President’s Post – April 2018

Seasons of Change

Eric Imley & Gale Swartz, Co-Presidents

Turn! Turn! Turn! is the name of a very popular folk song written by Pete Seeger and recorded by The Byrds in the 1960s.

The lyrics are based on Chapter 3 of the book of Ecclesiastes.

There is a season – turn, turn, turn

And a time to every purpose under heaven

A time to be born, a time to die, a time to plant, a time to reap A time to kill, a time to heal, a time to laugh, a time to weep A time to build up, a time to break down

A time to dance, a time to mourn, a time to cast away stones A time to gather stones together, a time of love, a time of hate A time of war, a time of peace, a time you may embrace

A time to refrain from embracing

A time to gain, a time to lose, a time to rend, a time to sew A time for love, a time for hate

A time for peace, I swear it’s not too late!

The symbolism of seasonal change also can be applied within our temple community. Over the next months, we are preparing to say goodbye to two cherished long-time leaders who we have loved and admired for many years. They have dedicated so much time and energy to our community and have become friends and confidants. Yet, we are reminded that time has come for our seasons to change. These cyclical changes are a part of any congregational community’s life cycle, though not commonplace for TBE. While change can be hard to embrace for many, once change is accepted and internalized it will eventually lead to growth and renewed strength.

This organic process which we see all over nature and in Torah can happen over many years or sometimes very quickly. As we head into our time of transition, we will have many of the same experiences that are synonymous with seasons changing: new faces in the Rabbi and Educator, examination of who we are as a community and what we will strive to become. This is not easy work and we must maintain the focus of ‘what is best for Temple Beth El’. We are following a well-defined path tested and refined many times by the Union for Reform Judaism. It is a process that has evolved and provides a road map for our path ahead.

Interim Rabbi Doug Kohn is trained in this process and in addition to being our spiritual leader he will also be our transition guide. Your lay leadership has pledged to support Rabbi Kohn in this endeavor. Our success is dependent upon on our entire TBE family doing the same.