A parable teaches that when a person walks into a spice vendor’s shop, even if they buy nothing from the vender, when they leave the shop the person and their garments exude a fragrant aroma. And the fragrance does not leave them the entire day; the memory of the fragrance lasts even longer.
This parable is a beautiful way to consider our relationships with people who enter our lives, sometimes only for a short time, make a meaningful impact, and then are called to another pursuit.
Cantor Rachel Reef-Simpson has made such a lasting impression on Temple Emanuel Sinai as a whole, and on us as individuals. Those impressions, like a fragrant aroma, will linger as will the memory. Before she leaves us at the end of this month for the beautiful Maine Coast and the sacred pursuit of full-time pastoral care, let us create a few more memories.
This Saturday night, June 5, at 7:30 pm, we will all gather on Zoom for a spectacular Farewell Celebration Honoring Cantor Rachel. (You can join through livestream on our website or Facebook, but the experience on Zoom will be far superior.) This will be an event different than any other, a sacred gathering beginning with Havdalah, followed by music and entertainment by congregants and special guests; some words about Cantor Rachel’s contributions to our community – no long speeches! an opportunity for singing “together” and seeing each other’s faces on the screen; and writing messages in the chat for Cantor Rachel to carry with her on her next journey.
The best way to honor Cantor Rachel is to show up (on Zoom) on Saturday so you can thank her for the past six years, and so she can see your face and share her warm smile with you.
We look forward to seeing you on Saturday!
Please note that Zoom connection information (meeting ID and passcode) is shared privately via TES eNews.