Dear Friends,



I was just going to tell you about it, but it’s much more fun to send you a picture. 


Construction has begun on the Sol and Margaret Berger Playground and Outdoor Sanctuary and Learning Center!  Today Risa Tannenbaum, the teachers of our ECC and Paul Nielsen, our project manager, showed the children in our Early Childhood Center what was happening right outside their classrooms.  As you can see they are ready to build the playground themselves! 


Please mark your calendar now so you can join us at the official groundbreaking on Sunday, April 1st at 1:00 p.m.  This is a special moment for our whole congregation.  You do not need to be younger than five years old to attend. 


Many, many thanks to Michele Harris, Risa Tannenbaum and their committee for the enormous amount of work they are putting in to make this happen.  A huge thanks as well to the Berger family and all of you who have contributed to this meaningful project.  It will make an enormous difference to our congregation to have such a beautiful, multi-use outdoor space.  But, we continue to need your support to complete this project.  Go to  to see how you can help.


The prophet Isaiah looked forward to a wonderful future when, “All your children shall be taught of the Lord and great shall be the happiness of your children” (Isaiah 54:13).  In a word play on the Hebrew in the verse, the rabbis of old instructed, “Don’t read it as simply ‘banayich,’ (‘your children’); read it as well as ‘bonayich’ (‘your builders’).”  As you can plainly see in this picture, our children are our builders.  We build for them so that they can build for the future.  May we merit having the words of the prophet be fulfilled through us.


Shabbat Shalom,