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July/August 2017 - Message from the Rabbi

rabbi gary mazoShalom!

It has taken me a few years to adjust to summer in Indiana. Where we used to live, on Cape Cod, Summer was one of our most active times. During the summer months we were swarmed with visitors – both to the Cape and to the Temple. It was during the summer that I would see people I had not seen all year round.

In Evansville, and at TABI, summer is a little different. It appears many take the summer offfrom work, school and from Temple. I would like to encourage people to do the opposite this summer. Take advantage of having more time to come and see what is going on at TABI. Come join us for Shabbat. We will continue to have Shabbat Rocks on the First Fridays of the summer. Our new music director Aaron Riedford has some new ideas and is a joy to both listen to and pray with. Our 3rd Fridays during the summer will be outdoors for our Shabbat Under the Stars services. Saturday mornings are growing by the week and offer a more informal opportunity to both worship and learn and participate in our lively Torah discussions. Every Tuesday we have the Minyan at 8:00 AM which is a great way to start off the morning.

Summer is also a great time to reconnect with old friends and make new ones. I would encourage our TABI regulars to reach out this summer to friends and extended family and bring them to TABI. Have a Shabbat dinner at your home – either before or after services – and bring your friends to see what TABI is all about. Summer is also the time to plan for the fall. This fall, I will be launching a new adult education initiative on Sunday mornings. It looks like I will have at least one if not two Sundays a month available to offer adult learning while Hebrew School is in session. I need your help. Please let me know by either email: rabbi@templeabi.org or call the office: 812-477-1577 and let me know what you might be interested in learning on these days. Some ideas that have already been presented are: current events (and a Jewish perspective,) Bible, Midrash, Talmud, Responsa, Kabbalah and more. I am open to your suggestions. I am also open to those of you who have something to impart to the congregation in these informal learning sessions. If you have an area of expertise or a particular topic you would like to teach – just let me know. More details will follow in the fall.

Please don’t be a stranger this summer – I enjoy the opportunity to reconnect and spend time with TABI members during the Indiana summer lull.

B'shalom,

Gary A. Mazo, Rabbi