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Dear Sha’are Shalom family,

As we get ready to celebrate our first Shabbat since the terrorism at Beth Israel synagogue in Texas, I want to thank the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office for their support, for being in contact with us during the week, and for making sure our synagogue is a priority for their patrols this Shabbat.


I also want to revisit Addie Bouer-Myers’ Bat Mitzvah, the wonderful simcha we celebrated in synagogue this past Shabbat. On Friday night and Saturday morning, our sanctuary was filled with energetic voices. As we gather for this Shabbat, I hope all of us, even those who weren’t there at the event, will feel that holy, uplifting energy still in the room. There will also be the energy of our RUJEC preschool students who come for Shabbat Sing on Friday afternoon.

Please join us as we continue to pray, to schmooze, to be silent, to open our hearts to God, and to feel the supportive presence of our fellow community members around us. 


This Shabbat morning we’ll stand with our ancestors at Mount Sinai to hear God give us the 10 Commandments and renew the covenant that God made with their ancestors generations before. We carry forward the Torah they received at Sinai, the covenant, and the strength of our ancestors whose spirits are always with us.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Tow

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