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Feeling Stuck and Loving Our Home - Israel and American Jewry

Feeling Stuck and Loving Our Home - Israel and American Jewry© Yom Kippur/Kol Nidre 2779/2018 Rabbi David Baum, Congregation Shaarei Kodesh
Whenever people talk about our community at Shaarei Kodesh, They describe it in the following ways:
It’s so haimish, we feel so welcomed when we go…
It’s a no matter how you dress another how large my bank account is, you always feel accepted and loved...
It’s a place where children can feel free to run in the sanctuary, and where they feel at home
And of course my favorite, “Shaarei Kodesh…it’s that storefront shul across from the gas station!”

As a congregation, we define ourselves by our people and what they do, the actions they take, but, whether we like it or not, we are also defined by our physical place, our home.  
When I tell rabbis about our congregation and our space, they tell me how jealous they are, how lucky we are to own a building, not to have a permanent space that weighs us down.  They tell me, our building is an albatross around …