Though the weather out there may be frightful, the feeling inside Shaare Zion remains warm and embracing.
As I sit in front of my computer and write this article, the temperature is plunging down to -25C tonight but we had over 20 people attend services this evening.There were a few regulars like Arnie Frank, Judy and Kenny Helfield, Mike O’hana and some others observing Yahrzeit. Most were there to make sure that we had the 10 people needed for services on this cold Xmas evening.In addition to the regular Congregants in attendance were four Board members, a Past President and our Cantor and his young family. At a time when many are away, either up North or down South, it is great to see that we can pull together to sit together, pray together and maybe to learn a little together.
This past December we celebrated Sara Frankel’s 100th Birthday and what a wonderful celebration it was! Many of her family attended having traveled from the U.S. and other regions of Canada. Mrs. Frankel is always in attendance in synagogue on Shabbat. One of my favorite moments during the Saturday morning service is when we parade the Torah around and I get to Mrs. Frankel. I can always depend on a warm smile when I get to her seat. She sets a high standard for all of us to try and live up to.
It is moments like these that make us all feel a part of a big Family. This is exactly the spirit which reflects the values of our Congregation.
To those of you trying to keep warm, all you have to do is just drop by Shaare Zion.
All the very best to you and your families in 2014.