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Hazzan Lance H Tapper, Hon DMus

Notes From the Hazzan

​Dear Friends,

In this year, 5782, we remember the “black” or “dark’ fast of Tisha B’Av in the month of August and we contemplate all that has happened to our people over the millennia.  Our people have shown great resilience and fortitude in the face of tremendous peril and have come through and remain a vibrant force in the world today. 

Once this contemplative time is behind us, as the month progresses, we turn our attention to preparing for the Yamim Noraim (the High Holyday season).  We will bless the final month of the Jewish year, Elul, this month.  And we will start the spiritual trek up the “holy” mountain of meeting the divine within us and outside of us toward the goal of being spiritually and mentally prepared for this year’s High Holyday season. 

We hope that most of you will want to join us in-person this year for these holydays of Selihot, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and Sh’mini Atzeret/Simhat Torah.  This will mark the first time in 3 years we can finally be together for these very special holydays in our calendar.  Please do watch for the High Holyday mailing coming out this month and the flyers about all of these special services.  We know you will want to see and talk to each other in person after being away from each other for so long. 


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Hazzan Lance H. Tapper, Hon DMus