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Hard Times
My Point of View, March, 2009
© Rabbi Jack Moline

The Economic Downturn. Whatever that means to the country, it most certainly means a recalibration of the spending each of us does. Whether you live on a paycheck or on the value of investments, what you receive is not going as far as it did just a year ago.

I have to admit that it can be embarrassing to say I canít afford to do certain things that were once a matter of course. And that is particularly true when I am approached to support the causes I admire with contributions. Everyone understands; everyone is in the same boat. But it feels more than a little shameful to say it.

Of course I should plead with you not to neglect the synagogue, and maybe another time I will. But the most important message is this: donít be embarrassed. Your continued participation in our community is far more important to us than the resources you bring. You have been a supportive of others in our community. Let us be supportive in return.

The only real price of engagement is communication. We would love to be able to call each member and inquire politely about your circumstances and abilities. We canít, so we rely on you to share Ė confidentially Ė any circumstances we need to know. Our Vice-President tasked with helping you is Jeff Eisenberg. Our Executive Director, Mirza Lopez, will also reassure you.

And you can always talk with me (though I donít do the budgeting!). But putting all those disclaimers aside, here again is what is important: you are a part of our community, and our community is diminished without you. So donít be absent; donít be shy; really, donít be embarrassed.

The hardest times are not because of The Economic Downturn. They are being separated from community.

THIS MONTHíS BIG QUESTION
for the 5770/2009 High Holy Day Reflection Booklet

#4 What prevents you from saying what you want to a loved one?

Answers should be 250 words or less.
Indicate the question number, sign your name,
and send your answers to this address:
bigquestions4aac@ymail.com

It will not be published unless you request otherwise.

PURIM IS COMING

Join us for the reading of the Megillah on Monday, March 9, at 6:30 p.m. Come dressed for The Circus Ė our theme for this year. Think of the possibilities Ė all those clowns, all those animals, the acrobats, the jugglers, the special attractions. Just use your imagination and come up with a creative costume!

Morning minyan on Tuesday, March 10, will take place at 7:00 a.m. (instead of 7:30, to allow time for the Megillah reading.

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