Special Message from David
I cannot believe that it has been a year since I started working at Har Shalom. In just a short year, our Youth Department has been recognized as a Chapter of Excellence for USY and Kadima, elected an International USY Vice President, built a incredible Bonim and Machar program as well as returned to the championship of the Kadima Basketball League. It has been a year of growth and progress. The Youth Department is excited to welcome three new members of the staff: Beth Hoch, Jennifer Newfeld and Hezi Shmueli, who I am excited to partner with in the year to come.
This year for me is about collaboration. I want to work with all members of the Har Shalom family to help enrich the lives of all the youth of our community. Whether it is the Men’s Club, Sisterhood, Sherman ECC and Religious School, the Youth Department wants to be exploring the incredible year that is upon us. I am reminded of a story that illustrates what it means to work together.
Rabbi Hayim of Zans (1792-1876), tells a story that one night a traveler had been wandering about in a forest for several days, not knowing which was the right way out. Suddenly he saw someone approaching him. His heart was filled with anticipation. “Now I will learn which is the right way,” he thought. When they neared one another, he asked, “Please tell me which is the right way out of this forest. I have been wandering about for several days.”
The other person said to him, “I do not know the right way out, either, for I too have been wandering about here for many, many days. But this I can tell you: do not take the way I have been going, for that will lead you astray. Now let us look for a new way together.”
This story teaches us a simple yet powerful message. We are not alone in the journey. This year, I hope that we can work together to help find the best path for our community. In the year ahead, lend a hand to someone in need. Say Shabbat Shalom to a new face on Shabbat morning. Invite a friend to a program. Smile when you see someone.
The small things count!
David B. Helfand