength,
Rabbi Joel N. Abraham