As Temple Israel’s spiritual leader, I look forward to welcoming you to our congregational home and I look forward to meeting you if I have not done so already. I encourage you to join us in preserving and building up this tabernacle for Jewish religious life, learning, and action to serve the needs for Jewish life in the Salisbury-Rowan County area and beyond.
Whether you are new to the area or have lived here for years, whether you have come here from near or far, regardless of your background or previous affiliations or your family situation, your participation with us will affirm the importance of joining in a community. Because none of us dwells in isolation and none of us can be entirely self-sufficient, we each have responsibilities that go beyond ourselves. So the rabbis of ancient times taught, “Do not separate yourself from the community.”
While Jewish tradition teaches that each of us shares the special joys, concerns, legacy, and needs of the Jewish people, it also teaches us that we share those of all peoples and all that exists. The prayers and teachings that have been kept alive for us through many centuries by a living community enhance our understanding and appreciation of life itself. Rooted in a living community, we can bear better fruit to nourish a world hungry for spirituality and mature religious inquiry as well as for material necessities.
In addition to Shabbat and holiday religious services, Temple Israel can be a supportive extended family in all the seasons of life. Please come and see!
Rabbi Andrew Vogel Ettin, Ph.D., M.S.J.S.