June2015 Bazman

2420 East Hillcrest Drive Thousand Oaks, CA 91362 (805) 497-7101 www.adatelohim.org

Bazman Hazeh

“In These Times”

Sivan - Tammuz 5775

VOL. 48 NO. 9

JUNE 2015

Rebecca L. Dubowe, Rabbi Barry Diamond, Interim Rabbi

Aliza Goland, Executive Director Marcy Goldberg, Director of Education Donna Becker, ECC Director

Seth Stevens, President, Board of Directors Alan Greenbaum, Rabbi Emeritus

David Shukiar, Cantor

Life

is a Journey

BECOMING Once or twice in a lifetime A man or woman may choose A radical leaving, having heard Lech l‘cha – Go forth.

I want to express my sincere thanks to all of YOU. I would like to thank the Board of Directors along with our current president, Seth Stevens, for his ongoing support and providing excellent leadership during these past two years. I would like to acknowledge and thank all the past presidents with whom I have had the honor of serving during the past 18 years. I would like to thank each and every one of you for allowing me to be a part of your lives especially during times of joy and sorrow. My life has been greatly enriched by your presence, and for that I am grateful. Rabbi Barry Diamond, Rabbi Ted Riter, Rabbi Alan Greenbaum, Cantor Peter Halpern, Cantor Michael Anatole and, of course, Cantor David Shukiar. These men have been my colleagues and partners on the bimah . Being in their presence with their guidance, support and love to serve our congregation has allowed me to grow deeply in my heart. They have challenged my soul as to why we as clergy chose the sacred duty to serve God, teach Torah and lead the Jewish people. Each of you has made a tremendous impact on my life. I have learned so much from you, and for that I am grateful. I loved coming to the synagogue especially during the weekdays, when I would be in the presence of an amazing group of professionals who are completely committed to making this place thrive. It has been a privilege to work with Aliza Goland, Marcy Goldberg and Donna Becker along with Arlene, Jacey, Carla, Cary and Susan. I must also thank the guys: Angel, Javier and Eddie. They always made sure that everything was in the right place for the many programs and services that we have offered here at the synagogue. Thank you for making each and every

God disturbs us toward our destiny By hard events And by freedom’s now urgent voice Which explode and confirm who we are.

We don’t like leaving. But God loves becoming.

(a poem by Rabbi Norman Hirsh, included in Mishkan T’filah, a Reform Siddur)

Every Shabbat morning, I would read this prayer and ask myself: Will I ever be faced with the choice to experience a radical leaving? Will I ever hear those words spoken to me: Lech L’cha – go forth? Will I be disturbed by God with such hard events, hear that sense of urgency which may explode and allow me to confirm who I am and who I hope to be? My humbling answer is “yes.” I have heard the words of Lech L’cha ; and it is time for me to go forth and leave this very special place called Temple Adat Elohim. There are so few words that can truly express my heartfelt gratitude for being your spiritual leader during these past 18 years. Being a part of this synagogue community has given me so much, both professionally and personally, and for that I am grateful.

day a blessing, because no matter how daunting or busy we may be, it has

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