We’re thankful for the freedom to celebrate Judaism in meaningful fashion

By Betsy Frank

Betsy Frank is UHC para-rabbinic fellow and president.

As active as our congregation remained during the period of Zoom-only, and then hybrid worship, we hadn’t held a large social gathering since Purim in March 2020.

That changed April 23 with our Passover Celebration in the Vestry Room at the Temple.

As UHC moves forward from the pandemic, we have learned more than ever that we can be engaged in multiple ways.

More than 20 people attended in person and more attended online. As United Hebrew Congregation moves forward from the pandemic, we have learned more than ever that we can be engaged in multiple ways.

No one is excluded. We’ve held more and better-attended Torah study sessions, and with Zoom, few need to miss important meetings.

Congregants may be more engaged than before

Multi-access has allowed us in many ways to be more engaged than before. While in-person gatherings are essential, we must include these congregants who can not attend due to distance, infirmity or other reasons.

Passover celebrates our freedom from tyranny. The pandemic helped us to see freedom in new ways.

Passover celebrates our freedom from tyranny. The pandemic helped us to see freedom in new ways.

During our Passover Celebration, Rabbi Matt Derrenbacher asked us to share at our tables the things for which we were thankful.

Without a doubt, our table was grateful for good health and avoiding COVID.

Upon reflection, I would add I am most thankful that our congregational engagement has remained strong during these past two years.

Let’s keep up the good work!

Shalom,

Betsy Frank

Photos

Thanks to all who participated in person and virtually for UHC’s Passover “Celebration” at the Temple.

Student Rabbi Matt Derrenbacher and Herschel Chait officiated and guests enjoyed matzoh ball soup, salad, charoses and macaroons.

Garrett found the afikomen!

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