New Year Message From Rabbi Tanya

What a wonderful year is ahead of us! A year (even 15 months!) to celebrate, to reflect, to kvell and to look into the future with confidence. Happy 50th anniversary to each and every, dear member of Nottingham Liberal Synagogue. Our community will meet this New Year with a strong healthy membership and good community spirit and your contribution to the life of the congregation has helped this.

What a wonderful year is ahead of us! A year (even 15 months!) to celebrate, to reflect, to kvell and to look into the future with confidence. Happy 50th anniversary to each and every, dear member of Nottingham Liberal Synagogue. Our community will meet this New Year with a strong healthy membership and good community spirit and your contribution to the life of the congregation has helped this.  

challahEach New Year we celebrate with round food at our table.  Who can forget the image of a round soft and sweet hallah! It symbolizes the cycle of the beginning and the end of every year – circular in shape with no apparent beginning or end. We always look forward to the beginning of a New Year cycle – particularly if we had a lot happen to us in the last year, which we want to leave behind.

We all want an opportunity for a new start. The New Year is an opportunity for a new beginning - but what about the end? Do we finish our year at the very same point that we started at last year - emotionally, physically and mentally?

apples-honeyIf you feel that your year ends at the same point where it started last year, with the same New Year promises never fulfilled, then in THIS year, a jubilee year for our young community,  make a difference to your life and finish next year not at the point where you started it. The High Holydays, the Days of Awe, are not a time to allow ourselves to stay in the same repetitive circle. The Day of Atonement is when we can begin to become better people, true to ourselves, to become the best we can be, realise our potential and share this with the world. It is a time to ensure that we finish next year not at the point where we started but at the point where the second or even the third thread of rounded hallah ends – right on the top!

Finally, as we know, the coming 50th anniversary is an important milestone in the life of our synagogue. It provides us an opportunity to reflect on our community and our lives within it. It is time to appreciate and celebrate what we had in the past and what we have now and to ask where we will be tomorrow, as individuals and as Nottingham Liberal Synagogue.

I look forward to seeing you all at the many exciting events, which will mark our 50th anniversary during the next 15th months! Have a good look through the calendar today!

Shanah Tovah u-Metukah – have a good, sweet and exciting 5775!

Rabbi Tanya