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Dear Readers,

What makes a community? Is it about where you live? Is it about where you send your kids to school? Where you daven? Who your friends are? 

I think the answer is “yes” to all of the above, but that’s just part of the picture. 

When there was unbearable tragedy in Meron, we were all broken. When rockets were launched into Israel all too recently, we all felt the blasts. As did our fellow communities throughout this state, throughout this country, and all over the world; when a member of our family is in trouble, we all feel his pain. 

 Together, we pray that we will only share in happy times, that we merit to share in the joy of each Jewish community across the world as simchos continue to be celebrated. 

One of highlights of what we do here at the JCC is hosting simchos in our beautiful hall. The entire creation of the hall was to give our community a local place to celebrate, so we could easily partake in each other’s happiest times. Booking the events is the job of our indefatigable Mrs. Menucha Worcman, but every once in a while, I like to peek at the list just to have nachas from seeing the number of bookings, baruch Hashem – may they continue! 

 We are very excited to bring yet another facet of unity to our community with our new library. We’ve had a great initial response, and we hope the community will continue to show their support as we carry this project through to fruition. As you know, the library is about more than just books. It’s about remembering  where we come from, who we are, and where we’re heading. It’s a reminder that we’re all part  of something, and we want that reminder to be in the books our children read and the programs they attend. 

We are our community, and our community is us. That feeling of belonging shapes us, drives us, and makes us who we are. 

Have a wonderful and safe summer. 

Warm regards, 

Shea Rubenstein 


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