A Wonderful Weekend

Shalom. What a wonderful weekend we had at Temple. First we celebrated the Bat Mitzvah of Chelsea Wright. Chelsea did a wonderful job leading the congregation in worship. She made us all very proud.

Additionally over the course of this past weekend we welcomed our Scholar in Residence, Rabbi Michael Cook. Rabbi Cook spoke four times, first to area clergy (21 attended), then after Sabbath eve worship, next for our Aleinu series Saturday evening and finally on Sunday morning during a catered breakfast. By the way the breakfast was delicious. Rachel Jacobs of Kosher Vermont put out a fantastic array of food.

Yesterday I received a warm note from Roddy O’Neil Cleary, retired minister from Burlington’s Unitarian Church. I share her note with you.

Dear Jim, Thank you for providing such a rich and rare opportunity! Rabbi Michael Cook could not have been a greater gift to the community. I have met and heard many gifted Jewish teachers over the years among them Abraham Heschel and Mark Tannenbaum. I do believe that Cook was the most charismatic…

And your congregation was so warm and welcoming to me on Sunday morning. I told my friends that I chose to go to Temple instead of church on Sunday! I think Jesus would have been pleased. I’m happy to be your neighborhood. Yours, Roddy

Many thanks to those who helped make this weekend a great success, particularly those members of the Membership and Marketing and Spiritual committees. And a special thanks to the late Dr. Martin Wennar whose generosity made this wonderful weekend possible.

In Peace, Rabbi James Scott Glazier